Dec 10th, 2018

3 days, 23 hours and 22 minutes until our next tournament!

This tournament will be held Friday December 14th, 2018. at 7:00 pm with a weigh in time of 9:00 pm. It will be held at Thermalbelt Christmas Dinner and we will be launching from .

The moon will be First Quarter Moon on this date with 48.9% of lunar illumination. Sunrise will be at around 1:00 am with sunset at around 12:49 pm.
Forecast for this location

Come out and join us!


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 has fished 11 tournaments thus far this year. The club, as a whole, has caught 493 fish for a total weight of 876.04 pounds. That means that there has been an average of 44.82 fish weighed in at each tournament. The average weight of the fish weighed in is 1.78 pounds. In the interest of conservation, we believe that it is crucial to monitor fish mortality during our 11 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 a total of 21 dead fish in our tournaments. This means that for the 11 tournaments fished this year, there has been an average of 1.91 deceased fish weighed in per tournament.

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

The first place winner of our last tournament held on Saturday, November 18, 2017 on Hickory was Chris Martin with a weight of 13.19 pounds. John W Mayo won second place with 7.41 pounds. Big fish was won by Chris Martin whose fish weighed in at 5.15 pounds.

The Big Fish for the year was caught by Jody Wright. It was caught at Hickory on Saturday, March 25, 2017. It weighed 5.74 pounds.


Next Meeting

You are welcome to join us at our next meeting held Monday, January 7th, 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 Friday, December 14th, 2018 at 7:00 pm with a weigh in time of 9:00 pm. It will be held on Thermalbelt Christmas Dinner and we will be launching from .
The moon will be First Quarter Moon on this date with 48.9% of lunar illumination. Sunrise will be at around 1:00 am with sunset at around 12:49 pm.
Forecast for this location

Come out and join us!