Fans can send Lake Wylie anglers to All-Star tournament

August 29, 2012 

Lake Wylie’s Bassmaster Elite Series anglers Britt Myers and Jason Quinn are among 89 pros vying for a berth in the upcoming Toyota Trucks All-Star Week bass fishing tournament in Decatur, Ill., Sept. 20-23.

Through Sept. 10, fans can cast their votes online at bassmaster.com/vote to determine the remaining four anglers. If voted into one of the fan favorite slots, Myers and/or Quinn will compete in the All-Star Semifinal, to be held on Lake Shelbyville, Sept. 20-21, with all 12 qualifiers competing to weigh in the heaviest catches of bass. The top four fishermen from the preliminary rounds will move on to the Evan Williams Bourbon Championship, currently slated for Decatur Lake, Sept. 22-23. If drought conditions persist at Decatur Lake, the championship will be moved to a nearby fishery.

The championship features a bracket format pitting the All-Star Semifinal leader against the fourth-place angler, while the second and third seeds fish against each other. The top anglers from each of these head-to-head match-ups will meet in the championship round on Sunday, Sept. 23.

The All-Star event, to be televised on ESPN2, features 12 of the top anglers in professional bass fishing competing for $100,000 in prize money on lakes in or near Decatur, Ill. Eight of the competitors have qualified for All-Star Week by ranking highest in points during the season-long Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year race.

S.C. sweep set for Sept. 15

The 24th annual Beach Sweep/River Sweep is scheduled for from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 15. Each year thousands of people volunteer for the Sweep, South Carolina’s largest one-day litter cleanup of beaches, marshes and waterways. However, the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation’s Riversweep on Lake Wylie is scheduled Oct. 6.

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources is once again partnering with the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium to organize the statewide event, which is held in conjunction with the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup. Anyone can participate – individuals, families, schools, youth groups, civic and conservation clubs and businesses. Volunteers either organize their own cleanups at sites that are not already covered or they may sign up to assist at the cleanup locations listed on the websites below.

Last year, more than 3,000 volunteers removed 20 tons of litter from the state’s beaches, marshes and waterways. In the cleanup’s 23-year history, nearly 1,100 tons of litter have been collected, and much of it was recycled.

To participate in coastal counties, call 843-953-2092 or susan.ferris.hill@scseagrant.org. For inland counties, call 803-734-9096 or marshallb@dnr.sc.gov.

Catfish Club tournaments to begin

The Catawba Catfish Club announces nine events in its 1012-13 tournaments schedule, including two regular season and one championship event on Lake Wylie. Dates and location are as follows:

• Sept. 15, Lake Wateree, Lake Wateree State Park

• Oct. 6, Fishing Creek Reservoir, Hwy. 21 Access

• Nov. 3, Lake Wylie, Buster Boyd Access Area

• Dec. 8, Lake Wateree, Lake Wateree State Park

• Jan. 5, Lake Wylie, Buster Boyd Access Area

• Feb. 2, Lake Wateree, Lake Wateree State Park

• March 2, Fishing Creek Reservoir, Hwy. 21 Access

• April 13, Lake Monticello, Hwy. 99 Access

• Championship Event for Catawba Catfish Club, May 4-5, 2013, Lake Wylie, Ebenezer Park

For more information, visit catawbacatfishclub.com.

Boating course scheduled Sept. 29

Catawba Power Squadron will offer America’s Boating Course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 29 at Driving 911, 2000 S.C. 160, near Towne Tavern.

The course covers safe boating techniques, knots, what is required and rules, useful hints, navigation aids and trailering. The one-day class includes an exam to earn a certificate for a discount from most boat insurance companies. It also meets North Carolina’s boating law requirements for boaters younger than age 26 and qualifies ages younger than 16 to operate a personal watercraft.

The manual costs $30, which can be shared. Lunch is provided for an additional $5. To sign up for the class or for more information, call 803-831-8252, 803-547-6523 or 803-548-5362.

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