Make Bowfishing Plans Now for 17th Muzzy Classic on Guntersville Lake

The Muzzy Classic bowfishing championship on Guntersville Lake in Alabama features hundreds of bowfishermen from across the United States. Teams search for the biggest gar, carp and buffalo in what has become one of the best bowfishing tournaments in the country.

The Muzzy Classic bowfishing championship on Guntersville Lake in Alabama features hundreds of bowfishermen from across the United States. Teams search for the biggest gar, carp and buffalo in what has become one of the best bowfishing tournaments in the country.

The 17th annual Muzzy Classic bowfishing tournament has expanded its tournament waters for the 2016 event on Guntersville Lake in Alabama along with adding to the fish count and prize payout.

The Muzzy Classic, set for April 23-24, is expected to be the largest tournament to date. It offers a first-place cash payout of $10,000, more waters to fish, up to four-person teams, and this year the Muzzy Classic will offer an even larger prize table. It is one of the largest bowfishing tournaments in the country.

The Muzzy Classic will include more fishing areas to accommodate the increasing number of participants in the tournament, as well as add to the fish count. While Lake Guntersville is always a successful spot to fish, participants can also fish Wheeler Lake and any public access on the Tennessee River system. A complete list of open waters and specific rules for each of these new areas are available in the registration packet that can be found online at www.muzzy.com.

Online registration at www.muzzy.com will continue in the order registered from March 1 at midnight until 72 hours prior to the tournament when online registration will close. Pre-registration is highly encouraged, as teams that have not pre-registered will be staged and released in the order of registration. Onsite registration will be available the day of the tournament.

Scott Jennings and Bryan Hughes with the BAA World Record 92 pound grass carp from Guntersville Lake.

Scott Jennings and Bryan Hughes with the BAA World Record 92 pound grass carp from Guntersville Lake.

Tournament Format
As always, the primary tournament is a big-20 format, in which teams will weigh in their heaviest stringer of 20 fish.

Only one grass carp and five buffalo may be included in the tally. Teams can have up to three grass carp and 15 buffalo in the boat at any time. All legal species for the state fished will be accepted, but catfish will not be weighed or counted. In addition to the top three teams earning big-20 payouts, individual prizes will be awarded for the heaviest carp, the longest gar, the heaviest grass carp and the heaviest buffalo.

The tournament is open to teams of one to four members, with a $200 entry fee per boat. There will also be an optional “Big Fish Pot” that teams can enter in for an additional $25.00.

Mandatory Meeting
A mandatory meeting will be conducted at the launch site for all teams at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Apr. 23. The tournament runs from 6 p.m. on Saturday through 8 a.m. on Sunday. To kick-start the weekend of festivities, a Friday night Meet & Greet will take place at the Pavilion launch site at 4 p.m. This is an opportunity for all participants and sponsors to have dinner, drinks and some great camaraderie before the competition begins the next day.

A record number of 84 teams competed last year, and this year’s Muzzy Classic is shaping up to be even bigger and better. Be sure to sign up early to get a good starting place.

For information on the tournament, visit www.muzzy.com to download the flier, rules and entry form, or email Mark Land at mark@feradyne.com. Registration entries can be mailed to: Muzzy Outdoors, Attn: Muzzy Classic, 101 Main Street, Superior, WI 54880.

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