Originally created 12/19/97

Bass fishing tournaments



Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Outdoor 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.

Martinez Bassmasters

Open Team Tournament

Dec. 14 results

Tracy Thompson reporting

Chris Davis, five bass, 11.2 pounds. Tracy Thompson four bass, 8.1 pounds. Chris Shelton, two bass, 7.7 pounds. Big fish: Shelton, 4.9 pounds. Twelve fishermen caught 16 bass weighing 36 pounds and all were re;eased alive.

The club is looking for new members. The club meets the first Thursday each month at Shoney's Restaurant on Bobby Jones Expressway in Martinez. Prospective members -- either boaters or non-boaters -- can call Tommy Cates (706-863-3097) for more information.

Bucketmouth Bassmasters

Brian Ely reporting

The club's Top Six

Georgia-Florida Bass Trails

1998 schedule

Jan. 17: Thurmond Lake, Fort Gordon Recreation Area; Feb. 21: Lake Greenwood, Greenwood State Park; March 28: Lake Murray, P&L Landing; April 25: Lake Russell, Calhoun Falls State Park; May 23: Thurmond Lake, Hawe Creek Ramp; June 20: Lake Murray, P&L Landing. Membership fee: $20 per angler. Entry fee: $120 per team. Optional big fish pot: $10. Payback 70 percent ($24 of each entry goes to Classic Fund), one place per seven teams. Plaques to top three teams and big bass. Tournament hours safe light until 3 p.m. Director: Bill Harvey at (706) 828-6427.

Bass Champions Team Trail

Georgia-01 schedule

Seven qualifying tournaments have been set for the fifth annual Bass Team Challenge on Lake Neely Henry in Gadsden, Ala., Sept. 22-26. Five fully rigged John Storie's Hawk Bass Boats will be given away to each of the top four places and another in a draw among Team Challenge participants. Anglers must fish a minimum of five qualifiers and finish within the top 15 teams of their division.

Tournament entry fee is $110 per team, with a 70 percent payback to 20 percent of the field. Anglers choose their own partners and both must become members of Bass Champions. Annual membership is $25 per person and includes a subscription to AnglerSport magazine and the news publication, Bass Champion News, and other amenities.

Entry deadline for pre-registration is the Monday preceding each tournament after which a $15 late charge will be added to the entry fee. Georgia-01 director is Chad Pitts of Watkinsville, Ga. (706 769-8218). AnglerSport, the parent organization, may be contacted at 850-492-4800.

The 1998 schedule: Feb. 7, Strom Thurmond Lake, Hawe Creek Sports Facility; March 7, Richard B. Russell Lake, Highway 72, Elbert Ramp; April 25, Thurmond Lake, Hawe Creek; May 9: Lake Russell, Highway 72, Elbert Ramp; May 23: Thurmond Lake, Hawe Creek; June 13, Lake Russell, Highway 72, Elbert Ramp; July 11, TBA.

Big Buck$ Team Tournaments

The Fisherman's Bass Circuit

Entry fee $500 per team, pick your best fishing buddy and fish Saturdays and Sundays. Two-day total determines the champions. Top 100 teams invited to fish the Hall of Fame Classic with a $50,000 cash first prize. More information: 1 (704) 483-9335.

1998 schedule: Feb. 14-15, Lake Hartwell, Hart State Park, Hartwell, Ga.; March 28-29: Lake Keowee, South Cove Park, Seneca, S.C.; April 25-26: Lake Guntersville, Mac's Landing, Guntersville, Ala.; May 23-24: Kerr Lake, Satterwhite Point, Henderson, N.C.; Oct. 3-4: Lake Chickamauga, Chester Frost Park, Chattanooga, Tenn,; Nov. 7-8: Hall of Fame Classic for top 100 teams and all winners, High Rock Lake, Salisbury, N.C.

Anglers That Care

Southern States Tour

Pro 150 Series

Entry fee $150 per two-man team. First place $2,000 guaranteed with 15-team field. Anglers who fish the series can qualify for the Super Southeast Shootout with guaranteed first place prize of $3,000. Top 50 teams in the Super Southeast can go on to the Mega Southeast with a chance to win a fully rigged $25,000 bass boat.

