Last weekend the Bassmaster Classic fishing tourney took place on Lake Hartwell here in the Palmetto State. ESPN2 was all over it all weekend, of course, and fishing fans were on the edge of their couches and La-Z-Boys all across the nation. Reportedly the fella pictured here won. But word comes to us today that the event brought $43 Million in economic activity to South Carolina, so I believe we all won.
The hotel/ restaurant folks in the northwest part of SC said it was as busy as when USC plays football at Clemson every other season. Given that it was cold and rainy for much of the time I suspect there was nearly as much alcohol consumption going on as on a football weekend at Clemson too. Almost as much, but not quite.