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2017 Wohali Bass Classic In The Bag

It was a average day for Justin and Brenda Curnette as they readied their tackle to kick off the 7th annual wohali bass classic bass tournament. The day turned tuff when they didn't find any fish they felt could cash a check in this prestigous event. As they made their way back to the event, they held one last bit of hope, in that there was still a red ticket left in the their arsenal of tackle. This red ticket is the one handed to them by the Wohali Staff during registration the day before. 

One by one the anglers crossed the scales and one by one the results were tallied. 12 lbs, 13 lbs, 16.68 lbs. Vance Montgomery and Brian Potter take the top spot for $10,000 dollars. Still team Curnette holds on.. It wasnt their time.

Check presentations began $150.00 and up through all 15 paid places, then the conservation prizes all took minutes off the clock and the Curnette's grasp the red ticket knowing the time was almost at hand. JT Griffin, the president of the Wohali Outdoors Group, took the stage and presented the big white check  then turned to the crowd and announced, "Bring me the box" 

There was a calm in the crowd as every year someone leaves with a brand new BassCat boat and this year it was a pretty blue !  The youngster designated to draw the winning ticket made his way to the stage. He reached in and stirred the tickets up really good then pulled the one winner from the lot. The first number was announced, the whole crowd roared. The second number was announced, half the crowd roared. As each number was called off, and each time the roar got smaller. 

It was dead quiet and we could swear we heard the grass growing as the last number rolled of the lips of tournament director David McCoys lips. Everyone paused, Justin Curnette looked down, and I believe with all my heart took another solid look, then proceeded to yell, "Here, Here, Here !!"  On a day that started out as any other day the Curnette's went fishing on Grand Lake O' the Cherokees. The only difference is this time it was during the Wohali Fall Bass Classic, the only tournament format that gives away a BassCat boat by random draw. 

We want to thank everyone that came out to fish this year and look forward to seeing you next year. Stay tuned to this site for details and please sign up for the newsletter for early announcements. 

Here are the links to all the results and photos

Results Photos


Emergency Phone #: Tournament Director: David McCoy  p: 918-527-6419 |  E-mail

Grove City Ramp in Wolf Creek: The boat ramps will be open for boat unloading and loading.

Registration: At least one member of each team is required to check in at registration on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at Wolf Creek City Park between 9am to 7pm.

Weather: Due to the honor-start format of the tournament, we have no control on delaying the start times. If the weather gets bad, use your best judgment and fish at your own risk.

Check-In: DO NOT BE LATE! You will be disqualified if you are one second or more later than your assigned check-in time. Check in on the water or at the parking lot at Grove City Ramp in Wolf Creek.

Prize Drawings: In effort to get everyone on their way home as soon as possible, this year we will draw for prizes while you are fishing. At the weigh-in, we will have a whiteboard with a list of winning tickets at a table with tournament staff members. If you see your drawing ticket number listed, show your ticket to a staff member and they will pull your prize. Prior to drawing tickets, we will arrange prizes from the most value to the least value, then we will draw tickets and assign those to prizes accordingly.

NOTE: This does not apply to the BassCat Boat drawing and the two Conservation Awards.

Food: We will have a food vendor on site.

[ESTIMATED] Flights and Start/Check-In Times (CT)
Please note, this is subject to change.

Flight #1 (Green): Start fishing at 7:00 a.m., check in by 2 p.m.
Flight #2 (Orange): Start fishing at 7:15 a.m., check in by 2:15 p.m.
Flight #3 (White): Start fishing at 7:30 a.m., check in by 2:30 p.m. 
Flight #4 (Pink): Start fishing at 7:45 a.m., check in by 2:45 p.m.

You will get your flight number on October 7, 2017 at Check-In/Registration (Wolf Creek State Park). Please make sure your flagging tape (green, orange, yellow or pink) is tied to your trolling motor and visible at a distance.

Must Be Present to Win: To win a prize drawing, at least one team member must be present at the weigh-in; both members do not need to be present. If a team member has to leave early, make sure the person that stays has all of the tickets. We will redraw for prizes from the regular drawing that are not claimed before the boat drawing.

Trailering to the Weigh-In: If you decide to trailer to the weigh-in to weigh your fish, we will have tournament staff located on the road before the parking lot. After they check you in, you can then park. Weigh bags will be provided, do not use your own.

Bass Cat Boat Drawing: At least one team member must be present to win.

Two Free Fishing Rods Per Paid Entry/Team: Each paid entry/team will receive two free Wohali fishing rods. Rods will be given at the Check-in/Registration on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 at Wolf Creek State Park between 9 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Last Modified by Joe Davis on Oct 12, 2017