NPFL Tournament Changes Fishing Dates and Hours to Improve Action

NPFL Tournament Changes Fishing Dates and Hours to Improve Action


The National Professional Fishing League (NPFL) has announced changes to the tournament schedule and times for stop three on Pickwick Lake in Counce, TN. To maximize angler opportunities and alleviate fishing pressure on weekends, the NPFL has adjusted the schedule.

Anglers will now compete from Wednesday through Friday. Takeoff is scheduled for 10:30 AM, with the first flight checking in at 5:45 PM. Live coverage of the event will run from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. These changes aim to optimize fishing conditions during typical afternoon flows and enhance overall fishing quality for the field.

“Water flow on any TVA system undeniably impacts fishing quality,” said Brad Fuller, President of the NPFL. “Our goal is to maximize daily weights and overall catch numbers. After extensive discussions, we concluded that the 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM offers optimal conditions for our competitors.”

Local angler Brandon Perkins, who won the last two events on Pickwick Lake in July 2021 and March 2023, commended the league for recognizing this opportunity.

“I appreciate the flexibility the league has shown with this event,” said Perkins. “By avoiding a large event scheduled for Saturday and adjusting launch times, the league has opened up another feeding window for all competitors.”

Perkins anticipates a challenging competition given the widespread understanding of ledge fishing among participants.

“Despite the post-spawn conditions and scattered fish, the later launch and check-in times should benefit the entire field,” Perkins explained. “This change will not only improve overall fish care but also enhance the competitive dynamics of the event.”

Jesse Wise, another competitor, echoed Perkins’ sentiments, noting the potential impact of weather and TVA flow regulations on fishing conditions.

“The afternoon window will undoubtedly help us catch more fish,” said Wise. “While we may miss the morning bite window, the extended fishing hours should level the playing field and contribute to a more exciting tournament.”

As the event approaches, anglers are optimistic about the opportunities presented by these schedule adjustments, mindful of the dynamic conditions that could influence their strategies.

Pickwick Event Schedule:

Saturday, July 6: Community Outreach

Sunday, July 7: Official Practice

Monday, July 8: Official Practice

Tuesday, July 9: Official Practice

Wednesday, July 10: Day One

Thursday, July 11: Day Two

Friday, July 12: Day Three

Pickwick Tournament Hours (CST):

10:30 AM: Launch from the Pickwick Landing State Park Ramp

5:45 PM: First Flight Checks at Pickwick Landing State Park Ramp

6:00 PM: Weigh-in begins at Pickwick Landing State Park

7:30 PM: Last Flight Check-In

Live Coverage: Noon to 5:00 PM

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About the National Professional Fishing League

The NPFL was designed to bring simplicity back to professional bass fishing – one lake, the full field fishing all three days, and the heaviest combined three-day weight winning. The goal of the NPFL is to put the anglers first and build a trail that gets back to what the founders of bass fishing intended it to be.