Lake Norman anglers will see the return of high-dollar bass fishing events to the area after an agreement was reached last month with one of the region’s fastest-growing tournament organizers.The agreement reached between Visit Lake Norman – the lake’s convention and visitor’s bureau – and Carolinas Bass Challenge calls for five tournaments to be held on Lake Norman over the next three years.The first tournament, a qualifying event, was held March 22. Two more qualifying tournaments will be held on Lake Norman in 2015 and 2016. In addition, the season-ending CBC Classic will be held on the lake Nov. 7-8, and the North Carolina CBC State Championship will be held on Lake Norman in 2016.All five tournaments will stage at Huntersville’s Blythe Landing on the southern end of Lake Norman.“We are very excited to be working with Visit Lake Norman to grow our events over the next three years,” Matt Farris, an event organizer with the Carolinas Bass Challenge, said in a prepared release. “Last year’s Lake Norman qualifier had 334 anglers compete during a snowstorm. So we are confident out numbers will only increase.”Just three years old, the Carolinas Bass Challenge series operates tournaments in North and South Carolina. The 100 percent payback qualifying events average first-place awards of more than $10,000. For the two-day Carolinas Bass Challenge Classic, the payback scale is pushed back to pay through second place. The tournament winners will receive a brand-new Skeeter bass boat and 200-horsepower Yamaha engine, worth a combined $45,000.For information on the Carolina Bass Challenge, visit www.carolinasbasschallenge.com. For information on Visit Lake Norman, go online at www.visitlakenorman.org. Upcoming eventThe next meeting of the Lake Norman Marine Commission will be held at 7 p.m. April 14 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville. The meeting is open to the public. For information, visit www.lnmc.org.
Tuesday, Apr. 01, 2014
Lake Norman to host Carolina Bass Challenge events through 2016
Bill Kiser is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Bill? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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