North Georgia schedule: Jan. 3, Sinclair, Little River Park; March 21, Sinclair, Little River Park; May 16, Allatoona, Little River; June 27, Richard B. Russell, Highway 72 ramp; Aug. 8, Russell, Highway 72 ramp; Sept. 5, Allatoona, Little River.

More information: 1 (800) 590-5483.

Guys & Dolls Couples Tournaments

Georgia Division

March 14: Lake Sinclair, Little River Park; April 4, Lake Lanier, TBA; May 2: Russell Lake, Richard B. Russell State Park; May 30: West Point Lake, West Point Landing; June 27: Lake Oconee, Sugar Creek Marina.

South Carolina Division

March 7: Santee Cooper, Rocks Pond Campground and Marina; March 28: Lake Murray, P&L Landing; April 25: Lake Wylie, Long Cove Marina; May 23: Lake Wateree, Clearwater Cove Marina; June 13: High Rock Lake, Tamarac Marina.

For free brochures and other information, contact David White, S.C. Division Staff, in Jackson at 1 (803) 471-2901, or national headquarters in Palmetto, Ga., at 1 (770) 463-4652.

South Bend's

Fishing in America

Crappie Tournaments

More information on the tournament trail is available from 1 (205) 773-9600.

1998 schedule of Augusta area lakes: Feb. 13-14, Oconee-Sinclair; Feb. 27-28, Eufaula (Ala.-Georgia); March 6-7: West Point; March 13-14: Strom Thurmond (Clarks Hill); March 27-28: Lake Murray, S.C.; April 3-4: Lake Greenwood, S.C.; April 10-11: Lake Wateree, S.C.

CSRA Bassmasters

The club, whose new year starts this month, is looking for new members. Those interested may contact Jerry Barber (1 803 471 2551), Robert Williams (1 803-648-3606) or Jim Swift (1 706-860-4422).

Aug. 23 results

Amity Recreation Area

Brian Ely reporting

Horse Creek Bass Busters

May 31 results

Lake Murray

Dana Attaway reporting

Good Ol' Boys Bass Club

May 5 team results

Richard B. Russell

Danny Matthews reporting

Columbia County Bass Club

Nov. 15 results

George Perkins reporting

Suburban Bassmasters

Sept. 29 results

Fort Gordon Recreation Area

Tom Anderson reporting

Augusta Bassmasters

Billy Rosier reporting

The club is still looking for new members. Contact Larry Atkins at 863-2079.

Midland/Aiken County Bassmasters

May 31 results

Hamilton Branch State Park

David White reporting

Little River Bass Club

Paul E. Redfearn reporting

The club's top six: Paul E. Redfearn, 116 pounds, 1 ounces; Bobby Wayne Gaston, 80 pounds, 4 ounces; Russell Cathey, 76 pounds, 5 ounces; Lanier Sullivan, 61 pounds, 5 ounces; Mitch Mays, 44 pounds, 5 ounces; Pinky Pemberton, 32 pounds, 1 ounce. Big fish of the year: Cathey, 7 pounds, 1 ounce.

Clark Hill Striper Club

Mike Rea reporting

The club is interested in boaters and non-boaters who'd like to join the club. Call Mike Rea at 278-5826 for more information.

Augusta Bass Club

April 12 results

Amity Recreation Area

Wes Lewis reporting

The Hill Bass Club

April 13 results

Fort Gordon Recreation Area

Travis Foust reporting

Westside Bassmasters

Feb. 22 results

Little River Marina

Kelvin Hartwell reporting

Raysville Bassmasters

September results

Karl Hughey reporting

Southside Bassmasters

April 21 results

Parksville, S.C., Landing

Tip Jones reporting

South Carolina BASS Federation

1998 schedule

Feb. 14: Santee Cooper; March 14: Lake Hartwell; April 11: Lake Murray; May 9: Thurmond Lake (a.k.a. Clarks Hill); June 13: Lake Wylie; July 11: Waccamaw River; Six-Man Event: Sept. 11-12, Thurmond Lake.

Any clubs or individuals interested in joining the South Carolina Bass Federation, contact Jerry Barber, 1 (803) 471-2551, Peggy Hueble, 1 (803) 694-3602.

