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SPECIAL NEWS RELEASE #03 - 13 March 24, 2003 DNR News (803) 734-3950
NATIONAL BASS TOURNEY WEIGH-IN
SET AT PALMETTO SPORTSMEN'S CLASSIC
The National Striped Bass Association, headquartered in South Carolina, has scheduled its L&S Marine Tournament of Champions on Lake Murray to coincide with the Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic being held at the S.C. State Fairgrounds March 28-30. The tournament is open to all who wish to participate, plus winners of all major National Striped Bass Association events held in 2002 were invited to fish.
The two-day tournament will take place on Lake Murray Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30. Saturday's tournament fishing will narrow the field to 50 boats that will fish Sunday to determine overall winners, and the day's catch will be weighed at the S.C. Electric & Gas launch site on the Irmo side of Lake Murray Dam. Sunday's weigh-in will take place on stage at the Classic from 3:30-5 p.m. at the state fairgrounds.
Each participant will attempt to keep their catch of striped bass alive in specially-fashioned striped bass release tubes designed by Warren Turner, president of the National Striped Bass Association. The tubes are currently being tested by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources to determine their effectiveness in maintaining the health of angler-caught stripers for release in tournaments and regular angling. Anglers must weigh their catch alive at the Classic weigh site or face points reduction. When an angler's catch is weighed, the angler will place the fish back into the tubes and transport them to the Congaree River for release.
"Striped bass are fragile and cannot be held and released easily like largemouth bass," said Turner. "The National Striped Bass Association promotes live release tournament angling and these release tubes are revolutionizing the way we conduct our competitive events. In all except the hottest months, the fish we've released in our tournaments appear to be livelier than when landed. In fact, they are so lively they're often difficult to handle during the weigh-in process."
Anglers may sign up from 5 - 8 p.m. Friday for the event in the Flower Room of the Ellison Building at the Classic. They may also register at the S.C. Electric & Gas landing at Lake Murray Dam, site of the tournament, from 5 a.m. until 7 a.m. on Saturday morning. A captain's meeting will be held on stage at the Classic Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. Captains only may enter through the exhibitor gate to register and attend the meeting. For more information, visit the National Striped Bass Association Web site at www.fishnsba.com.
The 19th annual Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic is sponsored by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, South Carolina Wildlife magazine, Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, WCOS-FM Radio and WIS-TV. The Hampton Fund uses proceeds to fund natural resources conservation projects in South Carolina. Examples include programs such as Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs; Operation Game Thief; Project WILD and the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program. The Classic has raised thousands of dollars over the years to benefit education and outreach programs throughout the state.
For 2003, the Classic has partnered with PalmettoPride, the Governor's Council on Beautification and Litter, in becoming a symbolic "Litter-Free" event.
Admission to the 2003 Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic is $6, and parking is $1. The cost of admission for seniors 60 and over is $5. Children 10 and under are admitted free. Visitors bringing donations of five canned food items for Harvest Hope Food Bank receive $1 off admission.
For more information on the Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic, call the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Columbia office at (803) 734-4008 or visit the Sportsmen's Classic Web site at http://www.psclassic.com or http://www.dnr.state.sc.us/etc/classic/classic.html.
Jim (Flatbroke) Goller, Director
Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic.
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