Tailgater By Dish Network
Presents the Inaugural Dish Fish Open Team Bass Tournament
May 19-20, Dorn Boating & Fishing Complex
Entry fee $100 per person, $200 per boat. First place team wins a guaranteed $5,000. Tournament pays out top 30 finishes. Amateurs and pros welcome. $10 big fish pot fee. For more information, call (866) 208-5901 or visit www.dishfishbytailgater.com.
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 May 3 at Academy Sports and Outdoors, Evans, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Sponsors include 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.
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 is all part of the deal. Visit our Web site for instructions on how to sign up at www.30-30ministries.org/calendar.html.
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 on Thursday, April 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. 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, visit www.kicks99.com, or www.mrclarkhillcommittee.com.
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 in need. For more information, call (706) 830-6439 or (706) 833-9660.
Wednesday Night Shootout
April 18 results
Greg Davis reporting
David and J.C. Whyte, five bass, 14 pounds, 2 ounces. John Majors and Brandon Warnock, five bass, 11 pounds, 3 ounces. Smiling Jon Cole, by himself, five bass, 9 pounds, 11 ounces. Big fish: Whyte, 6 pounds, 14 ounces. Fourteen 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 at (706) 533-3482.
Aiken and Lexington counties
April 14 results
From Lake Murray
Keith Williamson reporting
Robby Grandle, four bass, 11.45 pounds. Glenn Williamson, five bass, 10.81 pounds. Bobby Hamm, five bass, 9.5 pounds. Big fish: Grandle, 5.4 pounds. Seventeen anglers caught 42 bass weighing 86.91 pounds.
Lark Hill Bassmasters
April 14 results
Tom Hall reporting
Colden Story, five bass, 11.91 pounds. Matt Davis, five bass, 9.62 pounds. Archie Lee, five bass, 9.08 pounds. Big fish: Lee, 3.74 pounds. Twenty-one fishermen caught 66 bass weighing 97 pounds.
Bankrunners Bass Club
Jody Quattlebaum reporting
Scott Collins, 12 pounds, 2 ounces. Bill Mackey, 9 pounds, 2 ounces. Marty Quesada Jr., 8 pounds, 15 ounces. Big fish: Collins, 4 pounds, 10 ounces.
Savannah River Bass Tournament
Joey Bishop reporting
Next tournament: TBA. 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
Lake Springs Ramps
Next: Saturday. Tournament hours safe light until 4 p.m. Register at the ramps. Entry fee $110, includes big fish pot. Guaranteed $6,000 to first place. Five-fish limit. For more information, call Larry Gilpin at (706) 231-4220.
Langley Pond Shootout
April 17 results
Gene Moyer reporting
Mike Craig and Moyer, four bass, 7 pounds, 2 ounces. Bubba and Mike Kost, four bass, 5 pounds. Big fish: Moyer, 2 pounds, 7 ounces.
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
Schedule on Thurmond Lake
All tournaments out of Wildwood Park. Dates: Clark Hill Division, Saturday, 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 are out of Wildwood Park. Next: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ABA online at www.american bassanglers.com.
American Bass Anglers
District 96 Tournaments
Phil Morris reporting
Next: Sunday, Dorn ramp, Clarks Hill. May 5-6, Greenwood State Park, Lake Greenwood.
Fort Gordon Sportsman’s Club
April 15 bass tournament
Fred Perry reporting
Ray Cloud and Perry, four bass, 8 pounds, 5 ounces. Bob Palagyi and Jewel Jessie, five bass, 7 pounds. Jacob Yaden, Corey Stone and Caitlyn Burner, five bass, 6 pounds, 12 ounces. Big fish: Cloud, 4 pounds, 15 ounces. Twenty-five fishermen caught 48 bass weighing about 50 pounds.
Schedule (all at Butler Reservoir unless otherwise noted): 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 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 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 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 at (706) 791-5078, (706) 833-2834 res. or (706) 541-1057, ext. 131. All tournaments held at Butler Reservoir, unless otherwise noted.