Originally created 11/17/00

Fishing tournament news



Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer 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 caught and total weight of the catch.

Clark Hill Bassmasters

Little River Marina

Open Team Tournament

Saturday, Nov. 17

Entry fee is $40 plus $10 big fish pot. Fishing hours are 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eighty percent payback with one place paid per 10 boats. Two big fish pots.

Martinez Bassmasters

Open Team Tournament

Dec. 2, Little River Marina

Entry fee is $40 per boat and $10 big fish pot. Eighty percent payback with one big fish pot. Tournament hours 6 a.m., or safe light until 3 p.m. One place payback per every 10 boats entered. Registration at the ramp by 5:30 a.m. More information: Chris Davis at (706) 592-5859.

Broadway Tackle's

10th annual Fall Classic

Open Individual Bass Tournament

Nov. 11 results

Fifty-six fishermen in the field. Mark Johnson, five bass, 14.64 ponds, $1,568. Noel Brown, five bass, 14.01 pounds, $630. Keith Williamson, five bass, 13.48 pounds, $378. Raymond Heath, five bass, 12.67 pounds, $302. Mike Guilbeau, five bass, 11.91 pounds, $201, Big fish: 6.07 pounds, $560.

Superbass Team Tournament Trail

Northeast Georgia Division

2000-2001 schedule

Tournament director Bill Harvey may be contacted at (706) 868-1943 (res.) or 706-294-4732 (cell phone) for applications and other information.

Nov. 25, 2000: Strom Thurmond Lake (a.k.a. Clarks Hill Lake), Lake Springs Ramp, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 16: Lake Murray, P&L Landing, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Jan. 13, 2001: Strom Thurmond Lake, Lake Springs ramp, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 3: Thurmond Lake, Lake Springs, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 10: Lake Murray, P&L Landing, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 14: Thurmond Lake, Lake Springs, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 26: Thurmond Lake, Lake Springs, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Region 4 qualifier: East Georgia, June 16.

Jerry Rhyne's "Big Buck$"

Team Tournament Trail

2000-2001 schedule

Entry fee $550 per team, including big fish pot. Pick your best buddy and fish two days, Saturday and Sunday. Two-day totals determine the winners. Points for Team of the Year and Hall of Fame Classic will be awarded to all teams, with the top 100 teams invited to fish the Classic, a $90,000 event. Big bass award $500 each day. Polygraph tests mandatory for top three teams and one other selected teams. Both partners must pass before prizes awarded. More information: The Fisherman's Bass Circuit, P.O. Box 1111, Denver, N.C. 28037. Telephone 704-483-9335.

Nov. 18-19: Roland Martin Marina, Lake Okeechobee, Clewiston, Fla. Feb. 3-4: Lake Keowee, South Cove Park, Seneca, S.C. March 3-4: Lake Hartwell, Hart State Park, Hartwell, Ga. April 7-8: Lake Russell, Richard B. Russell State Park, Elberton, Ga. May 26-27: Lake Guntersville, Goose Pond Colony, Scottsboro, Ala. June 9-10: Kerr Lake, Satterwhite Point, Henderson, N.C.

Georgia-Carolina Bass Anglers

The club is looking for new members. Call David Dickenson at (706) 868-9978.

Guys & Dolls Couples Tournament

Georgia Division

March 10: Lake Sinclair out of Little River Park (headquarters, Holiday Inn, Milledgeville, Ga. March 31: Lake West Point, West Point Landing (Travel Lodge/Econo Lodge. April 28: Lake Lanier, Balus Creek Park (TBA). June 2: Lake Oconee, Brantley's Marina (Brantley's Motel/Ramada). June 23: Lake Russell, Beaverdam Resort (Holiday Inn Express/TBA).

Carolina Division

Feb. 24: Lake Murray, P&L Landing. March 17: Santee Cooper, Rocks Pond Campground and Marina. April 7: Lake Keowee, South Cove Park, Days Inn, Seneca. May 19: Lake Wylie, Ebenezer State Park, Days Inn, Rock Hill. June 9: Wateree, Clearwater Cove Landing, Holiday Inn, Camden.

