Phoenix Bass Fishing League Visits Hartwell

The 110 best boaters and co-anglers from FLW’s grassroots rankswill compete on Lake Hartwell, November 11-13 in the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American presented by TINCUP. One of the longest-running championships in bass fishing, the All-American is often considered to be the pinnacle of the grassroots level and has launched the careers of anglers like Shaw Grigsby, Jacob Wheeler, Jeremy Lawyer and many more throughout the years.

Tournament details 

Tournament preview 

How they qualified – The field includes the top six boaters and co-anglers from each of six 2019 Regional Championships plus the top six from the 2019 Wild Card and top eligible finisher from each of the seven TBF divisions in the 2020 TBF National Championship. The second, third and fourth place teams (six anglers) from the 2020 Abu Garcia College Fishing National Championship qualify as boaters. The fifth and sixth place teams (four anglers) from the College Fishing National Championship qualify as co-anglers. The winners of the 2019 High School Fishing National Championship (two anglers) qualify as co-anglers.

What’s at stake – This season, the All-American boater champion earns a six-figure payday, plus an extra $20,000 if they are eligible for the FLW Phoenix Bonus. The highest-finishing boater and co-angler from each Regional and the Wild Card at the All-American earn spots in the 2020 Toyota Series Championship.


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Sadlers Creek Stumble

Sadlers Creek State Park – Lake Hartwell

November 7th – 8th 2020

Welcome to the 2nd Year of the Sadlers Creek Stumble! This event is sure to bring out speed in our experienced runners and bring out the best in our first timers! Sadlers Creek State Park sits on 395 acres on a peninsula that extends into Lake Hartwell, one of the Savannah River reservoirs. Campsites available on Lake Hartwell at one of lakefront sites, observing wildlife and recreational water sports are only a small sampling of activities to be enjoyed in the park. The event will be run on a 6.55 Mile loop that encompasses the entire park (85% trail- 15% road). The course will run right pass campground loops 1 & 3 during each loop.
At this time we are still a go for the Sadlers Creek Race Series with a few modifications to adhere to state park policies and to provide an opportunity to race during the pandemic  We will NOT be offering an aid station at this time so all runners need to bring any food/nutrition they will need during the event with them. We will have a water source available during each loop. 


  • Sadlers Creek 30 Hour Run 8:00am on November 7th
  • Sadlers Creek 50k 8:00am on November 7th
  • Sadlers Creek Half Marathon 8:00am on November 8th
  • Sadlers Creek 10k 9:00am on November 8th


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Packet Pickup

Please arrive 90 minutes prior to your race start to ensure you can locate parking, bathrooms, packet pickup and set up your personal aid station if needed. You can pick up your race bib and any apparel items purchased race morning near our timing tent located near our start/finish line. Apparel will be for sale on race day.

Bib # & Timing Chip

Please locate the Bib # Sheet at packet pickup. It will be organized by distance and in alphabetical order. Find your name that corresponds with your assigned bib # and give that number to one of our volunteers at packet pickup. Please make sure that your bib is on the front of your body and is visible when you cross the finish line. Please make sure to return your timing chip and bib along with the reusable BibBoard to the correct storage bin located at the finish line prior to getting your finish medal. Participants who lose or neglect to return their timing chip will be asked to mail it in or pay $25 to have the reusable chip replaced.

Race Swag

All race participants will receive an Upstate Ultra Sticker and a unique hand made finisher award. Not everyone likes shirts so we have provided an option to purchase an Upstate Ultra Tri-Blend Shirt, Performance Socks, Trucker Hat, or Trail Buff.

