Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches Expected to Reel in Nearly a Million Dollars in Economic Impact during Fishing Tournament

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The 2015 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series kicks off the year, January 3, at Dead Lake

December, 2014 – Bunnell, Florida – For its first event of the year, the 2015 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series rolls into Flagler County on January 3 for its South Regional Tournament. Competitors will launch from the Bull Creek Fish Camp at Dead Lake, surrounded by the lush green and dripping moss characteristic of the area.

Competing in the tournament will be 130 collegiate teams of two anglers per boat. The last time Bassmaster was in this part of Florida, for its Elite Series Tournament in March of this year, native Floridian Chris Lane made a splash each day with huge catches, and winning with a total weight of 90 pounds, 13 ounces over four days. The College Series tournaments have been expanded this year from two days to three. “College teams competing in our series are so strong now, they can easily step up to the challenge of a three-day tournament,” says Director of the College Fishing Program for B.A.S.S. Hank Weldon. “It’s exciting to see the level of competition increase every year.”

The tournament will be televised on ESPNU, and is expected to garner more than a half million dollars in direct visitor spending, for a total economic impact to the area of $950,432.