Rampey Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Hartwell

Rampey Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Hartwell Jayme Rampey won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Savannah River Division tournament on Lake Hartwell

ANDERSON, S.C. (Sept. 18, 2017) – Jayme Rampey of Liberty, South Carolina, won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Savannah River Division tournament on Lake Hartwell Sunday with a two-day cumulative catch of 10 bass weighing 26 pounds, 6 ounces. For his win, Rampey pocketed $7,112.


“I caught them from the clear main-lake water to all the way up the Tugaloo River,” said Rampey, who logged his sixth career-win in BFL competition. “I fished fast and shallow along a 30-mile stretch and threw to whatever looked good.”


Rampey said he focused on stumps, wood and docks. He said he ended up weighing eight keepers from a white Zoom Horny Toad, and two from a Buckeye Lures jig with a green-pumpkin-colored Zoom Ultra Vibe Speed Craw trailer.


“There wasn’t really any rhyme or reason to what I was doing,” said Rampey. “The wind and rain from the outskirts of Hurricane Irma had the fish spread out. I don’t think they were adjusted back to normal weather conditions yet.”


Rampey’s two-day total was highlighted by a 6-pound, 4-ouncer, which he caught Saturday on the Horny Toad near a laydown.


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Jayme Rampey, Liberty, S.C., 10 bass, 26-6, $7,112

               2nd:         Rob Jordan, Flowery Branch, Ga., 10 bass, 25-6, $3,121

               3rd:          Brad Fowler, Townville, S.C., 10 bass, 23-12, $2,282

               4th:          Kerry Partain, Elberton, Ga., 10 bass, 23-11, $1,456

               5th:          Brad Benfield, Cornelia, Ga., 10 bass, 22-14, $1,248

               6th:          Joey Nichols, Cumming, Ga., 10 bass, 22-13, $1,444

               7th:          Franklin Ramey III, Abbeville, S.C., 10 bass, 22-7, $1,140

               8th:          Taylor Ashley, Warrior, Ala., 10 bass, 22-2, $936

               9th:          Troy Morrow, Eastanollee, Ga., 10 bass, 21-14, $832

               10th:        Todd Goade, Suwanee, Ga., 10 bass, 21-1, $728


Rampey’s 6-pound, 4-ounce bass was the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division and earned him the Big Bass award of $870. Beau Govreau of Cedar Hill, Missouri, caught a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 20 pounds, 9 ounces, to win the Co-angler Division and $3,121.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Beau Govreau, Cedar Hill, Mo., 10 bass, 20-9, $3,121

               2nd:         Darren Jeter, Marshall, N.C., 10 bass, 20-5, $1,660

               3rd:          Jimmi Leuthner, Tamassee, S.C., 10 bass, 19-8, $1,092

               4th:          Donnie Davis, Greer, S.C., 10 bass, 19-6, $728

               5th:          Brandon Brock, Honea Path, S.C., 10 bass, 19-6, $624

               6th:          Michael Miller, Greenville, S.C., 10 bass, 18-10, $572

               7th:          Keith Lewis, Franklin, N.C., eight bass, 18-9, $955

               8th:          Tim Watson, Martin, Ga., eight bass, 17-6, $468

               9th:          Kevin Landreth, Seneca, S.C., nine bass, 17-6, $416

               10th:        Mark Denney, Bonaire, Ga., 10 bass, 17-6, $364

Lewis caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a fish weighing 4 pounds, 8 ounces – and earned the Co-angler Big Bass award of $435.

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