Editor's note: Brandon Card's College & High School Bass Open takes place on Norris Lake, Tenn. Dec. 1, with a registration dinner at 5:30 on Nov. 30. The location is Campbell County H.S., 150 Cougar Lane, Jacksboro, Tenn. The team event is $50 per boat. The H.S. weigh-in takes place Sat. at 2:30. The college weigh-in is at 3:30. To sign up call tournament director Curtis Hoskins, 423-494-2578. Details on the prizes in the graphic below.
This coming weekend I’ll be hosting my third college and high school tournament on Norris Lake in Tennessee. We’re expecting somewhere in the neighborhood of 250 anglers this year. That’s a huge increase over last year, and exactly what we want to see.
This is a really fun event for my family, friends and me. We all help out, and it’s awesome to see how it comes together every year.
My wife, mom and stepmom take care of all the paperwork including registration and payouts. My brother helps me emcee and weigh all the fish, and my dad’s company, AB Card Construction, sponsors and cooks the free food at the weigh-in on Saturday. Even my high school buddies help with building the stage and setting everything up.
There’ll be a dinner and registration meeting on Friday before the tournament starts. Twin Cove Marine and Coal Creek Smokehouse BBQ sponsor and cater the dinner. During the dinner Chad Pipkens and John Hunter, my Suzuki teammates, will join me at the front of the room for a Q & A session about anything fishing.
We had several guys from Kansas fish my event a couple years ago, and I hope we draw anglers even farther away this year. There’s a $50 entry fee per boat (one or two anglers per boat) that enables us to boost the payouts which are pretty darn good.
First place in the college division will pay $2,500. First place in the high school division will pay $1,500. Last year we were able to give away more than $20,000 in cash and prizes for the tournament payouts and free raffles.
Our event is open to any college or high school angler in America. The college teams will compete against each other, and the high school teams will compete against each other. It’s two separate tournaments being run at the same time.