Last year “2014” we decided to join with the Indiana Chapter of Heroes on the Water. Every entry of every tournament of Kayak Bass Fishing TN had proceeds that were deducted and we came up with a total of $500 to help the Indiana HOW Chapter. So if you fished any tournament with Kayak Bass Fishing TN, you helped the Indiana Heroes on the Water Chapter. Please check out there page and see all of the great things they are doing, and give them a like. If you get a chance next year you should attend one of their events and give them a hand, and fish or paddle alongside a real hero.
The 2015 Kayak Bass Fishing Angler of the Year is Michael Ernst. Michael won two of the ten tournaments with Kayak Bass Fishing TN and fished all 10 tournaments. Even winning two separate tournaments in one day. Mike did his homework for every tournament and always caught fish, even when the conditions were tough. Mike finished with 941 points and the closest person to him had 909 points, so all Mike had to do was to show up and catch one fish at the KBFTN Season Closer to secure his spot as the KBFTN Angler of the year.
Mike started fishing with us late in the season of 2013, our first year, and has been a strong competitor at every tournament.
For Angler of the Year Mike won a 2015 Ride 115 from Hook1, and received a nice plaque that Craig Dye found.
Who will be the 2016 Angler of the Year?
On October 18th we hosted the last tournament of the season at the beautiful Natchez Trace State Park 1hr 45 minutes west of Nashville where 21 anglers came out to compete. The leaves were starting to change, and the mornings were crisp.
Two days before we had a cold front that started to come through and by Sunday it was set in good with temperatures during registration and at launch in the low to mid 30’s.
The anglers had their choice of the four lakes in the Natchez Trace State Park, fifty-eight acre Cub Lake and 690 acre Pin Oak Lake are operated by Tennessee State Parks, while 90 acre Maple Creek Lake and 167 acre Brown’s Creek Lake are operated by Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Anglers could move between lakes if they felt needed and was easy to do with a 9hr tournament. We practice catch photo and release, so all fish are released back in the water where they were caught just after a few moments of photos being taken on the spot.
After Sarah, Craig and I finished registration, Captain’s Meeting, and released the anglers, Sarah, I and 2 other anglers Karl Hudson, and Matt Skelton headed to the Pin Oak Lodge for a Continental Breakfast and coffee. We had a great breakfast, and afterward Sarah and I headed to our cabin to get the monies, and prizes sorted out. After that we headed out to fish. Sarah chose Browns Creek Lake and I chose Maple Creek Lake.
Not long after I was on the water I received a text message that Bob Bogdal had caught a 22.5″ pig.
The 21″ Challenge was still in effect and the prize pot was at $880, along with the big fish pot of the day at $200, so there was potential of someone winning $1080 for one fish.
I was getting my numbers, but just couldn’t find my big fish. Around 1:30pm or 2 Sarah showed up to Maple Creek hoping to get on the board, and she did quickly.
Around 3:00 we packed it in and headed over to Tournament Central “Browns Creek Lake”. All anglers checked in on time, and almost everyone caught fish, and multiple people caught their personal best fish.
Big congratulation to Bobby Weiker for winning the KBFTN Season Closer on Bad Boy Jigs, and crankbaits. Bobby had 5 fish at 77.5″ and his biggest being 19.25″. Bobby took home $425 for his win. Bobby and his partner Erika own and run E&B Custom Tackle out of Cookeville, TN, and will be starting up a tournament series Central Tennessee Kayak Anglers.
2nd place was Ron Champion with 72.25″ and biggest bass at 20″ even winning $309. Last year Ron took home Big Bass. Ron has been with us since our first tournament on August 27th 2013, and has fished almost every event and being one of the top competitors of every event. Ron will be relocating soon and we hate to see that, and hopefully he will come back and fish with us in the future.
3rd place was Bronson Locklear with 72.25″ and biggest bass at 18″ even winning $150. Bronson is new to the kayak fishing tournaments, but has fished more tournament in his first year than a lot fish in a lifetime. Bronson was a strong contender at this year’s KBF Open, and on the KBS Series, and fished other tournaments through the southeast. Bronson didn’t purchase his first kayak until late in 2014, and has had more kayaks than most, settling in with a beautifully Cumberland Watersports wrapped 2015 Hobie Pro Angler, and outfitted better than most bass boats.
