Want to catch big largemouth bass? We've definitely got 'em, and the man to help you catch them. Capt. Ben Hayes, licensed guide and certified U.S. Coast Guard Captain, caught his first bass when he was six years old.
Chickamauga has been his home lake for nearly thirty years and he says it has been very exciting to see it grow into one of the finest bass lakes in the country. BASS and FLW have held regular major events on Chickamauga in recent years. The lake consistently ranks high in Bassmaster.com's Top 100 Lakes, Garmin's Top Bass Lakes and Fishhound.com's Top Bass Lakes. Ben has ranked among the Top 10 anglers on the Chattanooga Bass Association Tournament Trail, which has long been known as having the best bass fishermen on Chickamauga Lake.
There was a day when a 5-pound bass got folks excited on Chickamauga. But the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has been stocking Florida-strain largemouth since 2000 (Watch an excellent video history HERE) . Now anglers don't get too excited until someone breaks the 10-pound barrier. Of course Gabe Keen (pictured left) broke the 60-year-old state record for a largemouth in Feb. 2015 with a 15 lb. 3 oz. largemouth. Many anglers, including Keen, say there are bigger bass waiting in the wings. Watch an interview with Keen HERE.
Ben is ready and willing to help other tournament anglers learn how to catch big bass on the 32,000-acre Chickamauga Lake... however he also loves to introduce novices to the art of bass angling, guiding all abilities of fishermen... from dad's taking their young children on their first bass fishing trip, to seasoned tournament anglers.