Wright attributes the community’s excitement to its familiarity with the event and the fact it’s free to watch the fishers and attend the weigh-ins (at Bon Secours) and the trade show.
Greenville’s recent success with other major events—like March Madness and the USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships—have energized residents to come out to support the local sports tourism economy.
Wright and Paul are confident B.A.S.S. will return for a fourth time, and Mulone gave no indication otherwise. In the meantime, Paul acknowledges the good showing should also bolster relations for some of the fishing group’s smaller event series to use Lake Hartwell.
“The people of Anderson understand this natural resource is an economic driver,” says Mulone. “They may not have a big convention center or arena, but they know the lake draws people in and it’s important to take care of it.”