The River Bassin Trail has returned due to popular demand. Trail founder and kayak river fishing pioneer, Drew Gregory, says “I never wanted to stop putting it on but things just got crazy at Jackson Kayak and I had to wear a lot of hats quickly. I’ve missed running the trail and putting smiles on so many angler’s faces; fortunately we now have some help in the fishing area at Jackson and I’m freed up to put this trail on with some help from fellow kayak anglers Jameson Redding, Noah Heck and Brooks Beatty.”
Gregory also talked about the changes to the new version of this trail that allows the staff to put on more than just 10 stops (the 2011 total). The 2014 trail has over 35 stops across the US! New software developed by Gregory and his crew now make the trail so easy to run that even a caveman can…oh, wait, we mean its so easy that he and his staff don’t have to be on location for every tournament.
The new software is one of the more exciting features about the return of the trail because it allows for “live scoring” while anglers are on the water and when anglers check in. Anyone with a smartphone can upload their scoring river bass right from the water in just a matter of seconds. This score and photo is immediately posted to the tournament page on riverbassintrail.com for all fans to see. Similarly, if an angler is not using a smart phone they will return to the check in and access wifi at the host shop to upload their photos from their memory card. Their scores will also go live then. From there it is simply a matter of crossing some T’s and dotting some I’s for the staff as they have to make sure the anglers inputted the proper length for their 3 bass limit and had their identifier in the photo. Once done the results are “official,” prizes handed out, and the scores and photos are neatly displayed on the site for all to easily understand.
To help make this possible the trail teams up with specialty kayak dealers to put on the “local” stops, which are less expensive to enter ($30 individual, $20 youth and an extra $20 to fish as a team and individual). These local stops are grass roots and laid back with smaller prizes provided by the host shop and most also provide food along with the great fellowship the day of tournament. The low key scene is great for beginners, however for those looking to fish more of the trail you will accumulate “series points” that add up along the way towards the River Basser of the Year or River Bassin Team of the Year titles.
Gregory and the River Bassin’ staff will still make 9 appearances on the trail where he MCs the action on stage and puts on a bigger show at 8 “Regional Stops” and the Jackson Kayak National Championship in Wetumpka, AL on November 8th. These stops are a little more expensive to enter ($50 individual, $30 youth and an extra $30 to fish the team division as well) but the prizes are a lot bigger with Jackson Kayaks being awarded along with other national sponsors such as Yak Attack, RAM Mounts, Smith Optics, LifeProof cases, Bending Branches, Kokatat, Manley Rods, Suunto Watches, Goal Zero, KayakFishingSupplies.com, Gnaughty Gnats, Sperry Shoes, Z-MAN lures, Cablz, RayMarine etc. Anglers can also choose to purchase “unlimited” passes, which allow them to fish as many events as they want!
For more information on the River Bassin Trail visit riverbassintrail.com