Rampey Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake HartwellRampey 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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