John and Susan Mills come out on top on Lake Hartwell
Big Water Marina and Campground hosted the South Carolina Couples tournament on Lake Hartwell in a big way. Approximately ten days prior to our tournament, BWM felt the wrath of Mother Nature with damage from high water and 12 hours of 40 mph winds and rain. Their fuel dock and courtesy dock both received substantial damage. The courtesy dock had to be removed, repaired and reinstalled prior to our blast off. We’d like to thank Darlene and the guys at BWM for their commitment to ensuring the facilities were ready for our event. Not only did they make the necessary repairs in time for our event, but they also took excellent care of our anglers. They had coffee, propane heaters, and golf carts for our use and even provided pizza at weigh in. We couldn’t have asked for a better host.
The 27 degree temperatures didn’t deter the 19 teams that braved the frost on the boats and frozen Vienna sausages to fish the South Carolina Couples tournament. As Victoria Goff said in her Facebook post, when your Viennas freeze – now that’s cold!
However, the cold didn’t stop John and Susan from bringing a limit to the scales. They weighed in 14.15 lbs to take first place with Susan catching the final fish to make up their limit on the last cast of the day. Dale and Victoria Goff finished 2nd with a limit weighing 13.10 lbs. Third place was awarded to Bryan and Sharon Waddell with another limit weighing 12.41 lbs. Fourth place went to Jim and Julie Collins with their limit weighing 10.99 lbs.
Dale Goff weighed in a 4.30 lb largemouth to earn Men’s Big Bass honors.
Martha Goodfellow earned Ladies Big Bass honors with her 4.05 lb bass.
The final chance to earn a check in the South Carolina Couples trail is the Berkeley Outdoors Smallest Limit award. The BOSL award went to Mike Blalock and Deanna Phillips today with five for 6.27 lbs.
Thank you for the great fish care from all of our teams. We had another 100% release of today’s catch.
As we all know sponsors make our trail more enjoyable by giving those of us that do not earn a paycheck something else to look forward to. Sponsor items were awarded to:
Robert & Sammie Tate – Yo-zuri
JB & Tammy Wicker – Phantom
Bob & Debbie Brown – Strike King
Joe Anders & Shianne Parker - Dick’s
Jaris & Sherri McGee – Yo-zuri
Barry & Romaine Descaro – Berkley
Vince & Amanda Smith – Directors (Spro items)
Tom & Missy Bancroft – Choo Choo Custom Baits
Chris Seigler & Wanda Reuss – Directors (Spro hats)
Chris & Genevra Fields – Berkley Baits (John Branstetter)
Until next time on Lake Greenwood out of One Stop – Hwy 72 Landing, March 7th, stay warm and tight lines.
American Bass Anglers is sponsored by: Bass Pro Shops, Triton Boats, Mercury Marine, Nitro Boats, Tracker Boats, MotorGuide, Garmin, T-H Marine, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Engel Coolers, Lucas Oil, Optima Batteries, Maui Jim, Monster Energy, and Power-Pole.
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