Originally created 05/04/01

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.

Hawg Caller/Lunker Lure

Open Tournament Trail

Entry fee $200. Guaranteed $2,500 to winner. Top 35 percent of field paid, based on 50 teams. For applications or information, write: Hawg Caller/Lunker Lure Tournament Trail, P.O. Box 100, Union, S.C. 29379. All teams make the Classic.

Schedule: May 19, Santee Cooper.

Inaugural Fishing Team Tournamentto Benefit the American Cancer SocietyDorn Complex, Hawe Creekon April 21

Ronnie Herron and Ronnie Peeler, five bass, 13 pounds, 3 ounces, $500. Woody Parker and Craig Johnson, five bass, 11 pounds, 12 ounces, $250. Houston Brown and Harry Harmon, five bass, 11 pounds, 11 ounces, $125. Big fish: Herron and Peeler, 5 pounds, 13 ounces, $300. Thirty boats in the field. American Cancer Society benefit raised $1,720.

Martinez Bassmasters

Open Team Tournament April 28, Little River Marina

Tommy Cates reporting

Outcast Bass Club

Open Team Tournament May 5, Lake Springs Ramp

Entry fee is $60 per team and includes big fish. Registration starts at 6 a.m., at the ramp. There will be an 80 percent payback, with plenty of door prizes, and the "Lucky 13th" place also will be paid.

Easter Seals Open Team

Bass Tournament May 12, Wildwood Park

Sponsored by Budweiser, Augusta Marine Superstore, Brown & Company, Joe's Fishing & Hunting, Century 21 Larry Miller Realty, Georgia Outdoor News, Hawg Wild Bar-B-Que, Southern Roofing & Insulating Co., the tournament features a guaranteed first-place prize of $5,000. Second place earns $1,750, third place $1,250, fourth place $750 and fifth place $500. Additional place paid for every 10 boats over 70 entered. Entry fee is $60 per team ($25 extra for those not affiliated with the Clark Hill Committee), with an optional $5 for big fish pot. Blastoff is 6:30 a.m., and weigh-in is 3:30 p.m. Pre-registration meeting will be held at Augusta Marine Superstore, 1547 Gordon Highway, Augusta) on May 10 from 6 to 8 p.m., with the drawing at 8. Food and beverages catered by Hawg Wild Bar-B-Que to be served. More information: Larry Gilpin at (706) 724-3535, or Easter Seals' Laurie Cook at (706) 667-9695.

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

Next: May 26: Thurmond Lake, Lake Springs, safe light to 3 p.m.

South Carolina Division

Next: May 5: Strom Thurmond, Hawe Creek, safe light until 3 p.m.

Wednesday Night Tournament

May 2 results

Lake Springs Ramp

David Whyte reporting

Frank Blackledge and Nate Menefee, 17 pounds, 1.5 ounces. David Whyte and C.G. Doolittle, 13 pounds, 5.5 ounces. Big fish: Blackledge and Menefee, 6 pounds, 6.5 ounces. Fourteen boats in the field.

Tournament hours 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Entry fee is $30 per boat (includes big fish pot). 100 percent payback with one place per 10 boats. More information: David Whyte at 798-7580 or beeper 869-4810.

Southern Bass AnglersInvitational Team Series

2001 regular schedule

CENTRAL GEORGIA

April 28 results on Lake Oconee

Robert Anderson, Warner Robins, Ga., and Mike Cleveland, Covington, Ga., five bass, 15.79 pounds, $2,800. Jason Hencely, Gray, Ga., and Craig Moye, Macon, five bass, 14.98 pounds, $1,400. Andy Tippens, Powder Springs, Ga., and Woodrow Farley, Acworth, Ga., five bass, 14.59 pounds, $1,000. Big fish: Jerrill Ewing, Eatonton, Ga., and 11-year-old grandson, Austin Nix, Snellville, Ga., 5.27 pounds, $950. Eighty-six (of 95 entered) teams weighed in 367 bass totaling 745.34 pounds, with 49 five-fish limits.

Next: June 2 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: May 19: Hartwell, Portman's Marina.

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-May 6: Hartwell, Portman 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

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.

Clark Hill Striper Club

Bill Tinley reporting

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.

Evans Bassmasters April 28 results Ron Weber reporting

Barry Frazier, five bass, 18 pounds, 11 ounces. Don Kohli, five bass, 18 pounds, 8 ounces. Ron Weber, five bass, 15 pounds, 10 ounces. Big fish: Kohli, 6 pounds, 1 ounce. Fourteen humanoids caught 53 bass weighing 123.7 pounds and all but one were released alive. Average weight per bass was 2.6 pounds.

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

Saturday Morning Open TeamTo start May 5Ron Brown reporting

There is a one-time registration fee of $20 per Person. Entry fee is $40. 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, White Columns Inn of Thomson and Augusta Marine Superstore. They will be held every Saturday from safe light until 3 p.m., until further notice out of Wildwood Park. Tournaments will not be held when dates conflict with Clark Hill Committee events. Anglers must fish a total of 10 tournaments to qualify for the SMOT Classic. Qualified teams will pay $150 to compete in the Classic, while non-qualifiers must pay $400. For more information: Dennis Bullard, 541-0870.

American Bass Anglers

Military Bass Anglers Association

Jerry Pollard reporting

April 28 results from Thurmond Lake

Don Morrison, Lincolnton, Ga., five bass, 14.94 pounds. Mike York, Jackson, Ga., five bass, 11.82 pounds. Dale Hart, Savannah, five bass, 11.72 pounds. Big fish: Hart, 4.07 pounds. Fifteen fishermen caught 50 bass weighing 95.89 pounds and all but one were released.

2001 schedule

May 19: Lake Oconee (Longshores).

Entry fee is $50 per person. Tournament time is safe light plus eight hours. Registration starts 11/2 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.

2001 Schedule

May 6: Bass tournament, safe light until 2 p.m.