Hutson Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament On Santee Cooper


SUMMERTON, S.C. (April 15, 2013) – Mark Hutson of Moncks Corner, S.C., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 27 pounds, 8 ounces Saturday to win the Bass Fishing League South Carolina Division tournament on the Santee Cooper lakes. For his victory, Hutson earned $3,505.
      “I started off the day by fishing beds,” said Hutson. “On my first cast of the day, I caught a fish off a bed that was about a 4-pounder. After that, I went to the lower end of the lake to fish some more beds that I saw in practice. That’s where I happened to see my biggest bass of the day on a bed. I ended up catching her and she weighed over 10 pounds.
      “I also fished some brush piles out deeper and then went back to the upper end of the lake to fish some more trees,” Hutson continued. “I caught several fish off the trees and was able to cull a few of the fish that I had from before. That’s pretty much where I ended up and I just fished trees and stumps for the rest of the day.
      “For the bed fish, I was mainly using a Zoom Ultra Vibe Speed Craw in green pumpkin,” Hutson went on to say. “I had a couple other different craws that I was using, and I would rotate them back and forth until I found out what a particular fish wanted. I was catching the fish in the trees on a green pumpkin and red Zoom Brush Hog with a 1/8-ounce weight. The majority of the trees were in 3 to 4 feet of water, and the isolated ones seemed to hold the best fish.”
      Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
            2nd:   Ken Ellis, Bowman, S.C., five bass, 25-8, $1,753
            3rd:   Norm Attaway, Clearwater, S.C., five bass, 24-0, $1,169
            4th:   Jason Burroughs, Hodges, S.C., five bass, 23-2, $818 + $300 Evinrude Bonus
            5th:   Greg Rikard, Leesville, S.C., five bass, 22-2, $701
            6th:   Danny Allen, Loris, S.C., five bass, 21-12, $643
            7th:   Henry McFadden, Georgetown, S.C., five bass, 20-14, $584
            8th:   Rodney Chastain, Fountain Inn, S.C., five bass, 20-10, $526
            9th:   Ross Burns, Columbia, S.C., five bass, 20-2, $467
            10th: Patrick Walters, Summerville, S.C., five bass, 19-15, $409
      Wyatt Hammond of Myrtle Beach, S.C., weighed in three bass totaling 12 pounds, 1 ounce Saturday to win $1,753 in the co-angler division.  Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
            2nd:   Tommy Milligan, Surfside Beach, S.C., five bass, 11-6, $876
            3rd:   Steven Felder, Manning, S.C., four bass, 10-10, $585     
            4th:   Bill Crouch, Chesnee, S.C., three bass, 10-1, $409
            5th:   Marty Gardner, Chesnee, S.C., four bass, 9-7, $351
            6th:   David Driggers, Saint Stephen, S.C., four bass, 9-3, 321
            7th:   Scott Frye, Sumter, S.C., four bass, 9-1, $277
            7th:   Virgil Wicks, Gaffney, S.C., three bass, 9-1, $277
            9th:   D.J. McEachern, Columbia, S.C., four bass, 8-14, $219
            9th:   Duane Rinkus, Denver, N.C., three bass, 8-14, $219
      The next BFL South Carolina Division tournament is scheduled for May 11 on Clarks Hill Lake in McCormick, S.C. After the last divisional tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 3–5 Regional Championship on Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Ala. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.

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