Chowan River Top Gun May 6 – Pre-Tournament Notes

Chowan River Top Gun May 6 – Pre-Tournament Notes

The Collins Bass for Cash is giving you a chance to win $20,000 on the Chowan River in our first Top Gun tournament of 2023.

The Collins Bass for Cash will host our 1st Top Gun event of 2023 on Saturday, May 6 on the Chowan River. This is your chance to win our 1st place guaranteed prize of $20,000!

Please note: A minimum of 60 boats are required for this tournament to take place.

Tournament Information

Lake: Chowan River
City: Edenton, NC
Launch Ramp: Pembroke Creek – Google Maps Link
Fish Limit: 5 fish, all fish must be 14 inches or greater.

Off Limits

The Collins Bass for Cash has official off-limits days for each of our events. For this tournament, the off-limits period will be from sundown on Sunday, April 30 until sunrise on Friday, May 5. During this off-limits period, you may not be on tournament waters for any reason.

Tournament Times

Our crew will be on-site at 5:00 am to handle onsite angler check-in for the event. All anglers must check in with our staff and receive a boat number slip before our tournament begins. Blast off will begin at safe light. We always blast our anglers off as early as possible to maximize fishing time. We anticipate blasting off for this event at approximately 6:15 am.

Onsite Angler Check-in: 5:00 am
Blast Off: Safe Light – Approximately 6:15 am
Check-In: Weigh-in begins at 3:00 pm.

Tournament Blast Off

PLEASE READ – When you launch your boat into the water, please clear the ramp so others may have ample space to launch as well. We will call boat numbers from the bridge going across Pembroke Creek. You will be required to idle by us for a live well check and then you may proceed under the bridge and out of the no-wake zone. Be sure your life jacket is buckled, your kill switch is attached and your live wells are open. You must idle out of the wake zone before getting on plane. Finally, be courteous at the boat ramp, dim your lights when launching your boat, and be safe.

Boat Numbers and Flights

During registration, teams are assigned boat numbers. We blast off boats in order based on these numbers. Every 25 boats will begin a new flight. The first flight is due back in at 3:00 and every proceeding flight after that is due back in 10 minutes later. Boat numbers are visible on the homepage of this website.

Youth Tournament anglers will blast off shortly after the last adult team blasts off. All youth tournament anglers are required to return to the launch ramp at 2:00 pm.

Fees and Costs

All fees and costs for this event MUST BE PAID ONLINE. No entry fee payments will be accepted in person during the event (No exceptions).

The deadline to enter this tournament is Wednesday, May 3 at midnight. No entry fees will be accepted after this time.

Entry Fee: $400 – Purchase Online
Membership Fee: $35 per angler (One-time fee) – Purchase Online

Truck/Trailer Parking

There is ample parking at this location. There is a grassy area beside the launch ramp that will provide plenty of truck/trailer parking for anglers.

Payouts, Incentives, & Contingency Prizes

We’re guaranteeing $20,000 to our 1st-place winners at this event!

Additional payouts for this event are based on participation and will be announced before the blastoff. We’re so happy to offer our anglers several incentives and contingency prizes this year. Our events in 2023 will be officially sanctioned events for the following contingencies:

Ranger Cup, Triton Gold, Nitro Tournament Rewards

Points Championship

No points are awarded for this event.


A polygraph test will be administered at this event.

Live Leaderboard & Live Streaming

During the weigh-in, anglers will be able to view their results and current standings on our Live Leaderboard. We will also be live-streaming the weigh-in on our Facebook/Instagram accounts so family and friends can watch online. Make sure you’re following us on our official Instagram and Facebook accounts.

Please note –  our live streaming will be contingent on our wireless signal

Thank you all for fishing with the Collins Bass for Cash. We’re looking forward to a great tournament. If you have additional questions or need assistance with anything tournament related please contact Jeffrey Davis at 252.661.5454.