All area anglers should start getting their gear
ready, oil your reels and sharpen your hooks--there’s money to made and
honor to be won.
Starting on May 3, there will be a three-day
B.A.S.S. (Bass Anglers Sportsman Society) sanctioned bass fishing
tournament held on the Little Kanawha River between Glenville and Grantsville.
Sponsored by Cabalas and Zebco, the tournament
offers a purse of $100,000 to the person with the heaviest catch of
bass, of all species, over the three days, with a bag limit of five fish
per day. All fish must be alive when weighed and re-leased back into the
river after certification.
Tom Bergeron, vice president of operations for
Zebco, said, “According to our research the Little Kanawha River is one
of the best bass fishing streams east of the Mississippi. We get a list
from the state of West Virginia’s Dept. of
Natural Resources each year, which gives the number of citation-size
fish that are landed each year, along with where they were caught.
“The Little Kanawha consistently has more citation
bass than any other stream in the state, other than the Greenbrier River.
The only reason the Greenbrier has the most citation bass per year is
the number of guided trips throughout the year on that river.
“There are five rafting companies and 47 individual
guides who make a living offering guided day trips on the Greenbrier and New rivers, and those guides always take care of the
paperwork needed for the angler to get their citation from the state. As
far as we can tell, there is no one offering guided fishing trips on the
Little Kanawha. None.
“If there was such a thing as a river being
under-fished, it would be the Little Kanawha. It wouldn’t surprise me
one bit if this tournament doesn’t spark a lot of interest in fishing
the river, and maybe even give some of the local fishermen a chance to
make some money in the summer, running guided fishing trips.”
The only rule that will affect most anglers is that
all boats must be human propelled, no motors of any kind will be
So far, the only angler who has signed up for the
tourney is Herm Hoops, the river guide who wrote the book on the
inflatable raft industry here and other places in
Hoops stated that he is not only coming in for the
tournament, but that he plans to win it, and will be floating the river
in an original Rubber Crafters raft from 1966. He will using hand-carved
wooden bass lures that he has picked up from fisher-men from all over