Lake Wylie is just as fresh as ever, with a youthful renewal that shows itself year after year.
"The fish are biting really well," said Lake Wylie resident and South Carolina pro Jason Quinn. "It's going to change a lot between now and the Classic, though.
The spots aim to raise awareness of the Bassmaster Classic, providing a better understanding of what the sport is all about while positioning the event as an entertaining and worthwhile viewing experience.
Both Dustin Wilks of Rocky Mount and Chris Baumgardner of Gastonia are excited to see the world championship of bass fishing in their home state.
As Brauer enjoyed the view from atop bass-fishing's highest mountains, a wild wave smashed into his boat while he competed in a 1999 tournament on Lake St. Clair near Detroit.
They were eight of the most precious hours of the year for pros competing in the 34th annual Bassmaster Classic, yet none of the casts made during Wednesday's practice round even counted.
Some anglers have won from the lead, while others have stormed back from behind to claim fishing's biggest prize.
Thirty-four-year-old Takahiro Omori, a two-time Classic contender now living in Emory, Texas, became the first Japanese angler to lead the prestigious three-day world championship.
Japanese pro Takahiro Omori conjured up some last-minute heroics Sunday to become the first non-American to win the Bassmaster Classic and capture the sport's world championship title.
Hosting the Classic on your home waters is clearly an economic boost to the area.