2019 Pan American Black Bass Kayak Championship USA

2019 Pan American Black Bass Kayak Championship USA

USA Bass will host the first Pan Am Bass Kayak Championship. Teams will be invited to compete for team and individual medals.  Kayaks will be provided by Jackson Kayak and the waters will be conducive to kayak bass fishing.  Thank you to Cookeville, Tennessee for hosting this historic event on Center Hill Lake.

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Tuesday 28th May 2019

Travel arrivals / registration /rigging / demos

Wednesday 29th May 2019

Practice Day  

Thursday 30th May 2019

Competition Day 1

Friday 31st May 2019

Competition Day 2 Awards Dinner, Medal ceremony

Saturday 1st June 2019

Travel departures

2019 Pan Am Bass Kayak Championship Results

Eric Jackson


Gold Eric Jackson

Silver Drew Gregory

Bronze Emily Jackson


Gold Emily Jackson

Silver Bridgett Howard

Bronze Shannon Williams


Gold USA Women’s 2 Shannon Williams, Bridgett Howard, Jenn Nolan 

Silver USA Women’s 1 Emily Jackson, Priscilla Johnson, Jean Wilson  

Bronze Canada Women’s 1 Karen Poole, Jamie Stevenson, Cassandra Charity


Gold USA Men’s 1  Eric Jackson, Drew Gregory, Matt Ball 

Silver USA Men’s 3  Cody Milton, Ron Champion, Craig Dye

Bronze Canada Men’s 1  Chris Visser, Paul Winkel, John Dean


Gold USA

Silver Canada

Bronze Costa Rica

Eric Jackson Pan Am Bass Kayak event recap

2019 Pan American Black Bass Kayak Championship - article by Brad Wiegmann

Bass Fishing Championship Tournament But Out of Kayaks

Bass fishing tournaments are common across the United States. Truth is bass fishing tournaments out of kayaks isn’t a new thing, however, an international bass kayak championship is unique. Another criteria was no electric drives were allowed so anglers had to rely on paddling or peddling to get to their fishing area. 

Elite male and female kayak anglers from eight countries including United States, Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, Honduras and Dominican Republic participated in the championship. The inaugural Pan-American Bass Kayak Championship was held on Center Hill Lake in Tennessee with Cookeville-Putnam County Visitors Bureau severing as host for the event. 

Similar to a bass tournament with bass boats and outboard engines anglers competing in Pan-American Bass Kayak Championship were allowed to pre-fish the lake. However, anglers concentrated on areas around the three takeoff areas including Ragland Bottom, Cane Hollow and Rock Island where kayak anglers would be putting in. Center Hill Lake was impounded in 1948 for flood control and producing electricity. It’s 64 miles long and up to 195 feet deep. 

Due to being an international event logistics of transportation and even having kayaks for traveling anglers was challenging. Anglers fishing in the event that didn’t transport their own kayaks due to logistical issue used new Jackson Kayaks that were graciously supplied by Jackson Kayaks for pre-fishing and during the championship. Jackson Kayak supplied a Coosa Bite or Coosa FD model kayak. All of the fishing model Jackson Kayaks have “Elite Hi/Lo seat allowing the angler to adjust position. The Coosa FD has a Flex Drive System with a dagger board protected tri-prop propeller prop system.  

Nissan of Cookeville provided Nissan Titan pickup trucks for transporting the anglers and kayaks. Werner Paddles supplied paddles for anglers, Kokata with PFDs along with Dakota Lithium Outdoors with batteries. Raymarine, Power-Poles, Fish USA, Brella, and KBF were also sponsors of the event. 

Serving as event manager was John Knight, with US Angling Confederation, as well as USA Bass team manager, “US Angling has events across the United States and Cookeville was the perfect location for the inaugural Pan-American Bass Kayak Championship. The town of Cookeville and Cookeville-Putnam County Visitors Bureau was an extremely gracious host for the United States and our international anglers.” The championship started with a welcome parade for anglers and spectators through downtown Cookeville back to the host hotel Quality Inn-Cookeville. 

Unlike the majority of bass tournaments, the Pan-American Bass Kayak Championship doesn’t weigh in fish at the end of the tournament day; instead anglers measure and take a photograph of each fish to weigh-in. Each day anglers are issued a different sticker or wrist band to take photographs of the bass. 

