Shell Knob to host River Bassin’ Tournament Sept. 10

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Annual event allows for fishing within 60-mile radius

The Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a River Bassin’ Tournament Sept. 10.

The Tournament Trail sponsors fishing tournaments throughout the United States 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.

“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 will allow entrants to fish area rivers and streams and even some portions of Table Rock Lake.

For more information about River Bassin’ including how to register, people may visit www.riverbassintrail.com, or their Facebook page, 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 www.shellknob.com or 417-858-3300.

The chamber invites area residents to enjoy cooler temperatures this fall by attending the tournament, which offers an excellent opportunity to experience the Ozarks up close, whether as a participant or spectator.

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