Originally created 02/23/01

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.

Columbia County Bass Club

5th annual Open Team Tournament

March 3, site to be announced

$1,000 to first-place team. Entry fee is $60 per team (includes $10 big fish pot). Eighty percent payout, with one place paid for every 10 boats (up to six places). Seven-fish limit, Clark Hill Committee rules apply. Winners subject to polygraph test. Tournament hours 7 a.m. (or safe light) until 3 p.m. Early registration will be held at Augusta Marine on Thursday, March 1, from 6:30 p.m., with boat position drawing at 8. Registration also will be held at the tournament site (to be announced at drawing) from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.

6th annual Jack Wingate Open

Earl May, Boat Bass in Bainbridge, Ga.

Entry fee is $150 per team. Payback includes first-place prize of $4,500 and goes through 20th place. Awards totaling $20,000 are guaranteed by the sponsoring Bainbridge-Decatur County Bass Committee. More information: Bainbridge-Decatur County Chamber of Commerce at 1 (912) 246-4774.

Georgia Christian Bass Association

Gracewood United Methodist Church

Second annual Bass Classic Team "Youth Reaching Youth for Christ" Tournament on Saturday, March 10, at Little River Marina. $2,000 guaranteed prize money and door prizes. Registration fee $60 per boat, including big fish pot. Pre-registration and drawing for flight and team numbers on Wednesday, March 7, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Augusta Marine Superstore on Gordon Highway. Drawing at 8 p.m. More information: (706) 798-2200, or tournament director David Haney (706) 437-1831.

River Rats Bass Club

Open Team Tournament

March 17, site to be announced

Ray Diamond reporting

Entry fee $60 (including big fish pot), with an 80 percent payback (one place per every 10 boats). Tourney hours safe light until 4 p.m. Early registration and drawing will be held at Augusta Marine on March 15 at 7:30 p.m. Late registration will be held at the site. More information: Ray Diamond at 860-7021 (work) or 541-1952 (res.), or Bart Blackburn at 278-1451 (res.).

Abbeville County Shrine Club

Open Team Bass Tournament

Dorn Fishing Complex, Hawe Creek April 7

Entry fee $80 per team, includes big fish pot. Guaranteed cash purse of $2,000 broken down to $750 for first, $500 for second, $300 for third, $250 for fourth and $200 for fifth. Trophies awarded to top three teams. Trophy given for largest bass caught during the tournament, whose hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Big fish pot to pay two places. Creel limit is six bass 12 inches or longer in length. Entries will be accepted at the ramp and all contestants' boats should be in the water no later than 6:30 a.m. Applications or more information: Harold Prince Jr., P.O. Box 699, Abbeville, S.C. 29620 or call (843) 459-9100 or (864) 459-4481.

BAO Outdoors Tournament Trail

The schedule: March 23-25, Lake Okeechobee; April 6-8, Logan Martin Lake, Birmingham, Ala.; May 18-20, Lake of the Ozarks, Laurie, Mo.; June 1-3, High Rock Lake, Salisbury, N.C.; July 13-15, Santee Cooper Lakes, Summerton, S.C.; Aug. 17-19: Potomac River, Waldorf, Md.; Sept. 7-9, Old Hickory Lake, Hendersonville, Tenn.; Oct. 19-21: West Point Lake, LaGrange, Ga.; Nov. 16-18: Buggs Island (Kerr Reservoir), South Hill, Va.

More information: James Huggins, national director, at (803) 345-0123.

Superbass Team Tournament Trail

Bill Harvey reporting

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

2001 schedule

Northeast Georgia Division

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: Northeast Georgia, June 16, Thurmond Lake, Lake Springs, safe light until 3 p.m.

South Carolina Division

March 31: Lake Murray, P&L Landing, safe light until 3 p.m. April 21: Lake Russell, Elberton ramp, safe light until 3 p.m. May 5: Strom Thurmond, Hawe Creek, safe light until 3 p.m. May 19: Lake Wylie, Buster Boyd Park, safe light until 3 p.m. June 2: Lake Wateree, Clearwater Cove Marina, safe light until 3 p.m. Region 4 qualifier: South Carolina, June 16, Thurmond Lake, Lake Springs, safe light until 3 p.m.

