Duarte Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Hartwell

Duarte Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Hartwell John Duarte won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) South Carolina Division tournament on Lake Hartwell

ANDERSON, S.C. (Feb. 18, 2019) – Boater John Duarte of Middle River, Maryland, caught five bass Saturday weighing 18 pounds, 8 ounces, to win the Bass Fishing League (BFL) South Carolina Division tournament on Lake Hartwell. For his win, Duarte earned $4,396.


“I fished mid-lake docks in pockets and tried to cover as much water as I could,” said 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 said he 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,” said 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 finished the tournament in:

               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 

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. 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 were:

               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.

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