County News

Anderson County, S.C. (January 12, 2018) – Anderson County anticipated the return of the Striped Bass Challenge (SBC) since the “Fall Brawl”, SBC’s first Anderson event was held in December 2016. SBC organizers’ focus continues to remain on the anglers, youth fishing, giving back to the community, as well as top dollar payouts and prizes. Green Pond Landing & Event Center, the Civic Center of Anderson, and Visit Anderson combine to create the proper stage for this top-tier event.

The SBC Winter Classic returned to Green Pond last Saturday, January 6, 2018 with a particular goal “to exceed” the 2016 food and monetary donations for the Anderson community. The SBC and event organizers again partnered with the Golden Harvest Food Bank to provide food for Anderson’s families in need.

The 2018 SBC Winter Classic brought anglers from across the Southeast to the waters of Lake Hartwell. SBC Winter Classic had a total purse payout of $66,700. The contest had 2-divisions with the Open Division 50 entries and a purse paying through 10th place; and, the Pro Division with 72 entries paying up to 15th place. 

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 the SBC Winter Classic sponsors. Winners take away striper tubes, coolers, grills, sunglasses, and batteries to name only a few of the prizes.
Here’s the Catch: The only way to get a ticket was to donate food and money for the food bank ensuring wins for the tournament teams and the local community. Attendees of the SBC Winter Classic Captain’s Dinner collected 36,239.63 pounds of food and $8,400 in monetary donations. As a result of these donations, the Golden Harvest Food Bank can provide 57,920 meals to the people in need in the Anderson area.

WINTER CLASSIC FUN FACTS:
- Largest fish weighed: 22.3
- Winning weight: 32.6
- Number of fish weighed: 53
- Total purse: $66,700.00
- Youth Prize: $1,000 Bass Pro Gift Card & silver trophy
- Lady Angler Prize: $1,500 & crystal trophy
- Big Fish Prize: EZ Go Express S4
- High School Fishing Club Food Bank Contest Prize: $4,500 total to three different SC high school clubs 

QUOTES – The 2018 Striped Bass Challenge’s “Winter Classic” earned its name and bragging rights this year on Lake Hartwell. Their tournament was very well-organized and a successful event on many levels. It was only made more memorable by the record food drive totals, below freezing temperatures, sand truck, and resolve of the 400-plus anglers, SBC event staff, and hosts. – Matt Schell, Anderson County Parks Manager

On Friday evening January 5th, the Civic Center was host to 550 attendees of the Captain’s Dinner for the Striped Bass Challenge. This was the second year in a row that we had the privilege to work with Robin and Mike of SBC in coordinating the space needed for the dinner. They run a top notch event, and I look forward to working with them in the future (hopefully next year). – Terry Gaines, Civic Center of Anderson

The impact of the Striped Bass Challenge on Anderson County is felt far beyond the shores of Lake Hartwell and the confines of Green Pond Landing and Event Center. With over 36,000 pounds of food collected and over $8,000 raised for our local food bank, the impact of the great folks at the Striped Bass Challenge will be felt in Anderson County long after the tournament was complete. We sincerely appreciate the every angler that participated in this special tournament on such a cold weekend with the sub-freezing temperatures. – Neil Paul, Visit Anderson