Chowan River Pre-Tournament Notes – July 16, 2023

The Bass Challenge is set to visit the Chowan River on Sunday July 16.

The Bass Challenge is scheduled to make our 5th stop on our schedule this year in Edenton, NC on the Chowan River. The Albemarle Sound and its tributaries have proven over the years to be one of the best fisheries in the state. We’re looking forward to seeing some big bags of bass weighed in this weekend!

Anglers can obtain all information needed for this event in these pre-tournament notes.


Tournament Information

Location: Chowan River
City: Edenton, NC
Launch Ramp: Pembroke Creek – Google Maps Link
Fish Limit: 5 fish, all fish must be 14 inches or greater

Off Limits

There are no off-limits for this event. Feel free to practice as much as you’d like.

Tournament Times

Our crew will be on-site at 4:45 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. We will also check your live-well before you launch your vessel. 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 6:00 am.

Onsite Angler Check-in: 4:45 am
Blast Off: Safe Light – Approximately 6:00 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.

Truck/Trailer Parking

Anglers will be able to park in the grassy parking area at the Pembroke Creek Boat Launch. There is ample parking at this location. See the below map.

Other Ramps

You may use other surrounding ramps. However, you are still required to check-in with us and have your live-well checked and obtain your boat number slip.

Launching and Blast off Information

PLEASE READ – When you launch your boat into the water, please clear the ramp so others may have ample space to launch as well. After you launch please idle out of the canal and towards the Queen Street bridge. We will call boat numbers from the Queen Street bridge. After your boat number is called you may idle under the bridge out of the no-wake zone and get on plane.  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 3:00 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 online or in person the morning of the tournament.

Entry Fee: $105 – Purchase Online
Membership Fee: $25 per angler (One-time fee) – Purchase Online

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


All anglers competing in an Eastern NC Bass Challenge Tournament are subject to a Polygraph.

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.