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.


Local Top Six

March 15-16 results

Robin Whisenant reporting

Thirty bass weighing more than 5 pounds each were weighed in during the two-day event. One-hundred twenty-two out of 129 anglers weighed in 857 bass totaling 2,089 pounds, with all but one released alive. Total tournament payout: $13,760.

The top 10: Keith Williamson, 10 bass, 44.80 pounds, $5,000. Sammy Landrum, 10 bass, 41.32 pounds, $1,620. Chris Rodwell, 10 bass, 38.76 pounds, $810. Woody Parks, 10 bass, 38.50 pounds, $702. Dale Gibbs, 10 bass, 37.28 pounds, $594. Gary Macky, 10 bass, 35.74 pounds, $486. Bobby Stanfill, 10 bass, 34.48 pounds, $378. Chip Grice, 10 bass, 33.06 pounds, $324. Ray Fitzgerald, 10 bass, 32.96 pounds, $270. Jon Cole, 10 bass, 31.62 pounds, $216. Day 1 big fish: Keith Williamson, 8.96 pounds, $630. Day 2 big fish: Doug Oellerich, 8.10 pounds, $630.

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 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 $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 www.chfishfor 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.

Clarks Hill Bassmasters

March 9 results

Tom Hall reporting

Justin Taylor, 16.68 pounds. Dustin Walker, 14.17 pounds. Jon Gagnon, 13.37 pounds. Big fish: Taylor, 6.39 pounds. Twenty-one fishermen caught 74 bass weighing 155 pounds.

Clarks Hill Striper Club

March 16 results

Joseph Pearson reporting

Ted Boileau, Tony Shepherd, Larry Wendt, Eddie Mason, six fish, 41.89 pounds. Robert Buist and Mike Ray, six fish, 19.95 pounds. David Nawyn, Roy Phillips, two fish, 9.04 pounds. Big fish: Ted Boileau, 10.23 pounds. Six boats containingb17 fishermen caught 16 fish weighing 83.9 pounds.

Saturday Morning Open Team Bass Tournament

Eric Mora reporting

Next: Saturday. Entry fee $45 per person, includes big fish pot. Tournament hours safe light until 4 p.m. Five-fish limit. For more information, call Mora at (706) 533-0639.

2013 Mr. Clark Hill Tournaments

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

Langley Pond Shootout

Wednesday night results

Justin McElhaney and Justin Witt, five bass, 7.93 pounds. J.C. Dicks, four bass, 6.92 pounds. Big fish: McElhaney and Witt, 3.02 pounds. Eight boats in the field.

Entry fee $20 per person with 100 percent payback. Five-fish limit, 12 inches long or longer. Hours 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: The tournament scheduled for Saturday has been postponed because of inclement weather conditions. 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 or Chris Hadden at (706) 339-1846 or visit

American Bass Anglers

District 26 Tournaments

William Hooker reporting

Qualifying tournaments for the 2013 AFT Championship: April 13-14 (two one-day events), Clarks Hill, Dorn Fishing & Boating Complex. June 15, 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

American Bass Anglers

District 96 Tournaments

Phil Morris reporting

Season: Sunday, 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 17 results

Fred Perry reporting

Cary Rook and Paul McCrary, 61 crappies, 81 pounds, 2 ounces. Jacob Yaden and Arnold Gonzales, 54 crappies, 17 pounds, 8 ounces. Big fish: Bob Palagyi, 1 pounds, 6 ounces. Fourteen fishermen weighed in 203 crappies weighing 76 pounds.

Schedule (all at Butler Reservoir unless otherwise noted): 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. June 9, bass tournament, safe light until noon. June 23, crappie tournament, safe light until noon. July 14, bass tournament, 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. Aug. 11, bass tournament, 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sept. 8, Fort Gordon Sportsman’s Club crappie tournament, safe light until 12 p.m. Sept. 15, bass tournament, safe light until noon. Sept. 28, Kids’ Fishing Derby, 8 a.m. to 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 Fred Perry, 706-791-5078, or 706-833-2834 res. or 706-541-1057, Ext. 131.