Huge Fish Arrowed in Season’s First Major Bowfishing Tournament

Huge fish and bigger payouts for 86 teams coming from across the country highlighted the 16th annual Muzzy Classic bowfishing championship on Lake Guntersville in north Alabama. The first major championship event of the bowfishing season attracted teams from as far as Wisconsin and the southwest.

Huge fish and bigger payouts for 84 teams coming from across the country highlighted the 16th annual Muzzy Classic bowfishing championship on Lake Guntersville in north Alabama. The first major championship event of the bowfishing season attracted teams from as far as Wisconsin and the southwest.

With a 33 percent increase in participants from last year’s tournament and a record-breaking 84 teams, the 16th Annual Muzzy Classic Bowfishing Tournament had some serious competition vying for the top cash payout of $10,000.

This all was despite looming threat of major storms in the forecast on Lake Guntersville in north Alabama. While the storms split to the north and the south, leaving mostly clear skies, cloudy waters along the fishable areas of the Tennessee River proved this tournament to be extremely tough for competitors, yet again.

In the end—with a massive 399.6 pounds of qualifying fish—Georgia’s three-man “Thrills & Kills Outdoors” team of Tommy Woods, Hunter Woods and Scott Baxter took the title and $10,000. They also won the award for the largest grass carp, which weighed 70.9 pounds, to win an Oneida Osprey bow. This whopping fish also took the overall Big Fish Title and an additional $1,850.

“We would like to thank everyone for making this the biggest and best Muzzy Classic ever,” said Mark Land, Muzzy bowfishing promotions and pro staff director. “This event grows each year, and Muzzy is extremely proud to be the event host for the 16th year. We would like to thank everyone who helped to make this year an overwhelming success, from the participants to the sponsors and volunteers to the town of Guntersville. I’m already looking forward to next year’s event.”

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Second place and $5,000 went to the “BBB Bowfishing” team of Bob Esper, Bradley Britt and Brett Miller for their 379.5 pounds. “Making Daylight,” the third-place team of Ken Lister, Glenn Ledbetter and David Stockstill, claimed $1,300 for their 357.1 pounds. This three-man Alabama team also took the title for the largest common carp, weighing in at 31.6 pounds, to win a Mathews Drenalin bow.

Continuing the excitement were the wins for Backwater Outdoors, Bryan Hughes, Scott Jennings, and Robby Elliott, who won the Biggest Buffalo category with a fish that tipped the scales at 51.8 pounds. That was good for a Cajun Sucker Punch bow outfit. Rounding out the Big Fish portion of the tournament, team 81, consisting of Ben Turner, Cody Turner and Robbie Robertson won the longest fish with a 49.5 inch gar that earned them a new PSE Tidal Wave bow.

The annual Muzzy Classic Bowfishing Tournament is the world’s most respected bowfishing tournament. Participants fished from 6 p.m. April 25 through 8 a.m. on the 26th in teams of up to four to compete for the $10,000 grand prize and sponsored equipment totaling nearly $50,000 in cash and prizes. The top three teams won cash prizes, while other participants won sponsored product. Every participant left a winner.

Complete information on the 17th Annual Muzzy Classic will be available in March 2016.

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