ANDERSON, S.C. – FLW Tour pro Bradford Beavers of Summerville, South Carolina, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 28 pounds, 1 ounce, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) South Carolina Division super-tournament on Lake Hartwell Sunday. Beavers earned $6,345 for his efforts.
“I was hitting six or seven different areas on the lower end of the lake, just looking for schooling fish that were chasing blueback herring,” said Beavers, a three-time FLW Cup qualifier with more than a quarter of a million dollars in career earnings. “I’m not real familiar with Hartwell, so I don’t know the exact names of the areas I was fishing, but I caught around 10 fish each day.
“It was definitely a timing deal,” Beavers continued. “It was really tough to predict when the bait were coming through, but when we hit it right we really caught them. I just rotated through the spots and waited to get lucky when they were feeding.”
Beavers said that he caught 90% of his fish on a walking topwater bait, but he also added a couple drop-shotting a 6-inch straight tail worm.
“I caught a 5-pounder on the final day with three minutes to go that pretty much won me the tournament,” Beavers went on to say. “That turned out to be the key, for me. I finally got a big one.”
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Bradford Beavers, Summerville, S.C., 10 bass, 28-1, $4,345 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus
2nd: John Duarte, Middle River, Md., 10 bass, 27-10, $1,972
3rd: Andy Wicker, Pomaria, S.C., 10 bass, 27-9, $1,297
4th: Deron Johnson, Anderson, S.C., 10 bass, 27-4, $734
5th: Eddie Whiten Jr., Easley, S.C., 10 bass, 24-5, $629
6th: Taylor Ashley, Warrior, Ala., 10 bass, 22-8, $577
7th: Brandt Tumberg, Moore, S.C., 10 bass, 22-2, $524
8th: Ron Brown, Cross, S.C., 10 bass, 19-13, $622
9th: Robbie Harrelson, Moncks Corner, S.C., five bass, 10-12
10th: Matt Redd, Belton, S.C., five bass, 10-10
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Duarte caught a 4-pound, 13-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the event’s Boater Big Bass award of $300.
Daniel McGlohorn of Polmaria, South Carolina, won the Co-angler Division and $1,772 Sunday after catching a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 18 pounds, 15 ounces.
The top 10 co-anglers were:
1st: Daniel McGlohorn, Polmaria, S.C., 10 bass, 18-15, $1,772
2nd: Jeremy Montgomery, Overland Park, Kan., 10 bass, 18-9, $936
3rd: Brandon Lawson, Union, S.C., eight bass, 17-5, $575
4th: Mike Jackson, Mount Airy, Ga., six bass, 15-1, $367
5th: Chris Wilson, Easley, S.C., 10 bass, 14-12, $314
6th: Stewart Uldrick, Anderson, S.C., 10 bass, 14-11, $288
7th: Zack Ross, Charleston, S.C., eight bass, 14-3, $262
8th: Harold Addison II, Columbia, S.C., five bass, 8-7, $336
9th: Kevin Henderson, Honea Path, S.C., five bass, 7-14
10th: Brennan Gunther, Mount Pleasant, S.C., five bass, 7-11
Calvin Clatterbuck of Conway, South Carolina, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 4 pounds, 2 ounces. The catch earned him the event’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $150.
The T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) South Carolina Division super-tournament on Lake Hartwell was hosted by the Anderson Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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. 17-19 BFL Regional Championship on the Potomac River in Marbury, Maryland. 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 2019 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. The 2020 BFL All-American will be held April 30-May 2 at Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina, and is hosted by Visit Anderson. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.
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