By Tamas Mondovics
The “Super Bowl of Bass Fishing” featuring fifty-two of the world’s best bass anglers will be competing for more than $1 million in prizes in the 2019 Bassmaster Classic scheduled for this weekend.
For the first time, the 49th annual world championship of bass fishing is being held at the birthplace of the Tennessee River, forming at the confluence of the Holston and French Broad Rivers in Knoxville.
“Tennessee bass fishing is legendary, and our friends at B.A.S.S. could not have picked a better place for the Bassmaster Classic,” says Frank Fiss, Chief of Fisheries Management for TWRA.
There are more than a million people that take at least one fishing trip a year in Tennessee and spend money along the way too.
Fishing is reportedly creating more than $1 billion of economic impact in Tennessee each year.
Anglers will battle-it-out for the title of 2019 Bassmaster Champion on Fort Loudoun and Tellico Reservoirs, as well as adjacent portions of the Tennessee and Little Tennessee Rivers beginning on Friday, March 15 and will run through Sunday, March 17, 2019.
According to tourney organizers competitors may fish either lake and anywhere along the Tennessee River upstream from Ft. Loudoun Dam to the I-40 bridge on the Holston River, and the Hwy. 168 bridge on the French Broad River. In total, anglers will enjoy over 30,000 surface acres of fishable water.
The three-day event kicks off each morning at 7:40 a.m. when the anglers launch at Volunteer Landing in downtown Knoxville.
Daily weigh-ins will be held in Thompson-Boling Arena on the University of Tennessee campus each afternoon at 3:15 p.m.
“We are very excited to host the Super Bowl of bass fishing and hope everyone will come out and experience the event and visit the
TWRA booth at the expo,” Fiss said.
Following the event, since all the fish will be released back into the lake, visitors can fish where the pros fished and even catch the same fish the pros caught.
With a colossal event only a few days away, Fiss emphasized that fishing is not only a wonderful recreational pastime; it is also a powerful driver of providing jobs and economic impact in Tennessee and said, “Tournaments like the Bassmaster Classic are easy to see the impact of bringing in 100,000 people for a weekend to stay and play.”
For more information about the 2019 Bassmaster Classic visit www.bassmaster.com/tournaments/2019.