Classic: Hartwell's herring factor

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Patrick Walters calls out Lake Hartwell's population of blue herring as a factor in springtime tournaments.

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

You hear that one a lot in talks of wedding plans, but while the tradition helps guide a bride’s big day, the phrase also bears a surprisingly apropos connection to Lake Hartwell’s forage base.

How could it play out at the 2022 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk? Let’s walk through it.

Something old: The Savannah River — Archeological records indicate a Paleoindian presence along this waterway bordering Georgia and South Carolina near the end of the Ice Age, approximately 12,000 years ago.

Something new: Lake Hartwell — a bit of a stretch, but the 1963 impoundment makes it newer than, say, the Great Pyramid of Giza, so you know.

Something borrowed: Threadfin shad. (Stay with us.)

Something blue: Blueback herring were inadvertently gathered along with those shad.

So, putting it all together, Lake Hartwell — the Savannah River reservoir hosting the Classic — gained an unexpected food source in the process of stocking another.