2021 Black Bass World Championship hosted in the USA on Lake Murray

 The 2020 Bass World Championship at Lake Murray has been rescheduled to November 1-7, 2021, due to the current global pandemic. Our primary concern is for the health and welfare of all participants.

Please plan on attending the 2021 championship in Columbia, SC on Lake Murray.  Thank you.

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2021 XVI Black Bass World Championship

  

The United States Angling Confederation and Capital City Lake Murray Country will host the 2021 16th annual 2021 Black Bass World Championship in Columbia, South Carolina on Lake Murray. The venue of Lake Murray is a world class bass fishery proven many times by the number of top-level professional bass tournaments hosted there. The southern charm of Columbia, SC and the surrounding area will welcome all international attendees and provide many cherished memories.  This world championship is sanctioned by FIPSed International Federation of Fish Sports Freshwater.

November 1-7, 2021


Venue: Lake Murray


Partner: Capital City Lake Murray Country


Area Manager: South Caroline Department of Natural Resources


Authority: FIPSed International Federation of Fish Sports of Freshwater  


International Organizer: John Knight


Event Program (coming soon)


Join the team festivities at the World Championship Gala Dinners

Doubletree Hilton - Dinner - Teams - Speakers - FIPSed President - International Bass Pros - Music

Opening Gala Dinner - Monday, November 1, 2021 - 8:00 PM 

Awards Gala Dinner - Saturday, November 6, 2021 - 8:00 PM

Get tickets here


Calling All Boat Owners

We need volunteers with bass boats to join an international bass team for 5 days on Lake Murray. You will be driving your boat with a team from launch to weigh-in. We provide an entire boat volunteer package for joining the event. Be side by side with top anglers in their quest for Gold!  

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PROGRAM - 2021 XVI Black Bass World Championship

Saturday, October 30, 2021 

Steward Meeting 

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Stewards and Volunteers Meeting

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Stewards and Volunteers Dinner


Sunday, October 31, 2021 

Youth Angling Day

11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Youth Angling Day – Fishing at Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park, lunch provided to volunteers. Teaching youth conservation and stewardship, meet Bass Pros and leaders from IGFA, Boy Scouts, and USAC. Bring the kids out to fish along side a real Pro!


Monday, November 1, 2021 

Arrivals, Opening Dinner Gala

10:00 AM -3:00 PM  Arrivals, Hotel Check In, Accreditation of Delegates  

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Captains Meeting, Jury, Draw for Boats, Draw for Flights, Rules

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Opening Ceremony, Gala Dinner, Symposium Speaker, Team Photos


Tuesday, November 2, 2021  

Day 1 Practice

5:00 AM - 6:30 AM  Breakfast

6:30 AM  - 7:30 AM  Transfer to ramp

7:00 AM - 7:30 AM  Boats/stewards meet anglers and get ice and lunch

8:00 AM  Start fishing - Launch by boat number - 3 flights 8:00, 8:15, 8:30

4:00 PM  End fishing - walk weight-in practice - return by flights 4:00, 4:15, 4:30 

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM  Transfer to hotel

7:30 PM - 8:30 PM  Dinner 

9:00 PM - 9:30 PM  Captains meeting


Wednesday, November 3, 2021  

Day 2 Practice

5:00 AM - 6:30 AM  Breakfast

6:30 AM  - 7:30 AM  Transfer to ramp

7:00 AM - 7:30 AM  Boats/stewards meet anglers and get ice and lunch

8:00 AM  Start fishing - Launch by boat number - 3 flights 8:00, 8:15, 8:30

4:00 PM  End fishing - walk weight-in practice - return by flights 4:00, 4:15, 4:30 

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM  Transfer to hotel

7:30 PM - 8:30 PM  Dinner 

9:00 PM - 9:30 PM  Captains meeting


Thursday, November 4, 2021  

Day 1 Competition

5:00 AM - 6:30 AM  Buffet breakfast

6:30 AM - 7:30 AM  Transfer to ramp

7:00 AM - 7:30 AM  Boats/stewards meet anglers and get ice and lunch

8:00 AM  Start fishing - Launch by boat number - 3 flights 8:00, 8:15, 8:30

4:00 PM  End fishing - walk weight-in FLW stage - return by flights 4:00, 4:15, 4:30

