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: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.


Wednesday Night Open Team, Bass Tournament, At Wildwood Park

NOTE: There is a three-fish limit in this event. Entry fee is $35 individual (including big fish pot), $40 a team (including big fish pot), 100 percent payback. One place paid per every eight boats. Hours 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. The Classic will be held July 30. Each angler must fish six tournaments to qualify for a Classic berth. More information: Robert Giffin, (706) 533-0357.

Summer Saturday Night, Open Team Tournament

Entry fee is $25 per boat, with $2 going toward the end-of-the-season Classic on Aug. 27. Tournament hours are 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. out of the Lake Springs boat ramp. To qualify for a berth in the Classic, anglers must fish a minimum of three Saturday night tournaments or pay $75 plus the Classic entry fee of $55 for a total of $130. There is a five-fish limit. Payback is based on the number of boats entered each week. More information: Donald Jones at (706) 832-0147, or Robin Whisenant at (803) 507-1639, or Allen Stevens at (803) 646-0388.

Savannah River Bass Tournament, Open Team Event

Next: Sunday. Entry fee $20 per person with 100-percent payback. Includes big fish pot. Five-fish limit. Tournament hours safe light until 12 noon. Weigh-in at upstream ramp inside Lock and Dam Park before noon. No fishing down river (boat ramp closed until further notice). No early weigh-ins. More information: Joey Bishop at (706) 755-4651. E-mail:

Saturday Morning Open Team, Bass Tournament

Next: Saturday. Tournament hours are safe light until noon. Entry fee of $45 including big fish pot. Five-fish limit. 100 percent payback. More information: Eric Mora, (706) 533-0639.

Langley Pond Shootout

Tournament hours 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesdays Entry fee is $20 per angler. Five-fish limit. 100-percent payback. More information: Gene Moyer, (803) 270-1580.

Saturday Night Shootout, On Langley Pond

Tournament hours are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and there is a five-fish limit. Entry fee is $20 per person with an optional $5 big fish pot fee. More information: Jamie Hodges, (803) 617-9417, or Robbie Jeffords, (803) 522-1883.

American Bass Anglers, District 26 Tournaments

Schedule note: all tournaments out of Wildwood Park. July 9, Aug. 6, Sept. 24. 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. More information: Director William Hooker, (706) 533-7329. E-mail: or visit ABA online at

American Bass Anglers, Angler of the Year Fish-Off, Oct. 22, Lake Greenwood, S.C.

The top points holder from each divisional championship will be invited to compete in the Angler of the Year Final Round. Practice round is Friday, Oct. 21. Weigh-ins will be held at Billy Dreher Island State Park on Lake Murray. First prize is a Triton/Mercury boat package. Lake Greenwood is off limits to contestants from sunset July 23 through safe light Oct. 21. Registration will be held at 4:30 p.m., at Lake Murray Country Visitors Center, 2184 North Lake Drive, in Columbia. Contestants must attend a mandatory meeting at 5 p.m., at the same place the same day. Contestants must furnish an observer/rider who must qualify under American Bass Anglers rules.

Fort Gordon Sportsman's Club

2011 schedule (all at Butler Reservoir unless otherwise noted): July 10, bass tournament, safe light until noon. Aug. 14, bass tournament, safe light until noon.

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. More information: Fred Perry, (706) 791-5078, or (706) 833-2834 res. or (706) 541-1057, Ext. 131. All tournaments held at Butler Reservoir, unless otherwise noted.

4th annual Hook & Cook Festival, Oct. 15 on the Savannah River

The town of Jackson is looking for sponsors, contestants and craft vendors. The fishing tournament begins on the river at safe light and concludes at 3 p.m. There will be a 100 percent payback in four categories (panfish, catfish, largemouth bass, striper/hybrid bass) and the big fish pot. Entry fee is $50 per boat with a $10 big fish pot fee. Boats leave in order of registration so sign up early. Contact Jackson Town Hall at (803) 471-2228, or Lynn Sullivan at (803) 471-9778 for more information.



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