Cohutta Fishing Company’s 2nd Annual Southern Bassapalooza fly tourney kicks off on June 25, 2016, in the bass-y promised land of Cartersville, GA. This year’s lineup? STRIPED BASS – HYBRID BASS – WHITE BASS – SPOTTED BASS- SHOAL BASS- LARGEMOUTH BASS.

Registration deadline is May 15. Entry Fee is $150 per team.

Southern Bassapalooza on the Fly 2016 Rules

Catch and Release only, all fish must be handled in a sportsman like manner. This tournament will be a RIVER ONLY tournament. No LAKES or PONDS. Rivers must be within a 60 mile radius of Cohutta Fishing Company.

Each team must consist of 2 anglers, and must possess a photo capable phone. Each teammate must fish from the same vessel. (ie: jet boat, Jon Boat, drift boat, Canoe, etc.)

Artificial flies only. No conventional tackle—no scented or soft plastic ‘fluke’ style of lure can be used or in the possession of any participant during the contest. Flyfishing Equipment may only be used and or possessed by participants during the contest.

To enter a fish for judging, participants must submit a picture of the angler holding the fish. A second picture must be taken with the fish lying on the measuring device with the tournament credential card and length clearly visible. Fish must be measured to the nearest quarter inch mark, participants must send the judges their estimated score for approval for each fish.

Tournament begins at daylight on June 25, 2016. ALL anglers must be at Floyds Landing @5 p.m. for the Awards Ceremony. All teams will be penalized 5″ per minute late. Any teams that arrive after 5:15 p.m. will be disqualified.

Registration Packet must be picked up at Cohutta Fishing Company between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday, June 24. Awards, Post Party, and Camping will be held at Floyds Landing on the Etowah River, Cartersville, GA. Camping is $10 a night per team. Call Cohutta Fishing Company for more details, (770) 606-1100.

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Tom Bie is the founder, editor, and publisher of The Drake. He started the magazine in 1998 as an annual newsprint publication based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He then moved it to Steamboat, Colorado (1999), Boulder, Colorado (2001), and San Clemente, California (2004), as he took jobs as managing editor at Paddler, Senior Editor at Skiing, and Editor-in-Chief at Powder, respectively. Tom and The Drake are now both based in Denver, Colorado, where The Drake is finally all grows up(Swingers, 1996) to a quarterly magazine.

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