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Hooks, Lines and Scholarships

Anglers competing during the 2013 Fishing for Scholarships Bass Tournament on Lake Chatuge near Hayesville, North Carolina (Photo by TCCC Staff)

Anglers competing during the 2013 Fishing for Scholarships Bass Tournament on Lake Chatuge near Hayesville, North Carolina (Photo by TCCC Staff)

Competition, camaraderie, college scholarships, and of course, fishing! These are just some of the activities that bass anglers will experience during the 6th annual Tri-County Community College (TCCC) Foundation’s Fishing for Scholarships Bass Tournament that will be held during a daylong sporting event on Lake Chatuge near Hayesville, North Carolina.

While registrations will be taken on the day of the tournament, this week is your last opportunity to pre-register and get a choice starting position for this charity event on Lake Chatuge.

Anglers competing in Fishing for Scholarships this Saturday, April 5, will vie for a guaranteed $3,500 in prize money during the tournament. This annual bass tournament is cohosted by the Tri-County Bass Club and the Tri-County Community College Foundation.

“This is the sixth year Tri-County Community College has partnered with the Tri-County Bass Club to bring one of the largest fishing tournament of its kind to western North Carolina,” said Dr. Donna Tipton-Rogers, TCCC president.

“We had 57 boats participate in last year’s tournament. As always, it was not only a lot of fun for all involved, but also very successful in funding two $1,000 scholarships for deserving TCCC students.”

“This is one of the qualifying events for the Heartland Anglers tournament series,” said Dotie Stafford-Ortega, TCCC Foundation co-chair of the tournament. “We are very excited that Fishing for Scholarships is a part of their qualifying trail.”

Cash prizes are awarded for up to 10 places, and for biggest and smallest fish. In addition, door prizes will also be awarded to participants. The tournament is open to all persons, both male and female, and the participants will compete in two-person teams using artificial lures only with a limit of five fish per boat. Largemouth, Smallmouth, Shoal and Spotted Bass will be weighed. The cost is $100 per boat. Blast off is at 7:00 a.m., or around safe light with a 4:00 p.m. weigh-in.

For more information on this unique event contact Dotie Stafford-Ortega at (828) 835-4208,, or visit the Tri-County Community College website at

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