Entry fee $100 per couple if entry fee received at tournament headquarters seven days prior to tournament date; $120 after seven-day cutoff. $30 annual membership fee (per couple) required. Brochure, more information from David A. White, S.C. Staff, 1 (803) 471-2901, or tournament headquarters, P.O. Box 816, Palmetto, Ga. 30268-0816 at 1 (770) 463-4652.

Southern Bass Anglers

2001 regular schedule

SOUTH GEORGIA: Feb. 10 at Lake Seminole (Jack Wingate's Lunker Lodge), March 17 at Lake Seminole (Lunker Lodge), April 21 at Lake Eufaula (Lake Pointe Lodge), May 19 at Eufaula (Lake Pointe), June 16 at Seminole (Lunker Lodge), July 14 at Eufaula (Lake Pointe).

CENTRAL GEORGIA: Feb. 17 at Sinclair (Little River Park), March 31 at Sinclair (Little River Park), April 28 at Oconee (Brantley's Marina), June 2 at Oconee (Brantley's Marina), June 23 at Sinclair (Little River Park), July 21 at Oconee (Brantley's Marina).

Entry fee $180, payback one place for every five teams. $10 big fish pot included, 100 percent payback.

More information: Russ and Rhonda Ferguson at 1 (912) 878-6012, or fax them at 1 (912) 878-0379, ask for updated rules.

ACTion South Carolina

Angler's Choice

Team Tournament Trail

for 2001

Jan. 20: Strom Thurmond Lake, Dorn Fishing & Boating Complex, Hawe Creek. Feb. 10: Greenwood, Greenwood State Park. March 31: Lake Murray, P&L Landing. April 21: Russell, Highway 72 Ramp. May 19: Hartwell, Portman's Marina. June 2: Lake Murray, P&L Landing. June 30: Strom Thurmond Lake, Dorn Fishing & Boating Complex, Hawe Creek.

Teams must be members of Angler's Choice in good standing. Non-members may join by enclosing an annual $25 membership fee per person with the $175 team entry fee, which includes the big fish pot. Membership fees are due in January. Contestants should register in advance by mail; however, on-site registration will be held at 5:15 on tournament mornings until the last boat has launched at safe light.

Application forms and more information: Mitchell or Eileen Kneece, S.C. Tournament Directors, 101 Park Avenue, Saluda, S.C. 29138 (1-864-445-4321).

ACTion Georgia

Angler's Choice

Team Tournament Trail

for 2001

Jan. 21: Lake Lanier out of Laurel Park. Feb. 25: Lake Sinclair, Little River Park. March 11: West Point, Highland Marina. April 8: Richard B. Russell, Elbert (Highway 72) Ramp. April 29: Oconee, Sugar Creek Marina. May 6: Hartwell, Portman Marina. June 10: Strom Thurmond Lake, Little River Marina.

More information from tournament director Danny Davis, 1745 Georgia Highway 138, S.E., B-6, Conyers, Ga. 30013. Phone: 1 (770) 760-1200 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m., to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cellular phone: (404) 550-9481.

Dixie Bass Inc.

Dec. 9: Lake Sinclair, Little River Landing; headquarters, Holiday Inn, Milledgeville, 912-452-3502. Jan. 20: Lake Oconee, Brantley's Marina; headquarters, Holiday Inn, Milledgeville, 912-452-3502. Feb. 24: West Point Lake, Highland Marina; headquarters, Highland Marina, 706-882-3437. March 17: Lake Sinclair, Little River Landing; headquarters, Holiday Inn, Milledgeville, 912-452-3502. April 7: West Point Lake, Highland Marina; headquarters, Highland Marina, 706-882-3437. May 12: Lake Oconee, Brantley's Marina; headquarters, Holiday Inn, Milledgeville, 912-452-3502.

