Lake Norman will be the site of the second stop of the new Professional Anglers Association Bass Pro Shops Tournament presented by Carrot Stix Fishing Rods.
Up to 150 of the country's best bass anglers will converge on Lake Norman Aug. 12-14. This is the second event for the 2010 Tournament Trail. The entry fee is $2,500 per angler.
This is a big event and it took over a year for Visit Lake Norman and Visit Cabarrus to secure it. The tournament will be filmed and the Professional Anglers Association has a regular radio schedule. The economic impact of this new event is expected to be over $80,000.
Ten of our best local anglers will be competing for up to $10,000 cash and a Nitro Z-8 fully rigged bass boat.
Bryan Thrift from Shelby recently won FLW Angler of the Year and $125,000 in the FLW National Guard Tournament back in March at Lake Norman.
Brent Long from Cornelius won $125,000 last month in an FLW tournament on Lake Guntersville in Alabama. His 20 bass weighed over 95 pounds. Brent's father, Larry Long, from Lincolnton, just won $50,000 in the 2010 FLW Fantasy Fishing Contest.
The younger Long is sponsored by "Visit Lake Norman," and his boat is wrapped with their logo. Both anglers are already registered to compete next week. But, there are eight more local anglers that will also be giving it their all to take home the big prize.
Chris Baumgardner (Gastonia), David Hendrick (Cherryville), Guy Eaker (Cherryville) - the oldest competitor on the tour at age 70, Brian Mathis (Charlotte), Jason Quinn (Lake Wylie), Robert Stiltman (Mooresville), Pat Tierny (Denver) and Brian Travis (Conover) willl also particpate and may have the home-lake advantage.
The Professional Anglers Association is operated by the anglers, unlike the Walmart FLW and BASS, to be a unified voice to help in the growth of the sport.
An extra added event will be a Pro-Am Tournament at Mountain Island Lake. This tournament will give anglers a chance to fish with a limited number of pros in a more relaxed, fun atmosphere.
The event will be on Saturday. The tournament is open to anyone, but official Professional Anglers Association member observers who participate in the two days on Lake Norman will have first dibs. Volunteer pros that did not make the final 30 cut will fish with the anglers.
The event will use a "Catch, Weigh, Release" system. The entry fee is $300 per amateur and the top prize is a $500 Bass Pro gift card.