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 number of fish and total weight of the catch.


Clarks Hill Fish for Life Foundation

Second annual Free Open Team

Bass Tournament

May 5, Wildwood Park

Guaranteed first-place payback is $2,500 out of a total payback of $5,000. Five places paid. Entrants must be members of Fish for Life Foundation and have boat 16 feet or longer with live wells. Mandatory attendance at registration from 5 to 7:30 p.m. May 3 at Academy Sports and Outdoors, Evans. Sponsors are Hayes Marine, Club Car, Walmart, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Dealer Options, Sun Grow, Milton Ruben Toyota, Aaron’s, InkBoy, Brueckner’s Fine Meats, Fireside Grills and WRDW Channel 12 News.

30-30 Ministries

Annual Summer Trout Fest

May 4-6 in north Georgia

The trip to the Soque and Chattahoochee rivers is open to youths in grades 6 through 12 and spots will be filled by random draw. The weekend is free to youth and one accompanying adult. Food, lodging and fishing are included. Go to for instructions on how to sign up. Brad Gill, director.

First Kick’s 99

“Hooked on Country”

Open Team Bass Tournament

April 28, Wildwood Park

Guaranteed first place money is $10,000. Pre-registration will be held at Academy Sports and Outdoors in Evans from 5 to 7 p.m. April 26, with boat position drawing at 7. Late registration at the ramp from 5 to 6 a.m., tournament day. Entry fee $100, with optional big fish pot fee of $10. Tournament hours 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. All boats must be checked in at the ramp by 6 a.m. For more information, go to or

Clarks Hill Fish for Life Foundation

Open Team Bass Tournament

April 21, Wildwood Park

Entry fee $75. One place paid for every 10 boats. Guaranteed first-place payout $5,000. Tournament hours are safe light until 3 p.m. Free food and drinks. Kids’ fishing rodeo for 2- to 12-year-olds all day. Registration at Academy Sports and Outdoors in Evans from 5 to 7 p.m. April 19. Fishing rodeo entrants should register, too, but they also can register on-site. A drawing for a $1,000 scholarship will be held after the rodeo. Event beneficiaries include children with disabilities, children cancer patients, senior citizens. Sponsors are Hayes Marine, Club Car, SunGrow, Walmart, Dealer Options, Aaron’s, Toyota, InkBoy, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Milton Ruben and WRDW-TV, Channel 12.

Clarks Hill Fish for Life Foundation

Members are eligible to participate in three annual bass tournaments that pay back $10,000 first-place money. Entry fee is $100 per year, $20 membership fee and two toys. The team earning the most points at the end of the year will earn an additional $1,000. The foundation helps local children and cancer patients. For more information, call (706) 830-6439 or (706) 833-9660.

Wednesday Night Shootout

Wildwood Park

April 11 results

Greg Davis reporting

Craig Johnson and Kip Ashmore, five bass, 14.1 pounds. Trey Beck and Smiling Jon Cole, five bass, 11.2 pounds. Larry Atkins and Bryan Atkins, five bass, 11.1 pounds. Big fish: C.J. Baldwin, 5.3 pounds. Twenty-one boats in the field.

Fishing hours 6:30 to 10:30. Five-fish limit. For more information, call Greg Davis at (706) 533-3186 or Doug Oellerich, (706) 533-3482.

Annual Tommy Shaw Memorial

Open Team Bass Tournament

April 7 results

Robin Whisenant reporting

Nick Faulkner and Tommy Shoemaker, five bass, 16.64 pounds, $5,000. Chip Grice and Bobby Stanfill, five bass, 16.28 pounds, $1,800. Ray Fitzgerald and Mike Whitaker, five bass, 14.50 pounds, $1,300. Glenn Davis and Todd Bourdo, five bass, 14.48 pounds, $900. Larry Gilpin and Bill McKie, five bass, 14.38 pounds, $800. Jon Cole and Trey Beck, five bass, 14.18 pounds, $650. Duane Houk and Kevin McKee, five bass, 13.44 pounds, $500. Daryl Opalewski and Lamond Annas, five bass, 13.38 pounds, $450. Josh Lowe and Johnny Brantley Jr., five bass, 13.22 pounds, $350. Daniel Richary and Cason Nichols, five bass, 13.20 pounds, $300. Jon Majerus and Artie Brantley, five bass, 13.02 pounds, $250.

