Susan and John Mills Win on Lake HartwellThe 35 degree morning did not deter 18 teams from participating in the American Bass Anglers Couples Tournament on Lake Hartwell. The chilly March 28 Saturday morning gave way to a sunny and pleasant afternoon. All of the couples brought fish to the scales.Susan and John Mills took first place honors with a 5 fish limit weighing 15.1 pounds. Susan's 3.7 pound largemouth was the Ladies Big Bass. Her winning fish came pitching a Texas rigged green pumpkin worm to a dock. Susan said that they saw the fish, and it saw them, as they went by a dock the first time. They moved away for a few minutes, then came back and cast the worm to the dock from a distance, and the fish took the worm. The Mills are from Leesville, South Carolina.Gary Heinly claimed Mens Big Bass. It topped the scales at 5.2 pounds. Gary was using a green pumpkin trick worm by a dock. Gary and Beverly Heinly are from Chapin, South Carolina.Martha and Don Goodfellow claimed second place with 12.6 pounds. Two of their 5 fish came “twitching” Flukes early in the day. The others were caught sight fishing using a shakey head on a very sensitive, Kissel Krafts rod. The Goodfellows live in Simpsonville, SC.Donna and John Branstetter, Lexington, SC, won third place with 11.3 pounds. Tami and Jimmy Raper, Easley, SC, were close behind with 11.2 pounds. Debbie and Bob Brown, Seneca, SC, were fifth with 10.7 pounds.A highlight of the weigh-in was in Susan and John Mills’ story about one of their fish catches. They were sight fishing and both tossed their lure to the same fish. Somehow the fish was hooked in the mouth and brought to the boat by both lures at once. At one level, this appeared to be an awesome example of teamwork. Susan and John curiously asked the audience at the weigh-in for their counsel as to who should get “credit for the catch?” A question probably best left unanswered. Fortunately, this fish did not show up as a candidate for Ladies or Mens Big Bass.The Couples Series offers a unique tournament angling opportunity. Lasting friendships have developed from participation in the events. Over twenty people had dinner together on Friday evening in Anderson. Even more folks enjoyed each others company for an early dinner after the weigh-in on Saturday. Feedback from new couples suggests that it’s easy and natural to become part of the “family.”Special thanks to our local sponsors, Strickland Marine, locations in Anderson and Seneca, SC plus, Starbucks Coffee, located on Fairview Road in Simpsonville, Rod Steward and Yo-Zuri.South Carolina Couples next event will be held April 18, 2015 on Lake Keowee, South Cove ramp. For more information, call 864-630-3183 or email [email protected]
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2019 American Fishing Tour
Athens, AL. American Bass Anglers (ABA) announced today the 2019 season for the American Fishing Tour (AFT). The tour is a draw format that offers more than seventy divisions with 600-900 tournaments per season across the eastern half of the United States. Members of ABA qualify for the year-end national championship by competing locally in a minimum of four one-day divisional qualifying events and a Divisional two-day championship.
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.
Berkley® Launches Cast for Cash 2019 Bait Contingency Program
Eligible members can win from $100 to $2,000 in over 500 sanctioned tournaments
COLUMBIA, S.C. (December 10, 2018) – Berkley® is excited to announce a new 2019 bait contingency program that will provide cash rewards for loyal weekend tournament and semi-professional tournament anglers.
To participate anglers must become a member of the Berkley Cast for Cash program. Memberships are $29.99 and include a pro pack of Berkley PowerBait, Powerbait MaxScent, hard baits, hat and decal with a MSRP of $47.95.
Galbraith and Mason win the Triton 100% Plus Team Tour Championship
The team of Roy Galbraith of Guin, Alabama and Richard Mason of Athens, Alabama took home the win in the American Bass Anglers Triton Plus 100% Team Tour Championship, held on Pickwick Lake November 3rd and 4th, 2018. Launching out of McFarland Park in Florence, Alabama, the team of Galbraith and Mason caught a five-bass limit on day one weighing 17.28-pounds