by Elmer Harris, RheaReview.comPhoto by Brett Fromhold, NewsChannel 9
- BASSfest competitors prepared for take-off early Wednesday morning from the Dayton Boat Dock.
The stage is set in Dayton, tenn. and competitors are on the water for BASSfest 2014.
Thousands of fans are expected to flock to Dayton for the first weigh-in, beginning at 3:15 pm. You can watch it Live online HERE
“Things are going really well,” said Bassmaster Director of Operations, Eric Lopez. “The Chief of Police Chris Sneed, Mayor Louallen, Sheriff Mike Neal, and Dennis Tumlin did an excellent job getting the venue ready for us. Everyone has already delivered on what they promised.”
RETC Director Dennis Tumlin is grateful to have had the City of Dayton and Rhea County government working together in preparation for BASSfest.
“It’s been an amazing team effort,” said Tumlin. "Without George Thacker and his team, Sheriff Mike Neal and the Rhea County Sheriff’s Dept., Homeland Security, as well as the great team from the City of Dayton including Dayton Electric Company, Dayton Parks and Recreation, and Mayor Louallen, none of this would be possible."
Bassmaster Tournament Director, Trip Weldon has seen a lot in his 25 years at B.A.S.S.
“The last time I was here was in the early 90′s at Chester Frost Park," he said. "We’re excited about being back on Lake Chickamauga, fishing is on fire here. There’s a couple of interesting twists to this tournament. We’ll fish here for two days, and then the bottom part of the field will go down to Nickajack for a second chance. They’ll try to fish there way back to the top 60 for Saturday’s competition here at Dayton Boat Dock on Lake Chickamauga. Then we’ll cut to the Top 12 on Sunday,” said Weldon.
Watch NewsChannel 9 Sports where John Madewell will be providing full coverage of the event. Learn more about Dayton's BASSfest 2014 HERE