Storey Tops The Field At Clarks Hill Reservoir
APPLING, Ga. – Steve Storey won the Boater Division in the American Bass Anglers Open Series, Presented by Caymas Boats, South Carolina Division 9 tournament, held June 25, 2022, on Clarks Hill Reservoir.
Launching at Wildwood Park landing in Appling, Ga., the angler from the hosting town brought in a 5-bass tournament limit for 16.79 pounds. That gave him a 3.56-pound average and a 3.64-pound cushion over second place. Storey upped his average by landing a 3.84-pound kicker.
“We were fishing shallow with topwater baits and caught about 10 fish,” Storey revealed. “We fished hard all day. We culled some.”
In second among the boaters, Wesley S. Sandifer of Chapin, S.C. also landed his 5-bass limit. He finished with 13.15 pounds, capped by a 4.34-pounder.
“I threw a buzzbait all day,” Sandifer said. “I had a good day. I caught about 30 bass. It was a lot of fun.”
Taking third for the boaters, Sean Anderson of Leesville, S.C. landed five good keepers for 12.93 pounds.
“I caught all my fish early,” Anderson advised. “I was throwing a buzzbait. I caught about 12 bass before 10 a.m. The bite died down after that.”
Landing in fourth place, Jimmy H. Wilson from Wagener, S.C. brought in five keepers for 12.47 pounds. Phillip Anderson of Saluda, S.C. found four keepers going 11.36 pounds. One of the keepers weighed an even five pounds, big enough to take tournament lunker honors.
“The big fish hit a jig in about five feet of water,” Anderson recalled. “I just caught four fish.”
In the Co-Angler Division, Robert D. Parton of Townville, S.C. won with a 3-bass division limit weighing 5.65 pounds. Fishing with Steve Storey, he anchored that sack with a 3.41-pounder that won the division big bass title.
“We caught fish up shallow,” Parton stated. “I caught five fish on topwater baits.”
George V. Baucom from Salisbury, N.C. finished second with a 3-bass limit for 4.65 pounds.
“I fished humps with a shaky head,” Baucom remarked. “We were in about 20 feet of water. I only caught four bass.”
In third for the co-anglers, Jerry L. Neuner from Rutherfordton, N.C. found his limit of three keepers to finish with four pounds. Fellow Tar Heel, Marvin R. Godard from Charlotte, N.C. brought in two keepers for 3.77 pounds. Chris J. Odom, also from Charlotte, rounded out the top five co-anglers with three bass at 3.56 pounds.
The division next fishes its regular season finale July 30, 2022, at Lake Hartwell. That event runs out of Green Pond Landing, located at 470 Green Pond Road in Anderson, S.C. To register for that tournament, CLICK HERE.
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This story was written by ABA staff writer John N. Felsher. To submit articles of interest email email@example.com.
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