Johnston Takes the win on Lake Murray
Phillip Johnston of Jefferson, GA won the Bass Pro Shops Open Series event held on Lake Murray on 7/25/20. Running out of Dreher Island State Park Johnston weighed in four bass weighing 15.45 pounds. His catch was anchored by a bass weighing 5.48 pounds. Johnston took home $1200.00 for his catch.
“I caught my fish today on a jig in 15-25 feet,” said Johnston.
Taking second for the boaters, Ryan Raley of Lexington, SC weighed in a five bass limit weighing 14.81 pounds.
“I got lucky and found some schooling fish and caught them on top water,” said Raley.
Taking third for the boaters Wayman Coleman IV of Abbeville, SC weighed in four bass weighing 12.56 pounds.
“I caught my fish on a frog,” said Coleman.
In fourth place for the boaters Greg Rikard of Leesville, SC weighed in five bass weighing 11.65 pounds. Rounding out the top five was Steve Wicker of Pomeria, SC weighed in four bass weighing 11.25 pounds.
Big bass honors went to Michael Stephens of Gastonia, NC with a bass that weighed 5.59 pounds. Stephens took home $160.00 for his fish.
In the co-angler division Jackie Belt of Fountain Inn, SC took top honors with two bass weighing 5.91 pounds. Belt took home $500.00 for the win.
“I caught my two keepers on a Buckeye Buzzbait,” said Belt.
In second place for the co-anglers, William Pontius of Sugar Hill, GA weighed in three bass weighing 5.77 pounds.
“I caught my fish on a shakyhead,” said Pontius.
Taking third for the co-anglers, Gregory Littles Sr. weighed in one bass weighing 5.45 pounds which was also the biggest bass weighed in by a co-angler.
Littles took home $325.00 for his catch.
“I caught my keeper on a jig,” said Littles.
In fourth place for the co-anglers, Alan Bennett of Greenwood, SC weighed in one bass weighing 4.70 pounds. Rounding out the top five, Lonnie Drusch of Sumter, SC weighed in two bass weighing 3.08 pounds.
The next event for the South Carolina Division will be the two-day regional on Lake Wylie launching out of Ebenezer park on September 26-27/2020.
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New Schedule and Directors for Kansas Division 58
Athens, AL January 22, 2020. Today American Bass Anglers announce new directors for American Fishing Tour Division 58 located in southeastern Kansas. Becky Minor and Mark Moody. Becky Minor has been running events in Kansas for over 20 years.
The division will center around Big Hill Lake which is one of the interesting lakes in Kansas. Located in Labette County about 5 miles east of Cherryvale, Kansas, Big Hill is known as one of the cleanest and clearest lakes in Kansas. It has a max depth of 60 and holds a good population of both Large and quality Smallmouth bass.
The first event of the season for Division 58 is
North GA Couples kicks off 2021 season with double header on Lake Lanier.
October 3 brought post frontal winds and bluebird skies, starting the day off with waning harvest moon. With some fall transition it made for some challenging fishing but beautiful weather to be on the lake. With 8 teams fishing there was only one limit brought to the scales but all others had at least one keeper to weigh, with exception of one team who had to leave lake early due to boat problems.
Hamlin Wins Florida South Opener
ATHENS, Ala. – Trevor Hamlin of Cape Coral, FL, won the Bass Pro Shops Open Series Florida South tournament held January 23rd on Lake Okeechobee.
Running out of Roland Martin Marina & Resort in Clewiston, FL the Cape Coral, FL angler caught five bass weighing 17.57 pounds. For the Boater Division victory, Hamlin took home a check for $5200 for his win.
Team Tour Championship Postponed
Out of an overabundance of caution The Team Tour Championship that was scheduled for 10/10-11/2020 on Wheeler Lake has be postponed. The National Weather Service is forecasting winds of 10-20 mph with gust up to 35mph for Saturday, and winds of 10-15 mph with gust up to 20 mph Sunday. The safety of our anglers is the number on concern and factor when making the tough decisions on postponing a tournament. The new dates for the Team Tour Championship will be November 21-22 on Wheeler Lak