Giella Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Murray

Giella Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Murray Kyle Giella wins the Bass Fishing League South Carolina Division tournament on Lake Murray.

PROSPERITY, S.C. (Feb. 16, 2015) – Kyle Giella of Columbia, South Carolina, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 25 pounds, 8 ounces Saturday to win the first Bass Fishing League South Carolina Division tournament of 2015 on Lake Murray. For his victory, King earned $5,514.


“It’s a great feeling to win a tournament like this,” said Giella, who earned his first victory in FLW competition. “I had a lot of fun fishing out there.”


Giella spent his day on the south end of the lake fishing shallow docks and throwing up to the crayfish-filled banks. Using a Crawdad-colored Rapala Shad Rap, Giella boated his first two keepers around 9 a.m.


“The fish will pull up underneath those floating docks this time of year when it’s warm,” said Giella. “I don’t think I caught anything in more than six or seven feet of water.”


After exploring other spots in the same area, Giella returned to the docks. He switched his bait to an umbrella rig rigged with watermelon pearl-colored Berkeley Havoc Subwoofers. The tactic proved successful as Giella netted three more bass before noon to seal the deal.


“This is the biggest five-bass limit I’ve ever weighed,” Giella said.


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:


1st:           Kyle Giella, Columbia, S.C., five bass, 25-8, $3,514 + $2,000 Ranger Cup bonus

2nd:          Ross Burns, Columbia, S.C., five bass, 24-10, $1,757

3rd:          Christopher Sample, Lexington, S.C., five bass, 23-1, $1,172

4th:           Brock Taylor, Pendleton, S.C., five bass, 21-12, $820

5th:           Scott Guyot, Wagram, N.C., five bass, 20-10, $703

6th:           Maurice Freeze, Concord, N.C., five bass, 19-10, $644

7th:           Kameron Harbin, Abbeville, S.C., five bass, 18-0, $586

8th:           Chris Marshall, Forest City, N.C., five bass, 17-15, $527

9th:           Chris Epting, Chapin, S.C., five bass, 17-4, $469

10th:        Cole Huskins, Mount Holly, N.C., four bass, 16-3, $410


Roy Beneteau of Swainsboro, Georgia, weighed in a five-bass limit totaling 13 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday to win $1,757 in the co-angler division. The top 10 co-anglers were:


1st:           Roy Beneteau, Swainsboro, Ga., five bass, 13-11, $1,757

2nd:          Clint Jackson, Seneca, S.C., five bass, 12-5, $879

3rd:          Mark Osborne, Union, S.C., three bass, 9-10, $585

4th:           Adam Beckum, Martinez, Ga., three bass, 7-15, $410

5th:           Donnie Stouffer, Rock Hill, S.C., one bass, 7-13, $351

6th:           Christopher Cook, Fort Mill, S.C., one bass, 6-9, $322

7th:           Carluss King, Galivants Ferry, S.C., two bass, 6-6, $293

8th:           Dwayne Condrey, Denton, N.C., three bass, 6-1, $264

9th:           Mark Wingate, Gaston, S.C., three bass, 5-13, $234

10th:        Darvin Cannon, Columbia, S.C., two bass, 5-8, $205


The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 8-10 Regional Championship on Lake Sinclair in Milledgeville, Georgia. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.

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