The Coosa River near Rome, GA will soon be occupied by catfish anglers. They will be gathering for the Bass Pro Shops Big Cat Quest (BCQ). The nationwide tour is going to Rome on August 29, 2015. Many anglers will arrive before tournament day to practice fish and find some concentrations of catfish to target on tournament day.
BCQ organizer Ken Freeman describes the event as a grassroots effort to promote the sport of catfishing across the country. “The city of Rome is a class act,” says Freeman. “Our event in Rome provides a small town atmosphere were local anglers can come out and participate in a national qualifying event. The locals have done well here, they usually do. In fact, last years winners were local anglers David Harrison and his dad George. They won the 2014 event with 94.73 pounds.”
Georgia’s Rome is a near perfect setting for a tournament. The friendly city is nestled in among seven prominent hills that create splendid panoramic views in all directions. Three rivers meander through those hills to create one of North America’s most biologically diverse river basins. The Coosa River is fed by the Oostanaula River from the north and the Etowah River from the east. The Coosa River Basin continues south through Alabama and, then to Mobile Bay.
The 2013 and 2014 BCQ Angler of the Year, Larry Muse, always looks forward to fishing the Coosa. It is all about the current. “Rome is a tournament I look forward to every year,” exclaims Muse. “My preference is to fish in rivers as opposed to lakes and that’s why I like the Rome event.”
“The fish move up and down the river and if you study their behavior you get an idea where to fish for them on any given day. They have a channel that they travel and that narrows down your search. When the water is rising they swim around and check different places. When the water is falling they move back down the river looking for deep holes. They follow the performance of river.”
Participating anglers can fish the Coosa all the way to Weiss Lake in Alabama, but must launch in Floyd County, Georgia. The tournament waters are off limits to fishing from 12:00 am to 6:00 am. Anglers can launch as early as 4:00 am and may catch bait in the hours before the tournament starts, but no catfishing.
If you are looking for lodging the host motel is the Quality Inn located at 40 Grace Drive, Rome, GA, 30161. You can call for reservations at 706-291-7797. It is also the site to sign up for the tournament.
Registration will be at the Quality Inn on Friday August 28, 2015. The registration desk is open from 3:00 pm until 9:00 pm.
Cost to enter the Best Five Fish tournament is $200.00 per team. The tournament features an 80/20 guaranteed payback.
Fishing begins at 6:00 am and ends at 3:00 pm. Anglers must be in the weigh-in line by 4:00 pm at the Kroger grocery store parking lot. The address is 1476 Turner McCall Blvd., Rome, Georgia 30161.
For information on the BCQ visit their website at www.bigcatquest.com or visit their Facebook page. The Official Rules can be found on the website by clicking on “Tournament Info” in the top banner. If you have questions on the tournament Freeman can be reached at 731-234-1888.
Visit the website at http://romegeorgia.org for more information on Rome, GA.