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Tingen Wins on Hartwell
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Tingen Wins on Hartwell

Watson tops co-anglers 
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Justin Tingen
September 10, 2018 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

Justin Tingen of Moore, South Carolina, fishing in his first ever tournament with FLW, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Savannah River Division tournament on Lake Hartwell Sunday with a two-day cumulative catch of 10 bass weighing 23 pounds, 14 ounces. For his win, Tingen earned $4,465.

“Fishing in my first ever BFL event and getting a win – the joke now is that I’m going to retire undefeated,” says Tingen, a 28-year old who grew up fishing on Lake Hartwell. “I had a great time, though, and I can’t wait to fish another one. I didn’t catch a whole lot of fish – just 8 or 9 keepers a day – but they were the right size.”

Tingen says he started his day Saturday with a 25-mile run up the Seneca River, catching a few fish early on a Shooter Lures buzzbait with a Zoom Horny Toad before working his way back down towards the Tugaloo River to finish his limit. Sunday, he started his day fishing the mid-lake area with a Roboworm Straight Tail Worm on a drop-shot rig before working his way back up the Tugaloo.

“The key for me was covering a lot of water,” Tingen says. “I burned ¾ of a tank of gas both days.”

 

Top 10 boaters 

               1st:          Justin Tingen, Moore, S.C., 10 bass, 23-14, $4,465

               2nd:         Chris Nelson, Social Circle, Ga., 10 bass, 22-2, $2,233

               3rd:          Matthew Justice, Fair Play, S.C., 10 bass, 21-11, $1,688

               4th:          Tra Dumit, Greenville, S.C., 10 bass, 21-2, $1,142

               5th:          Thomas Guthke, Anderson, S.C., 10 bass, 19-3, $893

               6th:          Derek Freeman, Anderson, S.C., 10 bass, 19-2, $819

               7th:          Brad Benfield, Cornelia, Ga., 10 bass, 18-14, $744

               8th:          William Fordree, Six Mile, S.C., 10 bass, 18-0, $670

               9th:          Michael Mengeling, Cumming, Ga., 10 bass, 16-11, $595

               10th:        Carl Zoellner, Highlands, N.C., eight bass, 15-8, $1,031

Complete results

Zoellner caught a bass weighing 5 pounds, 13 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division. The catch earned him the Boater Big Bass award of $510.

 

Watson tops co-anglers 

Tim Watson of Martin, Georgia, caught a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 16 pounds even to win the Co-angler Division and $2,333.

Top 10 co-anglers 

               1st:          Tim Watson, Martin, Ga., 10 bass, 16-0, $2,333

               2nd:         Stephen Burress, Mills River, N.C., 10 bass, 14-8, $1,421

               3rd:          Michael Smith, Piedmont, S.C., 10 bass, 13-0, $744

               4th:          Jeremy Winn, Seneca, S.C., eight bass, 11-7, $521

               5th:          Peter Adames, Statesboro, Ga., seven bass, 11-2, $447

               6th:          Brandon Lawson, Union, S.C., four bass, 10-5, $409

               7th:          Bobby Smith, Asheville, N.C., six bass, 9-10, $372

               8th:          Matt Redd, Belton, S.C., eight bass, 9-7, $335

               9th:          Bobby Wade, Gaffney, S.C., five bass, 8-14, $298

               10th:        Thomas Morris, Walhalla, S.C., seven bass, 8-12, $260

Burress caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a fish weighing 4 pounds, 2 ounces – and earned the Co-angler Big Bass award of $255.

 

The 2018 T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Savannah River Division finale on Lake Hartwell was hosted by Tugaloo State Park.

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.