TWRA congratulates Gabe Keen for his historic catch of a new Tennessee State Record Largemouth Bass!
Friday the 13th was Gabe Keen's lucky day. The 28-year-old Campbell County High School history teacher was fishing on Chickamauga Reservoir Feb.13, preparing for an upcoming tournament, when something suddenly hammered his lure. Something big.
Big, as in a Tennessee state record largemouth bass: 15 pounds, three ounces. It was almost a pound heavier than the former record, which had stood for more than 60 years.
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Tennessee has become an ideal destination for sportsman with mobility impairments. Many organization have worked hard to provide wheelchair-accessible custom blinds and fishing piers on public lands and waters. More than a dozen deer, turkey and waterfowl blinds that include ramps and other features to make hunting from a wheelchair more convenient can be found across the state. A number of wheelchair-accessible fishing piers and observation towers offer additional outdoor opportunities as well.
The state’s Moment of Freedom initiative, a cooperative effort by the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, Tennessee Wildlife Resource Foundation, Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission and other partners, is aimed at increasing these outdoor opportunities. The primary goal of the Moment of Freedom is to create 21 new wheelchair-accessible sites over the next three years. To learn about the Moment of Freedom, visit www.MomentOfFreedom.org.
The Mission of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is to preserve, conserve, manage, protect, and enhance the fish and wildlife of the state and their habitats for the use, benefit, and enjoyment of the citizens of Tennessee and its visitors. The Agency will foster the safe use of the state's waters through a program of law enforcement, education, and access.