Entry fee $300 per boat, includes big bass pot. 150-boat limit at Oconee and Sinclair and a 200-boat limit at West Point. A TR-19 Triton Boat will be given as first place prize, based on 100-boat entry. Entrants must be registered members of Dixie Bass Inc. ($20 annual membership fee), 47 Creekwood Drive, Griffin, Ga. 30223. More information: Bo or Charlotte Davis at (770) 412-7343.

Martinez Bassmasters

Tracy Thompson reporting

The club is looking for new members. Call Tommy Cates (706-863-3097) for more information.

Bucketmouth Bassmasters

The club, affiliated with the Mr. Clark Hill Committee, Bass Anglers Sportsman Society and the Georgia BASS Federation, is looking for new members. Anyone interested is asked to call Brian Ely at (706) 359-6276 during the evening.

Meetings are held at El Valle Mexican Restaurant on the last Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Young people 16 and older and those new to bass tournament fishing are welcome.

CSRA BassMasters

Nov. 11 results

Darryl Giles reporting

Neal Baughman, five bass, 11 pounds, 9 ounces. Shawn Stanford, five bass, 6 pounds, 4 ounces. Steve Wilken, five bass, 6 pounds, 2 ounces. Big fish: Baughman, 5 pounds. Fourteen fishermen caught 33 bass weighing 46 pounds, 7 ounces and all were released alive.

The club's Top 6: Jerry Barber, Darle Opalewski, Steve Wilken, Shawn Stanford, Steve Clements, Neal Baughman.

The club is looking for new members. Those interested may contact Jerry Barber (1 803-471-2551), Darryl Giles (1 706 733-2773) or Jim Swift (1 706 860-4422).

Augusta Bassmasters

Billy Rosier reporting

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

Evans Bassmasters

Ron Weber reporting

Boat owners: Evans Bassmasters is looking for new members. If interested, call Ron at 819-3888.

Saturday Morning Open Team

Ron Brown reporting

Entry fee is $30. Regular tournaments are sponsored by Chuck's Lakeside Marine, Willoughby Ford of Thomson, Ga., Sportsman's Link of Martinez, Rick's Paint & Body of Martinez and White Columns Inn of Thomson. They will be held every Saturday from safe light until 3 p.m., until further notice out of Little River Marina. Tournaments will not be held when dates conflict with Clark Hill Committee events. The Classic, which features a $5,000 guaranteed first-place purse, will be held the last weekend of February from safe light until 4 p.m. Entry fee is $60 per team, $10 of which goes into the big fish pot. Anglers must fish a minimum of six SMOT events to qualify, or pay $200 to fish the Classic. For more information: Dennis Bullard, 541-0870.

American Bass Anglers

Military Bass Anglers Association

2000 to 2001 schedule

Dale Hart reporting

Nov. 18: Savannah River (Port Wentworth). Feb. 24: Strom Thurmond (Amity Ramp). March 10: Savannah River (Poor Robin's Landing). March 24: Strom Thurmond (Elijah Clark State Park). April 28: Strom Thurmond (Cherokee ramp). May 19: Lake Oconee (Longshores). June 30: Strom Thurmond (Cherokee ramp). July 21-22: Strom Thurmond (Elijah Clark State Park).

Entry fee is $50 per person. Tournament time is safe light plus eight hours. Registration starts 1' hours before official sunrise. Tournament partner draw is 30 minutes before official sunrise (check local paper's weather page for official sunrise times). Tournament director is Dale Hart, 711 Windsor Road, Savannah, Ga. 31419 (Ph: 912-925-5004), or contact Jerry Pollard at (706) 541-1288.

Fort Gordon Sportsman's Club

Jewel Jessie reporting

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. All tournaments held at Butler Reservoir, unless otherwise noted.

Next: Nov. 19, bass tournament, safe light until 2 p.m. Dec. 3, bass tournament, safe light until 2 p.m. Dec. 10, crappie tournament, safe light until 2 p.m. Dec. 17, bass tournament, safe light until 2 p.m.