Fishing Tournaments

CORRECTION: Because of a reporter’s error, the purse for a fishing tournament was listed incorrectly in Friday’s edition of The Augusta Chronicle. The purse for the Fish for Life Open Team Bass Tournament is $2,500. It will be April 20 at Wildwood Park.


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.

North Augusta Fishing Team’s First Annual Border Bash

March 2, at Wildwood Park

Jeanine Wilson reporting

High schools: Chris Carnes, Lake Wylie Junior Bassmasters, five bass, 13.62 pounds, $500 towards college. Cole Pearson, Harlem Competition Bass Club, five bass, 10.40 pounds. Chad Matthews, Lake Wylie, three bass, 10.14 pounds. Josh Rockefeller, Harlem, five bass, 9 pounds.

Middle schools: Brad Wilson, North Augusta Fishing Team, four bass, 7.14 pounds. Connor Burch, North Augusta, three bass, 6.48 pounds. Austin Muns, Harlem, four bass, 5.78 pounds. Forrest Thaxton, North Augusta, four bass, 4.48 pounds. Overall big fish: Chad Matthews, Lake Wylie, 4.5 pounds.

Five teams and 38 anglers caught 78 bass totaling 150 pounds. The teams: Harlem Competition Bass Club, Lake Wylie Junior Bassmasters, Barnwell County Career Center, T.L. Hanna High School, North Augusta Fishing Team.

Vendors supporting the event included Clemson University Fishing Team, Sea-Tow, Fireplace, Grills and More, Hayes Marine, Potash and Solitude Pond Management. The following donated door prizes: Hayes Marine, Broadway Tackle, The Tackle Shop, Potash, Clemson University, Solitude, Sea-Tow, Fireplace, Grills and More, Interstate Batteries, Bridgestone Tires, Bass Boat, Backhome Outdoors, Pure Fishing, Zoom, Buckeye Lures, Bad Boy Buggies, Bass Patrol, Cliett’s Crossing and Johannsen’s Sporting Goods.

38th annual Rebel Open

Presented by Rebel Bassmasters,

Greenwood, S.C.

April 6,

Dorn Sport Fishing Facility

Strom Thurmond Lake

Entry fee prior to April 5: $100 per team. On day of tournament: $110. Guaranteed $1,000 for first place based on 50 boats. One place paid for every seven boats. $10 optional big fish pot fee. 100 percent payback on big fish: first, 70 percent; second, 30 percent. Five-fish limit, 12-inch minimum. Hours are safe light until 3:30 p.m. Late entries will be accepted before start of tournament. For more information, call (864) 992-4540 or (864) 229-9769.

Fish for Life

Open Team Bass Tournament

April 20, Wildwood Park

Entry fee is $50 plus $10 big fish pot (only one big fish). Guaranteed first-place purse of $2,500 based on 50 boats. Fifteen places paid, with 15th place earning $200. Register online at Polygraph tests will be administered. Local tournament rules apply. Pre-registration will be held at Academy Sports and Outdoors on April 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. Late registration will take place tournament morning before safe light at the ramp. Sponsors include Hayes Marine, Wal-Mart, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Aaron’s Save Phace, Dealer Options, Columbia County, Broadway Bait & Tackle, Brueckner’s Fine Meats. Ink Boy, Fireside Outdoor Kitchens and Grills, First Bank of Georgia and Channel 12 news. For more information, call Ron Brown at (706) 830-6439 or Steve Faust at (706) 833-9660.

Saturday Morning Open Team Bass Tournament

Eric Mora reporting

Charley Doyle and Warren Whitaker, five bass, 16.78 pounds. Kevin Tucker and Gary Davis, five bass, 15 pounds, 4 ounces. Big fish: Randy Fisher, 4 pounds, 4 ounces.

Next: Sunday Morning Individual Bass Tournament. Entry fee is $40 per person, includes big fish pot. Tournament hours are safe light until 3 p.m. Five-fish limit. For more information, call Mora at (706) 533-0639.

Palmetto Bassmasters

Feb. 23 results

Keith Williamson reporting

Robby Grandle, three bass, 15.5 pounds. Jon Majerus, three bass, 10.5 pounds. Sean Ravenscroft, three bass, 9.3 pounds. Fourteen anglers caught 23 bass weighing 69.3 pounds.

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, call Ray Diamond at (706) 533-1948 or visit www.mrclarkhill

Langley Pond Shootout

Wednesday night

Entry fee is $20 per person with 100 percent payback. Five-fish limit, 12 inches long or longer. Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. For more information, call Gene Moyer at (803) 270-1580.

Southern Anglers Challenge

Charley Doyle reporting

Clark Hill Division tournaments: 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 Doyle at (706) 399-9487, Chris Hadden at (706) 339-1846 or visit

American Bass Anglers

District 26 Tournaments

William Hooker reporting

Qualifying tournaments for the 2013 AFT Championship: Saturday, Clarks Hill, Dorn Fishing & Boating Complex. April 13-14 (two one-day events), Clarks Hill, Dorn Fishing & Boating Complex. June 8, Wildwood Park. July 20, Wildwood Park. Aug. 127, Wildwood Park. Sept. 14-15, two-day, at Wildwood Park.

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 www.american

American Bass Anglers

District 96 Tournaments

Feb. 24 results

From Lake Greenwood

Phil Morris reporting

Phil Morris, Saluda, S.C., five bass, 16.47 pounds, $800. Curtis Temples, Saluda, S.C., five bass, 15.29 pounds, $508. Ryan McMurtury, Abbeville, S.C., three bass, 11.20 pounds, $168. Big fish: McMurtury, 8.03 pounds, $165 .

Schedule: March 24, Billy Dreher Island State Park, Lake Murray. April 21, Clearwater Cove, Lake Wateree. April 28, Dreher State Park, Lake Murray. June 2, Dorn Boating & Fishing Complex, Thurmond Lake. July 14, Lake Greenwood, Greenwood State Park. Aug. 11, Dreher Island State Park, Lake Murray. Sept. 7-8, Dorn, Thurmond Lake.

Fort Gordon Sportsman’s Club

March 3 results

Fred Perry reporting

Cary Rook and Paul McCrary, two bass, 5 pounds, 2 ounces. Big fish: McCrary, 2 pounds, 12 ounces. Ten fishermen weighed in four bass in cold and windy conditions weighing 8 pounds.

Schedule (all at Butler Reservoir unless otherwise noted): 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 a.m. to 11 a.m., Claypit Lakes.

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.