Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour 2021 Championship Kerr Lake
Friday, July 09, 2021, Athens, AL. The Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour 2021 Championship online registration will begin on Monday July 19, 2021, at 8 am. This year’s championship will be on Kerr Lake in Clarksville, Virginia Launching out of Occoneechee State Park in Clarksville, VA, October 20, 21, and 22.
The event is seven days long, with Official Practice starting on Saturday, October 16, and continuing Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. After Practice, there are three days of competition beginning Wednesday, October 20, and concluding on Friday. Weigh-ins at Occoneechee State Park will be held at 3 pm on Wednesday and Thursday and beginning at 2 pm on Friday, the final day.
The entry fee for the event is $170, and there are a couple of optional payout funds available. Big bass is $10 per day, and the big bass each day will win a 100% payout of the big bass pot. Anglers can create a 4-man team and enter the team competition where teams combined weights are to determine the top team at the event. First, Second and third place are awarded cash payout from this pool.
Lake Motel 101 Virginia Ave, Clarksville, Va 23927 434-374-8106
Buggs Island Inn 103 2nd Street, Clarksville, Va 23927 434-374-5023
Microtel 111 Arnold Drive South Hill, Va 23970 434-447-3461
Kerr Lake has a special limit sizing of bass so this is especially important to read and understand as we will allow the Kerr Lake limit.
The rule reads simply as this: (Source: https://dwr.virginia.gov/waterbody/buggs-island-lake-kerr-reservoir/#regulations )
Black Bass (Largemouth, Smallmouth & Spotted)
- 5 per day in aggregate
- Only 2 of 5 bass less than 14 inches can be kept.
So, it is particularly important to understand the following:
- All bass weighed in must be over 12 inches.
- You may only have two bass in possession that are over 12 and under 14 inches, the remaining three in a limit must be 14 inches or greater.
The 2021 Bass Pro Shops Champion will receive a Triton/Mercury Boat package valued at over $60,000. The angler of the year will also a Triton/Mercury Boat package valued at over $60,000. An angler cannot win more than one boat at this event, so if the AOY and the Champion are the same person second place will win the Triton/Mercury Boat package, and first place would receive second place payout.
A cash payout will go through 15% of the field as well as the individual awards of 2021 Hall of Fame, Service Team Awards, and Draw Prizes, which will be given away.
Off-limits for this event begin October 3, 2021 at sunset and will continue through Saturday, October 16 at safe daylight. During this off-limits period, Practice, and competition days, other than using publicly available information (e.g., newspaper, periodical, and Internet reports) competitors cannot solicit, receive or gather any information via phone, electronic devices or any other means about locating or catching fish on tournament waters.
Kerr Lake is an impoundment on the Roanoke River and is often referred as Buggs Island. Congress enacted to build John H Kerr dam (pronounced Car). The naming of the lake after and North Carolina congressman so angered the Virginia state legislature in 1952 they required the body of water to “forever more” be know as Buggs Island. So, you will see state signs with Buggs Island on them. Kerr Lake has 850 miles of shoreline, which provides a lot of space for anglers to find feeding bass. There are more than 20 boat access ramps along the lake and plenty of restaurants, hotels, and several campgrounds in the area.
Kerr Lake staddles the border of Virginia and North Carolina and either license is accepted. We encourage you to bring your family to this championship, as there is a lot for family to do at this event, and it is a beautiful area in Virginia.
Here is a great source of information about this event and what you can do while you are at the championship:
Onsite Check in and Safety Briefing:
The South Hill Exchange
Address: 408 West Danville Street; South Hill, VA 23970
Check-in In Time: Tuesday October 19, 2021, 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Dinner and Safety Briefing immediately following.
Entry Fee: $170 all registration should be completed online -
Late Fee: All entries must be postmarked, completed of an online entry, or called in before 5 pm, October 9th, 2021. All entries received after this date will be assessed a $25 late fee. Entries for this event will cease at 12 noon Tuesday, October 19th, 2021
Big Bass Optional: $10 Per Day (Collected onsite, Tuesday October 19)
Four Angler Team Competition Optional: $80 per four angler team (Collected onsite, Tuesday October 19)
Off-Limits: October 3, 2021, at sunset through Saturday, October 16, 2021 at safe daylight
During the off-limits periods, Practice, and competition days, other than using publicly available information (e.g., newspaper, periodical, and Internet reports) competitors cannot solicit, receive, or gather any information via phone, electronic devices, or any other means about locating or catching fish on tournament waters. THERE SHALL BE NO EXCEPTIONS. No contestant may enter the tournament water for the purpose of catching or locating possible fishing locations after this meeting or after each day's weigh-in.
Practice Period: Saturday October 16 at safe daylight through Tuesday at 3 pm
During official practice, contestants may only pre-fish alone, with a member of his/her immediate family, another contestant of the tournament, a national sponsor of American Bass Anglers, or a member of American Bass Anglers staff.
Tournament: Wednesday, October 20, Thursday, October 21, Friday, October 22
Launch and Weigh-Ins: Occoneechee State Park, 1192 Occoneechee Park Rd, Clarksville, VA 23927.
Registration Requirements - Contestants must have fished a minimum of four (4) one day tournaments to be eligible to compete in a 2-day Divisional Championship. To qualify for the National Championship anglers must have fished four (4) one-day tournaments and one (1) two-day tournament.
The top 500 national point holders plus 30 Active-Duty Military will be invited to compete in the National Championship. If one or more of the top 500 do not accept the invitation, the remaining slots will be filled from a waiting list of qualified anglers by points.
Boaters: The top 250 anglers Nationally by points, will have the opportunity to register as a boater and be guaranteed use of their boat, registration will begin on July 19, 2021. Anglers in the top 250 by points standings must confirm their intent to attend by registering not later than September 25, 2021 to secure their boater position. After September 25, 2021, if any of the top 250 points holders have not registered, the remaining boater slots will be filled from a waiting list of qualified and pre-registered boaters by points.
Non-Boaters: ABA will take registrations for non-boater’s slots from qualified anglers by points, until 250 non-boater slots have been filled, registration will begin on July 19, 2021. Anglers in the top 250 by points standings must confirm their intent to attend by registering not later than September 25, 2021 to secure their non-boater position.
After September 25, 2021, if one or more of the top 250 non-boaters have not registered, the remaining boater slots will be filled from a waiting list of qualified and pre-registered non-boaters by points.
Divisional AOY: Divisional Points Leaders will compete within the National Championship event for American Bass Anglers Angler of the Year (see Paragraph 20).
Special Note: No angler will be allowed to win more than one boat in any calendar year.
About the American Bass Anglers: American Bass Anglers is committed to providing low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler while offering an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers and all their bass tournament trails, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.
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