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Warming trend likely to influence Bassmaster Classic results

GREENVILLE, South Carolina, February 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — More water and heat may be the key factors when the 2022 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk visits Lake Hartwell for the fourth time in the event’s history.

For the fourth time, Lake Hartwell will host the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk from March 4-6, 2022.

Competition days will be March 4-6 with daily take-offs from the legendary Green Pond Landing & Event Center in anderson at 7 a.m. ET and weighed every day at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville at about 4:40 p.m. The winning angler will claim a $300,000 prize and the most coveted trophy in all of professional bass fishing, as the platoon of 55 anglers vie for a share of a $1 million Stock Exchange.

Before classic waters were banned January 1stBassmaster Elite Series pro Brandon Cobb found Hartwell’s water level about 5-6 feet below normal pool. Make your home in Greenwood, South Carolinaabout an hour from Hartwell, Cobb said the lake is almost back to full pool now – a point anglers may have to adjust to.

“I think the fishing is considerably better when the lake is down because it leaves less cover in the water and concentrates the fish,” said Cobb, who won an Elite Series event at Hartwell in 2019. “Even shallow fishing seems to be better when itis broken.”

That being said, Cobb thinks the warming trend will have a positive impact. Daytime highs are expected to hit the upper 60s to 70s during the event – a stark contrast to the freezing 2015 Hartwell Classic, during which anglers struggled to launch boats that had frozen on their trailers when temperatures dropped to single digits.

“I really think one of the main things that will determine this Classic is how hot and how cold it will be going into the first day of the tournament,” Cobb said. “The (maximum forecast) is slightly above normal for this time of year. The weekend cooldown before the tournament is actually the normal late February temperature.

“I think warmer conditions make some fish easier to catch, but honestly I think it would take more weight to win if it was extremely cold. Warmer weather scatters them, but cold weather concentrates them .”

One of three U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects on the Savannah River, Hartwell was impounded by its namesake dam in 1962. The dam is 7 miles downstream from the confluence of the Tugaloo and Seneca rivers, which form the savannah. At the normal pool, Lake Hartwell extends 49 miles to the Tugaloo and 45 into the Seneca.

At its deepest, the lake plunges to 185 feet, but averages 45. Like most reservoirs, Hartwell holds its greatest clarity near the dam, with a spot increasing in the arms of the river and the many tributary streams.

“It hasn’t rained much (recently), so I think you’ll see some dirty water, but not abnormally dirty water,” Cobb said. “And the rise in water level wasn’t due to a lot of rain. It’s not high, it’s just back to the normal pool.”

The offshore habitat includes a mix of bumps, rocks, islands, points, channel swings and standing timber, while the shallow to mid-depth range includes a mix of docks, bushes, deposits and piles of brush.

Improving the image of the habitat, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources planted concrete culverts/structures, stumps, broken concrete slabs, riprap, fine gravel, artificial PVC fish attractors , trees cut and wired from the shore, maidencane plants and bamboo fish attractors known as “canepile”.

Actually made of bundled and anchored bamboo stalks, canepiles are usually most relevant during the warm season when bass-targeted bait shoals hold overhead. However, their lower parts may be of interest to pre-spawners who organize themselves along their journey to shore.

Covering approximately 56,000 acres, Hartwell offers plenty of room for a field of 55 boats to scatter. Cobb said the entire lake will be in play, but certain areas will receive greater attention.

“I think you’ll see groups of people fishing in certain areas just because of past history, and those are usually the most productive parts of the lake,” he said. “In my years of fishing at Hartwell, I really think you could probably win the tournament within any 5 miles of the lake.

“For example, the Tugaloo River has always played in the past because it has more stream tributaries. And the spotted bass have gotten bigger every year and the majority of the spots live in the main body of the lake. rivers, but the largest population is on the main lake.

At this point, the most consistent classic contenders will likely turn to mixed bags of largemouth and spotted bass. Generally this means catching the biggest limit of spots you can find and then chasing a bigmouth kicker.

With the warmer weather likely to ignite the shallow bite, some anglers will likely follow a big mouth strategy. The quality will be better, but the pinholes may be fewer. The other option: weed through numerous short or barely keeper spots in hopes of finding the competitive fish that Cobb says are on the rise.

“In my opinion, I think it would be hard to win with straight runs; I think you would need a big heavy mouth or a mixed bag,” he said. “It’s only been in the last three or four years that berths have been something you worry about even in a tournament. That’s what has changed – the berths have gotten a lot bigger.”

When it comes to bait selections, drop shots, football head jigs, finesse worms and underspins will dominate most of the offshore action, along with crankbaits, jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, Texas rigs and flipping/skipping jigs covering the shallowest areas. Cobb expects a few highlights, but consistency will likely prove difficult.

“I think you’ll see 20-pound sacks, but I’d also be very surprised if it took 60 pounds to win,” he said. “I think it will be more in that range of 17-18 pounds a day (to win). I would say 14-15 a day to make the Top 10.”

Fans can catch all the action with streaming coverage every three days on bassmaster.com. The Classic will also feature four hours of live coverage on the FOX broadcast network on Saturday starting at 8 a.m. ETplus four hours of Championship Sunday coverage on FS1 from 8am

The directory Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo presented by Marathon will take place at the Greenville Convention Center with on-site exhibitors selling a variety of merchandise for fishing, hunting, camping and more. Expo hours will be noon-7 p.m. Friday, 10am-6pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday.

Legendary fisherman and TV show host bill dance will be at the BASS booth and on Bassmaster LIVE March 5 at 10am Meet the legend and have your picture taken with the iconic Classic trophy.

A shuttle service will be offered between the Greenville Convention Center (expo) and the Bon Secours Wellness Arena (weigh-in).

The Bassmaster Classic is organized by Visit Anderson and VisitGreenvilleSC.

Title Sponsor of the 2022 Bassmaster Classic: Sports + Outdoors Academy
2022 Bassmaster Classic Presenting Sponsor: huk
2022 Bassmaster Classic Platinum Sponsor: Toyota
2022 Bassmaster Classic Presenting Sponsors: Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Power-Pole, Ranger Boats, Rapala, Skeeter Boats, Yamaha
Bassmaster Classic Outdoor Show 2022 Presenting Sponsor: Marathon
2022 Bassmaster Classic Hosts: Visit Anderson, VisitGreenvilleSC

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