Originally created 12/15/00

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.

Martinez Bassmasters Open Team Tournament

Dec. 2, Little River Marina

Gary Davis and Chris Thompson, five bass, 16.02 pounds. Jay Jennings and Wayne Kropp, five bass, 14.15 pounds. Mike Suggs and Stewart Gambrell, five bass, 13.02 pounds. Big fish: David Hall and Mike Prickett, 5.10 pounds.

Superbass Team Tournament Trail

Northeast Georgia Division

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

2000-2001 schedule

Dec. 16: Lake Murray, P&L Landing, safe light to 3 p.m.

Jan. 13, 2001: Strom Thurmond Lake, Lake Springs ramp, safe light to 6 p.m. Feb. 3: Thurmond Lake, Lake Springs, safe light to 3 p.m. March 10: Lake Murray, P&L Landing, safe light to 3 p.m. April 14: Thurmond Lake, Lake Springs, safe light to 3 p.m. May 26: Thurmond Lake, Lake Springs, safe light 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.

Next-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.

BAO Outdoors Tournament

2001 schedule

Feb. 23-25: Ross Barnett Lake, Jackson, Miss. Entry fee $80 per angler, plus $20 membership and $10 optional big fish pot. More information: James Huggins or Bob Pingleton at 1-800-203-2622.

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 Trailfor 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 Trailfor 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 results

Lake Sinclair

Frank Burns and Stan Payne, both of Athens, Ga., five bass, 15.83 pounds, $8,500. Ray Odum, Douglas, Ga., and Lester Roberts, Blackshear, Ga., five bass, 12.30 pounds, $4,000. Jay Carter, Centerville, Ga., and Bob Snellgrove, Byron, Ga., five bass, 11.82 pounds. Kim Carver, Milledgeville, Ga., and Monte Walters, Warner Robins, Ga., five bass, 11.54 pounds, $1,400. Ray Weaver, Greensboro, Ga., and Bob Upton, Conyers, Ga., and Freddie Turner, Roberta, Ga., and Cliff Avery, Bonaire, Ga., tie, 10.32 pounds, $750 each. Big fish: Burns and Payne, 6.62 pounds. Eighty-two teams weighed in 246 bass weighing 441.01 pounds and 35 five-fish limits.

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

Darryl Giles reporting

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.

Clark Hill Striper Club

Bill Tinley reporting

The club is interested in boaters and nonboaters who'd like to join. Next meeting is Dec. 12 at the Golden Corral restaurant on Bobby Jones Expressway at 7 p.m. Next tournament is Dec. 16. Call Bill Tinley at 541-1669 (nights) for more information.

Carolina Bass Club

Hamilton Branch State Park

December results

Lamond Annas reporting

Billy Freeman, five bass, 12 pounds, 6 ounces. Keith Blackwell, five bass, 10 pounds, 14 ounces. Chris Clark, five bass, 10 pounds, 1 ounce. Big fish: Freeman, 5 pounds, 10 ounces. Twenty fishermen caught 36 bass weighing 65 pounds, 3 ounces and all were released alive.

The club's top 6: Billy Freeman, 126 pounds, 11 ounces; Keith Blackwell, 98-11; Lamond Annas, 97-07; John Lynch, 77-03; Martin Bauer, 61-11; Ben Cochran, 54-08.

Evans Bassmasters

Dec. 2 results

Ron Weber reporting

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

Saturday Morning Open TeamDec. 9 resultsRon Brown reporting

Ron Brown and Kerry Mock, seven bass, 20 pounds, 15 ounces. Bart Blackburn and Joe Ludwick, seven bass, 19 pounds, 13 ounces. Marty Quesada Jr., and Marty Quesada Sr., seven bass, 14 pounds, 9 ounces. Big fish: Blackburn-Ludwick, 6 pounds, 14 ounces. Thirteen boats in the field.

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.

Garden City Bassmasters

Dec. 9 results

Fort Gordon Recreation Area

Steve Foust reporting

Ron Brown, five bass, 13.05 pounds. Bob Rogers, five bass, 11.75 pounds. Tommy Farmer, four bass, 10.15 pounds. Big fish: Keith Williamson, 5.20 pounds. Thirteen fishermen caught 31 bass weighing 71.15 pounds and all were released alive.

The Top 6: Ron Brown, MR. BASS; Bill Crompton, Tommy Farmer, Kerry Mock, Keith Williamson, Steve Foust. Big fish award: Ron Brown, 7.55 pounds. Alternates: Tim Pratt and Dwayne Hadden.

Twin Cities Bassmasters

Nov. 18 results

Jay Jennings reporting

Ron Kettler, five bass, 10 pounds, 2 ounces. Jay Jennings, five bass, 8 pounds, 10 ounces. Sherry Arnold, five bass, 8 pounds, 7 ounces. Big fish: Kettler, 3 pounds, 10 ounces. Twelve fishermen caught 47 bass weighing 54 pounds, 1 ounce and most were released alive.

Dec. 9 results

Ron Kettler, five bass, 13 pounds. Jay Jennings, four bass, 10 pounds, 12 ounces. Karl Greene, four bass, 8 pounds. Big fish: Jennings, 5 pounds, 10 ounces. Ten fishermen caught 34 bass weighing 61 pounds and all were released alive.

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

Triple Hook Bass Anglers

Dec. 9 results

Ray Ansley reporting

The club's Top 6: Willie Curry, Ray Ansley, Jack Williams, Bino Patterson, Robert Carroll, Perman Coleman. Big fish of the year: Robert Carroll, 5.15 pounds.

Clark Hill BassmastersJim Holton Jr. reporting

The Clark Hill Bassmasters are still looking for new members. Contact Jim Holton Jr., at 855-2864 or Steve Hallman at 863-6446 for more information.

American Bass Anglers

Military Bass Anglers Association

Jerry Pollard reporting

2001 schedule

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: Dec. 17, bass tournament, safe light until 2 p.m.



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