Kayak Bass Event at Kentucky Lake

The California-based Hobie Cat Company http://www.hobiecat.com will host a Hobie Bass Open qualifying bass tournament Saturday and Sunday at Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley.

The winner will earn a spot on the Hobie Team bound for the Hobie Fishing World Championships October 5-11 at Vinkeveen, The Neatherlands.

Saturday and Sunday’s event will be a CPR tournament. That’s catch, photo and release. No weigh-in, in the traditional sense.

This is also strictly a paddle or pedal powered tourney. Kayaks, canoes and paddleboards are welcome. No motors. No wading. No fishing from the bank.

The winner will be determined by the total length of the three largest bass (largemouth, smallmouth or spotted) caught, photographed and released each day.

I’ll have updates here, at http://www.courier-journal.com/blog/outdoors/ and via Twitter at @cjoutdoors1 and @garygarth.


Georgia Bound

Packing for North Georgia, Lake Lanier and the FLW Outdoors Forrest Wood Cup bass fishing championship, which opens Thursday and concludes Sunday (Saturday for the co-anglers).

The field includes 46 pros and 46 co-anglers. Lanier has suffered from the drought that has gripped much of the region. A couple of Cup qualifiers who were practicing Monday said the lake is about eight feet below normal pool. The lack of water has left much shoreline brush cover high and dry.

Fishing is expected to be difficult but as the pro like to say, “anything can happen in fishing.”

Check for regular updates @garygarth on Twitter. Updates can also be found here daily and at www.courier-journal.outdoors. FLW www.flwoutdoors.com will stream the weigh-ins live beginning at 5 p.m. Eastern daily Thursday through Sunday.