2017 Military Team Bass Tournament Location Announced
ATHENS, Ala. – The 2017 Military Team Bass Tournament, presented by American Bass Anglers, will be hosted by the Anderson Convention & Visitors Bureau and will take place May 9-12, 2017 at Green Pond Landing and Event Center on Lake Hartwell in Anderson, SC. The onsite registration and dinner will take place on Tuesday, May 9, 2017.
Since opening in December 2014, Green Pond Landing has hosted the ABA Ray Scott Championship, the ABA American Fishing Tour National Championship, the GEICO Bassmaster Classic as well as the Wal-Mart FLW Tour. The Anderson community provides a multitude of excellent lodging and dining options close to Green Pond Landing for the competitors, as well as many activities for the families and participating anglers. The competitors will fish Lake Hartwell, the 56,000 acre reservoir along the Savannah and Tugaloo Rivers, which spans part of the South Carolina-Georgia border.
“Anderson County and Visit Anderson are very excited to host the 2017 ABA Military Team Bass Tournament at Lake Hartwell. We’ve hosted the American Bass Anglers in our community with great success over the past few years and we are certainly looking forward to welcoming the ABA Military anglers next year as well. While Anderson County continues the process to make Green Pond Landing among the finest facilities in America, we welcome the ABA Military Team Championship to an Anderson community that respects and values the military and honors our soldiers, both Veterans and Active Duty. We look forward to a great event on Lake Hartwell and the Anderson community,” said Neil Paul, of Visit Anderson.
Members of the United States Armed Forces from all over the country will make the drive to compete in the 2017 event at Lake Hartwell. Any active duty Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, National Guard, Reserve or Coast Guard member may fish in this event. Immediate family of military members, honorably discharged veterans, Department of Defense civilians, contractors, and retired military members may also fish this event.
The Military Team Bass Fishing Tournament began in 1991 as a way to promote fishing and camaraderie among all branches of the military. In 1975, ABA began as the Military Bass Anglers Association, an organization dedicated to providing bass anglers in the military an opportunity to compete in tournaments with other military members. In 2000, Morris Sheehan, a life member who retired from the U.S. Army, bought MBAA, renamed it American Bass Anglers Inc., and relocated it to Athens, Ala.
“I think that the anglers will more than enjoy what the Anderson County area has to offer. The fishing at Lake Hartwell has steadily improved over the past few years and should produce some good bags of fish during the 2017 event. I look forward to seeing all of our past competitors, as well as, some new competitors at Lake Hartwell,” said Morris Sheehan, president of American Bass Anglers.
Since Lake Hartwell sits on the South Carolina-Georgia line, anglers can fish the lake with a license from either state. For Anderson County area information, call the Anderson County Convention & Visitors Bureau at (864) 716-3660 or visit www.andersoncountysc.org .
For more information on this tournament, call ABA at 256-232-0406 or see www.americanbassanglers.com.
American Bass Anglers commitment is to provide low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler and at the same time offer each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers and the Ram American Fishing Tour, the Ram Truck Open Series, the Ram 100% Plus Team Tour, or the American Couples Series visit www.americanbassanglers.com.
American Bass Anglers, Inc. is supported by Ram Trucks, Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, Carlisle Tires, Hydrowave, T-H Marine, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Livingston Lures, Best Western Hotels, Simms, Garmin, Maui Jim, Power Pole, Dr. Dan’s, and GEICO. American Bass Anglers, Inc. can be contacted at (256) 232-0406 or visit AmericanBassAnglers.com.