ANDERSON COUNTY, SC (WSPA)–Big dollars is expected to come into Anderson County this weekend, with two fishing tournaments at Green Pond Landing along Lake Hartwell.
The Carhartt Bassmaster College Series, and the Crappie USA Super Tournament, will begin on Friday morning.
The college series has hooked more than 500 anglers, and 264 boats, and the other tournament will bring in roughly 60 boats. For both tournaments there will be 325 boats. Anderson County officials said the anglers are coming from nearly 30 states.
“So the impact of these two tournaments this weekend, is going to be an excessive $900,000,” said Matt Schell, Parks Department Manager for Anderson County.
Schell said this is the largest fishing tournament to date, at Green Pond Landing.
The six figure economic impact, is helping to keep the county swimming after some months of challenges.
“We’ve had the weeks where our hotels weren’t full, our restaurants, haven’t been full. We had a situation where, our event numbers were cut down,” said Neil Paul, Executive Director at Visit Anderson. “It’s been difficult,” Paul said.
However, these fishing tournaments have been the life vest hotels, restaurants, and stores all need during the pandemic.
“There’s a lot of folks in our community, sleeping in our community, that are eating in our community, they’re buying gas in our community, miscellaneous type expenses,” Paul said.
“We’ll pick up a…