Clarks Hill Fish for Life
Kids Fishing Rodeo
& Family Day
Sept. 29, Wildwood Park
All food and events are free. Kids’ fishing rodeo for ages 2 to 8 and 9 to 13. Lots of activities for youngsters. Hot dog lunch provided by Brueckner’s Fine Meats. Events made possible by Hayes Marine, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Columbia County, Aaron’s, Dealer Options, Sun Grow, Save Phace. Events start at 9 a.m. Registration for kids’ fishing rodeo will be held Sept. 22 at Academy Sports in Evans from Noon to 2 p.m., or 8 to 8:30 the morning of the event on Sept. 29. All winners must be present to receive gifts. More information: www.chfishforlife.org
The National Wild Turkey
Inaugural Bass Bonanza
Sept. 22, Wildwood Park
$5,000 guaranteed for first place. 100 percent payback for four biggest bass weighed (40 percent for heaviest, 30 percent next heaviest, 20 percent next heaviest, 10 percent next heaviest). Entry fee is $100 for two-man team, with $10 for big fish pot. Pre-registration will take place at the Bobby Jones Walmart on Sept. 20 from 5-7 p.m. Late registration will begin at 5 a.m., at the ramp tournament day, with all boats checked in by 6 a.m. Tournament starts at safe light and weigh-in is at 3 p.m. More information: Rhett Simmons at the National Wild Turkey Federation in Edgefield, S.C. Phone: (803) 637-3106, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
5th annual Town of Jackson
Hook and Cook Festival
The 100 percent payback fishing tournament begins at safe light Oct. 20. Entry fee is $50 per boat with an optional $10 for the big fish pot. There are four categories: panfish, bass, striper/hybrid and catfish. The festival will be held at the Jackson Community Center and Pavilion on Main Street. A dessert competition will be held the night of Oct. 19 with a $10 entry fee. The winner gets $100. The S.C. Barbecue Association-sanctioned cookoff judging will be held Oct. 20. Winner gets $1,000, first runner-up $500 and second runner-up $250. Barbecue pork and chicken dinners will be sold Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. until sold out. The event is free and additional activities include a car and boat show, arts and crafts, karaoke contest, food vendors, inflatable slides and more. More information: (803) 471-2228, or visit the Web site at www.hookandcookjacksonsc.com.
Saturday Morning Open Team Bass Tournament
Eric Mora reporting
Chris Hadden, by himself, 13 pounds, 5 ounces.
Next: Saturday. Tournament hours are safe light until to be determined at the ramp. Entry fee: $45, including big fish pot. Five-fish limit. More information: Mora, (706) 533-0639.
American Bass Anglers
District 26 Tournaments
Qualifying tournaments for the 2013 AFT Championship: Nov. 17, Russell Lake, Highway 72 ramp. Dec. 15, Russell Lake, Highway 72 ramp. 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. More information: Director William Hooker, (706) 533-7329. E-mail: email@example.com or visit ABA online at www. americanbassanglers.com.
American Bass Anglers
District 96 Tournaments
Phil Morris reporting
Schedule: Sept. 23, Lake Murray, Billy Dreher Island State Park. Oct. 14, Clarks Hill, Dorn Boating & Fishing Complex. Nov. 18, Lake Greenwood, Greenwood State Park. Dec. 9, Wateree, Clearwater Cove.
Fort Gordon Sportsman’s Club
Sept. 9 results
Fred Perry reporting
Cary Rook and Arlester Vernon, 20 pounds.
Schedule (all at Butler Reservoir unless otherwise noted): Sept. 16, bass tournament, safe light until noon. Sept. 22, Kids’ Fishing Derby, Claypit Lakes, 8 a.m. 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. More information: Perry, (706) 791-5078, or (706) 833-2834 res. or (706) 541-1057, Ext. 131.