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Palmetto Boat Center High School Bass Tournament on October 19, Anderson, SC

Palmetto Boat Center High School Bass Tournament on October 19, Anderson, SC

The 2019/20 Palmetto Boat Center High School Tournament Trail will visit Lake Hartwell in Anderson, SC on Saturday, October 19, 2019.  Blast off will be approximately 7:20 am.  Weigh in for middle school teams will begin at 1:30 pm.  High School teams will start at 3:00 pm.  The event will be held at the Green Pond Landing & Event Center, which is located at 470 Old Green Pond Road, Anderson, SC 29625. The event is free to the public.

“We are expecting 200 boats for this weekend’s tournament, which equates to 400 students and 200 volunteer adult captains” said Marty Walker, Tournament Director and owner of Palmetto Boat Center. “This is the second tournament of the new season for our student anglers, and the growth of our trail has simply been unimaginable.  For this season, we divided our trail into two divisions to accommodate the growth we have experienced.  Last season we had 375 unique teams that fished the trail.  We are easily the largest tournament trail in the state of South Carolina, and one of the largest student trails in the country.”  

The student anglers will be competing for the heaviest five bass limit, and for an array of prizes, including a $2,000 scholarship to the winning team.  This scholarship is sponsored by the Lake Hartwell Outdoor Center located at 5503 SC-24, Anderson, SC 29625.  Joey Bagwell, owner of Lake Hartwell Outdoor Center, said “It is great to see these kids out on the lake fishing, and spending time outdoors.”

The event is sponsored by Palmetto Boat Center, Academy Sports & Outdoors, Shimano Fishing, Nitro Performance Bass Boats, Phoenix Bass Boats, Tracker Off Road, Mercury Marine, Visit Anderson, Anderson County Parks & Recreation Department, and the Lake Hartwell Outdoor Center.  Hosting this weekend’s event are Dorman High School and Pickens High School.

“These student anglers are the future of our sport,” said Walker.  “It’s amazing how this trail continues to grow.  We see new students participating each year.  We have teams from all over the upstate.” 

Participants from the trail have advanced to college competition with schools such as Lander, Clemson, USC, and Emmanuel just to name a few.

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 full season we held seven tournaments, averaging 125 boats from over 25 high schools in South Carolina.  

Now in our fifth full season, the trail consists of eight regular season tournaments, four each in two divisions.  A middle school division exists 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 division also have the opportunity to qualify for the end of season three day “Classic” tournament which is an invitational event.  

Our regular season events are all sanctioned tournaments by South Carolina BASS Nation, as qualifying points events towards the BASS Nation High School National Championship.  In the summer of 2019, the trail sent seven teams to participate in the National Championship.

For more information on the tournament trail, contact Marty Walker at 864-561-2026, martyw@palmettoboatcenter.com.

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Media Contact:    Neil Paul, Executive Director

Visit Anderson

(864)716-3660 

neil@visitanderson.com

 

This page was last modified in October 2019.

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