Apr 19th, 2019

Welcome! We are the premier fishing club of Western North Carolina. We are also one of the largest Bass Fishing Clubs in North Carolina with 32 members.

Thermal Belt Bass Masters is headquartered in Rutherford County and meets monthly at Horn's Tire & Auto in the township of Ellenboro. We fish a variety of regional lakes which include Lake James, Lake Hickory, Lake Norman, and Lake Wylie. We also fish other lakes and even have "away" two-day tournaments at lakes such as Lake Murray, Lake Hartwell, Lake Russell, Lake Moutlrie, Lake Marion, and Smith Mountain Lake which are lakes located in other states. These are wonderful trips that are filled with excitement and challenges. During these fishing trips great techniques, information and advice is freely exchanged to allow each member to grow in their expertise.

Points are awarded based on the position one may finish in a tournament plus the weight of the fish caught and points earned for the attendance of meetings and/or events. These points accumulate for awards at the end of the year.

The Thermal Belt BassMasters have fished 5 tournaments thus far this year. The club, as a whole, has caught 188 fish for a total weight of 389.52 pounds. That means that there has been an average of 37.6 fish weighed in at each tournament. The average weight of the fish weighed in is 2.07 pounds. In the interest of conservation, we believe that it is crucial to monitor fish mortality during our tournaments. For each dead fish weighed at a tournament, a penalty is assessed. This is in effort to encourage careful and humane treatment of the fish so that future generations may enjoy the sport. We have weighed in no dead fish in our 5 tournaments thus far this year.

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To see a pdf of the weigh-in sheet from our last tournament held on High Rock 2, please click here.

The first place winner of our last tournament held on Sunday, April 7, 2019 on High Rock 2 was Alan Cooke with a weight of 13.43 pounds. Billy Scoggins won second place with 13.41 pounds. Big fish was won by Alan Cooke whose fish weighed in at 6.37 pounds.

The Big Fish for the year was caught by Stephen Ellis. It was caught at High Rock on Saturday, April 6, 2019. It weighed 7.28 pounds.

Next Meeting

You are welcome to join us at our next meeting held Monday, May 6th, 2019 at 6:30 pm. It will be held at Horn's Tire & Auto at 370 Main Street, Ellenboro, NC 28040

Next Tournament

Our next tournament will be held Saturday, May 25th, 2019 at 7:00 am with a weigh in time of 3:00 pm. It will be held on Lake Rhodhiss and we will be launching from .
The moon will be Waning Gibbous on this date with 61.2% of lunar illumination. Sunrise will be at around 2:02 am with sunset at around 1:51 pm.
Forecast for this location

Come out and join us!