Fishing Tournaments

Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.


Columbia County River Rats

Open Individual Tournament

March 8, Wildwood Park

Entry fee $50 and includes the big fish pot. More information: Larry Gilpin, 706-533-8620.

33rd annual Rebel Open

March 22

Dorn Sportfishing Facility

Entry fee is $100 per team prior to March 22, with a $10 big fish pot. Fee is $110 per team on tournament day, plus a $10 big fish pot. There will be a 100 percent payback on two big fish (70-30). Only one big fish can be weighed by a team. First-place team wins a guaranteed $1,000. Tournament hours safe light until 3 p.m. Officials will take early entries at the Dorn docks on March 21 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Late entries will be accepted before the tournament on March 22. One place paid for every seven boats. More information: (864) 980-2584 or (864) 389-0605. If no answer, leave callback number on voice mail.

Southeastern Paralyzed Veterans Association

Bass Tournament

Thurmond Lake and Gordon's Pond

March 28-30

Wildwood Park

Feb. 28 -- Early deadline for disabled anglers only. Registration will be held March 28 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., with partner pairing at 7:30, Holiday Inn, Gordon Highway, Augusta. Volunteer ablebodied boat skippers needed. More information: Kurt Glass, 706-796-6301 or e-mail

Southern Anglers Challenge

Clarks Hill Division

Robert Giffin reporting

Next: Saturday at Wildwood Park.

American Bass Anglers

Milton Keene reporting

Next: Feb. 23-24, Thurmond Lake, Dorn Boating and Sports Fishing Facility.

American Bass Anglers is the largest tournament trail for the tournament angler and has more than 116 districts offering 1,000 tournaments throughout the U.S. Membership is open to anyone 16 and over not a professional fisherman or guide. Those under 18 must have written parental consent. More information: Milton Keene, (706) 595-9777. E-mail:

Saturday Morning

Winter Trail Open Team

Bass Tournament

Robert Giffin reporting

Next: The tournament's Classic will be held on Saturday. Each team member must fish at least five tournaments to qualify for the Classic entry fee of $50. Non-qualifiers must pay a $500 entry fee. The big fish must be 61/2 pounds or larger. More information: Robert Giffin, (706) 533-0357.

Columbia County River Rats

Bass Club

January results

Ray Diamond reporting

Greg Grant, 14.14 pounds. Bart Blackburn, 11.12 pounds. David Smith, 7.09 pounds. Big fish: Grant, 6.10 pounds.

February results

Danny Collier, 19.02 pounds. Greg Grant, 15.02 pounds. Ray Diamond, 11.10 pounds. Big fish: Collier, 7.10 pounds.

Clark Hill Striper Club

Feb. 9 results

Joseph Pearson reporting

Chris and Gary Hagan, three fish, 51.56 pounds. Sid Robb and Ed Duram, six fish, 44.14 pounds. Tommy Richardson, Jessy and Steve Kennedy, six fish, 39.12 pounds. Big fish: The Hagans, 30.15 pound striped bass (largest catch of the year). Seventeen boats, 41 fishermen, 55 fish, 342.77 pounds total weight.

2008 Fripp Island

Marina Tournaments

April 11-12: King Mackerel Warmup Tournament. May 23-24: Memorial Day Kingfish Tournament. July 11-12: Fireworks Fishing Tournament. Aug. 29-30: Annual Fripp Island Kingfish Tournament. Nov. 7-8: 2nd Annual Owen Perry Memorial Inshore Tournament. Nov. 28: Kids' Fishing Tournament. More information: The marina at (843) 838-1517.

Fort Gordon Sportsman's Club

Schedule: Feb. 24, bass tournament. March 9, bass tournament. March 30, crappie tournament. April 13, bass tournament. April 27, crappie tournament. May 4, bass tournament. May 18, bass tournament. June 7, Kids' Fishing Derby, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Claypit lakes. June 22, bass tournament. July 13, bass tournament. Aug. 10, bass tournament. Sept. 14, bass and crappie tournament. Sept. 27, National Hunting & Fishing Day, Kids' Fishing Derby, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Claypit lakes. Oct. 5, bass tournament. Nov. 9, bass tournament. Note: Any Fort Gordon lake is open for fishing.

Tournaments will be limited to the first 20 boats and are open to all ID cardholders and the public with a Fort Gordon fishing license guest permit. Entry fee is $10 per Fort Gordon Sportsman Club member, $20 per non-member, with an optional $5 big fish pot, with a guaranteed $100 for first place and $50 for second place. State licenses and Fort Gordon fishing permits required. More information: Fred Perry, (706) 791-5078, or (706) 833-2834 or (706) 541-1057, Ext. 131 Jewel Jessie, 5226 Woodridge Dr., Hephzibah, Ga. 30815, (706) 793-1952. All tournaments held at Butler Reservoir, unless otherwise noted.



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