This year the Individual All Around Gold Medal went to Eric Jackson aka EJ fishing out of a Jackson Kayak. Silver Medal went to Drew Gregory and Bronze Medal to Emily Jackson. The Individual Ladies Gold Medal went to Emily Jackson with Silver Medal to Bridgett Howard and Bronze Medal to Shannon Williams.  

Teams Mens Medals: Gold to USA Team 1 of Eric Jackson, Drew Gregory and Matt Ball. Silver to USA Team 3 of Cody Milton, Ron Champion and Craig Dye. Bronze to Canada Team 1 of Chris Visser, Paul Winkel and John Dean. 

Teams Ladies Medals: Gold to USA Team 2 of Shannon Williams, Bridgett Howard and Jenn Nolan. Silver to USA 1 Emily Jackson, Priscilla Johnson and Jean Wilson. Bronze to Canada Team 1 of Karen Poole, Jamie Stevenson and Cassandra Charity. 

National Medals: Gold went to the U.S.A. , Silver to Canada and Bronze to Costa Rica. 

Next year the Pan-American Bass Kayak Championship will be held in Mexico. 

Article & Photos by Brad Wiegmann

Nations Competing





Costa Rica

Central America



El Salvador

Kayak bass

Puerto Rico

Kayak bass

Dominican Republic

South America


Central America

TITLE SPONSOR Visit Cookeville

Cookeville Tennessee


Title Sponsor

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Presenting Sponsor

Kayak bass fishing

Jackson Kayak

Jackson Kayak was founded in 2003 by Eric Jackson and Tony Lunt. Currently located in Sparta, Tenn., near the Caney Fork River, Jackson Kayak designs, builds, and manufactures leading whitewater, fishing and exploration paddlesports products. With the moto “Build it like it’s your own”, all of their products are Made in the USA in growing support of the local Tennessee economy. Market leaders in both the whitewater and kayak fishing, kayak manufacturing and strong in the exploration sector, Jackson Kayak continues to introduce new product lines each year; this year including a new cooler line, Orion Coolers. Jackson Kayak’s success is largely due to delivering high quality products through paddlesports specialty shops globally; all supported by regional, national and international team members who are engaged to promote the paddling lifestyle. 

Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors


USA Bass Kayak Team

Eric Jackson

Kayak Champion

USA Bass Kayak Team Captain

Walling, TN

Chad Hoover

KBF kayak

USA Bass Kayak Team Angler  
Hendersonville, TN

Ron Champion

Ron Champion

USA Bass Kayak Team Angler
Richmond Hill, GA.

Priscilla Johnson

Kayak bass

USA Bass Kayak Team Angler
Woodbridge, VA

Emily Jackson

Kayak bass

USA Bass Kayak Team Angler
State Rock Island, TN

Bridgett Howard

Kayak bass

USA Bass Kayak Team Angler  
Cookeville, TN

Matt Ball

Kayak bass

USA Bass Kayak Team Angler

Little Hocking, Ohio

Jamie Denison

Kayak bass

USA Bass Kayak Team Angler  
Winston Salem, NC

Jason Broach

Kayak bass

USA Bass Kayak Team Angler
Bluffton, SC

Jean Wilson

Kayak bass

USA Bass Kayak Team Angler
Tallahassee, FL

Shannon Williams

Kayak bass

USA Bass Kayak Team Angler
Flint, MI

Jenn Nolan

Kayak bass

USA Bass Kayak Team Angler  
Baytown, TX

Craig Dye

Kayak bass

USA Bass Kayak Team Angler

Holly Springs, GA

Drew Gregory

Kayak bass

USA Bass Kayak Team Angler  
Charlotte, NC

Cody Milton

Kayak bass

USA Bass Kayak Team Angler
Searcy, Arkansas 

Digital Scoring provided by Score Fishing


If there's a connection, great! All data entered into the app is uploaded automatically and the results are auto updated. If there isn't a mobile or WiFi connection, no problem! All data entered into the app is stored & saved until a connection becomes available. Everything is then uploaded and the results are auto update. Easy! 

Our mobile scoring app allows for one time input, at the water scoring.  It caters for nearly all scenarios, from anglers scoring themselves & others, to assigned sector marshals recording multiple competitors scores. Attach one or multiple images to each competitors scores. ​The electronic signature feature allows anglers and marshals to verify, agree and sign off on scores. 

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