Donald & Robin Poteat Take the win on Lake Murray
Well, we weren’t sure it was going to happen this season. But we finally got to hold our tournament on Lake Murray. We had beautiful weather, rough seas and a field of 26 boats. Lake Murray and Covid-19 made fishing a bit different this year. The governor’s order for boats to remain underway unless fishing, made the lake rough from all the boat traffic. Despite this we hope everyone enjoyed their time on the water. We are challenged in these times to hold an event and observe the socially conscience orders from the governor. Enough about Covid-19.Siesta Cove was a gracious host for our event. They provided parking escorts, discounted ramp fees, opened the store early, and even provided freezer pops at weigh-in. We would like to thank them for their hospitality.
Don & Robin Poteat took first place with a winning limit of five fish weighing 17.87 lbs. Don is a returning angler after many years away. And this was Robin Poteat’s very first tournament. What a way to get started! Welcome back Don! It’s was great seeing you again and meeting Robin.
Joe Anders & Shianne Parker are doing well this season with another top five finish. They had five fish weighing 15.29 lbs. to give them second place on Lake Murray.
John & Susan Mills move from 5th to 1st place in the South Carolina Anglers of the Year standings with their third-place finish today. Their five fish limit weighed in at 13.82 lbs.
Brad & Ana Rutherford had a good day today (if you don’t take someone hitting their trailer into consideration, ouch). They weighed 5 fish for 13.18 lbs to take fourth place.
The brand new team of Andy Wicker and Kennedy Winkler round out the top five on Lake Murray with a five fish limit weighing 12.99 lbs. Welcome to the group guys!
Ladies Big Bass went to Ashley Sutton with a 2.95 lb bass.
Men’s Big Bass went to Don Poteat with a 5.12 lb bass.
John & Donna Branstetter earned $50 for the Smallest Five Fish Limit Award compliments of Berkeley Outdoors Marine.
Our next event will be May 16th on Santee Cooper out of Black’s Fish Camp. Contact Black’s for onsite lodging at (843) 753-2231. Let them know you are fishing the South Carolina ABA Couples trail.
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