Originally created 09/10/04

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.

Augusta Marine

Williamson Auto Center

Open Team Championship

Saturday, Sept. 4

Chris Davis and Tommy Vandina, five bass, 10.49 pounds, $350. Bill Harvey and Craig Johnson, five bass, 9.17 pounds, $175. Jason Williamson and Tommy Walker, five bass, 8.18 pounds, $50. Big fish: Davis and Vandina, 3.38 pounds, $75. Thirteen teams competed.

Augusta Marine-Augusta Bassmasters

Open Team Tournament

Sept. 18, Wildwood Park

The tournament will benefit the Boy Scouts of America. Entry fee is $60 per team with an 80 percent payback. $10 optional big fish pot fee. Tournament hours are safe light until 3:30 p.m. Drawing for boat positions will be held at Augusta Marine Super Store on Sept. 16 from 6 p.m., to 7 p.m. Checks may be mailed to the Boy Scouts of America, 1804 Gordon Highway, Augusta, Ga., 30904. More information: Boy Scouts office at 733-5277 or Buckeye Lures at 863-6536 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Columbia County Recreation Department

Wildwood Open Individual

Bass Fishing Tournament

Sept. 25, Wildwood Park

Guaranteed first place: $2,000. Additional places paid for every 10 boats over 30. If over 50, two big fish payouts. Eighty percent payback. Twenty percent will stay at Wildwood Park. Entry fee is $40 per person, with optional $10 big fish pot. Registration will be held at the landing from 4 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Contestants must be signed in by 6:30 a.m. Pre-registration drawing will be held at Patriots Park off Columbia Road on Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. Pre-registered fishermen at the drawing will receive a free park pass ($5 value) for tournament day. Five-fish limit and a polygraph will be held. Clark Hill Committee rules apply and a drawing for prizes will be held after the event.

American Bass Anglers

Milton Keene reporting

Next tournament: Sept. 18 out of 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.

Wednesday Night Tournament

Bill Harvey reporting

Gene Williams and Tommy Edge, four bass, 8.69 pounds, $180. Chris Hadden and Charlie Doyle, two bass, 7.37 pounds, $120. Big fish: 4.18 pounds, $100. Ten 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 11-12. 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. More information: 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.

Fort Gordon Sportsman's Club

Jewell Jessie reporting

Aug. 29 results

Bob Palagyi and Jewel Jessie, five bass, 12 pounds, 3 ounces. Big fish: Palagyi and Jessie, 5 pounds, 9 ounces. Mark Atkins and Duane Hardin, five bass, 7 pounds, 8 ounces. Robert Bunch and Greg Stoll, five bass, 6 pounds, 6 ounces.

2004 schedule: 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 res. 541-1057, Ext. 131 Jewel Jessie, 5226 Woodridge Dr., Hephzibah, Ga. 30815, 793-1952. All tournaments held at Butler Reservoir, unless otherwise noted.