Originally created 08/20/04

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.

At The Lake

Open Tournament

Safe light until 2 p.m. out of the Cherokee Ramp. Entry fee is $30 plus $5 big fish pot. 100 percent payback. More information: Tony Postell at 541-0915, or Sammy Landrum at 541-0339.

American Bass Anglers

Milton Keene reporting

Next tournament: Sept. 18 out of the Cherokee ramp.

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 you are signing up as a new member, renewing membership or are a life member. No guides or professional bass anglers are allowed. Please note: The Sept. 18 event is the first tournament of the 2005 season and is an open tournament. You don't have to be a member, but if you want your points to count, you must join before weighing in your fish. More information from ABA District 26 Director Milton C. Keene at (706) 595-9777 (or e-mail justbass26@aol.com).

First Flight Team Tournament Trail

Sam Crawford reporting

Next tournament: A "Classic" will be held Oct. 15-17 at a site to be announced. The top 60 percent of the qualified teams in the points standings following the Wateree tournament will make up the "Classic" field. More information: Sam Crawford, 1 (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: Sept. 18, Hartwell, Broyles landing. Oct. 9, Lake Murray, Billy Dreher Island State Park. Nov. 6, Lake Greenwood, Greenwood State Park.

Summer Saturday Night

Open Team Tournament

Lake Springs Boat Ramp

Aug. 14 results

Lamond Annas reporting

Chris Davis and Tommy Vandina, five bass, 8 pounds, 6 ounces. Timmy Cochran and T.J. Cochran, five bass, 8 pounds,, 4 ounces. Scott Marshall and Tracy Evridge, five bass, 8 pounds, 1 ounce. Big fish: Mike Suggs and Larry Young, 4 pounds, 6 ounces. Fifteen 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 tournament is sponsored by the Carolina Bass Club. 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. Classic payback is 50 percent to the winners, second place is 25 percent, third is 15 percent, fourth is 10 percent. More information: Lamond Annas, (803) 593-4771; Gregg Boatwright, (803) 232-1940; Robin Whisenant, (803) 649-5785.

Wednesday Night Tournament

Bill Harvey reporting

Lonnie Kuehle and Bill Cawthorne, three bass, 3.62 pounds, $200. Bill Harvey and Craig Johnson, two bass, 2.86 pounds, and tied with Terry Jones and Rick Pace. $65 apiece. Big fish: Harvey and Johnson, 1.67 pounds, $110. Eleven teams competed.

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.

Superbass Team Tournament Trail

Strom Thurmond Lake

Wildwood Park

2004-2005 schedule: Nov. 20, Dec. 18, Jan. 15, Feb. 19, March 19, April 23, May 21. More information: Tournament director Lynn Harley at (803) 278-4379.

Lake Murray

Jake's Landing

2004-2005 schedule: Nov. 6, Dec. 4, Jan. 8, Feb. 5, March 12, April 23, May 7. More information: Tournament director Mike Boatwright, at (803) 979-1785.

Lake Wateree

Clearwater Cove

2004-2005 schedule: Nov. 27, Dec. 12, Feb. 12, March 5, April 9, May 14, June 11. More information: Tournament director Scott Peivy.

Tournament entry fee $100. Polygraph fee $10. Optional big fish pot fee $10. Progressive big fish pot in which winner must weigh in a 7.5-pound or larger bass. Check out web site at www.superbass.com. Mor information: 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. 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: Sept. 11-12: Championship will be fished on Clarks Hill Lake out of Mistletoe State Park (White Columns Inn in Thomson, Ga., headquarters). Seventy-five teams will qualify via a point system, but participants must have fished a minimum of four tournaments. Those who fish all six tournaments are guaranteed to qualify.

Columbia County-River Rats

Bass Club

August results

Ray Diamond reporting

David Smith, 11.9 pounds. Bart Blackburn, 10 pounds, 15 ounces. Danny Collier, 10 pounds, 13 ounces. Big fish: Collier, 8 pounds, 2 ounces.

Garden City Bassmasters

Steve Foust reporting

Marty Quesada Jr., five bass, 7.3 pounds. Marty Quesada Sr., five bass, 4.9 pounds. James Rose, four bass, 4.6 pounds. Big fish: None over club minimum 4 pounds. Nine fishermen caught 27 bass weighing 31.3 pounds and most were released alive.

Fort Gordon Sportsman's Club

Jewell Jessie reporting

Next: August 29: Bass tournament, daylight until 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 and $20 per non-member.

More information: Fred Perry, 791-5078, or 833-2834 res. 541-1057, Ext. 131. Jewel Jessie, 793-1952.