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.
Wal-Mart FLW Tour at Lake Okeechobee Jan. 22 results
ANGLER DIVISION: After Wednesday's round, Ron Figueroa of Appling, Ga., was 125th with five bass weighing 8 pounds, 14 ounces.
CO-ANGLER DIVISION: After Wednesday's first round, Roy Altman Jr., of Augusta was tied for 139th with three bass weighing 3 pounds. Tony Couch of Buckhead, Ga., was tied for 90th with five bass weighing 10 pounds, 12 ounces.
American Bass Anglers Milton Keene reporting
Next tournament: Thurmond Lake. Elijah Clark State Park ramp, Feb. 7, 2004.
Billed as the largest tournament trail for weekend anglers, it's open to men, women and youths (with parental consent) 16 years of age and older. No boat is required, but if you enter as a boater, you will be guaranteed its use even if there are no non-boaters in the field. Entry fee is $55 for one-day tournaments. Payment at the ramp will result in a $5 penalty unless your are signing up as a new member, renewing membership or are a life member. No guides or professional bass anglers are allowed. Our 2004 season starts this month. More information from ABA District 26 Director Milton C. Keene at (706) 595-9777 (or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org).
Youth Outdoors Inc. Open Team Bass Tournament April 3, Wildwood Park
Entry fee is $70 plus $10 for the big fish pot. Tournament hours are safe light until 3 p.m. Flight numbers will be determined in the order entries are received. To pre-register, send the entry fee with the names of both anglers to Youth Outdoors Inc., P.O. Box 185, Columbus, GA 31902-0185. Late registration will be held at the site before blastoff. Tournament proceeds benefit underprivileged and handicapped children and this will become an annual event. More information is available from secretary Gloria Coker at (706) 315-9636.
Outdoors Exposed Online Open Team Bass Tournaments
Entry fee is $100 per boat with an optional $10 big fish pot fee. Tournament hours safe light until 3 p.m. Proceeds benefit local charities. First-place prize of $1,000 guaranteed at 10 entries. Registration will be held at each site prior to launching. Contact Jeremy Robinson at (864) 375-1022 for more information.
The schedule: Jan. 24, Portman Marina, Lake Hartwell, Anderson, S.C. Feb. 21. Highway 72 ramp, Lake Russell, Elberton, Ga. March 6: Broyles Landing, Lake Hartwell, Anderson. March 20: Gap Hill Landing, Lake Keowee, Oconee, S.C. April 3: Highway 72 ramp, Lake Oconee, Elberton. May 1: Portman Marina, Lake Hartwell, Anderson.
Superbass Team Tournament Trail Bill Harvey reporting Bulldog North Trail Jan. 17 results
Mark Johnson and Jim Koch, five bass, 16.40 pounds. Jason Williamson and Woody Parks, five bass, 14.49 pounds. Jon Hair and Eric Paist, five bass, 12.29 pounds. Big fish No. 1: Johnson-Koch, 7.93 pounds. No. 2: Chris Thompson and Jimmy Bates, 5.35 pounds. Thirty-one teams competed.
All Bulldog North tournaments will be held out of Lake Springs on Thurmond Lake. The dates: Feb. 7, March 13, April 10, May 15.
Bulldog Central Trail
All Bulldog Central tournaments will be held out of Aqualand Marina on Lake Lanier. The dates: Jan. 24, Feb. 21, March 20, April 24, May 29.
Bulldog South Trail
All Bulldog South tournaments will be held out of Tucksee King ramp on the Savannah River. The dates: Feb. 28, April 17, May 22, June 12.
$20 annual membership required. Tournament entry fee $110. Big fish pot fee $10. Payback is 80 percent with one place for every eight teams. Register at tournament site before safe light blastoff. Check out web site at www.superbass.com. Send entry fees to SUPERBASS, 4924 Cavan Place, Grovetown, GA 30813.
Tournament director Bill Harvey may be contacted at (706) 868-1943 (res.) or 706-294-4732 (cell phone) for applications and other information.
Palmetto State Team Trail Bass Circuit
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 ($100 per team). For a free flyer and more information: Buster Green (1 864 277-2463). (palmettostateteamtrail.com).
Next: Feb. 14: Hartwell Lake, Hartwell Marina (Jamison Inn, Days Inn, Hartwell).
Clark Hill Striper Club Jan. 22 results Bill Tinley reporting
Ray and Daniel Bussey, three fish, 21.13 pounds. Miguel Barrales and Carlos Garcia, three fish, 13.99 pounds. Paul Davis, two fish, 9.51 pounds. Big fish: Ray Bussey, 9.12 pounds. Twenty-nine anglers in 15 boats participated.
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.
Fort Gordon Sportsman's Club Jewell Jessie reporting
Feb. 22: Bass tournament, safe light to 2 p.m. March 7: Crappie tournament, safe light to 2 p.m. March 21: Bass tournament, safe light to 2 p.m. April 4: Crappie tournament, safe light to 2 p.m. May 2: Bass tournament, safe light to 2 p.m. May 23: Bass tournament, safe light to 2 p.m.
June 5: Kid's Fishing Derby, Claypits II & III, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. June 6: Take a Soldier Fishing, 7 a.m., to 2 p.m. June 27: Bass tournament, daylight until 2 p.m. July 24-25: Sportsman's Club Open Bass Tournament, daylight until 2 p.m. August 29: Bass tournament, daylight until 2 p.m. Sept. 12: Bass tournament, daylight until 2 p.m. Sept. 25: Kids' Fishing Derby, Claypits II & III, 8 a.m., to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 26: Take a Soldier Fishing, 7 a.m., to 2 p.m.
Oct. 17: Bass tournament, daylight to 2 p.m. Nov. 14: Bass tournament, daylight until 2 p.m. December: No tournaments scheduled.
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.