Chowan River Pre-Tournament Notes

The Bass Challenge will visit the Chowan River at Pembroke Creek in Edenton, NC on Satuday May 25. We're guaranteeing $3,000 to 1st place!

The next stop for the Neuse Sport Shop Eastern NC Bass Challenge will take us to Edenton, NC, and the Chowan River at Pembroke Creek where we are guaranteeing a $3,000 1st-place prize to the winners!

The fisheries connected to the Albemarle Sound in eastern North Carolina have proven year after year how amazing they can be. Anglers have many options when launching from Edenton, NC including the Chowan River, Roanoke River, Yeopium River, Pasquatank River, and many other fisheries that are all within reach of our launch point at Pembroke Creek.

This tournament is scheduled to take place this Saturday, May 25 and anglers can review this article to get all the information they need for this upcoming event.

Tournament Information

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

Off Limits

There are no off-limits dates for this event. Anglers may practice as much as they’d like for this tournament.

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. 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
Weigh-in: 3:00 pm
Early Weigh-in: All anglers may begin weighing in at 1:30 pm if needed.

Tournament Blast Off

PLEASE READ – Live well checks will be performed before you launch your boat. After you launch your boat into the water, please clear the ramp so others may have ample space to launch as well. You may then idle out of the Pembroke Creek canal and enter into the staging area until blast off begins. We ask all anglers to please stage in front of the Queen Street bridge as seen in the below map. We will call boat numbers from the Queen Street bridge. You are required to have on a life jacket and your kill switch attached. If you do not, we will not allow you to blast off. After your boat number is called, you may idle under the bridge, out of the no-wake zone, and get on plane. If you choose to begin your day in Pembroke Creek you ARE NOT REQUIRED to idle under the bridge. See the below map for an illustration. Finally, be courteous at the boat ramp, dim your lights when launching your boat, and be safe.

Truck/Trailer Parking

There is ample parking at this location. Anglers may park in grassy area as indicated in the map above.

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 may be paid online or in person on the morning of the tournament with cash, credit card, Venmo, Cash App, or PayPal.

Entry Fee: $105 – Purchase Online
Membership Fee: $25 per angler (One-time fee) – Purchase Online – A membership fee is not required for children under the age of 18, women, or men aged 60 or older.

Payouts, Incentives, & Contingency Prizes

1st Place Guarantee: 2 commemorative trophies + $3,000 thanks to our friends at Neuse Sport Shop
Greenville Toyota Tournament Big Bass: $400
Derek’s Boxes 2nd Place Big Bass: $100
Striker Apparel 3rd Big Bass: Striker T-Shirt

We reward the top 16% of the field. Which is generally 1 place paid for every 6 teams that compete in a tournament.

We’re happy to offer our anglers several incentives and contingency prizes this year. Our events in 2024 will be officially sanctioned events for the following contingencies:

  • Ranger Cup
  • Triton Gold
  • Nitro Tournament Rewards
  • Caymas Cash – Silver Level

Other Angler Incentives:

  • Every angler who competes with us this weekend will receive 10% off in-store and online purchases at Neuse Sport Shop. You must provide us with your email address and phone number so we can enter you into our database to receive the discount.
  • Every angler who competes with us this weekend will receive a 25% off coupon code they can use at Your discount code will be on your boat number slip you receive when you check-in the morning of the tournament.

Payout Information

All prize winnings will be paid out with official “Jeffrey Davis Fishing” checks. Please deposit these checks within 30 days of the tournament. By request, anglers may receive their payouts digitally through PayPal, Cash App, or Venmo. Anglers may also choose to forward their winnings towards an entry fee for future tournaments.


Anglers should expect a Polygraph Test to be given at this event.

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 Facebook/Instagram accounts 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 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.