Fishing Tournaments

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


Second annual Chuck Chapel Memorial

Dec. 3 results

Robin Whisenant reporting

David and Noel Brown, five bass, 19.30 pounds, $5,000 Evan Buller and Bo Reed, five bass, 17.26 pounds*, $1,600. Jon Hair and Chris Rodwell, five bass, 17.26 pounds*, $1,100 (*-tie broken by big fish). Julius Lively and Joe Floyd, five bass, 14.82 pounds, $600. Craig Sahms and Maryann Sahms, five bass, 14.74 pounds, $300. Marty Quesada Jr., and James Rose, five bass, 14.50 pounds, $200. Keith Williamson and Majors Hamby, five bass, 13.92 pounds, $100. Big fish: The Sahmses, 6.58 pounds, $690. Twenty-four of 69 teams weighed in 120 bass weighing 284 pounds and all were released alive. $1,800 was raised for Operation Angel Tree at Journey Community Church. Special thanks goes to sponsors who helped make the event a success: French Market Grill West, Buckeye Lures, Pair of Jacks, Lakeside Marine, Rick’s Paint & Body, Academy Sports & Outdoors, Hardy Utility Co., Inc., Journey Community Church, Streeter Printing & Graphics, Zoom, Shimano, G. Loomius and Costa del Mar.

Savannah River Bass Tournament

Open Team Event

Dec. 4 results

Joey Bishop reporting

Trey Beck and Lewis Burnett, 9.68 pounds. Barry McLain and John Sloop, 6.38 pounds. Big fish: Beck and Burnett, 3.63 pounds. Eight boats in the field.

Saturday Morning Open Team Bass Tournament

Eric Mora reporting

Next: TBA. Tournament hours safe light until 3 p.m. Entry fee of $45 including big fish pot. Five-fish limit. 100 percent payback. For more information, call Mora, (706) 533-0639.

Southern Anglers Challenge

2011-2012 Schedule

On Thurmond Lake

All tournaments out of Wildwood Park. Dates: Clark Hill Division, Dec. 10, Jan. 6, Feb. 25, March 24, April 21, May 19. Lake Russell Division, Dec. 10, Highway 72 ramp, Elberton. For more information, call Chris Hadden at (706) 339-1846 or Charley Doyle at (706) 399-9487.

American Bass Anglers

District 26 Tournaments

William Hooker reporting

2011-2012 schedule: All tournaments out of Wildwood Park. Saturday, Feb. 18, March 10, April 14, April 28. Division championship June 2-3. Membership dues are $25 and the tournament fee is $70. Tournament hours are safe light to 3 p.m. American Bass Anglers is the largest tournament trail for the weekend angler, with more than 116 districts offering more than 1,000 tournaments throughout the nation. Membership is open to anyone 16 years old and over, but is closed to professional fishermen and professional guides. Those under 18 must have their parents’ consent. For more information, call Hooker at (706) 533-7329, e-mail or visit ABA online at

American Bass Anglers

Dec. 4 results

From Lake Russell

Phil Morris reporting

Cason Mabry, Clinton, S.C., five bass, 11.57 pounds, $410. Phillip Anderson, Saluda, S.C., five bass, 10.73 pounds, $208. Curtis Temples, Saluda, S.C., five bass, 9.69 pounds, third-place plaque. ZBig fish: Rodney Cromer, Pomaria, S.C., 3.84 pounds, $60. Twelve anglers in the field. Next: Feb. 26, Lake Greenwood, Greenwood State Park.

Fort Gordon Sportsman’s Club

Fred Perry reporting

Schedule (all at Butler Reservoir unless otherwise noted): Sunday, bass tournament, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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. Registration is with the club prior to the tournament or 30 minutes before the event’s start. State licenses and Fort Gordon fishing permits required. For more information, call Perry at (706) 791-5078, (706) 833-2834 res. or (706) 541-1057, ext. 131. All tournaments held at Butler Reservoir, unless otherwise noted.