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.
Youth Fishing Team’s
Inaugural Spring Invitational Tournament
March 2, at Wildwood Park
Invitations have been issued to Georgia and South Carolina youth bass fishing teams, as well as scouts for colleges and/or universities to check out the talent. Area businesses are invited to display and/or sell their wares. Vendor cost $50. For more information, call Rosie DeAnnuntis at (803) 624-0463 or e-mail email@example.com.
Boat ramps open
On Thurmond Lake
Amity Recreation Area, Big Hart Recreation Area, Clarks Hill Park, Keg Creek, Lake Springs, Leathersville, Modoc (1 of 2 ramps), Morrahs, Mt. Carmel Picnic Area, Parksville Recreation Area, Petersburg Campground, Scotts Ferry. Source: Savannah District, U.S. Arm y Corps of Engineers.
Saturday Morning Open Team Bass Tournament
Dec. 15 results
Eric Mora reporting
Bo Story and Trey Beck, 18 pounds, 15 ounces. Ray Fitzgerald and Chris Rodwell, 16 pounds, 15 ounces. Big fish: Dean Moore and Chuck Reames, 5 pounds, 5 ounces. Thirteen boats in the field.
Next: Saturday at Wildwood Park. Tournament hours safe light until to be determined at the ramp. Entry fee: $45, including big fish pot. Five-fish limit. For more information, call Mora at (706) 533-0639.
2013 Mr. Clark Hill Tournaments
Top Six (members only), March 15-16; Tommy Shaw Memorial (open team), April 6; Clark Hill Memorial (open team), May 11; Mr. Clark Hill (members only), Oct. 4-5; Chuck Chapel (open team), Dec. 7. All of the tournaments feature a guaranteed first-place prize of $5,000. Clark Hill Committee members also compete for Angler of the Year, with a $1,500 prize. For more information, visit www.mrclarkhillcommittee.com or call Ray Diamond at (706) 533-1948.
Carolina Bass Club
Lamond Annas reporting
Robin Whisenant, five bass, 12.66 pounds. Ken Redd, five bass, 11.53 pounds. Billy Freeman, five bass, 10.69 pounds. Big fish: Bubba Jones, 3.015 pounds. Fourteen fishermen caught 49 bass weighing 90.08 pounds. Club’s top six: Robin Whisenant, 105.067 pounds; Daryl Opalewski, 104.27 pounds; Lonnie Kuehl, 102.905 pounds; Billy Freeman, 93.435 pounds; Joel Feagin, 83.5 pounds; Ken Redd, 77.25 pounds. Big fish of the year: Bubba Jones, 7.955 pounds. Top five-bass weight: Robin Whisenant 16.07 pounds.
Southern Anglers Challenge
Charley Doyle reporting
For Clark Hill Division: Jan. 26, Feb. 23, March 23, April 13, May 4, June 15.
All tournaments will be held at Wildwood Park. Entry fee is $75 per boat, with a one-time insurance fee of $10 per person. Optional big fish pot fee is $10. Tournament hours are safe light until 4 p.m. For more information, call Doyleat (706) 399-9487 or Chris Hadden at (706) 339-1846 or go to www.southernanglerschallenge.com.
American Bass Anglers
District 26 Tournaments
Dec. 15 results
From Lake Russell
William Hooker reporting
Phil Anderson, five bass, 17.21 pounds, $620. Paula Alexander, five bass, 9.44 pounds, $311. Mike Echols, five bass, 8.39 pounds, $103. Big fish: Anderson, 4.21 pounds, $115.
Qualifying tournaments for the 2013 AFT Championship: Jan. 26, Clarks Hill, Dorn Fishing & Boating Complex. Feb. 9, Clarks Hill, Dorn Fishing & Boating Complex. March 9, Clarks Hill, Dorn Fishing & Boating Complex. April 13-14, Clarks Hill, Dorn Fishing & Boating Complex.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ABA online at www.american bassanglers.com.
American Bass Anglers
District 96 Tournaments
Phil Morris reporting
2013: Jan. 6, Highway 72 ramp, Russell Lake. Feb. 24, Greenwood State Park, Lake Greenwood.
Fort Gordon Sportsman’s Club
Fred Perry reporting
Schedule (all at Butler Reservoir unless otherwise noted): Jan. 20, bass tournament, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 10, bass tournament, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 24, crappie tournament, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 3, bass tournament, safe light until noon. March 17, crappie tournament, safe light until noon. April 7, bass tournament, safe light until noon. April 21, crappie tournament, safe light until noon. May 5, bass tournament, safe light until noon. May 19, bass tournament, safe light until noon. June 1, Kids’ Fishing Derby, 8-11 a.m., Claypit Lakes. June 9, bass tournament, safe light until noon. June 23, crappie tournament, safe light until noon. July 14, bass tournament, 4-10 a.m. Aug. 11, bass tournament, 4-10 a.m. Sept. 8, Fort Gordon Sportsman’s Club crappie tournament, safe light until noon Sept. 15, bass tournament, safe light until noon. Sept. 28, Kids’ Fishing Derby, 8-11 a.m., Claypit Lakes. Oct. 6, bass tournament, safe light until noon. Oct. 20, crappie tournament, safe light until noon. Nov. 3, bass tournament, safe light until noon. Dec. 8, 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 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 (706) 791-5078, or (706) 833-2834 res. or (706) 541-1057, ext. 131. All tournaments held at Butler Reservoir, unless otherwise noted.