River Rats Bass Club

Oct. 12 results

Ray Diamond reporting

Summer Saturday Night

Bass Team Tournament

Lake Springs Ramp

Lamond Annas reporting

Sponsored by the Carolina Bass Club, entry fee is $21 per boat. Hours are 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Seven-fish limit per team or individual. Payback based on number of boats entered. More information: Nick Adams, 803-593-5092; Lamond Annas, 803-593-4771.

Carolina Bass Club

Nov. 22 results

Hamilton Branch

Lamond Annas reporting

Outcast Bass Club

October results

Keith Williamson reporting

Evans Bassmasters

Dec. 13 results

Fort Gordon Recreation Area

Ron Weber reporting

Barry Frazier, three bass, 8 pounds, 3 ounces. Larry Stewart, five bass, 7.01 pounds. Pete Petro, five bass, 6 pounds, 12 ounces. Eleven fishermen caught 26 bass weighing 43 pounds, 15 ounces and all were released alive.

Bass boat owners: Evans Bassmasters is looking for new members. If interested, call Ron at 803-279-0777.

Modoc Bassmasters

May 4 results

Hamilton Branch State Park

Julius Ledbetter reporting

Georgia-Carolina Bass Anglers

Sept. 27 results

Hamilton Branch

Chris Thompson reporting

Belvedere Bass Busters

November results

Raymond Heath reporting

Ed Rice Wednesday Night Special

Classic results

at Lake Springs

Sept. 6 results

Bena Keane reporting

Entry fee is $21 per boat, fishing hours are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and entrants can register 30 minutes before blastoff at the Lake Springs ramp.

More information from Rice at 1 (706) 359-1007 (res.), or 733-5555 (work).

Saturday Morning Open Team

Little River Marina

Steve Foust reporting

Regular tournaments will be held every Saturday from safe light until 3 p.m. Tournaments will not be held when dates conflict with Clark Hill Committee events.

Garden City Bassmasters

Nov. 22 results

Little River Marina

Steve Foust reporting

Twin Cities Bassmasters

Dec. 13 results

Jay Jennings reporting

Jay Jennings, five bass, 8 pounds. Bill Stiger, five bass, 7 pounds, 10 ounces. Ron Ketler, three bass, 5 pounds, 3 ounces. Big fish: Ketler, 3 pounds, 1 ounce. Eight fishermen caught 17 bass totaling 24 pounds, 15 ounces and all were released alive.

The club is looking for new members. Contact Jay Jennings at 860-0383.

Triple Hook Bass Anglers

Craig Haskell reporting

Clark Hill Bassmasters

Ralph Barbee reporting

The Clark Hill Bassmasters are still looking for new members. Contact Ralph Barbee at 860-7373 for more information.

Hers and His Bass Club

Susie Crompton reporting

The club always welcomes prospective members. Any male-female team interested in joining the club should call Susie Crompton at (706) 860-4081.

Bassin' America

Military Bass Anglers Association

Dec. 13 results

Cherokee Boat Ramp

Jerry Pollard reporting

Majors Hamby, Appling, Ga., five bass, 13 pounds, 8 ounces. Ron Brown, Thomson, four bass, 11 pounds, 9 ounces. Big fish: Gene Kramer, North Augusta, 6 pounds. Eight fishermen caught 20 bass weighing 56 pounds and all were released alive.

Entry fee is $50 per person. Tournament time is safe light plus eight hours. Tournament partner draw is 30 minutes before official sunrise (check local paper's weather page for official sunrise times).

Jan. 10, Lake Springs. Feb. 7, Cherokee. March 7, Lake Springs. March 28, Elijah Clarke. April 18, Amity. May 9, Savannah River, Port Wentworth. June 13-14, Amity.

Contact Jerry Pollard at (706) 541-1288.

Fort Gordon Sportsman's Club

Fort Gordon, Ga.

Fishing tournaments

Entry fee is $10 per member, $20 per non-member, optional $5 big fish pot, with a 60 percent payback. 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, 791-8953 .

1997 schedule

All tournaments in Butler Reservoir unless otherwise noted: Dec. 21, crappie tournament, daylight until 2 p.m.