This week, thousands of fishing fans will begin pouring into South Carolina for what's known as the "Superbowl of Bass Fishing" AKA The Bassmaster Classic!
Lake Guntersville had the honor of hosting last year, February 21-23, and what an amazing three days it was!
The 55 anglers who qualified had been pre-fishing for months in advance on Lake Guntersville. The anglers, media, and fans begin coming in the week of and some stayed until well after it was over. This was a huge boost for the economy, as the winter months are often the slowest.
With thousands of rooms nights over the course of the week/weekend, hundreds of media stories written and blogged about Lake Guntersville, millions of social media impressions, it proved to be one of the most successful events for Lake Guntersville! The last year Guntersville had hosted a Classic was in 1976! A lot had changed since then, and the whole city and county came together to show all the anglers and visitors a great time, full of southern pride and hospitality! The whole county saw an economic impact well into the millions for just the three days!
The Blastoff at the Guntersville Habor drew around 12,000 spectators, the largest in launch crowd history for a Classic. Crowds packed the banks of the harbor for three days to watch their favorite head out for the day.
After a stormy night, the first day of fishing started slow. By day two however, the pros began to weigh-in with 20-25 lb bags. Paul Mueller proved what all the anglers know about Lake Guntersville with his 32 pound bag, breaking the daily record for the Classic.
On day three, Randy Howell had what he has called his best fishing day yet, coming back from 11th place to win the 2014 Bassmaster Classic with a three day total of 67 lbs, 8 oz!
This weekend, February 20-22, in Anderson, SC, we would like to wish everyone best of luck! And especially our local pro, Chris Lane! Bring home another championship!