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Partain Grabs Hartwell Win

Lewis nets co-angler title in Savannah River Division event
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Kerry Partain Angler: Kerry Partain.
May 14, 2018 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

Kerry Partain of Elberton, Georgia, caught five bass weighing 14 pounds, 14 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Savannah River Division tournament Saturday on Lake Hartwell. For his efforts, Partain took home $3,705.

Partain says he worked through nearly 30 areas from the Tugaloo River down to the dam, catching eight keepers throughout the tournament.

“I used a weightless Zoom Super Fluke early for postspawn fish on shoals and points,” says Partain, who logged his first win in FLW competition. “I fished main-lake areas in anywhere from 2 to 10 feet of water.”

Following the postspawn bite, Partain caught two bedding fish – a 3- and 4-pounder. He says he was near docks, and used a Texas-rigged Watermelon Magic-colored Zoom Fluke Stick.

“I ran points for postspawners to finish out the day,” says Partain. “I ran up the Tugaloo and Seneca arms and basically hit any areas coming off the spawning flats.”

Partain’s afternoon postspawn baits were a Watermelon Candy-colored Zoom Finesse Worm on a drop-shot and a shaky-head jig with a green-pumpkin Zoom Magnum Swamp Crawler.


The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Kerry Partain, Elberton, Ga., five bass, 14-14, $3,705

2nd:         Justin McLeese, Iva, S.C., five bass, 12-14, $1,753

3rd:          Troy Morrow, Eastanollee, Ga., five bass, 12-5, $1,169

4th:          Henry Kratz, Pelzer, S.C., five bass, 10-7, $820

4th:          Joey Nichols, Cumming, Ga., five bass, 10-7, $820

4th:          David Milsaps, Ranger, Ga., five bass, 10-7, $1,120

7th:          Marcus Church, Seneca, S.C., five bass, 10-6, $525

7th:          Joe Anders, Easley, S.C., five bass, 10-6, $525

7th:          Randy Childers, Anderson, S.C., five bass, 10-6, $525

10th:        Scott Chatham, Kingston, Ga., five bass, 10-3, $409

Complete results can be found at

Randy Gentry of Franklin, North Carolina, brought a 5-pound, 4-ounce bass to the scale – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $440.


Lewis wins co-angler title

Keith Lewis of Franklin, North Carolina, won the Co-angler Division and $1,853 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 10 pounds, 10 ounces.


The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Keith Lewis, Franklin, N.C., five bass, 10-10, $1,853

2nd:         Tim Watson, Martin, Ga., five bass, 10-3, $926

3rd:          Rusty Smith, Liberty, S.C., five bass, 9-8, $585

4th:          Darren Jeter, Marshall, N.C., five bass, 9-3, $409

5th:          Chris Nunziato, Elberton, Ga., five bass, 8-13, $351

6th:          Samson Faulk, Lyman, S.C., five bass, 8-12, $321

7th:          Harold Chappell, Central, S.C., five bass, 8-4, $292

8th:          Michael Smith, Piedmont, S.C., five bass, 7-10, $263

9th:          Thomas Morris, Walhalla, S.C., four bass, 7-9, $234

10th:        Bill Hawkins, Piedmont, S.C., five bass, 7-6, $204

James Durham of Hartwell, Georgia, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division weighing in at 3 pounds, 14 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $110.

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. 11-13 BFL Regional Championship on the St. Johns River in Palatka, Florida. 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.