Originally created 06/11/04

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.

American Bass Anglers

Milton Keene reporting

Next: June 19 on Thurmond Lake out of the Amity ramp, the last one-day tournament of the year. See "Please note:" below.

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. Please note: To fish the District 2 day tournament in July, you must have competed in at least four of the one-day tournaments. More information from ABADistrict 26 Director Milton C. Keene at (706) 595-9777 (or e-mail justbass26@aol.com.

Thunder Over Thurmond

Open Team Bass Tournament

Saturday, July 10

Dorn Fishing & Boating Complex

Sponsored by the Lincolnton-Lincoln County and McCormick chambers of commerce, registration begins at the ramps at 5 a.m., the tournament field leaves at safe light and weighs in at 2 p.m. Entry fee is $70 per team with an optional $10 for big fish pot. 100 percent payback after expenses. First place 50 percent, second place 30 percent and third place 20 percent. Big fish pot: 60 percent for first place, 40 percent for second place. Entry blanks and more information from Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce at (706) 359-7970, or tournament director Bill Harvey at (706) 868-1943 (residence) or (706) 294-4732 (cell phone).

Saturday Night Shootout

At Wildwood Park

Bill Harvey reporting

David Whyte and Buster Davis, five bass, 11.62 pounds, $215. John Boy Long and Mack Kitchens, five bass, 9.82 pounds, $145. Big fish: Whyte and Davis, 4.26 pounds, $120.

Sponsored by Augusta Marine Superstore and Williamson Auto Center, hours are 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Entry fee is $30 with optional $10 big fish pot. 100 percent payback, with one place for every five boats. Championship to be held later in the summer. More information: David Whyte or Buster Davis at (706) 481-9336.

First Flight Team Tournament Trail

Sam Crawford reporting

Next tournament: June 19 on Lake Wateree out of Clearwater Cove Marina. A "Classic" will be held Oct. 15-17 at a site to be announced. The top 60 percent of the qualified teams following the Wateree tournament will make up the "Classic" field. More information: Sam Crawford, (803) 905-1900 or e-mail samcrawford@ftc-i.net.

Five Lakes Tournament Trail

Entry fee $50 per tournament with an annual membership fee of $50. Tournaments begin at safe light. More information: www.fivelakesfishingclub.com or (864) 942-1855 or (864) 993-6205.

The schedule: June 5, Lake Murray, Billy Dreher Island State Park. July 9 (Friday night, 7:30), Russell, Calhoun Falls State Park. Aug. 7, Thurmond Lake, Dorn Fishing & Boating Complex, Hawe Creek. Sept. 18, Hartwell, Broyles landing.

Summer Saturday Night

Open Team Tournament

Lake Springs Boat Ramp

June 5 results

Lamond Annas reporting

Steve Zorn and Rick Pace, three bass, 10 pounds, 6 ounces. Harvey Kirkland and Tommy Edge, five bass, 9 pounds, 1 ounce. Richi Hamilton and Wade Allgood, five bass, 7 pounds, 5 ounces. Big fish: Zorn and Pace, 5 pounds, 3 ounces. Sixteen boats in the field.

Entry fee is $22 per boat, with $2 going toward the year-end Classic payback. Hours are 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Five-fish limit per team or individual. Payback is based on number of boats entered each week. The Summer Saturday Night Classic will be held on Saturday, Aug. 28, from 5 p.m. to midnight and anglers must have fished a minimum two regular season tournaments to qualify, or pay $100 entry fee. Those who have fished a minimum of two tourneys will pay an entry fee of $55, including the big fish pot. More information: Lamond Annas, (803) 593-4771; Gregg Boatwright, (803) 232-1940; Robin Whisenant, (803) 649-5785.

Wednesday Night Tournament

June 9 results

Hans Cansler reporting

Russell Loyd Sr., and Russell Loyd Jr., five bass, 10.76 pounds, $415. David Whyte and Buster (Net Boy) Davis, five bass, 9.86 pounds, $180. Woody Parks and Jason Williamson, four bass, 9.62 pounds. Big fish: Parks and Williamson, 4.64 pounds, $85. Seventeen boats in the field.

June 2 results

Bill Cawthorne and Lonnie Kuehl, five bass, 16.89 pounds, $320. Ron Weber and Don Smith, five bass, 8.95 pounds, $140. Hans Cansler and Jeremy Reese, five bass, 8.24 pounds. Big fish: Cawthorne and Kuehl, 4.38 pounds, $60. Thirteen boats in the field.

Tournament hours 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., out of Lake Springs ramp. Entry fee is $40 per boat (includes big fish pot). 100 percent payback. Limit is five bass. More information: Augusta Marine at 481-9336.

Saturday Morning Open Team

Bass Tournament

Sponsored by Evans Bassmasters

Lake Springs Ramp

June 5 results

Ron Weber reporting

Mike Guilbeau and Dave Drummond, five bass, 13.06 pounds. Ron Weber and Don Smith, five bass, 9.04 pounds. Big fish: Guilbeau and Drummond, 3.15 pounds.

Tournament hours safe light (early) until weigh-in to be determined by the participants. Entry fee is $30 per team including big fish pot. More information: Ron at 819-3888 or Don at 860-6199.

Bucketmouth Bassmasters

June 5 results

Larry Miller reporting

Don Hedburg, five bass, 10 pounds, 7 ounces. Milt Keen, three bass, 7 pounds. Larry Miller, five bass, 6 pounds. Don Hedburg, 4 pounds, 3 ounces.

May 1 results

Larry Miller, four bass, 7 pounds, 10 ounces. Greg Smith, two bass, 6 pounds, 12 ounces. Brad Murphy, one bass, 5 pounds, 11 ounces. Big fish: Murphy.

Superbass Team Tournament Trail

Bulldog South Trail

All Bulldog South tournaments will be held out of Tucksee King ramp on the Savannah River. The next date: 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.

South Carolina Trail

Ultimate Outdoors

All South Carolina Trail tournaments will be held on Lake Murray out of Billy Dreher Island State Park. Hours are safe light until 3 p.m. The schedule: June 19. More information at Ultimate Outdoors, 522 Edgefield Road, North Augusta, S.C. 29841 (803) 613-1245.

Palmetto State Team Trail

Bass Circuit

Guaranteed first place is a fully rigged ProCraft bass boat, 150-hp Mercury outboard and accessories worth $21,500. With a field of 150, payout goes through 25 places. 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: June 12: Lake Keowee, South Cove Park (Days Inn, Seneca, S.C.).

Columbia County-River Rats Bass Club

June results

David Smith, 15 pounds, 2 ounces. Joe Ludwig, 7 pounds, 14 ounces. Danny Collier, 7 pounds, 4 ounces. Big fish: Smith, 7 pounds, 15 ounces.

Westside Bassmasters

May results

Gqry Macky reporting

Darrell Ferraro, 9.12 pounds. Kenny Miles, 6.1 pounds. Harvey Kirkland, 6 pounds.

April results

Darrell Ferraro, 10.15 pounds. Gary Macky, 10.8 pounds. Harvey Kirkland, 8.4 pounds. NOTE: No big fish reported.

Fort Gordon Sportsman's Club

Jewell Jessie reporting

2004 schedule: June 27: Bass tournament, daylight until 2 p.m. July 24-25: Sportsman's Club Open Bass Tournament, daylight until 2 p.m., Fort Gordon Recreation Area, Thurmond Lake.More information: Fred Perry, 791-5078, or 833-2834 res. 541-1057, Ext. 131. All tournaments at Butler Reservoir unless otherwise noted.