Mark your calendar to ‘Fish the Chick’ Aug. 31

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The annual "Fish the Chick" bass tournament is a fund-raiser for the Rhea County United Way. This year organizers have sweetened the pot. If anyone catches a new Tennessee state record largemouth bass during the tournament, they'll win a 2019 Triton equipped with a Mercury 115 outboard from Bunch Marine. (Submitted Photo)

The date is set for the 8th Annual “Fish the Chick” bass tournament on Chickamauga Lake, based out of Dayton (Tenn.). There is a new twist in this year’s tournament to be held on August 31, 2019. Besides the guaranteed $1,000 first prize, Bunch Marine will be giving away a new boat to any registered angler who catches a new Tennessee state record largemouth during the tournament.

The current Tennessee state record largemouth weighed 15 pounds, 3 ounces, caught from Chickamauga Lake by Gabe Keen in Feb. 2015. Many anglers expect that record to be broken again someday and say it will likely come from Chickamauga.

Organizer Jenny Nevans said, “We have the TWRA on call with certified scales.”

The boat is a 2019 Triton 18 TX equipped with a Mercury 115 Pro XS 4-stroke outboard. trolling motor and on-board charger.

Whether you win in the tournament or not, the United Way of Rhea County will be the ultimate winner. All proceeds from the event go to the organization.

Nevans says the tournament raises up to $5,000 a year for the United Way.

“More women, and especially our children, have received services that better their everyday life as a result of this tournament,” said Nevans. “We have built wheelchair ramps, helped single mothers get good jobs, provided emergency shelter and transportation.”

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