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Week 6 Bass Tournament Round-Up

  • by Jay

Week 6 saw four open/ tournament trail events reported on, including a CBC event on Lake Murray, a BFL event on Lake Keowee, a Fish the Fall event on Lake Hartwell, and an ABA event on Clarks Hill.

CBC Lake Murray

173 boats and 374 anglers fished the first Carolinas Bass Challenge SC Division event of the 2015 season, and Chris Marshall and Josh Gardner won the event and $11,000.00 with a 23.90 pound sack as well as the big fish – an 8.31 pound hawg!  There were big bags at the top as a total of eleven teams weighed in sacks over 20 pounds, and an impressive seven (!) bass over 7 pounds were caught while 6-pounders didn’t get a second look in the big fish category.  On the other hand 15.29 was enough to cut a check and a ton of very, very good fishermen didn’t weigh or brought only a few fish to the scales.  Overall it appears to be feast or famine on Lake Murray.

Chris Marshall and Josh Gardner with the winning sack
Chris Marshall and Josh Gardner with the winning sack

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BFL Lake Keowee 

160 anglers fished the first BFL Savannah River Division event of the 2015 season today on Lake Keowee, and Jayme Rampey of Liberty took home the win with 17 pounds even of bass worth $8.154.00.  After a 15-02 second place sack caught by Matthew Justice of Fair Play seven anglers were clustered within less than a half pound of each other for third place, but correspondent Dearal Rodgers of Camden came out on top of this pack and took 3rd place with 13 pounds 4 ounces worth $1,719.00.  Every once counts!  Less than 20% of anglers had more than 10 pounds and everyone who bested that mark was able to cut at least a small check.  The tournament big fish came on the co-angler side and was a 6-04 ounce Lake Keowee beauty, while Jayme Rampey’s winning sack benefitted from a 5-13 fish.

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Fish the Fall Lake Hartwell

Lake Hartwell continues to give up at least one monster sack in recent tournaments, and this Saturday was no exception as Bradley Rhodes and Chris Dorlan put together a 25.23 pound bag to take first place in the sixth event of the trail’s 14-15 season.  It’s safe to say that any of the Classic contenders would be happy with that weight!  Roy Stuart and Jerry Hart took second place with another awesome Hartwell bag at 21.59 pounds (anchored by an 8.31 pound beast), and Derrick Bridges and Bo Hill took third place with a solid 18.91 pound sack.  The second place big fish was a 6.74 pound bass caught by Bradley Rhodes and Chris Dorlan.  Seven more sacks over 15 pounds were caught and so it’s safe to say that Hartwell continues to fish well if anglers know what they are doing.  It will be fascinating to see how Lake Hartwell fishes for the pros considering how well the knowledgeable locals are catching them.

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ABA Clarks Hill 

The American Bass Anglers American Fishing Tour Division 26 had its second tournament of the season yesterday on Clarks Hill.  18 anglers fished the event and Evan Buller of Lincolnton, GA won the tournament with 14.10 pounds (worth $478.00), including a big fish of 4.14 pounds.  Second and third place were settled by the big fish tiebreaker as both Curtis Temple of Saluda and Jack Corley of Appling, GA had 14.3 pounds.  Curtis took second worth $268.00 because of his 5.30 pound big fish, while Jack’s 3.12 pound big fish gave him a third place finish worth $86.00.  The overall tournament big fish worth $85.00 was caught by Mike Guilbeau and weighed 5 pounds, 12 ounces.

Tournament director William Hooker reported that even though water temperatures were only around 49 or 50 degrees, with slight warming during the day, most of the guys seemed to fish shallow in less than 6-8 feet of water.  Crankbaits such as #5 or #7 Shad Raps were the most popular lures.

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