The beautiful Coosa River near Rome, GA will soon be filled with catfish anglers as the Bass Pro Shops Big Cat Quest (BCQ) brings its nationwide tour to town 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. “Our event in Rome provides a small town atmosphere were local anglers can come out and participate in a national qualifying event,” explained Freeman. 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.
Most of the fishing is done in the Coosa River that 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 BCQ 2013 and 2014 Angler of the Year winner 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 rivers as opposed to lakes.”
“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.”
The Coosa River can be challenging. “It can be tough,” explained Muse. “I’m always up for a good challenge and Rome will test your skills. When you become successful in places like Rome you can compete anywhere in the world.”
Muse pointed out the success of his friend Lonnie Fountain, from Jasper Georgia, who considers Rome his home fishing waters. “Lonnie is living proof that local anglers can go on to bigger and better accomplishments,” said Muse. Fountain has done well in numerous BCQ events such as the recent Weiss Lake Alabama First Annual Catfish Classic. He developed his skills in the waters around Rome.
Muse has a message for participating anglers. “Come on out and hone your skills,” challenges Muse. He also had a tip. “My tip for you anglers is three words. Patience, patience, patience!”
For information on the Rome BCQ event visit their website at www.bigcatquest.com or visit their Facebook page. Some details are still being worked out but will be posted in the near future.
Visit the website at http://romegeorgia.org for more information on Rome, GA.