Bass Challenge Visits The Neuse River This Weekend – Pre-Tournament Notes

We're guaranteeing a $2,000 1st place prize this weekend on the Neuse River! Come fish one of the most popular fisheries in the east with the Bass Challenge this weekend. Full pre-tournament notes are below.

The Bass Challenge will hold its 5th tournament of the 2022 season this Sunday in New Bern on the Neuse River. The Neuse River is always a popular destination for the Bass Challenge as many anglers love fishing the Neuse and Trent Rivers.

Bass Tournament Info

Date: Sunday, July 10
City: New Bern, NC
Launch Ramp: Lawsons Creek Boat Ramp (1st Ramp) – Google Map Link
Fish Limit: 5 fish, You may weigh in 2 fish that are between 12-14 inches.

Tournament Times

Our crew will be on-site at 4:30 am to handle onsite registration and to begin check-in for the event. All anglers must check in with our staff and receive a boat number slip before our tournament begins. Livewell checks will be performed as you put your boat into the water. Blast off will begin at safe light. We always blast our anglers off as early as possible to maximize fishing time. We anticipate blasting off for this event at 5:50 am.

Onsite Registration: 4:30 am
Blast Off: Safe Light – Approximately 5:50 am
Check-In: Weigh-in begins at 3:00 pm but you may weigh in as early as 1:30 pm if you’d like.

Tournament Blast Off

PLEASE READThere is a no-wake zone inside of Lawsons Creek. It is marked with a buoy. Anglers are required to idle past this no-wake buoy before getting on plane to exit Lawsons Creek. There is also another no-wake zone as your exit Lawsons Creek and head into the Neuse River. It is between the train trestle bridge and East Front Street in New Bern. It is clearly marked. You may not speed through these areas. When you launch your boat into the water, please clear the ramp so others may have ample space to launch as well. We will call boat numbers from the dock at the boat ramp. Finally, be courteous at the boat ramp, dim your lights when launching your boat, and be safe.

Boat Numbers and Flights

During registration, teams are assigned boat numbers. We blast off boats in order based on these numbers. Every 25 boats begins a new flight. The first flight is due back in at 3:00 and every proceeding flight after that is due back in 10 minutes later. Boat numbers are visible on the homepage of this website.

Fees and Costs

All fees and costs for this event may be paid in person at the ramp during tournament check-in. However, we recommend paying online to make things easier for you on tournament morning.

Entry Fee: $100 – Purchase Online
Membership Fee: $25 per angler (one-time fee, Women and children under 18 and younger are excluded from this fee) – Purchase Online

Truck/Trailer Parking

There is ample parking at this location. Anglers may launch their boat and park in the parking lot as indicated on the map below. Anglers may also use the 2nd boat ramp at Lawsons Creek if you desire but you will be required to idle back around to the 1st ramp.

Prizes and Awards

We are guaranteeing a $2,000 1st place prize for this event (minimum 60 boats/teams entered). We will pay out 1 place for every 6 teams competing. We will also award our Greenville Toyota Big Fish prize of $400 to the team that weighs in the biggest bass of the tournament.

1st Place: $2,000 (min 60 boats) + 2 commemorative trophies
Greenville Toyota Big Fish Prize: $400

2022 Annual Awards and Prizes

Stoney Creek Outfitters 2022 Big Bass Prize: We will reward the team that weighs in the biggest bass of 2022 with a $1,000 cash prize.
Super 6 Point Championship: Anglers will compete all year long and are awarded points based on their finish. At the end of the year, the top 6 teams will be rewarded with cash prizes. 1st Place is $1,500! Click here for additional information and full rewards.

Incentives & Contingency Prizes

We’re so happy to offer our anglers several incentives and contingency prizes this year. Our events in 2022 will be officially sanctioned events for the following contingencies:

Caymas Cash
TH-Marine Atlas Awards
Cashion RodsĀ  – Cashion Cash

We also offer our anglers purchasing incentives from Boat EFX, Stoney Creek Outfitters, and Revital Outdoors where anglers may receive 20% off All CBD Products, use code “BassChallenge20“. You can find out about each of these contingencies on our Angler Incentives page.

Anglers may also purchase tungsten at discounted rates from Swagger Tackle. You may use code “swag22” at checkout to receive 20% off your tungsten order. Be sure to include the name “Jeffrey Davis” in your order notes when checking out. Click here to visit the Swagger Tackles website.

Bass Challenge Partners

We flat out couldn’t do what we do without the help and support from our partners. We’ve worked so hard over the years to build great partnerships with local companies and well-known brands with-in the fishing industry. I’d ask each of our anglers to please reach out to these companies and say “Thank you” for supporting the Bass Challenge.

EL Jones Development, LLC
Greenville Toyota
Stoney Creek Outfitters

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