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Pro bass fishing tournament rescheduled for October

The FLW Toyota Series professional bass fishing tournament which was originally scheduled for April 30 – May 2 will now be held Oct. 1-3.

The FLW Toyota Series is a five-tournament circuit operated through the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization. After a mid-March pause, FLW competitions have resumed with new COVID-19 guidelines in order to protect the health and safety of staff and participants, to include limiting attendance to only essential personnel and competitors.

This event is hosted in partnership with Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation and Visit Charlotte and is expected to include a total field of 300 anglers from across the country.  The top finishing pro angler is eligible to win $75,000. It will also serve as the qualification route for the 2021 Pro Circuit, which the top five pros in each U.S. division are able to enter. The launch and weigh-in will be held out of Blythe Landing.

“The sports tourism market has long been our #1 market and we are fortunate to have a long history of hosting regional and national pro fishing tournaments, which inherently are better suited for social distancing protocols compared to other sporting events.  We are grateful for our long-term partnership with FLW as these fishing events will be critical in tourism being a vital vehicle in economic recovery,”,said Travis Dancy, director of sales with Visit Lake Norman.

Visit Lake Norman will also host the Carolina Bass Challenge’s Classic on Oct.23-24 out of Blythe Landing.  Hosting the Classic is part of a three-year host agreement, which also includes hosting a Carolina Bass Challenge qualifier event in 2021 and 2022.