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.
Saturday Morning Open Team
Or Individual Tournament
Saturday, Jan. 22
At the Cherokee Ramp
Entry fee $25 per boat, includes $5 big fish. 100% payback. Hours are safe light until 3 p.m. More information: Sammy Landrum, 825-9167, or Tony Postell, 564-8061.
Jan. 15 results
Joe Ludwig and Bart Blackburn, 15.60 pounds. Big fish: Gary Macky and Marty Quesada Jr.
Clark Hill Bassmasters
Freddie Norman reporting
Freddie Norman, five bass, 11.06 pounds. Archie Lee, five bass, 10.42 pounds. Steven Kelly, five bass, 6.79 pounds. Big fish: Lee, 3.73 pounds. Eleven fishermen caught 32 bass weighing 59.77 pounds. The club is looking for new members. More information: Freddie Norman, (706) 855-5451, or Jim Holton (706) 863-8642.
American Bass Anglers
Milton Keene reporting
Next tournament: Feb. 5, Elijah Clark State Park ramp, Clarks Hill Lake. Feb. 26, Cherokee ramp, Clarks Hill Lake.*
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. *-This is an Advantage Series event and all entrants must be members of American Bass Anglers. Anglers can join online or at the ramp. Current members who do not register at least 10 days prior to the event must pay a $5 late fee. Entry fee is $100 per angler plus $5 big fish. This is not a team event. First place is a guaranteed $1,000 provided there is a minimum 30 anglers in the field. Total payout will be 80% with big fish payout of 100%. More information from ABA District 26 Director Milton C. Keene at (706) 595-9777 (or e-mail milty52 @aol.com) or visit ABA online at www. Americanbassanglers .com.
Palmetto State Team Trail
Membership $50 per person, $100 per team. Entry fee $400 per team per tournament. More information: Buster and Judy Green, P.O. Box 472, Piedmont, SCX 29673 (1 864 277-2463 (res.) or 864 616-2095 (cell). E-mail: pstt@ charter.net.
2005 schedule: Jan. 22, Keowee (weigh-in, check-in at Gap Hill Landing. Launch at Mill Creek Park, if possible. 30 to 40 parking places available at Gap Hill). Feb. 19: Russell, Elbert Ramp, Highway 72. March 19: Greenwood, Greenwood State Park. April 23: Lake Murray, Billy Dreher Island State Park. May 21: Clarks Hill (Thurmond), Dorn Boating & Fishing Complex near McCormick, S.C., Highway 378. June 11: Hartwell, Broyles Landing. Sept. 10-11: Championship on Lake Russell.
Superbass Team Tournament Trail
Strom Thurmond Lake
Jan. 15 results
Bart Blackburn and Joe Ludwig, five bass, 15.66 pounds. Marty Quesada Jr., and Gary Macky, five bass, 15.41. Donnie and Neal Baughman, five bass, 14.60 pounds. Big fish: Quesada & Macky, 5.04 pounds. Thirty teams in the field.
2004-2005 schedule: Feb. 19, March 19, April 23, May 21. More information: Tournament director Lynn Harley at (803) 278-4379.
Tournaments will be held out of Billy Dreher Island State Park.
2004-2005 schedule: Jan. 8, Feb. 5, March 12, April 23, May 7. More information: Tournament director Mike Boatwright, at (803) 979-1785.
2004-2005 schedule: Feb. 12, March 5, April 9, May 14, June 11-12. More information: Tournament director Scott Peivy at 1 (803) 309-7932.
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.basslures.com. More information: SuperBass Pro Shop, 522 Edgefield Road, North Augusta, SC 29841 (803) 613-1255.
Fish the Fall Team Tournaments
Feb. 5, Lake Murray, Billy Dreher Island State Park. March 12,Lake Keowee, South Cove Landing. April 9, Lake Hartwell, Broyles Landing. May 14, Lake Russell, Highway 72 Ramp. Entry fee $160 with a 1 in 5 payback. Entry fee must be received no later than eight days before the tournament. No entry fees will be accepted on tournament morning. Tournament hours safe light until 3 p.m. Full membership ($100 annually) is required to fish. June 3-4, Clarks Hill (Thurmond), Dorn Boating & Fishing Complex, two-day championship, entry fee $200 per team. More information: 1 (864) 299-1432, or by writing to Randy Morrison, Fish the Fall, P.O. Box 51162, Piedmont, SC 29673.
First Flight Team Tournaments
Feb. 19, Lake Murray, Billy Dreher Island State Park. March 19, Lake Wateree, Clearwater Cove Marina. April 16, Santee Cooper, John C. Land Facility. May 21, Clarks Hill Lake, Dorn Boating & Fishing Complex. June 18, Lake Greenwood, Emerald Lake Marina. Oct. 15-16, Classic, site to be announced.
Membership fee $200 per team. Entry fee $250 per tournament. Classic entry fee for qualifying teams $350 per team. Trail open to first 125 teams to send in completed application and $50 hold fee. Membership meeting will be held at 3 p.m., Jan. 30 at Woodmen of the World meeting hall on Augusta Road in West Columbia, S.C., between I-26 and I-20 beside the U.S. No. 1 Flea Market. More information: Sam Crawford at 1 (803) 905-1900 or e-mail email@example.com.
Fort Gordon Sportsman's Club
Jewell Jessie reporting
Next: Feb. 13, bass tournament, daylight until 2 p.m. March 6, bass tournament, daylight until 2 p.m. April 3, crappie tournament, daylight until 2 p.m. April 17, crappie tournament, daylight until 2 p.m. May 1, bass tournament, Clark Hill Recreation Area, daylight until 2 p.m. May 15, bass tournament, daylight until 2 p.m. June 4, Kids' Fishing Derby, 8 a.m., to 11:30 a.m., Claypits II and III. June 5, Take a Soldier Fishing, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Butler Reservoir. June 26, bass tournament, daylight until 2 p.m. July 10, bass tournament, daylight until 2 p.m. July 24, bass tournament, daylight until 2 p.m. Aug. 21, bass tournament, daylight until 2 p.m. Sept. 11, bass tournament, daylight until 2 p.m. Sept. 24, Kids' Fishing Derby, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Claypits II and III. Sept. 25, Take a Soldier Fishing, 7 a.m., to 2 p.m. Oct. 23, bass tournament, daylight until 2 p.m. Nov. 13, 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. or 541-1057, Ext. 131 Jewel Jessie, 5226 Woodridge Dr., Hephzibah, Ga. 30815, 793-1952. All tournaments held at Butler Reservoir, unless otherwise noted.
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