The Muzzy Bowfishing Classic is doing things in a big way this year. The event April 25-26 at Lake Guntersville, Ala., will feature a first-place cash payout of $10,000, have more waters to fish, up to four-person teams, and a lot of prizes, according to event organizers.
There will be celebrities on hand as well including Eva Shockey, one of the most influential women in hunting. Shockey, a Muzzy shooter, will be on-hand to sign autographs and talk with attendees at the Friday night Meet & Greet as well as during the pre-festivities and the sendoff on Saturday.
Chuck Belmore and Jon Justice, hosts of Sportsman Channel’s TV show, “The Habit,” are scheduled to attend the tournament as well. Muzzy shooters both on the water and in the field, Belmore and Justice will be on-hand to sign autographs, take photographs and talk with attendees at the Friday night Meet & Greet, April 24 from 4 p.m to 8 p.m. as well as during the pre-event festivities and sendoff on Saturday
This year, new fishing areas have been opened to accommodate the growing number of participants and to add to fish count. In addition to bowfishing Lake Guntersville, Muzzy has opened Wheeler Lake in addition to any public access on the Tennessee River system. A complete list of open waters and specific rules for each of these new areas are available in the registration packet that can be found online at www.muzzy.com.
The primary tournament is a Big-20 format, weighing in your heaviest stringer of 20 fish, but only one grass carp and five buffalo may be weighed. You can have three grass carp and 15 buffalo in the boat. All legal species for the state fished will be accepted, but catfish will not be weighed or counted. Individual prizes will be awarded for the heaviest carp, the longest gar, the heaviest grass carp, and the heaviest buffalo. This year, the tournament is now open to teams of one-to-four, with a $200 entry fee per boat. There will also be an optional Big Fish Pot that teams can enter in for an additional $25.
Pre-registration is highly encouraged, as teams will be staged and released in the order that they registered. Online registration will continue in the order registered from March 1 at midnight until 72 hours prior to the tournament when online registration will close. Onsite registration will be available the day of the tournament. A total of 78 teams competed last year, so early pre-registration is important to securing a good starting position.
A mandatory meeting will be conducted at the launch site for all teams at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 25. The tournament runs from 6 p.m. April 25 through 8 a.m. April 26.
To kick-start the weekend of festivities, a Friday night Meet & Greet will take place at the Pavilion launch site at 4 p.m. This is an opportunity for all participants and sponsors to have dinner, drinks and some great camaraderie before the competition begins the next day.
For more information on the tournament, visit www.muzzy.com to download the flier, rules and entry form, or email Mark Land at email@example.com. Registration entries can be mailed to: Muzzy Outdoors, LLC., Attn: Muzzy Classic, 110 Beasley Rd. SW, Cartersville, GA 30120.
Founded in 1984, Muzzy is the number-one name in fixed-blade broadheads, and it is a pioneer in the art of bowfishing. A division of Feradyne Outdoors, Muzzy is headquartered in Cartersville, Ga. For more information on the full line of Muzzy’s fixed-blade broadheads and state-of-the-art bowfishing equipment, contact Muzzy Outdoors, LLC, 110 Beasley Rd., Cartersville, GA 30120; call 770-387-9300; or visit www.muzzy.com.
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