Fishers of Men National Tournament Trail Arrives in Anderson to Crown 2023 Silver Anniversary National Champions

ANDERSON, SC, 3/28/23 – This week, nearly 350 anglers will converge on Lake Hartwell for the prestigious Berkley Classic Series National Championship. Championship qualifiers have traveled from 44 Divisions around the country, spanning from Texas to Maine and over 20 states in between. They will be competing for cash and prizes to include two Bass Cat Bass Boats powered by Mercury Pro XS Outboard Motors.

The Berkley Classic Series is the original Fishers of Men (FOM) team tournament series, and with the ministry itself, is celebrating its 25th Year Silver Anniversary. Teams compete in 5 or more localized tournaments each season, accumulating points for each, and the top 80% from each division qualify to fish in their area’s Berkley Classic Series District Championship, presented by Realtree Fishing. From there, the top 20% from each Berkley Classic Series District Championship, presented by Realtree Fishing, qualify to compete in the National Championship.

A few ‘Special Category’ competitors also qualify, like the Bass Cat Boats, and Mercury Marines, Top Finishers programs. The top finishing Bass Cat owners and Mercury Marine owners that finished below the top 20%, secure some of those special slots. Bass Cat Boats and Mercury Marine are Primary Sponsors, and the exclusive boat and motor brands of FOM.

What began in 1998 as a small four-division tournament trail with a total of 21 events through the first season has now grown into one of the largest fishing tournament organizations in the country. Now, in each season, there are close to 350 individual events across the Eastern US.

Localized divisional tournament events consist of a professionally run fishing tournament on Saturday preceded by a meeting on Friday evening. At the Friday meeting, anglers are treated to a meal, tournament details, and door prizes. But most importantly, FOM is a Faith-Focused tournament trail, so the story of Christ is shared, and anglers are encouraged to keep God first in their lives, even ahead of fishing.

Special thanks to Visit Anderson for hosting this year’s event. Angler’s practice period started on March 25th and runs through the 29th. The tournament competition starts on Thursday, March 30th with ‘Championship Day’ falling on Saturday, April 1st, more commonly known as April Fool’s Day. That could certainly open the door for lots of pranks, jokes and stunts. Come on out to Green Pond Landing in Anderson, SC and be part of the fun!

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