Wood Wins Bass Fishing League tournament at Clarks Hill Lake

Wood Wins Bass Fishing League tournament at Clarks Hill Lake Adam Wood won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) South Carolina Division tournament at Clarks Hill Lake

MCCORMICK, S.C. (May 21, 2018) – Boater Adam Wood of Springfield, Georgia, caught five bass weighing 21 pounds, 3 ounces, Saturday to win the Bass Fishing League (BFL) South Carolina Division tournament at Clarks Hill Lake. For his victory, Wood earned $4,550.


“I didn’t know where I was going the morning of the tournament, but I was boat number 38 and after I watched the first 37 boats leave takeoff and head south I decided to go north for a peaceful day on the water, and I ended up whacking them,” said Wood, who earned his first career win in BFL competition. “I spent the entire day fishing the north end of the lake, around Russell Dam. It was desolate – not another boat around me – and turned out to be an awesome day.”


Wood said that he caught nearly all of his keepers on a ¾-ounce Strike King Red Eye Shad (Chartreuse Sexy-Shad) but added one on a Jackall Squad Minnow jerkbait.


“I was fishing a point that had a good hard bottom and some scattered grass,” Wood said. “The wind had blown a big school of shad up shallow onto it, and everything that I weighed in came off of that point. I caught around 15 bass throughout the day, and a dozen of them came off of that one spot.”


Wood reported that he did catch a couple of spotted bass Saturday, but his limit that he brought to the weigh-in stage consisted entirely of largemouth.


“The spot the fish were set up on was not big – about as big as the neck of a boat. You had to be pretty precise with your casts.”


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

              1st:          Adam Wood, Springfield, Ga., five bass, 21-3, $4,550

              2nd:         T.N. Thomas, Lincolnton, Ga., five bass, 18-2, $2,790

              3rd:         Wesley Sandifer, Chapin, S.C., five bass, 15-9, $1,451

              4th:         Greg Glouse, Liberty, S.C., five bass, 15-2, $1,115

              5th:         Jonathan Foster, Maiden, N.C., five bass, 15-0, $870

              6th:         Joey Sabbagha, Prosperity, S.C., five bass, 14-11, $1,098

              7th:         Justin Hadden, Lexington, S.C., five bass, 14-4, $725

              8th:         Ross Burns, Columbia, S.C., five bass, 13-8, $653

              9th:         Jeffrey Borne, Gilbert, S.C., five bass, 13-4, $580

              10th:       Barry Thames, Barnwell, S.C., five bass, 12-11, $508


Thomas caught a bass weighing 6 pounds, 6 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – to claim the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $615. Michael Miller of Greenville, South Carolina, won the Co-angler Division Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 14 pounds, 11 ounces. Miller earned $2,682 for his victory.

The top 10 co-anglers finished:

              1st:          Michael Miller, Greenville, S.C., five bass, 14-11, $2,682

              2nd:         Brandon Lawson, Union, S.C., five bass, 12-13, $1,138

              3rd:         Dalton Dawdy, Chapin, S.C., five bass, 11-6, $726

              4th:         Kevin Henderson, Honea Path, S.C., five bass, 10-11, $507

              5th:         Bobby Henderson, Charlotte, N.C., five bass, 10-4, $435

              6th:         James Akins, Cumming, Ga., five bass, 9-9, $399

              7th:         Jamie Thames, Fairfax, S.C., five bass, 9-8, $363

              8th:         Rodney Tapp, North Augusta, S.C., five bass, 9-5, $326

              9th:         Trevor Sharrett, Chesnee, S.C., five bass, 8-13, $290

              10th:       Brennan Gunther, Mount Pleasant, S.C., five bass, 8-9, $254

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