The Bassmaster Tag Team Championship will be held on Lake Hartwell in Anderson, SC from December 7-10, 2022, taking the final spot in the 2023 Bassmaster Classic.
“We are very excited about the opportunity to once again host the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Team Championship in Anderson County, Green Pond Landing and Lake Hartwell,” said Neil Paul, Executive Director of Visit Anderson. “After the record-breaking Bassmaster Classic, we have huge momentum in our fishing community. The Tag Team Championship is another very impactful event among the Bassmaster platforms and will have a big impact on our community. Serving as a host for events on Bassmaster rigs highlights the versatility of our lake and facilities along with the tremendous support of our community and further solidifies our status as a bass fishing destination.
Core anglers will compete for that coveted spot in the Bassmaster Classic to compete in the Bassmaster Tag Team Championship. The team portion of the event will take place December 7-8 and will feature anglers from across the country. The winning duo will not only take home a cash prize, but they will also lead the charge in the Classic Fish-Off, which will take place on December 9 and 10.
The top 3 teams through Day 2 – six anglers in total – will have their weight reset to zero and then compete individually in the Fish-Off. The competitor with the heaviest two-day group total will earn their spot in the Classic.
In 2021, that honor went to Shane Powell of Dothan, Alabama, a former Auburn University angler who earned his spot in the tag team championship thanks to the Alabama Bass Trail.
Since its launch in 2014, the Tag Team Championship has grown by leaps and bounds. Originally, 38 tracks were listed. That number grew to 62 runs (with more than 11,500 members) last season when the annual tag team championship drew 179 two-angle teams to Lake Eufaula in Alabama.