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Striped bass tourney comes to Clarks Hill

McDuffie County residents will get a chance to see large striped bass up close this weekend.

And they won't even have to wet a line.

The National Striped Bass Association's Striper-fest is making a stop at Clarks Hill, and Best Western White Column's Inn is serving as the tournament headquarters.

That means local residents can attend the weigh-in on Saturday. It will begin at 3:30 p.m. and will continue until about 5 p.m. Sunday's weigh-in will begin at 1:30 p.m. and run until around 2 p.m.

"All it takes is one experience at one NSBA tournament weigh-in to convince you," said Warren Turner, NSBA President and founder. "When these professionals on our Gold Cup Series bring 25-35 lb. live striped bass to the scales, it's an impressive sight."

Also, fishing seminars on Saturday begin at 1 p.m. On Sunday, NSBA President Warren Turner will be showing cast netting tips at the stage area at around 2 p.m.

The tournament trail expands as far west as Kansas and as far north as Pennsylvania, with a great percentage of tournaments in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

The trail features an Open division sponsored by Striped Bass Magazine entitled the "Striped Bass Open Qualifier Series."

The "Striped Bass Open Qualifier Series" is based on family fun and fellowship as families and kids are encouraged to compete.

"America's Family Fishing Trail" offers the opportunity for friends, families and fishing buddies to fish for cash and prizes while enjoying the day on the water fishing together.

This tournament trail is open to anyone to compete and features cash and merchandise payouts as well as a "Fun Class" where fishermen can participate for only $35. The fun class tournament pays back 100 percent to the top three teams.

Web posted on Thursday, February 23, 2006

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