Saturday's bass challenge on Lake Wylie canceled; Open tourney scheduled

February 3, 2014 

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Fog shrouds the shoreline of Lake Wylie as two anglers ready their boat for a day of largemouth bass fishing. They launched at the Buster Boyd Bridge Access on the South Carolina side of the lake.

JACK HORAN — CHARLOTTE OBSERVER FILE PHOTO

The largest team bass fishing tournament in the Carolinas scheduled to return to York County for a third year on Saturday has been canceled due to weather.

Adam Fillmore of Hunt, Fish and Paddle shop in Lake Wylie, says he will be hosting an open launching at safe light until 3:30 p.m. at Buster Boyd Access Area. Entry fee costs $100 with 100 percent payback with $20 big fish pot. Sign up at the shop, formerly Lake Wylie Bait and Tackle on Charlotte Highway, starting at 5:30 a.m. Saturday.

The Carolinas Bass Challenge will be back on Lake Wylie at Ebenezer Park on March 1.

About 350 fishermen are expected for the event, said event coordinator Brett Collins, competing in teams of two for several hours to see who can bring back the biggest bass fish. On a nice day, as many as 500 people are expected to come out to Ebenezer Park to see the final weigh-ins that determine the winner.

“The people at Ebenezer Park are some of the nicest people we deal with,” he said, noting that the tournament has stops across North and South Carolina.

While bass in other lakes can be 8 pounds or more, he said the bass in Lake Wylie usually top out at around 5 pounds because of the lake’s proximity to heavily populated areas.

“There may be bigger ones in there, but they’re not biting,” Collins said. “Those fish have gotten smart.”

According to the Carolinas Bass Challenge’s website, the big fish winner at each event wins $1,000 and tournament grand prize winners could get a boat and much larger cash prizes.

Rachel Southmayd •  803-329-4072

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