The 26th Annual Jim Ledbetter Casting Out Cancer Memorial Bass Tournament will be held for the first time at Blythe Landing on Saturday, March 10. Hosted by Visit Lake Norman, Foothills Marine, Balls Creek Bass Club, and Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation, the Ledbetter Bass Tournament is the longest running fishing tournament in North Carolina.
The tournament is named for Jim Ledbetter, a legendary television fishing show host and professional angler from the Catawba County area who passed away of cancer in 2002. Operated by Foothills Marine and Balls Creek Bass Club, it is the largest charity bass tournament in the state and has raised over $800,000 cumulatively to benefit the V Foundation, named in honor of the late Jim Valvano, the well-known basketball coach who led N.C. State University’s men’s basketball team to a national championship in 1983. Coach “Jimmy V,” as he was nicknamed, formed the Foundation after being diagnosed with cancer in 1992.
The last two tournaments brought in more than 370 anglers each year, from six different states.
WANT TO GO?
Boats will launch at 7 a.m. and the weigh-in will begin at 3 p.m. lakeside at Blythe. Winnings include a Skeeter-Yamaha boat package and cash prizes. For detailed information on prizes click here.
For more information about the upcoming Ledbetter Memorial Bass Tournament please contact Travis Dancy, Sports Sales Manager for Visit Lake Norman, at 704-987-3300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.