The Jim Ragland Golden Eagle Bass Classic, hosted by the Tennessee Tech football program as a fund-raiser, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The event, will be held on Saturday, May 7, at Ragland Bottom on Center Hill Lake and will kick off at 6 am. Registration is underway for the tournament, with registration date determining starting positions. Organizers say there will be a variety of prizes awarded throughout the day, including more than $10,000 in prize money. The first place winner will take home $4,000 and second place is rewarded with $1,500 in prize money. There is an entry fee of $160 per two-person boat. Boats will be sent out in one of eight flights. The 2011 tournament is co-sponsored by The Country Giant and Celina-Overton County Cable.
The team of Chris and Josh Tramell of Smithville captured first place in last year's tournament, which featured a field of 90 boats on the lake. The winning team weighed in with 22.66 pounds, edging out the team of Tim and Delmer Wyatt of Crossville, which had 22.19 pounds in its five-fish haul. The big fish winners were Terry Steele of Sparta and Adam Wagner of Cookeville, with a top weight of 6.29 pounds.
"Everybody involved seemed to have a great time," said TTU football coach Watson Brown. "We had great participation and excellent support from our sponsors, which make this such a successful event."
For more information or to register for the tournament, please contact the Tennessee Tech Bass Tournament Hot Line at 931-372-3930.