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Duarte Covers Ground for Second W

Hough nets co-angler title on Hartwell
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John Duarte
February 18, 2019 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

John Duarte of Middle River, Maryland, caught five bass Saturday weighing 18 pounds, 8 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) South Carolina Division season opener on Lake Hartwell presented by Navionics. For his win, Duarte earned $4,396.

“I fished mid-lake docks in pockets and tried to cover as much water as I could,” says Duarte, who earned his second career victory in BFL competition. “It was on fire from 11 (a.m.) until the end of the tournament. I think the time of day positioned those fish in the backs of the pockets and put them where they were easy to catch.”

Duarte caught 12 to 15 keepers overall, saying that four of the five fish he weighed came on a 4.8-inch Pro Blue Red Pearl-colored Keitech FAT Swing Impact swimbait with a ¼-ounce jighead.

“I was skipping it under the docks and casting to the edges,” says Duarte.

Duarte’s other limit-fish came on a ½-ounce homemade green-pumpkin-colored jig with a Zoom Big Salty Chunk trailer of the same color. He said he caught it around 8:30 a.m. from under a docked pontoon boat up the Seneca River.


The top 10 boaters:

 1st: John Duarte, Middle River, Md., five bass, 18-8, $2,396 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

 2nd: Wesley Sandifer, Chapin, S.C., five bass, 16-0, $1,148

 3rd: Kyle Austin, Ridgeville, S.C., five bass, 15-14, $701

 4th: Scott Allgood, Fair Play, S.C., five bass, 15-8, $489

 5th: Shayne McFarlin, Martin, Ga., five bass, 15-6, $419

 6th: Nitro pro David Williams, Maiden, N.C., five bass, 14-13, $384

 7th: Thomas Guthke, Anderson, S.C., five bass, 13-9, $349

 8th: Randy Childers, Anderson, S.C., five bass, 13-7, $314

 9th: Travis Garrett, Toccoa, Ga., five bass, 13-6 

 10th: Jayme Rampey, Liberty, S.C., five bass, 13-1

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Brian Tucci of Surfside Beach, South Carolina, caught a 5-pound, 4-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $100.


Hough wins co-angler title

Kate Hough of Gilbert, South Carolina, won the Co-angler Division and $1,248 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 11 pounds, 13 ounces.


The top 10 co-anglers:

 1st: Kate Hough, Gilbert, S.C., five bass, 11-13, $1,248

 2nd: Stephen Britt, Columbia, S.C., five bass, 10-3, $574

 3rd: Jeff Horton, Boiling Springs, S.C., five bass, 9-7, $349

 4th: Mario Hill, Thomson, Ga., five bass, 9-4, $245

 5th: Lee Inman, Inman, S.C., five bass, 8-15, $210

 6th: Kyle Deeds, Greenville, S.C., five bass, 8-6, $192

 7th: Bill Hawkins, Piedmont, S.C., five bass, 8-3, $175

 8th: Shawn Kincaid, Lexington, S.C., five bass, 8-1, $157

 9th: Jeff Rikard, Leesville, S.C., four bass, 6-1 

 10th: Weston Thomas, Chapin, S.C., five bass, 6-0

Dwayne Parton of Anderson, South Carolina, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 3 pounds, 10 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $100.


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. 10-12 BFL Regional Championship on Lake Seminole in Bainbridge, Georgia. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard.

The T-H Marine FLW BFL South Carolina Division tournament on Lake Hartwell presented by Navionics was hosted by the Anderson Convention & Visitors Bureau.