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.
Youth Fishing Team’s
March 2, at Wildwood Park
Invitations have been issued to Georgia and South Carolina youth bass fishing teams, as well as scouts for colleges and/or universities to check out the talent. Area businesses are invited to display and/or sell their wares. Vendor cost $50. For more information, call Rosie DeAnnuntis, (803) 624-0463, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chuck Chapel Memorial
Open Team Bass Tournament
Dec. 1 at Wildwood Park
Robin Whisenant reporting
Chris Rodwell and Jon Hair, five bass, 19.26 pounds, $5,000. Woody Parks and Jason Williamson, five bass, 17.84 pounds, $2,500. Bobby Stanfill and Chip Grice, five bass, 17.30 pounds, $1,375.Chris Hadden and Steve Clements, five bass, 14.04 pounds. Marty Quesada Jr., and James Rose, five bass, 14.04 pounds, $350. Keith Williamson and Majors Hamby, five bass, 13.60 pounds, $200. Big fish: Rodwell & Hair, 9.44 pounds, $600. Fifty of 60 teams weighed in 245 bass totaling 511 pounds. All were released alive. The tournament raised $1,200 for Operation Angel Tree at Journey Community Church. Special thanks to the sponsors who made the event a success: French Market Grille West, Buckeye Lures, Pair of Jacks, Lakeside Marine, Rick’s Paint & Body, Academy Sports & Outdoors, Hardy Utility Co., Inc., Journey Community Church, Streeter Printing & Graphics, Zoom, Shimano, G. Loomis and Costa Del Mar.
Boat ramps open
On Thurmond Lake
Amity Recreation Area, Big Hart Recreation Area, Clarks Hill Park, Dordon Creek, Keg Creek, Lake Springs, Leathersville, Modoc (1 of 2 ramps), Morrahs, Mt. Carmel Picnic Area, Parksville Recreation Area, Petersburg Campground, Scotts Ferry. Source: Savannah District, U.S. Arm y Corps of Engineers.
Saturday Morning Open Team Bass Tournament
Eric Mora reporting
Next: TBA. Tournament hours safe light until to be determined at the ramp. Entry fee: $45, including big fish pot. Five-fish limit. For more information, call Mora at (706) 533-0639.
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. For more information, visit www.mrclarkhillcommittee.com or call Ray Diamond at (706) 533-1948.
Southern Anglers Challenge
Charley Doyle reporting
For Clark Hill Division
Dec. 8, Jan. 26, Feb. 23, March 23, 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, go to www.southernanglerschallenge.com, or call Charley Doyle at (706) 399-9487 or Chris Hadden at (706) 339-1846.
American Bass Anglers
District 26 Tournaments
William Hooker reporting
Qualifying tournaments for the 2013 AFT Championship: 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. For more information, call Hooker at (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
2012-2013 Season: Dec. 9, Wateree, Clearwater Cove.
Fort Gordon Sportsman’s Club
Fred Perry reporting
Schedule (all at Butler Reservoir unless otherwise noted): Dec. 9, bass tournament, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 2013: Jan. 20, bass tournament, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 10, bass tournament, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 24, crappie tournament, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 3, bass tournament, safe light until 12 noon. March 17, crappie tournament, safe light until 12 noon. April 7, bass tournament, safe light until 12 noon. April 21, crappie tournament, safe light until 12 noon. May 5, bass tournament, safe light until 12 noon. May 19, bass tournament, safe light until 12 noon. June 1, Kids’ Fishing Derby, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Claypit Lakes. June 9, bass tournament, safe light until 12 noon. June 23, crappie tournament, safe light until 12 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 12 noon. Sept. 28, Kids’ Fishing Derby, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Claypit Lakes. Oct. 6, bass tournament , safe light until 12 noon. Oct. 20, crappie tournament, safe light until 12 noon. Nov. 3, bass tournament, safe light until 12 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 Perry at (706) 791-5078, (706) 833-2834 res. or (706) 541-1057, ext. 131. All tournaments held at Butler Reservoir, unless otherwise noted.