Foothills Marine and Marshalls Marine launch Carolinas Bass Challenge with guaranteed prize money and boats

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Brett Collins calls the concept “crazy,” but he will be running the new tournament series, the Carolinas Bass Challenge, in 2012 on lakes and rivers in both North and South Carolina.

“I've never seen anything like it,” said the owner/director of the Carolina Anglers Team Trail who will conduct the new CBC. “They are going to give away three brand new Skeeter boats.”

Plus, he added, the winner of each qualifying tournament is guaranteed $5,000, more if entries increase beyond the minimum.

The series is sponsored by Skeeter Boats, Yamaha Outboards, Foothills Marine Center in Morganton, N.C., Palmetto Marine Center in Greenville, S.C. and Marshall's Marine Center in Lake City, S.C.

“There will be two divisions – North Carolina and South Carolina – and the final will be held at Lake Wateree on June 23,” Collins said.

Each angler pays a $35 membership fee and each team pays a $200 entry fee per tournament. The Big Fish at each event will win $1,000 and $1,000 will be awarded to the points-winning team in each division.

The North Carolina Division schedule includes Lake Norman, Feb. 18; Lake Wylie, March 24; Lake Norman, April 21; Lake Hickory, May 19; and the N.C. Divisional Final, High Rock, June 2. The South Carolina Division schedule includes the Cooper River, February 11; Lake Murray, March 31; Santee Cooper, April 28; Lake Wateree, May 12; and the S.C. Divisional Final, Lake Wateree, June 23.

The Carolinas Bass Challenge Championship will be held on Kerr Lake in North Carolina, October 27, 2012.

A Skeeter TZX190/150 with a Yamaha 150HPDI will be award to the winning teams at each 2012 Division Final and the 2012 Championship team will win a Skeeter ZX200 with a 200 Yamaha SHO.

Teams may fish three of four qualifiers in a state division and qualify for the Divisional Final and Championship or fish three of four qualifiers in any combination of the divisions and qualify for the Final and Championship.

Some pro anglers and guides will not be allowed. Any bass angler who has entered more than one bass tournament that requires an entry fee greater than $2,500 in the six months preceding a CBC event will not be allowed to enter the event. BFL, EverStart and BASS Weekend anglers will be allowed to enter any CBS event. BASS OPEN, FLW and BASS Co-anglers will be allowed to enter any CBC event. Any angler that has guided for bass on tournament waters within 30 days of the official event for any method of compensation will not be allowed to enter.

Although two months away from the first tournament, the series is already drawing high interest, Collins said.

“People are already paying for it. We've had 60 join so far.”
Details can be found at www.carolinasbasschallenge.com. Collins can be reached at (803) 413-7521 or email him at [email protected]