Premium kayak brand Wilderness Systems’ professional team will be going up against the best in the nation in the Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship. Highly decorated fishermen Craig Dye, Tim Perkins, Dwayne Taff, Cory Dreyer and Lance Coley will all be heading down to Louisville on the weekend of March 28th to compete in this prestigious event.

The Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship has been the pinnacle of kayak bass fishing competition in the United States since its introduction, but this year the team seeks to solidify its position on top of the rankings.

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The Wilderness Systems team has chosen their boats for competition, and for Dye, Taff, Perkins, and Dreyer that is the A.T.A.K 120 and 140 with the Wildy Torqeedo Throttle Mount and Foot Control Kit. This setup provides a wide range of motion with hands free maneuvering.

Lance Coley captains a Commander 120 which is also Perkin’s second kayak. The team keeps their boats stocked with the gear and tools that give them the highest chances of success on the water. Gear is important while on the water, with limited room onboard, everything a competitor takes must be essential.

The Wildy team’s must-haves include the latest accessories from Wilderness Systems like the Kayak Krate for storage, a water tight Xpel Dry Bag, with Mesh Storage Sleeves and Tackle Box to keep their gear organized and easily accessible.

Wilderness Systems is also proud to announce that Dye has been chosen to represent the United States in the 2019 Pan-American Kayak Bass Championship.

Taking place in Cookeville, TN on April 26-27, 2019, teams from across the globe will gather to compete in this first ever Confederation Internationale de Peche Sportive sanctioned, two-day event.

Dye, alongside the rest of the picks for Team USA, boasts an impressive list of championship titles that speak to their expertise on the water, providing a clear justification for President of USA Bass, Tony Forte’s selection.

“It is an honor to be chosen as a representative for the United states for this inaugural international event”, said Dye. “There has never been an international kayak bass fishing tournament of this size and I and the rest of Team USA are excited to put our best foot forward and show the rest of the world what we have got.”

The Pan-American Kayak Bass Championship is the premier kayak fishing tournament in the world. It’s high- caliber competitors have never before been pitted against one another on this level of the sport.

This event will give the world a closer look into competitive kayak angling as a sport on the heels of the 2020 Olympics, where other like-minded outdoor sports will make their inaugural appearance.

Wilderness Systems’ full lineup of team athletes is available online at For more information, visit Follow the brand on Instagram at @wildyfishing and Facebook at @WildernessSystemsKayakFishing.

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About Wilderness Systems

Innovative award-winning designs, premium outfitting, and uncompromising attention to detail have made Wilderness Systems an industry leader since 1986. Today the brand continues to push the limits of technology, performance, comfort, responsiveness, and aesthetics.

Taking that same drive into the angling market with high-quality fishing kayaks and angling accessories. Wilderness Systems now offers the ultimate on-the-water experience from expedition touring paddlers to passionate anglers and recreational boaters.

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  1. Tim Perkins, Founder, River’s Edge Camps In 2010, Tim Perkins left behind a successful bass boat tournament career spanning over 20 years to do something that spoke more to his childhood fishing experiences: kayak fishing for bass in rural Alabama rivers. As a kid, he plied the waters with a small homemade boat. A year later, he hit the kayak tournament scene with force, winning the Riverbassin’ National Championship. Realizing the impact that fishing remote waters in a small boat had on his childhood, Tim and his wife Michelle established Rivers Edge.  The nonprofit organization grows kayak fishing from the ground up. Tim explains, “We put together paddle camps for rural kids in Alabama. We wanted to offer the same opportunities that we had as kids growing up on the river.” The Riverbassin’ national title opened a lot of doors for Tim. One of them was an invite to the state office for the Alabama Scenic River Trail. He was appointed to the position of Ambassador of the upper Tallapoosa River region. The role of Ambassador involves conservation efforts including an annual river clean up. Tim speaks with pride about the position and the river he grew up on, “It’s like looking after an old friend.”


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