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.
Clarks Hill Fish for Life
Kids Fishing Rodeo
& Family Day
Saturday, 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 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
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: 1 (803) 471-2228, or visit the Web site at www.hookandcookjacksonsc.com.
Sept. 23 results
Joey Bishop reporting
Benny McLain and John Sloop, five bass, 8.24 pounds. Big fish: McLain and Sloop, 2.88 pounds. Seven boats in the field.
Sept. 9 results
Benny McLain and John Sloop, five bass, 13.60. Big fish: McLain and Sloop, 5 pounds. Eight boats in the field.
Next: Oct. 7 season finale. Entry fee $40 per team or person with 100% 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. More information: Joey Bishop at (706) 755-4651.
Saturday Morning Open Team Bass Tournament
Next: TBA. Tournament hours are safe light until to be determined at the ramp. Entry fee: $45, including big fish pot. Five-fish limit. More information: Eric Mora, (706) 533-0639.
Open Team Bass Tournament
Oct. 20, Dorn Fishing Facility
Entry fee $40 per boat. Register online at tcbassclub.org. Entry deadline Oct. 13. A mandatory pre-tournament meeting will be held Oct. 19 at Lighthouse Baptist Church at 7 p.m., and a meal will be served and there will be a special guest speaker. First-place team wins a $600 gift card, runner-up wins a $500 gift card, third place gets a $400 gift card, fourth a $300 gift card and fifth a $200 gift card. Big fish pot winner gets $100. More information: Bill Spurgeon at (803) 641-6903. Sponsors include Aiken Christian Bass Anglers, South Carolina Baptist Convention, FOMNTT, Feaster’s Foods, Chick-fil-A of Aiken, Deep Creek Lures, Number One Market Bait & Tackle, Z Man Baits, Broadway Bait & Tackle, South Edisto Marine, Outdoors Unlimited, Sutton Marine, Academy Sports & Outdoors, Triangle Dodge and CSRA Document Solutions. Chick-fil-A will provide sandwiches at the weigh-in.
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. More information, visit www.mrclarkhillcommittee.com. Or contact Ray Diamond at (706) 533-1948.
Southern Anglers Challenge
At Wildwood Park
More information: Charley Doyle, (706) 399-9487, or Chris Hadden, (706) 339-1846.
American Bass Anglers
District 26 Tournaments
William Hooker reporting
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ABA online at www.americanbassanglers.com.
American Bass Anglers
District 96 Tournaments
Sept. 23 results
From Lake Murray
Phil Morris reporting
Kevin Fulmer, Prosperity, S.C., five bass, 16.53 pounds, $607. George Berry, Saluda, S.C., five bass, 16.37 pounds, $473. Mark Richardson, Irmo, S.C., five bass, 12.21 pounds, $97. Big fish: Berry, 6.13 pounds, $110. Twenty-two anglers in the field.
Schedule: 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
Schedule (all at Butler Reservoir unless otherwise noted): 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: Fred Perry, (706) 791-5078, or (706) 833-2834 res. or (706) 541-1057, Ext. 131.