1st April 2021 6:00 pm
April (when scheduled)
With more than 70 professional anglers boating in different directions after taking off from the Carroll Campbell Marine Complex in Georgetown, the Bassmaster Elite Fishing Tournament is the highest level of professional bass fishing tournaments. Competitors must qualify for the series through the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens or the B.A.S.S. Nation, and anglers who are already on the Elite Series must re-qualify each year by maintaining enough points throughout the season.
Winyah Bay, considered the third-largest watershed on the East Coast, offers rivers such as the Waccamaw, Pee Dee and Black as options for the Elite Series bass anglers to find the heaviest limit of five lunker largemouth possible. About 10 miles south of the bay, the Santee Rivers are another option. Numerous anglers even prefer to take the long ride down the Intracoastal Waterway to Charleston Harbor and then as far as 40 miles up the Cooper River, revered for its population of big bass, to fish.
This event is held in conjunction with the Winyah Bay Heritage Festival, which is also held at the Carroll Campbell Marine Complex.