Bassmaster University gives amateurs chance to learn from pros

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BUCHANAN, Tenn. — From the pro angler to the amateur fisherman, BASSfest up at Kentucky Lake had a little something for everyone Friday, making it easy to grab a rod and learn a few new tips from the pros at a fisherman’s paradise like no other. “Right here in Paris is one of the all-time capitals of bass fishing all across the country,” pro angler Edwin Evers said. And that’s why thousands flock to Kentucky Lake every year to cast a line and test their skills. “Fishing is a die-hard sport, and it’s one of those things that everyone thinks they can do it,” BASSfest coordinator Eric Lopez said. “But everyone also knows that they can do it a little better if they just got some advice.” And that’s why this year, organizers say they’ve brought back Bassmaster University, a way for the average Joe to get a fishing lesson from the pros. “It’s a variety of different topics, anything and everything you want know about fishing,” Lopez said. “You can get up close and personal in a classroom style setting.” Being able to teach has many of the pros excited. “You know there are just all kinds of questions people are able to ask,” Evers said. “They can get firsthand information from some of the best anglers in the world.” And one of the best right now is Evers himself. “Edwin Evers is looking pretty hot right now,” Lopez said. “So he’s in the lead, and he plans on staying there.” And to be able to learn tips and tricks from some of their heroes also has many amateurs excited. “Guys that aren’t on the lake right now that are in the top 50 walking around meeting and greeting with everyone doing seminars — it’s just excellent,” Jarred Smith said. And for those looking to head out on the lake after the pros have left, they’re leaving everyone with a few tips to catch a trophy of their own. “Right now, those fish are really getting done spawning,” Evers said. “They’re pulling out on the ledges, and you’ll be able to get a good bite.” BASSfest continues at Paris Landing State Park until Sunday when the tournament winner will be announced. The festival also features attractions for non-fishermen as well and is free and open to the public.

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