By Rich Gerken
The Bass Federation of South Carolina held its second point’s tournament of the season at the lakes of Santee Cooper. The morning weather was somewhat threatening with a good bit of wind and cloudy skies. These lakes are none to get rough even with light winds and many reported they had a rough, wet ride to their first areas. The winds did die down and the sun made its appearance which made the day more enjoyable and safer for all.
It has finally warmed up here in the Carolina’s and with warmer water temps and a full moon the big bass have moved shallow. As you can imagine many quality largemouth were caught this day. Bass are starting to lock down on beds, although they are hard to see with the muddy water conditions here.
First place in the boater division was our TBF of SC president Herman Vining weighing in a 5 bass limit at 16.50lbs. His biggest 7.19 lb lunker that had him celebrating loud enough to be heard half way across the lake. Herman reported finding his fish around cypress trees and pads with floating grass matted above.
Second place boater was Billy Wilson with a limit weighing 14.75 lbs. Billy also garnished big bass honors with an 8.28 lb monster. Spinner baits worked for him, with an early morning bite during the windy conditions.
Third was Pat Whaley, also getting most of his bites early with a spinner bait. Pat weighed 4 bass at 12.80 lbs which included a 6.00 lb kicker.
The co/anglers were not to be disappointed either. Terry Thomas, a relative new comer to the sport won his first ever tournament with 5 bass limit weighing 8.70 lbs. Second place was our current point’s leader, Kenny Grimes with 3 bass at 8.07 lbs. And third with 2 nice fish was Montae Gregg weighing 8.07. Big bass honor and 4th place went to
Rich Gerken with his 5.64lb largemouth.
Our next tournament is scheduled for April 24th at Lake Greenwood. We would like to thank the people at Black’s Camp for the use of their facility for our launch and weigh in. For more information about TBF of SC and joining in our fun please visit www.tbfofsc.com