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Record 25 nations participate in FIPSED Black Bass World Championship!

State College, PA  – November 2, 2022

The bass fishing world descended upon South Carolina’s famed Lake Murray for the XVI Black Bass World Championship. The host community of Capital City Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board (CCLMC) put together a bass fishing tournament like none before! Teams from Australia, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estwatini, Germany, Italy, Japan, Laos, Mexico, Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Venezuela, Zambia and Zimbabwe competed.

The atmosphere was electric as the teams battled it out for Gold, Silver and Bronze world championship medals. The USA Bass team emerged early on in the championship by amassing large weigh ins totals, which resulted in a dominating win. The team consisted of Captain Scott Martin, Scott Canterbury, James Watson, Fred Roumbanis, Anthony Gagliardi, Mark Rose, Jacob Wheeler and David Dudley. Led by USA Bass President Mark Schlarb and Coaches Charlie Evans and David Fritts. They also took home the individual pairs medals as well. Fred Roumbanis and James Watson taking the individual paris Gold medal. They were closely followed by Mark Rose and Anthony Gagliardi for individual pairs SilverCaptain Scott Martin and Scott Canterbury took home the pairs Bronze. The fourth place pair was P. Lansdell and J. Varkevisser of South Africa. Fifth place pair was E. German and P. German of Romania.

What an incredible week.” said USAngling President Tony Forte. “We just witnessed a new era for competitive bass fishing this week. The fellowship and goodwill emerging from this week are just what this world needs right now. A special thanks to our title sponsor and host community of Capital City Lake Murray Country RTB for making this happen! Also to our incredible sponsor group: Yamamoto Baits, Bass Pro Shops, Yamaha, Gamma lines, Ranger boats, Power-Pole, Garmin, Bob’s Machine, TrickStep, Favorite Rods, MTech Lithium, Outlaw Ordnance, ArthroLife & TestoLife, Major Bass Media, TwistLock, YOLOTek, Careco, Gemini Jerseys and Black Rifle Coffee.”  

"Capital City/Lake Murray Country was honored to host the first World Bass Championship in the United States.  For a major part of October, the world's eyes and ears were on our region, Lake Murray and Columbia. Fans, families and many visitors followed the bass fishing completion of 25 countries. We can't wait to see the final economic impact, marketing reach and exposure this world event brought to South Carolina, states Miriam Atria, President/CEO CCLMC.

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USA Bass is excited to announce that they are offering special edition of USA Bass hats! The hats are the official version that was worn by the USA Bass team. You can even find the ultimate keepsake – a fully signed USA Bass Team hat from our Gold medal team. The proceeds from the fundraiser will go directly toward supporting the USA Bass fishing teams as they compete in World Championship and Pan American fishing events. Hats can be purchased by following this link: USAngling - SHOP!  

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Lake Murray Country

Welcome to Lake Murray Country! Lake Murray, the Jewel of South Carolina, offers official visitor information for vacation planning, world-class fishing, boating, golf packages with fun and free things to do for the entire family. Visitors love exploring our great outdoors and three rivers while being close to downtown Columbia.

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"We fish for Gold"

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June 4-10, 2023

2023 Kayak Fishing World Championship

Cookeville, TN

The 2023 event will be hosted by USAngling, in partnership with Cookeville-Putnam County Visitors’ Bureau, on Center Hill Lake. Learn more here

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September 7-10, 2023

2023 Pan Am Bass Championship

Hot Springs, AR

The 2023 event will be hosted by USAngling, in partnership with Visit Hot Springs, on Lake Ouachita. Learn more here


2023 Predator World Championship

2023 event will be hosted by USAngling, more information to come.

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Join USAngling and help grow fishing for future generations.

Membership types offered

  • USAngling Athlete
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Youth Angler Education

One day programs designed to expose youth and their families to various aspects of fishing. Participants will have the opportunity to explore three separate areas to learn about Basic Fishing Skills, Aquatic Ecosystems, and Water/Boating Safety 

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For more information contact:

Tony Forte | USAngling President | 574-202-4877 | [email protected]

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