New Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour Division Georgia Blue Ridge
Athens, AL November 13, 2020. Today American Bass Anglers announce the new American Fishing Tour Division 35 Georgia Blue Ridge division. Centered in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northern Georgia, the new division will hold competitions on Lake Blue Ridge, Chatuge, and Nottley. The division will be directed by Andrew Murphy and assisted by Stephen Young.
The division will start it's 2021 Schedule on Lake Blue Ridge in February
Date Lake Ramp 2/27/2021 Blue Ridge Lakewood Landing 3/27/2021 Chatuge Fairgrounds 4/3/2021 Blue Ridge Lakewood Landing 4/17/2021 Nottley Poteete Creek 5/1/2021 Chatuge Fairgrounds 6/5/2021 Nottley Poteete Creek 9/25-26/2021 Chatuge Fairgrounds
All American Fishing Tour divisions offer a minimum of six qualifying events a season and one two-day division championship. Anglers earn both cash and points at these events. All angler's top four one-day qualifier points, plus their two-day division championship points, are used to determine their national ranking. The top 500 anglers nationwide each season are invited to the National Championship. The 2021 Championship is scheduled for late October on Kerr Lake in Virginia.
Lake Blue Ridge is a TVA impoundment on the Toccoa River with 3,290 surface acres and over 100 miles of shoreline. The lake was impounded in the late 1920s, and the dam went into operation in 1931. The lake is known for its smallmouth bass, spotted bass, largemouth bass, walleye, and the occasional rainbow and brown trout. The Toccoa River is known for the best trout fishing in Georgia. Lake Blue Ridge has produced some tremendous catches, and the current lake records show this.
Species Weright Caught By Date Largemouth Bass 11-lbs., 10.7-ozs. Nathan Lewis 2/1/2005 Smallmouth Bass 6-lbs., 14-ozs. Jim Ezell 5/15/1998 Spotted Bass 6-lbs., 4-ozs. Kevin Hoek 3/4/2017 White Bass 3-lbs., 6.72-ozs. Jesse McKeral 3/22/2008 Flathead Catfish 44-lbs. Leon Reavis 7/6/1970 Muskellunge 38-lbs.* Rube Golden 6/1/1957 Walleye 9-lbs., 4-ozs. Greg Bergman 1/7/2001 Yellow Perch 1-lb., 14.4-ozs. Scott Sliter 2/13/2007 Brown Trout 9-lbs., 4.8-ozs. Nathan Lewis 12/7/2016 Rainbow Trout 5-lbs., 2.08-ozs. Nathan Stuart 5/3/2007
To learn more about the Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour and how to get involved, visit AmericanBassAnglers.com or call your local director of the American Bass Anglers office.
If you don't have a local Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour in your area and would like to get one started, email [email protected] and we can get you started.
Here is how to qualify for the 2021 Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour Championship. First, join American Bass Anglers as a member. An ABA Membership allows you to compete in any qualifying tournament that ABA operates. Next, find a Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour in your local area. To qualify, you must fish a minimum of four one-day qualifying events and compete in one two-day divisional Championship. Members can track their progress online at americanbassangles.com of their results and national point standings. The top 500 anglers nationally by points are invited to compete in this Championship. The top 250 are invited as boaters, and 251-500 are invited to fish as non-boaters.
For more information on this tournament, call ABA at 256-232-0406 or see www.americanbassanglers.com.
American Bass Anglers' commitment is to provide low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler and at the same time offer each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers and the American Fishing Tour, the Open Series, the Top 150 Solo Tour, or the American Couples Series, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.
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