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM  Transfer to hotel

7:30 PM - 8:30 PM  Dinner 

9:00 PM - 9:30 PM  Captains meeting


Friday, November 5, 2021 

Day 2 Competition / Ramp BBQ

5:00 AM - 6:30 AM  Breakfast

6:30 AM - 7:30 AM  Transfer to ramp

7:00 AM - 7:30 AM  Boats/stewards meet anglers and get ice and lunch

8:00 AM  Start fishing - Launch by boat number - 3 flights 8:00, 8:15, 8:30

4:00 PM  End fishing - walk weight-in FLW stage - return by flights 4:00, 4:15, 4:30

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM  BBQ and Country Music with Cody Webb at Dreher Island State Park

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM  Transfer to hotel

8:30 PM - 9:00 PM  Captains meeting


Saturday, November 6, 2021 

Day 3 Competition / Awards Dinner Gala

5:00 AM - 6:30 AM  Breakfast

6:30 AM - 7:30 AM  Transfer to ramp

7:00 AM - 7:30 AM  Boats/stewards meet anglers and get ice and lunch

8:00 AM Start fishing - Launch by boat number - 3 flights 8:00, 8:15, 8:30

4:00 PM End fishing - walk weight-in FLW stage - return by flights 4:00, 4:15, 4:30

5:00 PM Photos of winners on FLW stage

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM  Transfer to hotel

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM  Awards Dinner Gala

Speakers, Recognitions, Awards, Photos, Official closing by FIPSed and Organizer


Sunday, November 7, 2021  

Departures

7:00 AM - 9:00 AM  Breakfast

11:00 AM Hotel check out 

Championship Venue

Lake Murray

Lake Murray

Lake Murray is a 50,000 acre man-made lake is just short drive from Columbia and offers boating, swimming, and some of the finest largemouth bass fishing in the South.  An excellent producer of largemouth bass, including trophies over 10 pounds are available on Lake Murray. Docks and brush piles provide important cover.


Lake Murray is a reservoir in the United States located in the state of South Carolina. It is approximately 50,000 acres (200 km2) in size, and has roughly 500 miles (800 km) of shoreline. It was impounded in the late 1920’s to provide hydroelectric power to the state of South Carolina. Lake Murray is fed by the Saluda River  which flows from upstate South Carolina near the North Carolina state line. The Saluda Dam (officially the Dreher Shoals Dam) was an engineering feat at the time of its construction. The dam, using the native red clay soil and bedrock, was the largest earthen dam in the world when it was completed in 1930. Lake Murray itself is named after the project's chief engineer, William S. Murray. The Saluda Dam is approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) long and 220 feet (67 m) high. Lake Murray is 41 miles (66 km) long, and 14 miles (23 km) wide at its widest point. At the time when the lake was finished, it was the world's largest man-made reservoir.


In addition to serving as a source of hydroelectric power for the region, the lake has become a recreational attraction with fishing and boating being popular activities. Also, Dreher Island State Recreation Area, located in the Western part of the lake, provides multiple activities—all focused on the lake.


Lake Murray fishing information  

Lake Murray Map   

Lake Murray Topographical Map 

Official Start and Weigh-In Venue

Dreher Island State Park

Dreher Island State Park

Dreher Island State Park

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Dreher Island State Park spans three islands and provides access to Lake Murray.  It has long been a popular location and launching spot for major national fishing tournaments. The Championship will use Dreher Island State Park for: launches, boat starts, refueling, and FLW stage & weigh-in. Thank you to South Carolina State Parks and Capital City Lake Murray

FLW Weigh-In

Dreher Island State Park

Dreher Island State Park

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FLW will provide the staging, weigh station, signage, audio visual equipment, large format screens and live connectivity worldwide through “FLW Live”. The FLW is the premier tournament fishing organization that provides unparalleled fishing resources for our anglers, sponsors and fans. FLW is committed to providing a lifestyle experience that is the best in fishing.

Travel

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International Travel

Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) is the main commercial airport for Columbia and the Midlands region of South Carolina. The airport is five miles southwest of Columbia, in Lexington County. Many international airports connect to Columbia Metropolitan Airport: New York, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Charlotte.


Our airline partners offer over 35 non-stop flights to 9 major airports and can get you almost anywhere in the world in just one stop. International


Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE)


Columbia Metropolitan Airport to Hotel

Head east on Aviation Way and continue onto Lexington Dr. Turn right at John N.Hardee Expy. Turn left at Airport Blvd. Turn left to merge onto I-26W towards Spartanburg. Take Exit 63A and turn left onto Bush River Road -1.1 miles on right.


