Chris Marshall of Forest City, North Carolina, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 22 pounds, 9 ounces, Saturday to win the first T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) South Carolina Division tournament of 2017 on Lake Murray. For his win, Marshall took home $6,237.
Marshall says he spent his day fishing docks near spawning areas. He used one bait to catch his limit – a Chris Crawl-colored Katch-Her Lures Flipping Jig.
“My day got off to a slow start,” says Marshall, who logged his third career win in BFL competition. “I didn’t catch a bass until 1 p.m. I knew the warm temperatures would drive them up shallow at some point, but it took almost all day.”
Marshall caught everything he weighed in between 1 and 2 p.m.
“I probably hit around 150 docks throughout the event,” says Marshall. “I ran around and just kept skipping the jig. My key catches came right below the mid-lake line.”
Even though Marshall was expecting the bass to be a bit shallower, he says he was glad he stayed committed to the jig bite.
“I only had seven bites and probably burned 35 gallons of fuel, but it eventually paid off,” says Marshall.
The top 10 boaters:
1st: Chris Marshall, Forest City, N.C., five bass, 22-9, $4,237 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus
2nd: Brad Fowler, Townville, S.C., five bass, 20-8, $2,019
3rd: David Kneece, Gilbert, S.C., five bass, 20-5, $1,345
4th: Bradford Beavers, Ridgeville, S.C., five bass, 20-0, $942
5th: Herman Vining, Gilbert, S.C., five bass, 19-2, $907
6th: Joey Sabbagha, Prosperity, S.C., five bass, 18-3, $1,040
7th: Carson Orellana, Mooresville, N.C., five bass, 17-3, $673
8th: Matthew Mollohan, Prosperity, S.C., five bass, 15-12, $606
9th: Adam Beckum, Martinez, Ga., five bass, 15-11, $538
10th: Chris Epting, Chapin, S.C., five bass, 15-10, $471
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
James Buchanan of Monroe, North Carolina, caught a 6-pound, 5-ounce bass – the largest of the event – which earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $545.
Kenny wins co-angler division
Pete Kenny of Ashburn, Virginia, weighed in four bass totaling 18 pounds, 3 ounces Saturday to win the co-angler division and earn $2,306.
The top 10 co-anglers:
1st: Pete Kenny, Ashburn, Va., four bass, 18-3, $2,306
2nd: Rodney Tapp, North Augusta, S.C., three bass, 15-3, $1,022
3rd: Ryan Edwards, Stuart, Fla., three bass, 13-0, $649
4th: Tim Chadwick, Elloree, S.C., five bass, 11-9, $454
5th: Lee Inman, Inman, S.C., four bass, 11-3, $389
6th: James Meadows, Goose Creek, S.C., three bass, 9-2, $356
7th: James Atkinson, Ridgeway, S.C., four bass, 9-1, $324
8th: Lorne Debord, Warrenville, S.C., two bass, 8-10, $292
9th: Dalton Dowdy, Chapin, S.C., four bass, 8-2, $259
10th: Ryan Frisch, Eatonton, Ga., four bass, 7-13, $227
Kenny also caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 7 pounds, 3 ounces, and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $262.
The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 19-21 BFL Regional Championship on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Georgia. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.