Originally created 09/26/03

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 and total weight of the catch.

Outdoors Exposed United Way of AC Open Bass Tournament Hartwell Lake, Oct. 4

Entry fee is $100 per boat and includes the big fish pot. Payback is one slot per every 10 boats. Portman Marina ramp fee is not included. Hours are safe light until 3:30 p.m. Registration will last until launch date. More information: Jeremy Robinson at (864) 375-1022.

Crappie USA Region 2 qualifier Thurmond Lake Mistletoe State Park Oct. 11

Pre-tournament meeting and seminar will be held at White Columns Inn, 1890 Washington Road, Thomson, Ga. Registration begins at 5 p.m., on Oct. 10, with the meeting and a national sponsor field test product drawing at 7 p.m. Entry fee is $75 per amateur team and $205 per semipro team. The Amateur Division is for teams who have won $2,000 or less during the 2003 calendar year. The Semi-Pro Division is open to all who don't compete in the Amateur Division. The top 10 teams in each division, along with the top male/female and adult/youth teams in both divisions will advance to the $45,000 regional. There's a 10-fish limit. Participants must be members of the American Crappie Association ($20 annually for adults, $10 for spouse and youth memberships).

Crappie Kids Fishing Rodeo Oct. 11, Mistletoe State Park

Held in conjunction with the Crappie USA regional, the tournament is free to all children 12 and under. Registration starts at 8 a.m., with the rodeo from 9 to 11 a.m. Kids may fish for any species and turn them in at the weigh-in and prizes will be awarded. Entrants also will have a chance at winning one of four Crappie USA $5,000 scholarships to be awarded at the Cabela's Crappie USA Classic on Santee Cooper Lakes Sept. 22-25, 2004.

Saturday Morning Open Team at Cherokee Ramp Craig Williams reporting

The tournament will be held Saturday, Sept. 27.

Entry fee is $45 per team or individual. Late registration will be held at the ramp starting at safe light and cost $50 per team or individual. Tournament hours are safe light until 3 p.m. Regular tournaments are sponsored by Augusta Marine Superstore, Buckeye Lures, Shell Pump 'n Shop and American Sportsman.

Anglers must fish six of the tournaments to qualify for the end-of-the-year Classic TBA. One place will be paid for every seven boats. One big fish pot with 100 percent payback. Five-fish limit. Clark Hill Committee rules apply.

Suburban Bassmasters Sept. 20 results Henry Bordeaux reporting

Frank Wodzisz, five bass, 11 pounds, 12 ounces. Don Kohli, five bass, 8 pounds, 15 ounces. Henry Bordeaux, four bass, 5 pounds, 1 ounce. Big fish: Wodzisz, 3 pounds, 15 ounces. Nine fishermen caught 26 bass weighing 40 pounds, 8 ounces and most were released alive.

The club is always looking for new members. It is affiliated with the Georgia BASS Federation and the Clark Hill Committee Inc. More information: Henry Bordeaux at 790-4975 or 796-5349.

Fort Gordon Sportsman's Club Jewell Jessie reporting

2003 schedule: Sept. 27, Kids' Fishing Derby, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Claypit Lakes. Sept. 28, Take a Soldier Fishing Day, 7 a.m., 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.