Hotel to Dreher Island State Park

Get on I-20 E. (2 min. 0.4 mi). Follow I-26 W to Columbia Ave. Take exit 91 from I-26 W (16 min. 16.8 mi). Continue to Columbia Ave. Take St Peters Church Rd and Dreher Island Rd to State Park Rd in Newberry County (22 min 12.6 mi).


Host Hotel - Headquarters

The Doubletree Hilton Hotel will be the headquarters hotel and lodging for the championship. Daily meals for attendees, Opening and Closing banquets, captains’ meetings, and official event staff meeting room will all reside in the Doubletree Hilton. This is the official host hotel and the Hilton promises to make this an exceptional experience for all attendees.


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Columbia, South Carolina

Address: 2100 Bush River Rd, Columbia, SC 29210

Phone: 803-731-0300

Capital City Lake Murray Country

Title Sponsor

Capital City Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board destination video. Come be part of the Black Bass World Championship this November.  

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Capital City Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board

With 650 miles of shoreline, Lake Murray is the perfect lake to boat and fish. Pontoon boats are for rent during your stay and we can arrange the perfect fishing trip. The fishing is great at Lake Murray! Tournaments are hosted frequently on the lake, including the Forest Wood Cup at Lake Murray. Lake Murray is known as one of the most productive lakes in the Southeast for large mouth bass and striped bass.


Lake Murray, the Jewel of South Carolina, offers official visitor information for vacation planning, world-class fishing, boating, golf packages and fun and free things to do for the entire family. Lake Murray Country spans from metropolitan Columbia, historic Newberry, rural Saluda and the vibrant and fastest growing County of Lexington. The Renaissance of Richland County completes this destination as the region of South Carolina to visit! Book a room close to these key attractions: Riverbanks Zoo, Congaree National Park, Saluda Shoals Park, EdVenture Children’s Museum, Newberry Opera House and The Big Mo Drive-in Theatre.


Capital City Lake Murray Country

2020/21 Presenting Sponsor

Sponsor

Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits "Official Soft Plastics of USA Bass"

Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits is the premier fishing lure company in the world. From weekend anglers to top tournament fishermen, they all have Yamamoto baits in their arsenal.

www.YamamotoBaits.com


2020/21 Gold Sponsors

Official Rod of USA Bass

Official Electronics of USA Bass

Official Boat of USA Bass

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Official Boat of USA Bass

Official Electronics of USA Bass

Official Boat of USA Bass

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Official Electronics of USA Bass

Official Electronics of USA Bass

Official Electronics of USA Bass

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Official Battery of USA Bass

Official Battery of USA Bass

Official Electronics of USA Bass

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Official Weigh-In of USA Bass

Official Battery of USA Bass

Official Weigh-In of USA Bass

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Official Retailer of USA Bass

Official Battery of USA Bass

Official Weigh-In of USA Bass

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2020/21 Silver Sponsors

CarecoTV

Gemini Jerseys

Jackson Kayak

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Jackson Kayak

Gemini Jerseys

Jackson Kayak

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Gemini Jerseys

Gemini Jerseys

Gemini Jerseys

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Confédération Internationale de la Peche Sportive

CIPS

CIPS

CIPS -  Confédération Internationale de la Peche Sportive

The International Confederation of Sport Fishing is an organization of universal nature whose purpose is to promote, coordinate and perfect all the activities that affect the fishing from a sporting point of view. The sphere of action of CIPS is 178 Federations, 78 Countries and 50 million members worldwide.


The Confédération Internationale de la Peche Sportive is structured on three international sport fishing federations: the International Fresh Water Sport Fishing Federation (FIPS-ed), the International Fly Sport Fishing Federation (FIPS-Mouche), the International Sea Sport Fishing Federation (FIPS-M). The International Casting Sport Fishing Federation (ICSF) is associated member of the CIPS. Under the aegis of the CIPS, the International Federations organize every year World championships, European Championships and others international events.


CIPS Mobile Application  ENGLISH   Apple Store |  Google Play 

CIPS Mobile Application  FRENCH    Apple Store |  Google Play


 

FIPS ED - Fédération Internationale de la Pêche Sportive en Eau Douce 

Federation for the promotion of freshwater sports fishing. Its sporting, technical, scientific or cultural activities are opened to all regardless of race, social, politics, gender or religion, according to the principles of the Olympic ideal.  


FIPS ED provides the official rules, jury, scoring and event officials for the championship.

Fédération Internationale de la Pêche Sportive en Eau Douce