Lady Bass Anglers Head To South Carolina

The Lady Bass Anglers Association (LBAA) is in Upstate South Carolina this week for the second stop of their 2011 tournament year. This is the LBAA's first stop as an organization at South Carolina's Lake Hartwell and they have arrived with a new sponsor on board.

Pro Tournament Scales from Franklin, Indiana is the newest sponsor to partner with the LBAA in their endeavors. Terry Clarkson, Owner and President of Pro Tournament Scales commented recently about joining forces with the LBAA.

"We at Pro Tournament Scales view the Lady Bass Anglers as an up and coming major tournament trail. We decided that we wanted to get in on the ground floor with the Lady Bass Anglers by helping them with their hardware and weighing needs for their tournaments."

Practice on Hartwell for this week's LBAA event has been semi-tough with many anglers reporting catching quite a few smaller bass.

"I think it is going to take 12 to 15 pounds each day to win it," stated Anderson, SC resident and LBAA Pro Angler Leslie Childers. "That is ... if they'll bite. I think the key will be a pattern and not a location."

"The water is high," Childers went on to say, "and I think the cold front will probably affect the fishing also."

South Carolina's Anderson Convention and Visitors Bureau are hosting the two-day ProAm event slated for Thursday, May 5 and Friday, May 6. Pro anglers may bring five legal length bass to the scales and co-anglers may bring three legal length bass to the scales during competition. Competitors during the LBAA Hartwell ProAm event must be LBAA members.

On Saturday, May 7, the LBAA will host the 2011 Lake Hartwell Lady Bass Anglers Association Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club Charity Tournament. Entry fee is $100 per team with a guaranteed payout of $1,000 to first place. The highest finishing team with a female team member and the highest finishing team with a child age 12 or under will receive a $200 bonus. Membership in the LBAA is not required to fish this charity event. At the conclusion of the weigh-in, drawings for raffle items will take place adding another level of support for the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club. Numerous national and local organizations have donated raffle items.

Anglers will launch all three days at "safe light' and weigh in at 3 p.m. All launches and weigh-in festivities will take place at Portman Shoals Marina 1629 Marina Road Anderson, SC 29625 Phone: 864-287-3211.

Host lodging for the 2011 LBAA Lake Hartwell Tournament is the Quality Inn 3025 North Main Anderson, SC 29621 Phone: 864-226-6051.

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