County News

May 18, 2017 – The Palmetto Boat Center High School Tournament Trail will visit Lake Hartwell in Anderson, SC for two days on Friday, May 19, and Saturday, May 20, 2017, for our 2017 Palmetto Boat Center High School Classic. Blast off will be approximately 6:00 am, and weigh in will begin at 3:00 pm. The event will be held at Green Pond Landing and Event Center, which is located at 470 Old Green Pond Road, Anderson, SC 29625. The event is free to the public. 

“The High School Classic is our championship event. 115 teams qualified over the course of the 2016 / 17 tournament season. Only the top three teams from each school are qualified to fish the Classic.” said Marty Walker, Tournament Director and owner of Palmetto Boat Center. “These 115 teams are the best of the best in High School Fishing in South Carolina. They can catch fish at our local lakes and are very competitive.” The student anglers will be competing for the heaviest five bass limit each day, and for an array of prizes, including a $1,000 scholarship to the winning team. 

“We love the opportunity to work with Palmetto Boat Center, Marty Walker and the PBC High School Trail to assist in hosting the PBC High School Classic. The opportunity to host these young anglers on Lake Hartwell and the Anderson community is very important to our local economy. These kids are here with their respective schools and families to experience Lake Hartwell and compete for a championship. With a memorable experience, we will see them and their families as adults. Our youth anglers today are our leaders and our families tomorrow and we take that very serious and welcome them to Anderson.” – Neil Paul (Executive Director), Visit Anderson.

The event is sponsored by Palmetto Boat Center, Academy Sports & Outdoors, Shimano Fishing, Bi-Lo, Nitro Performance Bass Boats, Phoenix Bass Boats, Mercury Marine, Byrnes High School, GimmeDat, Anderson County Parks, and the Anderson County Convention and Visitors Bureau. 

“These student anglers are the future of our sport,” said Walker. “We need more tackle boxes and less x-boxes. There is no substitute for time spent outdoors and memories that are created on the water. It simply amazing how much a little green fish will make a young person smile.” 

The Palmetto Boat Center High School Tournament Trail was established in the fall of 2015 to create a large scale competitive environment for the high school fishing teams and clubs in South Carolina. The trail filled the need for central coordination and operation of high school tournaments. Too many times, teams were scheduling tournaments at the same time as another school, which reduced participation. In our first season we held seven tournaments, averaging 125 boats from over 25 high schools in South Carolina. 

This year, the trail consists of six regular season tournaments, three in the fall and three in the spring. A middle school division was added to encourage participation from younger competitors. The teams compete for points in each tournament to determine the Anglers of the Year and the School of the Year. The top teams from each school also have the opportunity to qualify for the end of season two day “Classic” tournament which is an invitational event. 

Our six regular season events are all sanctioned tournaments by South Carolina BASS Nation, as qualifying points event towards the BASS Nation High School National Championship. Three teams from our trail finished in the top sixteen places in the 2016 National Championship, and two were in the top ten. 

In our second season, 2016-17, we are drawing over 200 boats per tournament. This translates to 400 students, 200 boat captains, and a large group of spectators in attendance at each event, who are all passionate about fishing and the outdoors.