The Low Country Bassmasters have been rocking the Cooper River on Thursday nights for more than a decade. Each summer the club plays host to a steadily growing, after work crowd of blue-collar bass bruisers. The Working Man’s Trail is back for another year, running from May 4th until August 3rd.
According to club president Orlando Scott, the club originally decided to name the trail to pay respect to the average Joe.
“The idea of the Working Man’s philosophy is that it gives the average hard working man the opportunity to compete without feeling as though they have to spend lots of money or be rich to participate,” said Scott. “We wanted to set realistic and obtainable goals for the working man. Our entry fee is $50 per boat and includes big fish.”
The open series is a team format, and anyone is welcome to compete. It blasts off out of Cypress Gardens each Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m., with anglers returning to the scales at 8:30 p.m.
“We typically pay out in the neighborhood of $600-$800 for first place,” said Scott. “Last year it typically took between 15-17 pounds to win.”
In addition to the cash paid in, the tournaments are also eligible for the Triton Gold program. Last year Bill Holmes and Will Smith won twice in July out of a new Triton, racking up over $14,000 in bonus money. Which is not so bad for a couple of working men.