Originally created 03/14/03

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.

CSRA Bassmasters Open Team Tournament March 8, Wildwood Park

Jerry Barber and Van Dixon, seven bass, 26 pounds, 11 ounces. Dickinson and Russell, seven bass, 21 pounds, 12 ounces. Wally Taylor and Hooker, seven bass, 17 pounds, 4 ounces. Freddie Norman, by himself, three bass, 16 pounds. Paul Christian and Johnson, seven bass, 15 pounds, 9 ounces. Big fish: Christian and Johnson, 7 pounds, 10 ounces. Twenty-eight boats in field, with nine weighing in 55 bass weighing 153 pounds, 11 ounces, and all were released alive.

Open Team "Throw Together" March 15 at Wildwood Park

Entry fee $50 including big fish pot. Tournament hours safe light until 3:30 p.m. 100 percent payback. One place for every 10 boats. More information: Ray Diamond at 960-7024 (office) and 541-1952 (residence).

30th annual Rebel Open presented by Rebel Bassmasters of Greenwood, S.C. April 19 at Dorn Boating & Fishing Complex

First place is $1,000 guaranteed. Entry fee $70 per team, including $10 big fish pot. Eighty percent payback, with one place per 10 boats. First and second big fish prizes. Hours safe light until 3:30 p.m. Applications from Jody Parks, 900 Briarwood Road, Greenwood, SC 29646 (864) 229-7992. Late entries will be taken at the ramp on tournament day from 4:30 a.m., until 30 minutes prior to ease-off.

Superbass Team Tournament Trail 2002-2003 schedule Bill Harvey reporting

$20 annual membership required. Tournament entry fee $100. Big fish pot fee $10. Check out web site at www.superbass.com.

Bulldog North Georgia Trail

Next: March 22.

Bulldog Central Georgia Trail from Lake Lanier

Next: April 19.

Bulldog South Georgia Trail Savannah River Tucksee King Ramp Clyo, Ga.

Next: March 23.

Gamecock/Tiger S.C. Trail from Lake Hartwell

Next: March 29.

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

Fishers of Men National Tournament Trail S.C. Upstate Division

Fishers of Men is a non-profit organization focused on sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ through fishing tournaments and other avenues. For tournament rules, entry fees and other information, call Randy Morrison at 1 (864) 845-5704. Here is the 2003 schedule:

April 5, Lake Russell, Highway 72 ramp.

Anglers' Choice East Georgia Team Tournament Trail

Next: March 22, Lake Russell, Highway 72 ramp.

Entry fee: $175 per team (big fish included). More information: Danny Davis at 1 (404) 550-9481.

Palmetto State Team Trail Bass Circuit March 8 results from Thurmond Lake

Bill McKie and Joey Zielinski, North Augusta, five bass, 19.73 pounds, $21,000 ProCraft 185 SC bass boat. Tracy Watkins, Williamston, S.C., and Jerry Pelfrey, Laurens, S.C., five bass, 18.44 pounds, $2,600. Bart Blackburn, North Augusta, and Joe Ludwig, Dearing, Ga., five bass, 17.93 pounds, $1,300. Note: Augusta area anglers Keith Williamson and Gene Tant, Jason Williamson and Woody Parks, and Tony Postell and Darryl Barnett finished in the money. Big fish: David Vaughn, Hartwell, Ga., and Joey Smith, Hartwell, 8.62 pounds, $300. Ninety-six teams competed.

Guaranteed first place is a fully rigged ProCraft bass boat, 150-hp Mercury outboard and accessories worth $20,895. Second place is $5,000 cash. With a field of 150, payout goes through 25 places. Additional bonuses to ProCraft owners. Anglerschannel.com and PSTT sponsoring $20,000 college scholarship. Tournament hours safe light until 3 p.m. $300 entry fee per team, with a $50 membership fee per person. For a free flyer and more information: Buster Green (1 864 277-2463) or Tommy Brown (1 864 243-2755).

2003 schedule

April 12, Lake Greenwood, Greenwood State Park.

2003 Bass Fishing League

SAVANNAH RIVER DIVISION: March 15, Lake Russell, Highway 72 ramp, Elberton, Ga.

CAROLINA DIVISION

March 22, Lake Wateree, Clearwater Cove, Camden, S.C.

Southern Bass Anglers Invitational Team Series from Lake Sinclair

Next: March 15, Lake Oconee, Sugar Creek 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 (229) 878-6012.

Dixie Bass Inc. Feb. 8 results from Lake Oconee

Jim Windham, Bonaire, Ga., and Chad Wilson, Gordon, Ga., and Denver Mullinax, Oxford, Ga., and Aaron Batson, Covington, Ga., first-place tie, five-fish limits, 16.92 pounds (Teams opted to combine first and second-place money and each member took home $900). Don Padgett, Milledgeville, Ga. (by himself), five bass, 16.24 pounds, $1,000. Seventy-seven boats in the field. Sixty-seven teams weighed in 313 bass weighing 648.15 pounds, including 52 five-fish limits.

2003 Schedule

Next: April 12, Lake Oconee, Sugar Creek Marina.

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.

CSRA BassMasters Feb. 15 results Darryl Giles reporting

Van Dixon, five bass, 16 pounds, 7 ounces. David Brown, five bass, 13 pounds, 3 ounces. Jerry Barber, four bass, 6 pounds, 15 ounces. Big fish: Dixon, 4 pounds, 2 ounces. Twelve fishermen caught 21 bass weighing 46 pounds, 10 ounces.

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).

Brier Creek Bass Club John Lowe reporting

Mike Knox, Thomson, Ga., 15.7 pounds. Jason Bazemore, Avera, Ga., 9.1 pounds. Randy Rhodes, Wrens, Ga., 8.4 pounds. Big fish: Knox, 4.12 pounds.

The club is looking for new members (boaters or non-boaters). More information: John Lowe, 556-3901.

Fort Gordon Sportsman's Club March 9 results Jewell Jessie reporting

Bob Palagyi and James Jessie, 13 pounds. Mark Atkins and Eric Smith, 11 pounds, 5 ounces. Big fish: Eric Smith, 2 pounds, 5 ounces. Fourteen fishermen caught 82 fish weighing 62 pounds.

2003 schedule: March 30, bass tournament, safe light to 2 p.m.

Tournaments are open to all ID cardholders and the public with a Fort Gordon fishing license guest permit. Entry fee is $10 per Fort Gordon Sportsman Club member, $20 per non-member, with an optional $5 big fish pot, with a guaranteed $100 for first place and $50 for second place. 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, 791-5078, or 833-2834. All tournaments held at Butler Reservoir, unless otherwise noted.