After a several very successful events, The Striped Bass Challenge (SBC) brings the 2019 Winter Classic to Green Pond Landing on January 5, 2019. Tournament organizer Mike Dillon says the folks at Visit Anderson, Anderson County, Anderson Sports & Entertainment Center, and Golden Harvest Food Bank make putting on the event a pleasure.   “The SBC wants to put on a premier fishing tournament and the folks we work with here make that possible.” Dillon says. “This year we want to raise a lot of donations so we can help provide meals through the food bank.  Last year we raised enough food and money to provide over 57,000 meals and in the past 4 years the anglers have provided over 150,000 meals in total.   These folks have a great chance to win big prizes at dinner and at the ramp.  We’re excited to be able to do this again.”  He notes this tournament is possible due to the generosity of sponsors. “We couldn’t do it without Bass Pro Shops, American Ethanol, Cometic, and Johnson Outdoors for sure.” The SBC’s goal is to support the community near Anderson by raising enough food and cash donations so that Golden Harvest Food Bank can provide 100,000 meals, which is “almost double last year’s, so we are really counting on the anglers to bring in a lot of food.”  

This year anglers and others will be able to get their photo taken with the #3 NASCAR CUP series car which will be driven by Daytona 500 winner Austin Dillon at Daytona in February this year.  This gold, special edition Bass Pro Shops car will be on hand at the Anderson Sports & Entertainment Center on Friday at 3:30.  The car will also be available to the public at Green Pond  Landing for photos from 12 to 4 on Saturday the 5th.

Anglers vie not only for the cash prizes but also for an off road vehicle provided by Textron, a special prize for the youth and another for the lady angler whose team brings in the largest fish. During the Captains’ Dinner, prizes are drawn for great products provided by event sponsors. Winners take away bait tanks, striper tubes, coolers, sunglasses, casting nets, fish finders, and more. Participants earn tickets by donating food and money to Golden Harvest, which ensures wins for both tournament teams and the local community.

Longtime event sponsors include: Humminbird, Minn Kota, Realtree, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Red Kap, Costa, Betts Nets, Grizzly Coolers, Hydro-Glow, Trophy Ridge Planer Boards, Traxtech, Driftmaster, Live Systems, Big Green Egg and more.  We are proud to welcome Shimano and Marinen Cometic Gaskets this year. 

The contest has 2-divisions; the Open/Family Division, designed with a guaranteed payout of $5,000 to the winner. The Pro Division, which is geared toward those interested in a higher level of competition, has a $20,000 guaranteed first place prize.