Sadlers Creek Course Map HERE

The course is a 6.55 mile loop with only a half mile section where runners will be double backing. The course climbs 190 Feet per 6 mile loop. (Relatively flat with a few mole hills) From the course you will expect to see Lake Hartwell on several occasions, deer roaming the peninsula, and tall pines towering over the lake! This will be one of your fastest 50ks to date or one of your most enjoyable looped 24 hour runs. If you are a beginner or love the shorter distances we have a 10k and half marathon option. The course will have a series of directional arrows that will be placed at all intersections. Please follow all directional arrows to stay on course. In the event that you make a wrong turn please backtrack to your original spot of confusion. Cutting the course (even if unintentionally will lead to a disqualification)

Race Awards

Top 3 Male and Female will receive a custom hand made award by our partner of Next Up Opportunity! Each finisher will receive a finisher medal that will be branded with the race logo and come with a custom race patch on the backside! We will also publish our age group results that will coincide with our Race Series. To learn more about our race series and awards please visit our results page here: HERE
Overall Top 3 M&F – Top 3 Age Group M&F for our Annual Point Series


Spots are limited and can be reserved through the registration storefront.Many of the sites have power and water. The race will run along Campground 1 & 3. You can have up to 6 Individuals per site along with two tents and two cars max. Reservation includes both Friday and Saturday. Non Rustic sites have a picnic table, grill, fire ring, and the park is pet friendly.

Address / Parking

ALL Participants that are staying overnight who are not reserving a campsite must purchase a parking or field pass. This pass covers your entry into the park and field camping for the Friday and Saturday. Daily Park passes are $2 per person. Children are free. Sadlers Creek State Park is located: 940 Sadlers Creek RD Anderson SC 29626

Aid Stations

Water will be available but we will not be offering a food aid station. All runners need to bring their necessary nutritional needs with them to set up a personal aid station near the start/finish line.


In an effort to be good stewards to mother nature we will not have any of the following items at ANY of our events. This is in an effort to reduce the carbon footprint being placed by endurance events throughout the world. Please have a cup or hydration bottle if you will need to consume water/nutrition during the event. Please bring your own fork/spoon for any post race meals. Please bring your own bags for items collected at the race. Please make use of old safety pins or our new Bib Boards that will be available for the timing chip only.
  • No Cups
  • No Plates
  • No Safety Pins
  • No Plastic Spoons/Forks
  • No Plastic Packet Pickup Bags
Switch Event: Email me and I will drop you down in distance.
Defer Registration: We do not offer race deferrals
Transfers: We do not offer transfers to other participants.
Refunds: We do not offer race refunds
Race Director Info: Matthew Hammersmith:
940 Sadlers Creek Rd
Anderson, SC US 29626
If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at
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Walters Wins Bassmaster Eastern Open on Lake Hartwell

Patrick Walters of Summerville put together a solid final-day catch Friday and captured the Bassmaster Eastern Open tournament fished on Lake Hartwell. Walters, a regular on the Bassmaster Elite circuit, had the third-largest catch of the 12 competitors who fished the final day with five bass that weighed 13 pounds, 11 ounces and finished the three-day event with a total of 44-5. He earned $42,267.

Jayme Rampey of Liberty placed second, almost two pounds behind Walters with a total of 42-6, and earned $20,287. Andy Ricker of Pomaria was third at 40-12, winning $14,320.

This is Walters’ third Bassmaster victory. He and fellow University of South Carolina angler Tyler All won the 2017 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Southern Regional presented by Bass Pro Shops at Winyah Bay. Walters also won the 2018 Bassmaster Central Open on the Red River.

“I really didn’t know how this week was going to pan out,” Walters said. “You can’t predict it; you just have to go fishing every single day and fish as hard as you can.

“That Red River definitely solidified that I could do it. But to do it here in Anderson, S.C., on Lake Hartwell, I absolutely love this lake. This means the world to me.”

Mark Grizzle of Cumming, Ga., won the co-angler division with a total weight of 21-10 and won $18,927. Cody Wilson of Ladson was third in the co-angler division with a catch of 18-5 and won $3,340. J.W. Smith of Goose Creek won the $250 Phoenix Boats Big Bass prize among co-anglers for his 6-0 catch.

Courtesy Tommy Brawell  Special to The Post and Courier


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