So you want to compete in a big-time bass fishing tournament series, but don't have the money or time to spend fishing all over the country to compete in the FLW or BASS tours? The answer to your dilemma is right here in the state of South Carolina. That answer is spelled CATT, which stands for Carolina Angler's Team Trail, and the owner of the trail is from right here in the Midlands. Brett Collins of Ridgeway has grown the trail considerably in the past few years.
The trail is actually a series of trails fished on several lakes throughout South Carolina and North Carolina, but most anglers stick to fishing the trail on just the lake closest to their home. This helps keep costs to a minimum since there is little travel and no need to spend money on hotel rooms. Basically, these guys are going fishing at their local lake for the day, and dozens of other teams are doing the same thing.
The 2010 Fall Season of the Lake Wateree trail just wrapped up this past weekend. The winning team of Tripp Owings and Daniel Cook took home over $2500 for their tournament efforts. Along with the rest of the prize money for the day, that brought the overall payback to anglers to over $49,000 in 2010 for just Lake Wateree alone.
Lake Wylie, Lake Murray, Lake Santee, the Waccamaw River, and Lake Robinson are also part of CATT. Each one has a Fall Season, a Spring Season, and a Winter Season, so you can fish year-round in a tournament series against good competition without worrying about traveling the country to do it. For further information on CATT, check out their website at http://www.catttrail.com/.
PhotosProvided: These photos show the quality of fish caught throughout the year during the Carolina Angler's Team Trail tournaments.