February 4, 2014

Largest fishing tournament in Carolinas returning to York County

The largest team bass fishing tournament in the Carolinas will return to York County for a third year.

The Carolina Bass Challenge with take place on Lake Wylie at Ebenezer Park on Feb. 15 and March 1.

The venue agreement between the York County Council and the Carolina Bass Challenge was made official at Monday night’s Council meeting.

Holding the event on Lake Wylie doesn’t cost the county because the Carolina Bass Challenge must provide insurance, traffic and pedestrian control, and cleanup, said event coordinator Brett Collins.

Around 350 fishermen are expected for the event, Collins said, competing in teams of two for several hours to see who can bring back the biggest bass fish. On a nice day, though, as many as 500 people will come out to Ebenezer Park to see the final weigh-ins to determine the winner.

The Carolina Bass Challenge has a good working relationship with the County Council, and he’s always liked the staff at Ebenezer Park, Collins said

“The people at Ebenezer Park are some of the nicest people we deal with,” he said, noting that the tournament has stops all over North and South Carolina.

The fish on Lake Wylie, though, tend to not be as large or accommodating.

While bass in other lakes can be 8 pounds or more, he said, the bass in Lake Wylie usually top out at around 5 pounds because of the lake’s proximity to heavily populated areas.

“There may be bigger ones in there, but they’re not biting,” Collins said. “Those fish have gotten smart.”

According to the Carolina Bass Challenge’s website, the big fish winner at each event wins $1,000 and tournament grand prize winners could get a boat and much larger cash prizes.

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