CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.- After a week's delay, the 17th Annual Austin Peay State University Governors Bass Tournament will cast off Sunday at Kentucky Lake, with boat launching from Paris Landing, Tenn., State Park.
The tourney originally scheduled for May 14th, was postponed as a result of extremely high waters and flooding resulting from recent rains.
For the first time in tourney history last year's tourney was delay-two weeks-for similar reasons. The tourney still drew 269 boats.
Despite the date change, everything else, including times and prize money, will remain intact for the tourney.
Twelve thousand dollars in prize money-an increase of $1,000-will be awarded with a guaranteed first-place prize of $5,000, boosted from the previous $4,000 award. Second-place is guaranteed $1,500. Third and fourth-place will receive $1,000 and $600, respectively. The top 25 places will receive prizes.
Each individual entering the tournament has the opportunity to win the grand door prize, a $12,000 gift certificate from Mercury for Mercury products. In addition, other door prizes will be awarded.
The tourney will begin 6 a.m., Sunday, although all contestants must be checked in between 4-5:30 a.m., with a mandatory meeting on the water at 5:45 a.m. Pre-registration entry fee is $100 per boat (two people per boat), $110 after noon, Friday.
Fishing with artificial baits only is authorized with no motor trolling allowed. A five-fish limit per boat exists.
The Governors Club will have sausage biscuits prior to the tournament and hamburgers and hot dogs at weigh-in.
Weigh in will begin at 3 p.m. and boats launching will take place in order of postmark of entry form. Only largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass measuring 15 inches (with mouth closed) will be weighed.
Last year, the team of Sam Lashlee, of Hermitage, and Jeff Davis, of Lebanon, came away with a catch of 29.12 pounds to easily outdistance McKenzie's Scott Mansfield, who fished by himself but hauled in 22.42 pounds for second. It was Lashlee's second first-place finish. Since 2006, he also has one second- and two third-place finishes.
For entry form and more information, stop by the APSU University Advancement office or call (931) 221-7024 or (931-221-7127), between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. After business hours, call (931) 624-2909 or (931) 436-1044. In addition, all this information, including the entry form, is available at the APSU athletics web site: letsgopeay.com.
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