Bass Pro Shops Couples Tour
Director: Tom Bancroft
|2019 Season Schedule|
||Wylie||Ebenezer State Park|
||Cooper River||Cypress Gardens Landing|
||Wateree||Clearwater Cove Marina|
||Keowee||South Cove Marina|
||Greenwood||One Stop Marina|
||Moultrie/ Marion||Black's Camp|
||Murray||Dreher Island (Shelter 15)|
||Wateree||Clearwater Cove Marina|
||Russell||Russell State Park|
||Clark's Hill||Hickory Knobb State Park|
|Neely Henry||Coosa Landing|
|Division 11 Points Top 25|
|1||Dale Goff-Victoria Goff||9||38||976|
|2||Thomas Bancroft-Melissa Bancroft||9||27||961|
|3||John Mills-Susan Mills||7||20||943|
|4||Harry Johnson-Kimberly Johnson||9||21||942|
|5||Owen Jepsen-Kim Jepsen||9||14||935|
|6||J B Wicker-Tammy Wicker||8||16||933|
|7||Vincent Kolb-Lisa Kolb||5||14||801|
|7||Chris Fields-Genevra Fields||6||17||801|
|9||Bryan Waddell-Sharon Waddell||6||13||795|
|10||John Branstetter-Donna Branstetter||5||14||747|
|11||Thomas Bancroft Jr-Monica Huerta||6||7||658|
|12||Jaris McGee-Sherri McGee||3||15||595|
|13||Vince Smith-Amanda Smith||3||12||584|
|14||Timothy Cothran-Kristina Cothran||3||8||574|
|15||Bob Brown-Deborah Brown||4||12||572|
|16||William Cain-Tricia Cain||3||10||436|
|17||Jim Collins-Julie Collins||4||5||425|
|18||Dolton Wiggins-Bertie Wiggins||3||4||418|
|19||Tucker Souther-Hannah Souther||2||10||393|
|20||Mike Blalock-Deanna Phillips||3||10||388|
|21||John Campbell-Grace Campbell||2||8||384|
|22||Craig Sahms-Mary Ann Sahms||3||10||383|
|22||Nigel Goewey-Christina Gall||2||7||383|
|24||Don Goodfellow-Martha Goodfellow||3||10||381|
|25||Bill Shreve-Patti Shreve||3||7||379|
William and Tricia Cain win on Lake Russell
The 9th South Carolina Couples tournament of the 2019 season was held May 18th on Lake Russell. There were 19 teams competing, bringing a total of 88 fish, weighing 146.24 lbs.
Tom and Missy Bancroft win on Lake Wateree
The Lake Wateree tournament was the 8th event of the South Carolina Couples trail which was rescheduled from December and held this past Sunday on May 5, 2019 out of Clearwater Cove. Lake Wateree hasn’t been on the couples tournament schedule in a number of years. We are looking forward to returning next year and building a following on this beautiful mid-state reservoir.
Mike Blalock & Deanna Phillips take 1st on Santee Lakes
It’s been many years since the couples have competed on the Santee Lakes. Everyone was anticipating the big bite to be on. However due to fluctuation in the weather and pulling of water the bass seemed to be in transition all week. A total of 18 teams fished the tournament bringing 41 fish to the scales for a total weight of 127.34 lbs. with only 4 limits of fish caught. Anyone that fishes the Marion and Moultrie waters knows this is not the expected results this time of year. In the weeks leading up to our tournament, it took 25 to 30 lbs. to win and a minimum of 20 lbs. to cut a check. One of our couples caught an 11.02 lb. largemouth during practice prior to the tournament.
Toby & Michelle Keisler take the Lake Murray Tournament with 21.11 lbs.
We had 23 teams join us on Lake Murray for the 7th tournament of the South Carolina Couples trail. The overcast conditions made it hard to fish for the spawners but with a good set of glasses and a little patience you could find a few good fish still bedding on stumps and docks in the deeper water. Others found the herring bite was just getting started in the post spawning areas of the lake. Leading to a good weigh in with 89 fish brought to the scale with 87 released alive for a total weight of 258.62 lbs. That’s a 2.91 pound average for Lake Murray.
Jaris & Sherri McGee bring it for a win on Lake Greenwood
We had a field of 20 teams competing for the 5th tournament of the South Carolina series held on Lake Greenwood March 2nd. A good portion of the lake was muddy due to recent rainfall with temperatures in the range of 55 to 58 degrees. A total of 65 fish were weighed and released for a total of 140.50-lbs. Majority of the fish caught came on A-Rigs, crankbaits, spinnerbaits and chatterbaits down the lake where the water was a little clearer.
