The Bass Pro Shops Big Cat Quest National Tournament Series is pleased to announce that Rome will be a stop in the national tournament’s schedule of events, Saturday, August 29, 2015. Anglers of all skill levels and abilities are invited to participate in the one-day catfish tournament.
“This is a national qualifier for the Bass Pro Shops Big Cat Quest National Championship tournament in October, and the only event in the state that we schedule,” said Ken Freeman, owner of Ken Freeman Outdoor Promotions and tournament coordinator. “It gives the people of this region an opportunity to participate in the national championship. We encourage all local fishers to register.”
The tournament officially begins Saturday, August 29 at 6 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m., when anglers are required to return to land.
Teams must launch and retrieve watercraft from the Coosa River in Georgia, fishing the river, its tributaries and Weiss Lake.
In order to submit a catch, all entrants must report to the official weigh-in between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Rome Kroger parking lot, 1476 Turner McCall Blvd. SW. The catfish weigh-in is free and open to the public. All are invited to be spectators during the results.
Awards will be given for the largest catfish and the most catfish caught by a single team during the tournament.
The Big Cat Quest was most recently held in this area in August 2014, where teams hailed from Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana and Mississippi, and winners brought home over $10,000 in cash and prizes.
“We are excited to be a part of the tournament schedule again this year. We have hosted this tournament in Rome for 9 years,” said Lisa Smith, GRCVB executive director. “It is important to share the natural resources and our biodiverse river system with the public to increase use and respect of what is so precious to Rome.”
For registration fees, entry forms and additional rules and regulations, visit www.BigCatQuest.com. For more information about events in Rome and Floyd County, call the Rome-Floyd Visitor Center at 800.444.1834.