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Spradley Stayed Deep for Win

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Joey Spradley of Gloverville, S.C., won the March 5 South Carolina Division event on Clarks Hill with a 20-pound, 7-ounce limit and took home over $3,900 in prize money.
March 7, 2016 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

Joey Spradley of Gloverville, South Carolina, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 20 pounds, 7 ounces, Saturday to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) South Carolina Division tournament on Clarks Hill Lake presented by Power-Pole. For his victory, Spradley took home $3,990.

Spradley focused on creek points on the lower end of the lake using a green pumpkin-colored Buckeye Lures Mop Jig with a Zoom Super Chunk trailer of the same color.

“I rotated through three different areas where fish were starting to pull up off of the river,” says Spradley, who earned his first win in BFL competition. “Everybody else was fishing shallow using crankbaits, but I figured bass wouldn’t be up that far yet. I opted to stay in around 30 feet of water which was deeper than everyone else.”

The South Carolina angler says that he caught around 10 keepers over the course of the event.

“I dragged the jig along the bottom very slowly,” continues Spradley. “I wanted the skirt to flair out. That’s important. You have to slow it down and let it do what it’s supposed to do.”

Spradley’s winning stringer was anchored by an 8-pound, 2-ounce kicker which he caught along a secondary point.

“If I hadn’t boated that 8-pounder, there’s no way I would’ve won,” says Spradley. “I couldn’t have asked for a better day on the water.”

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Joey Spradley, Gloverville, S.C., five bass, 20-7, $3,990

2nd:         Chuck Howard, Elloree, S.C., five bass, 18-6, $2,073

3rd:          Ken Ellis, Bowman, S.C., five bass, 18-0, $1,181

4th:          Greg Rikard, Leesville, S.C., five bass, 17-11, $827

5th:          Mel Long, Hampton, S.C., five bass, 17-10, $709

6th:          Bart Blackburn, North Augusta, S.C., five bass, 17-4, $650

7th:          Chris Hadden, North Augusta, S.C., five bass, 17-1, $591

8th:          Charles Doyle, Augusta, Ga., five bass, 16-9, $532

9th:          Chris Marshall, Forest City, N.C., five bass, 15-15, $443

9th:          Chris Epting, Chapin, S.C., five bass, 15-15, $443

Complete results can be found here.

Spradley’s 8-pound, 2-ounce bass – the biggest of the tournament in the pro division – earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $445.


Co-angler Christopher Chivas of Rincon, Ga., won the March 5 South Carolina Division event on Clarks Hill with a 17-pound, 15-ounce limit and walked away with over $1,700.

Chavis wins co-angler title

Christopher Chavis of Rincon, Georgia, weighed in five bass totaling 17 pounds, 15 ounces Saturday to earn $1,773 and win the co-angler division.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Christopher Chavis, Rincon, Ga., five bass, 17-15, $1,773

2nd:         Scott Faile, Harlem, Ga., five bass, 13-5, $1,108

3rd:          Rodney Tapp, North Augusta, S.C., five bass  , 13-0, $591

4th:          Chad Hamm, Aiken, S.C., five bass, 12-12, $414

5th:          Eddie Hall, Inman, S.C., five bass, 12-0, $355

6th:          Michael Thomas, York, S.C., four bass, 11-3, $325

7th:          David Smith, Anderson, S.C., five bass, 10-7, $295

8th:          Beau Wilder, Charlotte, N.C., five bass, 10-4, $266

9th:          Todd Sosebee, Bessemer City, N.C., five bass, 9-14, $236

10th:        Mitchell Pare, Guyton, Ga., five bass, 9-13, $207

Faile caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 6 pounds, 15 ounces and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $222.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 13-15 Regional Championship on Lake Seminole in Bainbridge, Georgia. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.