Jaris & Sherri McGee brought 5 fish weighing 15.79-lbs. to the scales to secure 1st place. Jaris had a kicker weighing 4.77-lbs for men’s big fish.
Mark Gibson and JoeAnn Ivester take the win on Lake Keowee
The 4th tournament of the South Carolina series was held on Lake Keowee on February 16th. We enjoyed a nice mild day in February with a lite rain to start the day and bluebird skies in the afternoon. The water temps were in the range from 56 to 65 degrees depending on the area of the lake you were fishing. We had a good turnout of 26 boats. While it was tough for some of us, others had a good day… That’s fishing.
South Carolina Couples Cancels 12/8 Tournament
The South Carolina Couples Division 11 has canceled the 12/8 tournament scheduled for Lake Wateree. This decision has been made due to falling lake levels, the ramp and the launch site is inaccessible. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused and look forward to seeing you all at the next tournament.
Dale and Victoria Goff Collect 2nd Win of 2019 Season
Our 2nd tournament of the South Carolina series followed up the AFT Championship where the last day was canceled due to weather conditions. We'd like to thank the 13 teams that braved the windy conditions to compete on Saturday.
The father and daughter team of John and Grace Campbell ran away with the Cooper River Tournament!
The 3rd tournament of the South Carolina series was held on November 10th on the Cooper River in Moncks Corner. It’s been a long time since the South Carolina Couples have seen a tournament on the lower part of the state. Hope everyone enjoyed fishing the grass in this tidal river. Several large bass were weighed in including the largest of the year so far for both the men and ladies. Fish were caught using several different techniques from top water to bottom fishing. This river system has something for everyone.
Dale and Victoria Goff Win First Tournament of 2019 Season on Lake Wylie
The 2019 South Carolina Couples season kicked-off this weekend on Lake Wylie. Lake Wylie has not been on our schedule for some time and for some it was the first visit ever to this beautiful lake. We knew with the temperatures being above average for the last several weeks and the effects of Hurricane Florence that conditions would not be the best for bass fishing. While this made for a tough fishing day, everyone enjoyed the lake and catching up over pastries & coffee at registration and an afternoon cookout of hot dogs after weigh-in.
Joey and Michelle Miller Win on Lake Greenwood
Saturday, June 9, proved a challenging day as 30 teams showed up for South Carolina’s Couples Tournament on Greenwood. A calm 70-degree morning led to a hot and humid afternoon. But these summer conditions did not deter Michelle and Joey Miller. They handily won the event with a solid 5-fish limit weighing 17 pounds. Their success came fishing deeper brush with a “big” worm.
Tricia and Bill Cain Victorious on Lake Russell
Tricia and Bill Cain took first place honors in South Carolina Couple’s May 19 Lake Russell tournament. Twenty-eight teams chose to go fishing despite the threat of scattered thunderstorms, and the day proved pleasant and dry. All teams at weigh-in had 5-fish limits. They all did an excellent job caring for their fish during the day. 97% of these were released to be caught again another day.
Souther Couple Wins on Lake Hartwell
Hannah and T.J. Souther won the American Bass Anglers Couple's South Carolina April 28th on Lake Hartwell with 14.9 pounds. The couple's fish were caught mainly in shallow brush. One key to their success was Hannah’s Big Bass (and tournament big bass) of 4.2 pounds, which she caught working a spinnerbait.
Rainy Day Win for Shianne Parker and Joe Anders
Thirty-two teams ignored the all-day forecast for rain. They showed up for South Carolina Couple’s April 7 tournament on Lake Keowee. 132 fish were brought to the scales and released healthy and happy to be caught another day.
Shianne Parker and Joe Anders claimed first place with a 5-fish sack weighing 15.4 pounds. Joe said they caught fish on a topwater frog and a Senko. Their hefty sack was pretty clear evidence that the fish don’t care that it’s raining.
Victoria and Dale Goff Take First Place on Lake Murray
Forty-four teams braved the chilly conditions on Lake Murray for South Carolina’s March 3 Couples tournament. Participation was a new high for the division. A few 80-degree days 2 weeks prior to tournament day had the fish moving shallow. But, a few days of near freezing temperatures with high winds made anglers adjust their approach. 135 bass were brought to the scales with all of them being released alive. Seven bass over 5 pounds were weighed.