4th place was Bob Bogdal with 71.25″ and biggest bass at 22.5 winning $45. Bob just started fishing with us late in the year on August 22nd. His first tournament didn’t go as well as planned, but he quickly adapted, turned things around and come back in the next two tournaments fishing strong. We look forward to see what Bob will do in the 2016 Series.
5th place was was Logan Ardry with 70.25″ and biggest bass at 17.75″ winning $25 Hook1/12 G Bait Custom Jigs&Plano Box/$10 Power Team Lures. Logan runs a tournament series down on Williamsport Lakes where boats and kayaks compete against each other. Logan fished 9 of the 10 of our events with only missing one tournament due to high school graduation which he wanted to skip and fish with us instead.
Big bass, and the 21″ Challenge was won by Josh Stewart with a 23.25″ beast caught on Browns Creek Lake earning him $1080. Josh called early in the morning stating he was running late, but would be there by the close of registration. Josh made it to registration, but forgot shoes, and a paddle in the process. He was able to borrow a paddle, but had to tough it out in sandals for the early morning cold temperatures. Josh finished 11th only two fish for the tournament a 22.25, and a 23.25 giving him a total of 45.5″. Josh fished all 10 tournaments of the 2015 season, along with a few other tournaments.
A big thanks to all our sponsors Hook1, Chad Hoover, and Chris Stewart. Bad Boy Jigs, E&B Custom Baits, Power Team Lures.
The ninth stop of the KBFTN season is almost here. We will be fishing out of Hamilton Creek on Percy Priest Lake
Facebook Event Page https://www.facebook.com/events/162228207445313/
$5 Big Bass
21″ Challenge $20 Optional (The pot is at $740)
Launch will be 5:15, check in at 9pm. Someone will be there by 4:30 to begin registration.
We will be using each anglers best two black bass, minimum 12″.
Please bring a camera and your own measuring device “Hawg Trough” carried by Hook1.
This is a catch photo and release tournament, so no fish will be kept.
A PFD is to be worn at all times while on the water.
A 360 degree light will be required to be on at 7:30, but suggested to be on earlier.
Prizes will be awarded from Hook1, E&B Custom Tackle, Power Team Lures, and lots of cash.
More information at and complete rules located at
(2 Fish Limit)
Hamilton Creek Park Nashville, TN 37217 36.109358, -86.619210
Saturday we had a little different tournament format. This was a tournament located on the Cumberland River that was random draw location. Nobody knew where they would fish beforehand, although they did know the four available launches we would be using.
Friday I figured I’d see what it was like to paddle upriver under 2 generators, so I put in at the dam at 6am and floated about 3 miles until I could see the Old Hickory Bridge and that was around 1pm. I then decided to paddle the 3 miles against 2 generators, the ATAK done well, and it was a good workout. Paddling upriver against generation and trying to fish is not an easy task. I ended up catching 3 drum over 20”, and several more in the 17-18” range, 1 largemouth, 1 shortnose gar, 10-12 or so largemouth, and 1 channel catfish. I barely dodged one storm and just received a little rain and a lot of wind. I met several people on the water who were very helpful and polite, much different people than on the lakes. I ended up getting back to the ramp at the dam around 4pm, so it was a 10hr fishing trip, which was much needed.
Everyone met up at a central location at 5am Saturday morning to register, go over the rules and draw ramps. Now the ramp you drew you could put in or take out there so if you wanted you could have a partner and do a float between the ramp you drew and another ramp of your choosing. We had 12 people team up, and 14 people going out as individuals making our attendance a total of 26. Everyone drew, some were happy. Some were not. The ramps drawn were Old Hickory Dam, Heartland, Lock 2 and Shelby. Sarah and I got Lock 2 which neither of us had ever fished. We let everyone go from the Captains meeting at 6am, but nobody could leave the bank from their ramp until 6:30 to give everyone a chance to get to their spots.
