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THE STRIPED BASS CHALLENGE RETURNS TO GREEN POND LANDING, LAKE HARTWELL, SOUTH CAROLINA
WINTER CLASSIC TOURNAMENT 1/6/2018

ANDERSON SC, January 4, 2018– After a very successful Fall Brawl in December 2016 The Striped Bass Challenge (SBC) brings the 2018 Winter Classic to Green Pond Landing on January 6, 2018. Tournament organizer Mike Dillon says that the folks at Visit Anderson, Anderson County, The Civic Center of Anderson and Golden Harvest Food Bank were such a pleasure to work with that deciding to return to the area was an easy choice to make.

Dillon says, “We plan to provide an exciting experience people will talk about for a very long time. We want everyone to have a blast before they even get on the lake.” He notes that this tournament is possible due to the generosity of sponsors. “We couldn’t do it without Bass Pro, Textron Off Road, and American Ethanol for sure.” Other sponsors that have supported the SBC since the first event include Humminbird, Minn Kota, Realtree, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Hayes Jewelers, Red Kap, Costa, Betts Nets, Grizzly Coolers, Odyssey Battery, Hydro-Glow, Trophy Ridge Planer Boards, Traxtech, Driftmaster, Live Systems, Big Green Egg and so many others. Dillon continues, “It’s because we have the support of these great companies that we can do what we do.” With these partners, the SBC’s goal for the 2018 event is to support the community near Anderson by raising enough food and cash donations so that Golden Harvest Food Bank can provide as many meals as possible. “Last year’s total was close to 50,000 meals. We are really counting on the anglers to bring in a lot of food so we can exceed that and help a lot of folks.”

Anglers vie not only for the cash prizes but also for a Textron buggy presented to the team with the big fish of the tournament, a special prize for the youth and another for the lady angler whose team brings in the largest fish. During the captains’ dinner prizes are drawn for great products from our sponsors. Winners take away striper tubes, coolers, grills, sunglasses, and batteries to name only a few of the prizes. The only way to get a ticket to win is to donate food and money for the food bank ensuring wins for the tournament teams and the local community.

The contest has 2-divisions; the Open/Family Division, designed with a guaranteed payout of $5,000 to the winner. The Pro Division, which is geared toward those interested in a higher level of competition, has a $20,000 guaranteed first place prize. The event will see 50 open teams and 72 pro teams on the water. Dillon says “It’s going to be a cold one but these guys know the fish like cold weather and are coming ready to compete.”