Marie McAden



Inaugural Carolina Carp Cup to feature $10,000 top prize

Posted 7/15/2012 12:05:00 PM

More than 120 anglers will be vying for a $10,000 cash prize in the inaugural Carolina Carp Cup taking place July 19-22 in Chesnee’s 1,100-acre Lake Blalock. But you’ll need to eat your Wheaties to compete in this 44-hour fishing endurance event.

Wild Carp Companies is putting on the national catch-and-release competition pitting two-person teams in a race to reel in the highest combined weight of their four largest carp. The winning team will walk away with the $10,000 prize. Another 25 cash prizes will be awarded for largest individual carp. All fish will be caught, weighed and released unharmed.

With some 45 miles of upstate shoreline, Lake Blalock features enough bank space to host this kind of large-scale tournament. It is home to both Common and Minor Carp that grow to more than 30 pounds, offering plenty of tournament-quality carp for the catching.

But hauling in a prize winner will take mad fishing skills. Fallen timber and standing tree trunks make fishing in the reservoir a challenge. While some view the obstructions as potential snags, serious carp fishermen actually prefer the natural impediments because that’s where carp like to congregate.

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