Beavers Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Santee Cooper

Beavers Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Santee Cooper Bradford Beavers won the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) South Carolina Division tournament on Santee Cooper
 

SUMMERTON, S.C. (March 20, 2017) – Bradford Beavers of Ridgeville, South Carolina, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 25 pounds, 13 ounces, Saturday to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) South Carolina Division tournament on Santee Cooper. Beavers took home $3,514 for his victory.

 

Beavers said he started his day working through trees, in 3 to 5 feet of water, on the upper end of the lake.

 

“I used a ½-ounce Chris-Mas-colored Katch-Her Lures Jig and caught a couple of keepers,” said Beavers, who notched his first career-win in BFL competition. “It was really windy, so I stayed in protected areas. The wind really dictated where I was able to fish.

 

“After a couple of hours, I ran down to the lower end and fished flats with stumps in similar depths,” continued Beavers. “I caught three with a Chartreuse-Sexy-Shad-colored Strike King KVD HC Square Bill Silent Crankbait.”

 

Around noon, Beavers said he returned to the trees and used the jig to round out his limit.

 

“If it weren’t for the wind, I would’ve fished in completely different areas,” said Beavers. “Normally, you hate bad conditions, but sometimes they work in your favor.”

 

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Bradford Beavers, Ridgeville, S.C., five bass, 25-13, $3,514

               2nd:         Jerry Pelfrey, Laurens, S.C., five bass, 25-6, $1,957

               3rd:          Ken Ellis, Bowman, S.C., five bass, 22-5, $1,172

               4th:          Daniel Howell, Prosperity, S.C., five bass, 21-2, $820

               5th:          Mark Hutson, Moncks Corner, S.C., five bass, 19-4, $673

               5th:          Timmy Thompkins, Myrtle Beach, S.C., five bass, 19-4, $973

               7th:          Chris Marshall, Forest City, N.C., five bass, 18-7, $686

               8th:          Matthew Mollohan, Prosperity, S.C., four bass, 17-8, $527

               9th:          Sandy Oliver, Hartsville, S.C., five bass, 17-2, $469

               10th:        Michael Maxfield, Hanahan, S.C., five bass, 15-7, $410

 

Greg Rikard of Leesville, South Carolina, caught a bass weighing 9 pounds, 8 ounces – the largest of the event – which earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $450. Charles Dickens of Appling, Georgia, weighed in four bass totaling 15 pounds, 14 ounces Saturday to win the Co-angler Division and $1,757.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Charles Dickens, Appling, Ga., four bass, 15-14, $1,757

               2nd:         Wesley Mullins, Bloomingdale, Ga., three bass, 12-8, $879

               3rd:          Calvin Sharp, Round O, S.C., five bass, 10-12, $585

               4th:          Paul Foley, Mooresville, N.C., two bass, 9-7, $610

               5th:          David Hutcherson, Campobello, S.C., two bass, 9-1, $351

               6th:          Terry Coleman, Sumter, S.C., three bass, 8-14, $372

               7th:          Audie Brantley, North Augusta, S.C., three bass, 8-13, $293

               8th:          Jeremy Bouldin, Kings Mountain, N.C., two bass, 8-6, $264

               9th:          Russ Scalf, Summerville, S.C., two bass, 8-4, $234

               10th:        Jeff Rikard, Leesville, S.C., three bass, 8-3, $205

 

Bobby Littlejohn of Spartanburg, South Carolina, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing 7 pounds, 8 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $225.

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