The bass boats are coming.
The Fish Hook Festival is a new celebration tied in with the Bassmaster’s Elite Series fishing tournament that takes place in the Coulee Region Sept. 8-11.
The tournament allows locals who dream about getting paid to fish for a living to drool over the fancy gear and big boats, as well as meet the people who actually get paid to catch fish. And now in addition to weigh-ins and other tournament appeal, there will be country, bluegrass and gospel music nearby, with proceeds benefitting breast cancer research and patients.
Bass fish are appealing for fishing tournaments because they are known as strong fighters and are both scent and visual predators. Most professionals are looking for large-mouth bass here, but that’s not to say they would refuse a hog of a small-mouth either.
Modern bass fishing is a multibillion-dollar industry that includes the development and sales of specialized rods and reels, boats, lures, and electronic depth and fish-finding instruments. Here are five things you should know about the Fish Hook Festival before you go:
1) The weigh-in is the ticket.
2) Fans can mingle with “top bass.”
3) Who doesn’t love live music?
4) It’s a fund-raiser, too.
5) The lure of the lure.
Freelance writerAnastasia Penchi is graduate of UW-La Crosse and a long-time Coulee Region writer who has written for area newspapers and magazines (www.loislaneforhire.com).