Connell sets the pace at Lake Hartwell
ATHENS, Ala. – Dustin T. Connell sets the pace after one day of competition in Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series Southeast Regional Championship on Oct. 4 at Lake Hartwell in Hartwell, Ga.
Running out of Gum Branch Landing near Hartwell, Ga., to fish the 56,000-acre reservoir along the Savannah River on the Georgia-South Carolina line, the Clanton, Ala., angler caught five bass weighing 15.12 pounds on Day 1. He anchored his bag with a 4.05-pound kicker.
In second for the boaters, Brad Fowler of Pendleton, S.C., landed a five-bass daily tournament limit going 13.79 pounds. Larry Martin of Anderson, S.C., holds third with five bass going 13.57 pounds. Ron Brown of Charleston, S.C., sits in fourth place with a five-bass limit for 13.07 pounds including a 4.92-pound kicker. Rogne Brown of Hixson, Tenn., rounds out the top five boaters with five bass at 12.68 pounds. Mark T. Denney Jr. of Bonaire, Ga., caught the biggest bass of Day 1, a 5.39-pounder.
In the Co-Angler Division, Blake S. Campbell of Anderson, S.C., leads with three bass going 6.86 pounds after Day 1. Campbell anchored the bag with a 3.02-pound kicker.
Holding second for the co-anglers, Ed Parker of Charlotte, N.C., brought in a three-bass division daily limit for 6.47 pounds including a 3.32-pound kicker. George V. Baucom of Charlotte, N.C., occupies the third spot with three bass going 5.87 pounds. Jerry Neuner of Rutherfordton, N.C., sits in fourth place with three bass for 5.84 pounds, followed by Vince A. Sweeton of Chattanooga, Tenn., with two bass at 5.60 pounds including a 3.43-pounder that set the Co-Angler division lunker standard for the first day.
The action continues through Oct. 5. This event features the top 40 boaters and co-anglers representing the Alabama South, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida and East Tennessee divisions. After this regional event, the best anglers from this tournament will compete against the top anglers from three other regional events during the BWS National Championship tournament, set for Nov. 6-9, 2013, on Old Hickory Lake near Hendersonville, Tenn. The Boater Division champion will compete in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, slated for Feb. 21-23 on Lake Guntersville, Ala.
For more information on this tournament, call Billy Benedetti, tournament manager, at 256-230-5632 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
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