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Governors Bass tourney six weeks away

The 11th annual APSU Governors Bass Tournament, which drew a tourney-record 241 boats last year, will be held Saturday, May 14, at Kentucky Lake with registration and boat launching from Paris Landing State Park. The tournament will benefit Austin Peay athletics.
The 11th annual APSU Governors Bass Tournament, which drew a tourney-record 241 boats last year, will be held Saturday, May 14, at Kentucky Lake with registration and boat launching from Paris Landing State Park. The tournament will benefit Austin Peay athletics.

Eleven thousand dollars in prize money will be awarded with a guaranteed first-place prize of $3,000; second-place is guaranteed $1,500. Third and fourth-place will receive $1,000 and $600, respectively. The top 30 places will receive prizes. Each boat also will have the opportunity to win in a grand door-prize drawing. And if the tourney winner is fishing in a Triton Boat, Triton will pay an additional $1,000.

The tourney will begin 6 a.m., although all contestants must be checked in between 4-5:30 a.m., with a mandatory meeting at 5:45 a.m. Pre-registration entry fee is $100 per boat (two people per boat), $110 after noon, Friday, May 13.

Fishing with artificial baits only is authorized with no motor trolling allowed. A five-fish limit per boat exists.

Weigh-in will begin at 3 p.m., and launching will take place in order of postmark of entry form. Only largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass measuring 15 inches (with mouth closed) will be weighed.

The event is sponsored by Triton Boats by Earl Bentz, The Leaf-Chronicle, Legends Bank, Prudential Realty, Jenkins and Wynne Ford Lincoln Mercury Honda Isuzu, B&J Marine, WJZM (1400 AM) Radio, Charter Communications, Wal-Mart Super Center (Wilma Rudolph Blvd./Sango), 5 Star Radio Group, DBS and Associates Engineering, Inc. (David Smith), WKAG-TV, Grandpa's, WCKV-TV (Family Net) and the Governors Club.

For an entry form and more information, stop by the Office of University Advancement, or call (931) 221-7024. After business hours, call (931) 358-5450 or (931) 358-2984.
—Brad Kirtley