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.
44th annual Mr. Clark Hill
Bass Fishing Championship
Oct. 6-7 results
Robin Whisenant reporting
Chris Hadden, 10-fish limit, 34.40 pounds, $3,500. Phillip Anderson, 10, 30.33 pounds, $1,316. Hampton Rowland, 10. 30 pounds, $1,118. Mark Abbott, 29.79 pounds, $723. William Fulmer, 10, 28.84 pounds, $592. Robin Whisenant, 10, 27.86 pounds, $460. DJ Hadden, 10, 27.13 pounds, $394. Jack Williams, 10, 26.97 pounds, $361. Mike Whitaker, 10, 26.55 pounds, $329. Lee Sidener, 10, 26.48 pounds, $296. John Boy Long, 10, 25.86 pounds, $263. Ray Fitzgerald, 10, 25.71 pounds, $230. Stewart Gambrell, 10, 24.47 pounds, $197. Reno Reasoner, 10, 23.05 pounds, 23.05 pounds, $164. Evan Buller, 10, 22.66 pounds, $131.
Day 1 big fish: Jack Williams, 5.43 pounds, $600. Day 2 big fish: Ray Fitzgerald, 5.33 pounds, $600. 2017 Noel Brown Angler of the Year: Mike Whitaker, $1,500.
136 of 188 anglers weighed in 940 bass weighing 1,837 pounds. Most were released alive. Total tournament payout: $11,277.
NOTE: A $500 sponsorship check was presented to each of the following local schools to support their fishing teams: Augusta University Fishing Team, North Augusta High Fishing Team, Greenbrier Fishing Team and Clark Hill Youth Fishing Team. Thanks, also, to the young anglers for assisting the Clark Hill Committee with the weigh-ins. Each school, along with the Southeastern Paralyzed Veterans Association, was also awarded $400 gift certificates, courtesy of Buckeye Lures. Special thanks to Columbia County, Fairway Ford, Augusta Marine, C.N. Brown Plastics, AB Beverage and Buckeye Lures for making the sponsorships possible.
Top Dawg Bass Tournament
Oct. 28, Wildwood Park
Entry fee $125 per two-man team, includes big fish pot fee. One place paid for every 10 boats. 80 percent payback. Hours safe light until 3 p.m. Rules, regulations and the boat draw will be held at ramp tournament morning. More information: Kevin Waters, (706) 399-3154.
The Hook and Cook Festival
Oct. 22, Jackson, S.C.
The 100 percent pay back fishing tournament starts at safe light on Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Jackson Boat Landing on the Savannah River. Entry fee is $50 per boat with an optional $10 big fish pot fee. There are four categories: pan fish, largemouth bass, striped bass/hybrid bass and catfish. The festival will be held at the Jackson Community Center, 106 Main Street. The S.C. Barbecue Association is sanctioning the cook-off set for Oct. 22, with $3,650 in prize money. Barbecue sandwiches, rib and chicken plates will be sold to the public starting at 11 a.m. festival day until sold out. The festival begins Friday night (Oct. 21) with the Palmetto Groove Party Band kicking things off. The event is free and features arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, a kids zone and corn hole tournament with six pairs of Carolina-Clemson football tickets as prizes. More information: Lynn Sullivan at (803) 471-9778, or visit www.jackson-sc.gov/hook-and-cook. Striped Bass Challenge
2018 Winter Classic on Lake Hartwell
Jan. 5, captains’ meeting at Anderson, S.C. Civic Center. Jan. 6, tournament out of Green Pond Landing. Registration deadline is midnight Oct. 31. Entrants should start their food drives, with the emphasis on non perishable foods. High protein items such as peanut butter, beans, canned chicken and tuna fish are popular. Take your donation to any Golden Harvest Food Bank and get a receipt. You also can donate online and bring your receipt to the captain’s meeting. Westside Bassmasters
Jenny Drummond reporting
Kenny Miles, five bass, 11 pounds, 4 ounces. Chad Graham, five bass, 9 pounds, 11 ounces. Julius Ledbetter, five bass, 9 pounds, 7 ounces. Big fish: Miles, 3.62 pounds.
Columbia County River Rats
September results; Ray Diamond reporting
Jon Cole, 15.14 pounds. Wesley Story, 12.14 pounds. Reno Reasoner, 12.5 pounds. Big fish: Sammy Landrum, 5.4 pounds.
Clarks Hill Youth Fishing Team
Sept. 30 results; Nick Faulkner reporting
Gavin Gilbert, 8.38 pounds. Evan Vacok, 5.5 pounds. Blake Stephenson, 4.74 pounds. Seventeen fishermen caught 31 bass.
The team will compete in a BASS Nation tournament on Lake Allatoona next weekend.
Leah Bass Club
Sept. 30 results; William Hooker reporting
O’Neal Johnston, five bass, 16.36 pounds. Casey Johnston, five bass, 15.01 pounds. Big fish: O. Johnston, 5.48 pounds.
Saturday Morning Open Team
Bass Tournament at Wildwood Park
Steve Story reporting
Next: Saturday. Entry fee $45 includes big fish. Hours: safe light until 3 p.m. Clark Hill Committee
2017 Officers: Robin Whisenant, president; Reno Reasoner, vice president/tournament director; Lucas Johnson, secretary; Archie Lee, treasurer. Board of Directors: Noel Brown, Barry Frazier, Ray Diamond, Sammy Landrum, Greg Davis.
Senior Bass Anglers Individual Tournament
Robert Giffin reporting
Anyone 60 or older wanting to join should contact Giffin at (706) 533-0357.
American Bass Anglers District 26 Tournaments
William Hooker reporting
NOTE: The tournament originally scheduled for Oct. 15 has been switched to Oct. 22 because of the Southeastern Paralyzed Veterans Association bass tournament.
All tournaments are on Thurmond Lake out of Wildwood Park. Entry fees: Divisional qualifier $75 includes big fish pot. Divisional Championship $150 (include big fish pot). Schedule for 2017-2018: Oct. 22, Nov. 19, Dec. 10. Jan. 28, 2018, Feb. 18, March 11. Division championship April 14-15. 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. If you are joining as either a new ABA member or renewing your m3embership, save money by doing so at the boat ramp. More information: Director William Hooker, (706) 533-7329. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ABA online at www.americanbassanglers.com. American Bass Anglers
District 96 Tournaments
Phil Morris reporting
Next: Nov. 12, Dreher Island State Park, Lake Murray. Dec. 3, Greenwood State Park, Lake Greenwood.
Fort Gordon Sportsman’s Club
Fred Perry reporting
Schedule: Oct. 14, bass tournament, safe light until noon. Oct. 28, crappie tournament, safe light until noon. Nov. 11, bass tournament, safe light until noon. Dec. 2, 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. All tournaments held at Butler Reservoir, unless otherwise noted.