First big fish: Cole and Beck, 5.98 pounds, $690.

Second big fish: Charles Lewis and Mike Hohlwein, 5.88 pounds, $460.

Forty-seven out of 115 teams weighed in 216 bass weighing 476.85 pounds and most were released alive. Total tournament payout: $13,450. The first-place team also received two gold bass pendants courtesy of Tank Tankersley and the Gold Shop.

Youth Bass Fishing Tournament

At Lake Murray

North Augusta 41.33 pounds (Grayson Brandt, five bass, 11.36 pounds; Kyle Shreve, five bass, 10.13 pounds; Brad Wilson, three bass, 5.39 pounds), Saluda High School Tiger Fishing Team 11.33 pounds (Austin Colson, 4.85 pounds; Dakota Smith, 3.54 pounds; John David Forrest, 1.58 pounds; Chase Crouch, 1.36 pounds). Big fish: Francisco Bucio, North Augusta, 5.04 pounds.

Palmetto Bassmasters

Aiken and Lexington counties

March 31 results

Keith Williamson reporting

Kirby Scott, five bass, 16 pounds. Brad Smith, five bass, 15.5 pounds. Brad Dickey, five bass, 13.4 pounds. Twenty anglers caught 82 bass weighing 172.5 pounds.

Fish for Life Bassmasteres

March 31 results

Donnie Robinson reporting

Ron Brown, 16.47 pounds. Richard Clayton, 13.17 pounds. Donnie Robinson, 12.54 pounds. Big fish: Clayton, 4.82 pounds.

Savannah River Bass Tournament

Joey Bishop reporting

Next tournament: Sunday. Entry fee $40 per team or person with 100 percent payback. Includes big fish pot. Five-fish limit. Tournament hours safe light to 1 p.m. Weigh-in and registration will be held at the Bob Baurle Boat Ramp below the lock and dam. For more information, call Bishop at (706) 755-4651.

Saturday Morning Open Team Bass Tournament

Next: Saturday. Tournament hours safe light until 3 p.m. Entry fee $45. Five-fish limit. 100 percent payback. For more information, call Steve Story at (706) 533-2241.

Langley Pond Shootout

Gene Moyer reporting

Entry fee is $20 per person. Tournament hours 6 to 10 p.m., every Tuesday. For more information, call Moyer at (803) 270-1580.

Southern Anglers Challenge

Charley Doyle reporting

On Thurmond Lake

All tournaments out of Wildwood Park. Dates: Clark Hill Division, Saturday, April 21, May 19. 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

Schedule: Note all tournaments out of Wildwood Park. Next: Sunday, April 29, May 6, May 26 (Dorn Ramp, Hawe Creek). 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

District 96 Tournaments

Phil Morris reporting

Next: April 22, Dorn ramp, Clarks Hill. May 5-6, Greenwood State Park, Lake Greenwood.

Fort Gordon Sportsman’s Club

Fred Perry reporting

Schedule (all at Butler Reservoir unless otherwise noted): Sunday, bass tournament, safe light until noon. April 29, crappie tournament, safe light until noon. May 6, bass tournament, safe light until noon. May 20, bass tournament, safe light until noon. June 2, Kids’ Fishing Derby, Claypit Lakes, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 10, bass tournament, safe light until noon. June 24, crappie tournament, safe light until noon. July 8, bass tournament, safe light until noon. Aug. 12, bass tournament, safe light until noon. Sept. 9, Fort Gordon Sportsman Club Crappie Tournament, safe light until noon. Sept. 16, bass tournament, safe light until noon. Sept. 22, Kids’ Fishing Derby, Claypit Lakes, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 14, bass tournament, safe light until noon. Oct. 28, crappie tournament, safe light until noon. Nov. 18, bass tournament, safe light until noon. Dec. 9, bass tournament, 8 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 before 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.