Skeeter 2013 Bass Challenge
By Pamela A. Keene
The grand prize is $20,000, but there’s also big money in the qualifying events leading up to the Skeeter 2013 Bass Challenge on Lake Lanier in October. Sponsored by Skeeter Bass Boats, Yamaha and Boating Atlanta, the tournament features three qualifying events this spring – Lake Hartwell on Sunday, March 17; Lake Russell on Sunday, April 21; and Clarks Hill Lake on Sunday, May 12.
“Each tournament qualifier has a 100 percent payback, plus there are extras for teams who fish on Skeeter boats,” said David Freeman, general manager of Boating Atlanta. “In each tournament qualifier, the top team fishing with a Skeeter boat powered by Yamaha gets an additional $3,000.” Additionally, Zoom Bait will award $500 for the big fish of the tournament. There’s also a $500 prize for the top finishing team that fishes on a Skeeter Boat purchased from N&C Marine, which owns Boating Atlanta.
“We’ve already had teams purchase Skeeter boats just to fish this tournament,” Freeman said. “This is going to be a great event.”
The top 75 teams from the three qualifiers will move on to the championship event on Oct. 5-6 in Little Hall Park on Lake Lanier.
Other sponsors include Hammonds Fishing Center, Georgia Outdoor News and John Megel Chevrolet in Dawsonville.
Registration opened on January 1. Cost per team is $150.