Bennett Takes Home $5000 on Clarks Hill
Athens, AL – Zac Bennett of Loganville, Ga won the Bass Pro Shops Open Series South Carolina tournament, held April 13th on Clarks Hill. Running out of the Dorn Boating Facility near McCormick, Sc Zac brought a five-fish limit to the scales that locked in at 22.67-lbs. He anchored his bag with a nice 5.26-lb bass to secure the victory. For the Boater Division victory, Bennett took home a check for $5000.
“I fished topwater all day. I caught my biggest fish around lunch time,” said Bennett.
Second place was claimed by Cain Waller of Hartwell, Ga with 5-fish that went to scales for 21.75-lbs.
“I was just throwing a spinner bait in the grass all day and it worked,” said Waller.
Coming in third place was Randy “Jar” Hillyer of Summerville, SC with a 5-fish limit that locked in the scales at 18.48-lbs. He anchored his catch with a beautiful 5.40-lb largemouth.
“I fished a Carolina rig, a whopper plopper and a green trick worm. I caught my big one on the whopper plopper around 11:30,” said Hillyer.
Fourth place was Steve Storey of Appling, Ga with 5-fish and a weight of 18.20-bs. Rounding out the top 5 was Joe Anders of Easley, SC with 5 fish and a weight of 17.28-lbs
David Rush of Summerville, Sc caught the biggest bass for the boaters. His big fish locked in the scales at 5.84-lbs and it was good enough to earn him $580.
In the Co-Angler Division, Brandon T Pent of Sumter, SC won with 3-bass going 12.62-lbs that included a 6.21-lb big bass. He pocketed a check for $950 for his win and an additional $145 for the big bass.
“I was throwing a shakey head, just dragging it around,” said Pent.
Second amongst the Co-Anglers was Barker Plake of Hodges, SC with 3-fish that locked in the scales at 10.15-lbs.
“I was throwing a shakey head in the dirt,” said Plake.
Third place for the Co-Anglers was Damon Phillips of Anderson, SC with 3-fish that went to the scales for 9.05-lbs.
“I was fishing down the lake. I threw a little bit of everything, hard and soft plastics, plastic worm, and crank baits,” said Phillips.
Fourth place was claimed by Jackie Belt of Fountain Inn, SC with 3-fish and a weight of 8.91-lbs. Rounding out the top 5 was Wes Harrell of Evans, Ga with 3-fish and a weight of 8.34-lbs.
Slated for June 22nd the final one day event for the South Carolina division will be on Lake Russel, launching form the HWY 72 ramp.
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