Rampey Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake LanierRampey Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Lanier Jayme Rampey won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Regional tournament on Lake Lanier
GAINESVILLE, Ga. (Oct. 23, 2017) – Boater Jayme Rampey of Liberty, South Carolina, caught a three-day cumulative total of 15 bass weighing 41 pounds, 13 ounces, to win the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Regional tournament on Lake Lanier. Rampey pocketed $65,200 for his win, including a new Ranger Z518C boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and automatic entry into the 2018 BFL All-American Championship.
Rampey said he focused on shallow docks to catch his fish throughout the weekend. He started each day by fishing near the Laurel Park launch site before heading to the Buford Dam, and said most of his bites came in 2 to 3 feet of water.
“I fished 150 to 200 docks each day,” said Rampey, who notched his seventh career win in BFL competition. “I went to several of them on multiple days, and I never caught fish on the same place more than once. I think they’re really finicky right now and once they see something, they have a really good memory.”
Rampey said he tempted his dock fish with a one-two punch: a white swimbait on a 1/2-ounce Buckeye Lures J-Will jighead and a green-pumpkin-colored stickbait on a 1/16-ounce Buckeye Lures Flick-It head. He alternated between the two until the bass showed their preference.
“On Friday the fish preferred the swimbait, and Saturday I caught my big one on the swimbait and had to grind it out with the Flick-It,” Rampey said. “If they were biting the swimbait, I’d keep on throwing it.”
Rampey said that each day delivered a good morning bite, followed by a lull and then a midday rally from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“You only had a few hours to catch them, and then they were really moody,” said Rampey. “They would follow the bait out and you’d see them, but they wouldn’t bite.”
The top six boaters that qualified for the 2018 BFL All-American were:
1st: Jayme Rampey, Liberty, S.C., 15 bass, 41-13, $65,200
2nd: Jeremy Strong, Elberton, Ga., 15 bass, 37-0, $11,000
3rd: Rob Jordan, Flowery Branch, Ga., 15 bass, 36-14, $5,100
4th: Roger Vinson, Flowery Branch, Ga., 15 bass, 36-7, $3,000
5th: David Nichol, Gainesville, Ga., 15 bass, 34-3, $2,000
6th: Heath Pack, Ellijay, Ga., 15 bass, 33-10, $1,800
Rounding out the top-10 boaters were:
7th: Greg Glouse, Liberty, S.C., 15 bass, 33-1, $1,600
8th: Steve Foster, Jasper, Ga., 14 bass, 32-9, $1,400
9th: Derek Lehtonen, Woodruff, S.C., 15 bass, 32-3, $1,200
10th: Matthew Mollohan, Prosperity, S.C., 13 bass, 29-6, $1,000
Harold Grizzle of Gainesville, Georgia, won the Co-angler Division and a new Ranger Z518C boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard with a three-day cumulative catch of 12 bass weighing 25 pounds, 12 ounces.
The top six Co-anglers that qualified for the 2018 BFL All-American were:
1st: Harold Grizzle, Gainesville, Ga., 12 bass, 25-12, $45,100
2nd: Eric Cerny, Alpharetta, Ga., 13 bass, 24-7, $5,000
3rd: Stephen Main, Chester, Va., 12 bass, 22-11, $2,500
4th: Brandon Brock, Honea Path, S.C., 11 bass, 22-2, $1,550
5th: Jeremy Bouldin, Kings Mountain, N.C., 11 bass, 21-13, $1,000
6th: Michael Miller, Greenville, S.C., 11 bass, 21-3, $900
Rounding out the top-10 co-anglers were:
7th: Chester Tucker, Seneca, S.C., 10 bass, 19-4, $800
8th: Jay Trudel, Boca Raton, Fla., 10 bass, 18-1, $700
9th: Cody Coker, Comer, Ga., nine bass, 16-13, $600
10th: Derek Petruzelli, Saint Cloud, Fla., eight bass, 15-2, $500
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