B.A.S.S. To Host Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Eastern Open Saturday In Anderson
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — B.A.S.S., the world’s largest fishing organization with more than 510,000 members worldwide, will host the Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series Eastern Open presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors Saturday, March 2, on Lake Hartwell in Anderson, S.C.
The High School Series pits teams of high school anglers against one another for scholarship money, prizes, bragging rights and the holy grail of high school fishing: an invitation to compete in an exhibition tournament in conjunction with the 2020 Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods. The 2018 Bassmaster Classic was held on Lake Hartwell in March, and the 2019 Classic takes place March 15-17 in Knoxville, Tenn.
The prestigious High School Series consists of four national opens (Western, Eastern, Central and Southern), in addition to 30 state championships and more than 15 sanctioned team trails. The Eastern Open will host 87 different schools from 15 states with more than 166 teams registered to compete.
During the one-day competition, two-person teams will try to catch the heaviest five-bass limits. Fans can follow the action through up-to-the-minute competition updates on Bassmaster.com through the popular BASSTrakk feature, as is featured in the Elite Series and other Bassmaster events.
With more than 10,000 student athletes representing 1,000 clubs in 45 states, the Bassmaster High School and Junior programs are among the fastest-growing initiatives within B.A.S.S.
Simultaneously with the High School Open, 33 Junior Bassmaster Teams will be competing in their own tournament on Lake Hartwell. Competitors are members of affiliated B.A.S.S. Nation Junior chapters and are in grades 2-8.
From watching the boats take off at 6:45 a.m. ET on Saturday, March 2, at Green Pond Landing in Anderson to the final weigh-in at 2:45 p.m., all activities are free and open to the public. Junior anglers will check in at 1:30 p.m.
The event is hosted by Visit Anderson.
2019 Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors Title Sponsor: Mossy Oak Fishing
2019 Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors Presenting Sponsor: Academy Sports + Outdoors
2018 Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors Platinum Sponsor: Toyota
2018 Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors Premier Sponsors: Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Power-Pole, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Yamaha, ABU Garcia, Berkley, Talon
2018 Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors Supporting Sponsors: Bass Pro Shops, Carhartt, Lowrance, TNT Fireworks
2019 Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Eastern Open Host: Visit Anderson
B.A.S.S. is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport. With more than 510,000 members internationally, B.A.S.S. is not only home to the nation’s premier fishing tournament trails, but it also boasts the most expansive and comprehensive media network in the fishing industry. Its media include The Bassmasters on the ESPN networks, more than 130 hours of tournament programming on the Pursuit Channel, 250 hours of on-the-water streaming coverage on Bassmaster LIVE and 1 million monthly visitors to the flagship website on bass fishing – Bassmaster.com. B.A.S.S. also provides more than 4.4 million readers with the best in bass fishing coverage through Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times, and its radio and social media programs and events reach hundreds of thousands each month.
The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the most prestigious events at each level of competition, culminating in the ultimate event on the biggest stage for competitive anglers, the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods. The trail also includes the Bassmaster Elite Series, BassPro.com Bassmaster Open Series, TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Series, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series, and the Bassmaster Team Championship.
Dave Precht, B.A.S.S., 205-313-0931, firstname.lastname@example.org
Neil Paul, TMP, Visit Anderson Executive Director