The Bass Challenge is back on March 26, 2023, to start yet another year of bass tournaments! We’re really excited to start our season on the Roanoke River in Plymouth, NC. The Roanoke River has become one of the most popular fisheries in the state over the last several years as it is constantly producing big bags of fish. Fish as big as 12 lbs have been weighed in at the Eastern NC Bass Challenge tournaments. The Roanoke River is becoming nationally known by publications such as Bassmaster Magazine and we’re excited to start our season on this big fish factory!
The below information will provide you with all the information you need to be ready for our first tournament of 2023.
Location: Roanoke River
City: Plymouth, NC
Launch Ramp: Water Street Ramp (Beside the Lighthouse) – Google Maps Link
Fish Limit: 5 fish, all fish must be 14 inches or greater.
There are no off-limits for this tournament. Feel free to practice as much as you’d like.
Our crew will be on-site at 5:00 am to handle onsite angler check-in for the event. All anglers must check in with our staff and receive a boat number slip before our tournament begins. 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 approximately 7:15 am. Because of the time change recently, we’re pushing back our check-in time to 3:30 pm instead of 3:00 pm. We want to insure all anglers get a minimum of 8 hours of fishing time.
Onsite Angler Check-in: 5:00 am
Blast Off: Safe Light – Approximately 7:15 am
Check-In: Weigh-in begins at 3:30 but you may weigh in as early as 1:30 pm if you’d like.
Tournament Blast Off
PLEASE READ – When you launch your boat into the water, please clear the ramp so others may have ample space to launch as well. There is ample dock space at this boat ramp. We will call boat numbers from the dock at the Water Street Boat Ramp. Finally, be courteous at the boat ramp, dim your lights when launching your boat, and be safe. Please see the below map.
Boat Numbers and Flights
During registration, teams are assigned boat numbers. We blast off boats in order based on these numbers. Every 25 boats will begin a new flight. The first flight is due back in at 3:30 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 online or in person the morning of the tournament.
Entry Fee: $125 – Purchase Online
Membership Fee: $25 per angler (One-time fee) – Purchase Online
There is ample parking at this location. You may park in the grassy area across the street from the boat ramp. There is overflow parking down the street beside the Plymouth Police Station. See the above map for parking locations.
Payouts, Incentives, & Contingency Prizes
With a minimum of 60 boats competing in this tournament, we are guaranteeing $2,000 to our 1st-place winners. Payouts for this event are based on participation and will be announced before the blastoff. We will be paying out 1 place for every 6 teams competing in this event.
1st Place Prize: $2,000 + 2 commemorative trophies
Greenville Toyota Big Fish Prize: $400
Payouts: 1 place for every 6 boats competing
We’re so happy to offer our anglers several incentives and contingency prizes this year. Our events in 2023 will be officially sanctioned events for the following contingencies:
Ranger Cup, Triton Gold, Nitro Tournament Rewards
Super 6 Points Championship
Teams will be rewarded points based on their finish in this tournament. Those points will be used in our Super 6 Points Championship Standings to determine the top 6 teams that will receive a cash prize at the end of the year. Our Super 6 Points Championship is sponsored by EL Jones Development. Without them, this simply wouldn’t be possible.
All anglers competing in an Eastern NC Bass Challenge Tournament
Live Leaderboard & Live Streaming
During the weigh-in, anglers will be able to view their results and current standings on our Live Leaderboard. We will also be live-streaming the weigh-in on our Instagram account so family and friends can watch online. Make sure you’re following us on our official Instagram and Facebook accounts. Please note – our live streaming will be contingent on our wireless signal
Thank you all for fishing with the Eastern NC Bass Challenge. We’re looking forward to a great tournament. If you have additional questions or need assistance with anything tournament related please contact Jeffrey Davis at 252.661.5454.