Black Bass World Championships

1-1 with Anthony Gagliardi, Lake Murray Country Local

Lake Murray will host the first XVI Black Bass World Championship on US soil on Lake Murray in October. With the competition around the corner, we sat down with Lake Murray Country local, Anthony Gagliardi -Coach to Team USA for a brief Q&A.


Tell us why you love Lake Murray?

Lake Murray offers year-round fishing of many different styles, techniques, etc. As well, the lake is diverse in terms of habitat, water clarity, and depth.

Why is fishing important to you?

Fishing is important to me in many ways, obviously being the means in which I help support my family, but also in the fact that it’s an activity through which experiences and memories are made and shared with friends or loved ones. It allows us to get outside and enjoy the outdoors, no matter if you compete in tournaments or just want to relax and have a good time.

If you were visiting Lake Murray for the first time, where would you suggest finding some big catches?

Fishing the many boat docks on Lake Murray gives an angler new to the lake a chance to catch the fish of a lifetime!

Wait there’s more! Continue reading the full Q&A in the 2022-2023 Capital City/Lake Murray Country Visitors Guide. Pick up a copy in the visitors center!

You’re invited!The United States Angling Confederation and Capital City Lake Murray Country will host the 2022 XVI Black Bass World Championship in Columbia, South Carolina on Lake Murray October 16-22, 2022.

Sunday, October 16, 2022: Youth Angling Day

11:00- 3:00 PM

Families, come fish at Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park. This event will teach youth conservation and stewardship, meet Bass Pros and leaders from IGFA, Boy Scouts, and USAC. Bring the kids out to meet a real bass fishing pro and PAW Patrol's Skye & Marshall.

Friday, October 21, 2022: Weight-in Concert

4:00 PM

On the last day of fishing and the final weigh-in, join Capital City Lake Murray Country for a Country Music Concert with Cody Webb at Dreher Island State Park. Come hungry and enjoy food trucks and vendors!

[photo credit, FLW]

South Carolina professional angler Anthony Gagliardi is coach to Team USA and calls Lake Murray home. Antony is one of a small handful of anglers who have won both a Forrest Wood Cup (2014) as well as the FLW Tour Angler of the Year (2006).

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