Shell Knob aiming to lure anglers

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

River Bassin’ Tournament set for May 13

The Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce will host a River Bassin’ Tournament on May 13.

The River Bassin’ Tournament Trail sponsors fishing tournaments throughout the United States. These events are for kayak and canoe anglers who want to fish for bass on wild waters. The series uses a unique format in which anglers choose the water they want to fish within a 60-mile radius of the host location. When an entrant catches a bass, a photo of the fish is taken on a measuring board. The photo is uploaded to a live leaderboard, where contestants and spectators can watch the tourney progress in real time.

River Bassin’ was founded by Drew Gregory as a way to promote fun, family oriented fishing for anglers who want to enjoy more secluded waters from kayaks and canoes. Each event is open to anglers of any skill level. Teams and families are welcome to enter and attend the event activities. Tournament day is a fun-filled affair with games, food and prizes, according to Gregory.

“I got into kayak fishing to be able to catch fish in less pressured wild places, such as rivers or creeks, that my boat couldn’t get to,” Gregory said. “Large reservoirs and lakes already have plenty of competitive series, so I wanted to give kayak anglers a chance to have fun competing in the locations where the kayak really excels.”

The event in Shell Knob will be a regional tournament and allow entrants to fish the many fine area rivers and streams and even some portions of Table Rock Lake. Information about River Bassin’ and how to register can be found at or on Facebook or by calling 724-989-1630. Gregory’s Hooked on Wild Waters videos can be viewed on YouTube. The Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce can be contacted at or 417-858-3300.