Jan 25th, 2021

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 12 tournaments thus far this year. The club, as a whole, has caught 494 fish for a total weight of 871.14 pounds. That means that there has been an average of 41.17 fish weighed in at each tournament. The average weight of the fish weighed in is 1.76 pounds. In the interest of conservation, we believe that it is crucial to monitor fish mortality during our 12 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 15 dead fish in our tournaments. This means that for the 12 tournaments fished this year, there has been an average of 1.25 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 James, please click here.

The Big Fish for the year was caught by Stephen Ellis. It was caught at High Rock on Saturday, April 6, 2019. It weighed 7.28 pounds.

Next Meeting

You are welcome to join us at our next meeting held Monday, February 1st, 2021 at 6:30 pm. It will be held at Horn's Tire & Auto at 370 Main Street, Ellenboro, NC 28040