Anderson County to host Bassmaster Elite tournament April 4-7

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Anderson will host the third stop of the 2019 Bassmaster Elite Series fishing tournament beginning Thursday on Lake Hartwell. It will be the third tournament of nine regular-season Elite Series bass tournaments by B.A.S.S., the world’s largest fishing organization, and it is the first time for the Elite Series to visit the fishery in regular season competition.

The tournament pits 75 of the top bass anglers in the world against one another as they compete for the $100,000 first-place prize and valuable performance points toward qualifying for the 2020 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.

Spectators can watch the anglers’ boats take off at 7 a.m. Thursday, April 4 and attend the family-friendly Elite Series Outdoors Expo and weigh-ins at Green Pond Landing & Event Center through April 7. All activities are free and open to the public.

2019 S.C. Bassmaster Elite Series Pros include: Todd Auten (Lake Wylie), Brandon Cobb (Greenwood), Patrick Walters (Summerville) and Jason Williamson (Wagener).

Schedule of Events

Thursday, April 4
7:00 a.m.         The full field of 75 anglers launch on Lake Hartwell from Green Pond Landing & Event Center (470 Green Pond Rd, Anderson, SC 29626)
3:15 p.m.         Official weigh-in takes place at Green Pond

Friday, April 5
7:00 a.m.         The full field of 75 anglers launch on Lake Hartwell from Green Pond
3:15 p.m.         Official weigh-in takes place at Green Pond

Saturday, April 6
7:00 a.m.         The Top 35 anglers launch on Lake Hartwell from Green Pond
Noon               Bassmaster Elite Series Outdoors Expo opens
1-3 p.m.           Elite angler bass fishing clinics, Green Pond
1-3 p.m.           Angler Alley at Green Pond, where fans can meet the Elite anglers
3:15 p.m.         Official weigh-in takes place at Green Pond
Saturday is Military and First Responder Appreciation Day, offering free B.A.S.S. merchandise to fans with a military ID

Sunday, April 7
7:00 a.m.         The Top 10 anglers launch on Lake Hartwell from Green Pond
Noon               Bassmaster Elite Series Outdoors Expo opens
Noon-2 p.m.   Elite LIVE Watch Party at Green Pond
3:15 p.m.         Official weigh-in takes place at Green Pond
Sunday is B.A.S.S. Member Appreciation Day, providing a free Bassmaster cap to members who show their membership cards

Bassmaster Elite Series Outdoors Expo activities include:
– Take a demo ride of a Nitro, Skeeter or Triton boat
– See the latest from Toyota and win prizes
– Snap a selfie at the Academy Sports + Outdoors big chair
– Explore the Berkley/Abu Garcia Experience trailer and test your knot tying skills
– Join B.A.S.S. and buy official Bassmaster merchandise
– Win prizes and more from Carhartt
– Learn more about Yamaha, T-H Marine, Power-Pole and more
– Food and beverage vendors
– Kids’ activities

Visit Anderson is the host sponsor.
B.A.S.S. is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport. With more than 510,000 members internationally, B.A.S.S. is not only home to the nation’s premier fishing tournament trails, but it also boasts the most expansive and comprehensive media network in the fishing industry. Its media include The Bassmasters on the ESPN networks, more than 130 hours of tournament programming on the Pursuit Channel, 250 hours of on-the-water streaming coverage on Bassmaster LIVE and 1 million monthly visitors to the flagship website on bass fishing – Bassmaster.com. B.A.S.S. also provides more than 4.4 million readers with the best in bass fishing coverage through Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times, and its radio and social media programs and events reach hundreds of thousands each month.

The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the most prestigious events at each level of competition, culminating in the ultimate event on the biggest stage for competitive anglers, the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods. The trail also includes the Bassmaster Elite Series, BassPro.com Bassmaster Open Series, B.A.S.S. Nation Series, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series, and the Bassmaster Team Championship.