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-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.

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

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

Invitational Team Series

Feb. 17 results on Lake Sinclair

Paul Nelson Sr., and Paul Jr., Acworth, Ga., five bass, 18.07 pounds, $2,800. Bubba Messer, Covington, Ga., and Phil Ozburn, Newborn, Ga., five bass, 16.86 pounds, $1,500. Ronald Smith, Lithia Springs, Ga., and Gerald Couch, Fairburn, Ga., five bass, 15.70 pounds, $1,000. Brian Miller, Monroe, Ga., and Mark Cornwell, Lawrenceville, Ga., five bass, 13.82 pounds, $800. Mike Blackshear and Rick Compton, both of Macon, five bass, 13.66 pounds, $700. Eighty-nine teams weighed in 404 bass weighing 723.26 pounds. Sixty-eight teams weighed in five-fish limits. Big fish: The Nelsons, 6.52 pounds, $960.

2001 regular schedule

SOUTH GEORGIA: March 17 at Lake Seminole (Lunker Lodge), April 21 at Lake Eufaula (Lake Point Lodge), May 19 at Eufaula (Lake Point), June 16 at Seminole (Lunker Lodge), July 14 at Eufaula (Lake Point).

CENTRAL GEORGIA: 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

NEXT: 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

NEXT-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. 2001 Schedule

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. June 16 (postponed from Jan. 20, ice): 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

Feb. 11 results

Tracy Thompson reporting

Richard Pace, five bass, 16.2 pounds. Lyndall Swaim, five bass, 14.8 pounds. Marty Quesada Sr., five bass, 13.15 pounds. Big fish: Pace, 5.13 pounds. Eleven fishermen caught 39 bass weighing 106 pounds and all were released alive.

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

Clark Hill Striper Club

February results

Bill Tinley reporting

Todd Jones and Derrick Huffer, two fish, 42.36 pounds. Bill Tinley and Brett and Byron Bass, four fish, 32.02 pounds. Richard Smith and O.G. Tenner, four fish, 27.72 pounds. Big fish: Jones, 35.20 pound striper. Thirteen boats in the field, eight boats weighed in.

The club is interested in boaters and nonboaters who'd like to join. The club meets every second Tuesday of the month at the Golden Corral restaurant on Bobby Jones Expressway at 7 p.m. Anyone interested in striper/hybrid fishing is welcome to attend. Call Bill Tinley at 541-1669 (nights) for more information.

Saturday Morning Open Team

Feb. 17 results

Ron Brown reporting

Bob Rogers and Keith Richards, seven bass, 26 pounds, 13 ounces. Sammy Landrum and Richard Curry, six bass, 23 pounds, 8 ounces. Jack Mimmie and David Smith, seven bass, 20 pounds, 13 ounces. Big fish: Danny Collier and George Perkins, 6 pounds, 6 ounces. Sixteen 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 Saturday from safe light until 3 p.m., with a drive-in weigh-in at Willoughby Ford. Entrants must be there no later than 4 p.m., or risk disqualification. 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. Registration will be held at the marina on tournament day from 5 a.m., until 6:30 p.m. For more information: Dennis Bullard, 541-0870.

Garden City Bassmasters

Little River Marina

Steve Foust reporting

Bob Rogers, five bass, 19.95 pounds. Lee Sidener, five bass, 15.15 pounds. Marty Quesada Jr., five bass, 15.05 pounds. Big fish (4-pound minimum): Rogers, 6 pounds. Seventeen fishermen caught 54 bass weighing 133.25 pounds and all were released alive.

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

Feb. 25 results

Jewel Jessie reporting

Dusty Coleman won the big fish pot with a 4-pound bass.

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.

2001 Schedule

March 4: Crappie tournament, safe light until 2 p.m. March 25: Bass tournament, safe light until 2 p.m.