Bass tournaments bring cash to Alabama’s Lake Martin

Category: press release

 Feb 4th, 2016 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified Feb 4th, 2016 at 12:00 AM

Lake Martin will be busy the month of February as it plays host to two different fishing tournaments.

The Bassmaster College Series Southern Conference Regional is here Feb. 4-6 and the Alabama Bass Trail will be here Feb. 20.

The two tournaments should mean extra tax dollars for the area as fisherman come to town for several days.

“It will be a big economic impact for the city,” Alexander City Chamber or Commerce’s Carla Culligan said. “All of the hotels are already booked up, Wind Creek should be full. It should be great for all of our restaurants, retail businesses and marinas.”

Bassmaster’s Hank Weldon sees it as great opportunity to showcase the lake and provide some economic boost.

“It is going to be great,” Weldon said. “It is going to be one of the biggest college events ever. We have over 226 teams preregistered. That is 452 anglers and does not get into all the coaches and staff that will be here all week.”

Weldon even has an economic outlook for next week’s event.

“We have held a smaller event with 130 boats,” Weldon said. “We estimated that it had over a $1million impact on the local economy. The Southern Conference Regional should be about double considering almost double the number of boats. Plus the event is being taped for ESPNU so Lake Martin will get national coverage.”

Read more at AlexCityOutlook.com here.

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