ANDERSON, S.C. – And then there were six.
The field of 329 anglers that began the Bassmaster Team Championship Wednesday on Lake Hartwell has been whittled to a half dozen men. They are from different places, and are different ages with different occupations.
But they have at least one thing in common, and that’s a burning desire to compete in the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk, which will be held March 6-8 on Lake Guntersville and in Birmingham, Ala.
One of them is going to earn that chance on Saturday when the Classic Fish-Off is complete here on Hartwell.
A total of 165 tandems from 30 different states, as well as South Africa and Canada, fished for two days in the team portion of this championship. The two men on each of the Top 3 teams had their weights zeroed as they advanced to the Classic Fish-Off which began Friday at 7:15 a.m. from Green Pond Landing. They’ll weigh-in at 3:15 p.m. and then they’ll do it all over again on Saturday.
The angler with the heaviest two-day total in the fish-off will earn the 53rd and final berth in the biggest fishing tournament on the planet, where fame and fortune await the winner. The 2020 Bassmaster Classic will be the 50th anniversary of the event, so it’s going to be an historic happening, too.
No pressure, right?
Let’s meet the six anglers who are vying for a spot in the Classic!