The biggest thing in pro bass fishing launched this morning from Green Pond Landing in Anderson, but the economic impact of the Bassmaster Classic was well underway Thursday.
The 52 top anglers in the Bassmaster Elite Series earned their way to what they call the “Super Bowl of Bass Fishing,” which is currently taking place not only on Lake Hartwell, but filling the Bon Secours Wellness Arena, TD Convention Center and 4,000 nights of hotel rooms in the Upstate.
The tournament is projected to have better than $23 million in economic impact on the area.
Events include daily weigh-ins at the Wellness Arena for the next three days and a free expo open to the public at the TD Convention Center.
Final numbers will not be known for a while, but the Bassmaster Classic consistently brings the host city an economic impact in the $23 million to $24 million range. If Upstate resident Casey Ashley wins the top prize of $300,000, that economic impact rises a little higher.