The generation was much different only 1 generator was to be running, and we had winds out of the west/southwest which counter acted the current. This made for lake like conditions which I’m wasn’t fond of.
The fishing was hot, I started catching fish and getting bites immediately, but they were all short. These are catch photo and release tournaments, but we still have a minimum length of 12”. All my fish were 9, to 11.5”. I tried switching techniques, and still the same results. I met up with Sarah on the water around noon and she was having the same results. So I figured we’d just hang out on the water until around 2:45 when we had to get off the water and get to Hook1 in Hendersonville to get check-in, setup and get organized. Shortly after meeting up with Sarah she had a good one follow a jig, then she caught a 16.5” on a jig, and then I caught a 13.25” on a shakey head. She rallied back with a 13.25”, and I caught a few more dinks that wouldn’t measure. Then we were fishing the same hole and she had a good bite, and then a follow, I casted past her and caught a 14.5” Spotted Bass. Neither of us skunked, but we sure didn’t get our 5 fish limit neither. There were 6 of us who fished out of lock 2 and only one got his 5 fish limit and was even culling fish. Nobody skunked out of there, so that was good.
The winner Craig Dye fished out of Lock 2
2nd Bronson Locklear fished out of Shelby Park
3rd Josh Stewart fished out of Old Hickory Dam
4th Logan Ardry fished out of Old Hickory Dam
5th Mike Ernst fished out of Shelby Park
Registration begins at 5am and closes at 5:45am, please be at Donelson Ace Hardware
2730 Lebanon Pike, Nashville, TN 37214 at a respectable time.
If you have any questions please feel free to call me “Jeremy” at 812-322-4711
The 5th stop of the KBFTN series is almost here. We will be fishing the Cumberland River. This is a random draw tournament where you will draw a location the morning of the tournament during registration. The location you draw must either be your put in or take out location. You can partner up before hand to help with shuttling if needed, but this is not a team event.
Registration will be held at the Donelson Ace Hardware
2730 Lebanon Pike, Nashville, TN 37214
starting at 5:00am and will be cutoff at 5:45am
Captains Meeting at 5:45am-6:00am
Check-in will be at the Hook 1 store in Hendersonville from 4:30-5pm. NO SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED AFTER 5pm
127 Sanders Ferry Rd
Hendersonville, TN 37075
$5 Big Bass
21″ Challenge $20 (The pot is at $600)
Launch will be 6:30am, check in at 5pm.
We will be using each anglers best five black bass, minimum 12″.
(5 Fish Limit)
Please bring a camera and your own measuring device “Hawg Trough” carried by Hook1.
This is a catch, photo, and release tournament, so no fish will be kept.
No Live Bait
No motors allowed
Trolling of only 1 rod, and only 1 rod may be used at a time.
A PFD is to be worn at all times while on the water. If caught not wearing a PFD is disqualification.
The launch locations to be drawn are:
Old Hickory Dam
1086 Cinder Road Old Hickory, TN 37138
3099 Fernbrook Lane Nashville, TN 37214
Lock 2 Park
2699 Lock 2 Road Nashville, TN 37214
1591 Music City Bikeway Nashville, TN 37206
Please familiarize yourself with these locations before hand.
More information and complete rules located at
If the river is blown out we will 4 alternate locations on one of the local lakes to fish from.
Last night at Fate Sanders on Percy Priest we had 37 people come to compete in the 4th tournament of the season. We also had 5 or 6 people that are interested come and check things out, like registration, captains meeting, check-in and awards. Again like every tournament we are seeing new faces. Everyone was worried about storms, but they had passed the night before. The water conditions hadn’t changed much, and I stuck to my original game plan of fishing a hump, and the ledge to the hump. My plan didn’t work out as I had hoped, but some of the group put a game plan together and executed it well.
Our next tournament is a river tournament Saturday June 20th on the Cumberland River where you will draw your launch the morning of the tournament at the captains meeting. The launches to be drawn will be Old Hickory Dam, Heartland, Lock 2 Park, and Shelby Park. This will be an all day tournament where you can launch or take out at your drawn location, so you may have a partner to assist with a shuttle. This will be a 5 fish limit. Details will follow this week, so keep checking back.