Bassmaster Kayak Series

A Kayak Anglers View on the New Bassmaster Kayak Series

I was asked a simple question: 

“How do you feel about the new HUK Bassmaster B.A.S.S. Nation Kayak Series presented by Abu Garcia and powered by TourneyX?”

To answer, I had to take some time to work through the purely nostalgic reasons I am looking forward to attending and competing in a B.A.S.S. event.  

My dad was a member. I used to watch every show that came on covering Bassmaster events before I could even drive myself to fish. Bassmaster introduced me to my fishing heroes, the guys who piqued my interest in tournament fishing as I dreamed of doing it for a living. I still have some Poe crankbaits that Rick Clunn convinced me to pick up, I will forever look for Mann’s Classic spinnerbaits because Hank Parker showed it to me one Saturday morning. I saw Shaw Grigsby give a seminar on jigs, flipping into a small cup; and I just liked saying Guido Hibdon, not sure why.

Bassmaster Kayak Series: A Kayak Anglers Perspective

Then, looking at it as a kayak bass angler who loves the sport and the kayak community; I will be a part of B.A.S.S.’s inaugural season when the first kayaks launch at Logan Martin Lake in Alabama on March 5th because it is another opportunity to advance kayak bass fishing.  

KBF, Hobie, and the local trails will continue to flourish and grow; this will not replace them; but (my opinion since I was asked the question), the B.A.S.S. series is an opportunity to put an established national spotlight on kayaking and help us all.  

There doesn’t seem to be much doubt that Bassmaster plans to leverage its years of experience to grow this series while drawing on the knowledge gained by some of the best kayak tournament directors and TourneyX.

B.A.S.S. likes the idea of single-day tournaments. In a recent interview, Dwayne Walley of TourneyX discussed how this will allow more accessibility to large events for kayak anglers with day jobs and limited vacation. The organizers worked hard to schedule events so they would not interfere with the existing trails and shared that the first event was put on a weekday to allow the top anglers to be on the stage at the 50th Bassmaster Classic.

The Classic will take place March 6-8 on Lake Guntersville with weigh-ins at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. This timing will let those who are able to visit the classic event and expo.

Bassmaster Kayak Series: Getting More Information

To learn more, I called Steve Owens, a fellow Tennessee angler and tournament director who will be working with B.A.S.S.. I wanted to understand how those of us in the state can get in from the beginning and just how it would all work. He was quick to explain that this is a project that is still being fully developed, but shared what he could.  

  1. Kayak anglers can fish the opens with a Bassmaster membership.  
  2. We will be given the opportunity to sign up with B.A.S.S. Nation clubs specific to kayak anglers as they grow in each state. 
  3. The path to the kayak classic will work just as the Bassmaster Classics have with these partner groups.

Bassmaster Kayak Series: Final Thoughts

Next, I tried to give him my thirty dollars to join the Tennessee kayak B.A.S.S. Nation over the phone but was told I will have to hold on until it is established. I went online to find B.A.S.S. stickers, shirts… guess I will have to read the rules to see if I can add the emblem to next seasons’ jersey. I have already studied Logan Martin Lake maps and videos. I pulled out the old Poe crankbaits, the Mann’s Classic spinnerbait that paid for my fishing two years ago, and keep hearing “Guido” in Ray Scott’s voice (still not sure why). 

How do I feel about the new HUK Bassmaster B.A.S.S. Nation Kayak Series presented by Abu Garcia and powered by TourneyX? 

To simplify my response into a single word; Excited!

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Mike Cheatham


May 2016, sat in my first kayak. October 2016, skunked in my first tournament. Spring of 2017, placed 11th in the KBF Open and have chased the addiction since. Fishing is the one place my mind gets quiet, the place I have always found peace. To do it competitively with a great bunch of folks is just a bonus. To have an opportunity to combine my love for fishing with writing...I feel like I have finally found a place in this world! I do have the support of a wonderful woman who understands my need to be on the water; she supports my dreams is truly good.

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2 replies
  1. Jimmy Cantrell
    Jimmy Cantrell says:

    As a kayak angler I am super excited about this move forward myself and can’t wait for the first tournament. Awesome article


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