Costas Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Santee Cooper Lakes

Costas Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Santee Cooper Lakes Lex Costas won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) South Carolina Division tournament on Santee Cooper Lakes.

SUMMERTON, S.C. (March 11, 2019) – Boater Lex Costas of Daniel Island, South Carolina, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 30 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the Bass Fishing League (BFL) South Carolina Division tournament on Santee Cooper Lakes. For his catch, Costas earned $2,993.


“I started out on the lower end of Lake Marion in the Crappie Neck area using a ½-ounce white jig,” said Costas, who earned his second career win on Santee Cooper Lakes in BFL competition. “I was fishing underwater points in 10 to 14 feet of water and caught four fish from my first two stops.”


After he caught four, Costas said he moved on to Lake Moultrie to fish Angel’s Creek, and used a Texas-rigged, green-pumpkin-colored Zoom Z Craw to catch another seven keepers.


“I culled three times throwing at stumps and brush in 6 to 8 of water,” said Costas. “I worked both sides of the creek and probably fished 20 places.”


Costas weighed three fish from the Z Craw, and two from the jig – all largemouth.


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Lex Costas, Daniel Island, S.C., five bass, 30-12, $2,993

               2nd:         Steve Thornhill, Pineville, S.C., four bass, 25-10, $1,807

               3rd:          Ken Ellis, Bowman, S.C., five bass, 22-14, $931

               4th:          Casey Warren, Galivants Ferry, S.C., five bass, 22-12, $652

               5th:          Brandt Tumberg, Moore, S.C., four bass, 21-4, $559

               6th:          Chuck Howard, Elloree, S.C., five bass, 19-13, $1,062

               7th:          Robert Clarke III, Pineville, S.C., five bass, 19-8, $616

               8th:          Kyle Austin, Ridgeville, S.C., five bass, 17-9, $419

               9th:          Ron Brown, Cross, S.C., five bass, 16-15, $372

               10th:        Wade Grooms, Bonneau, S.C., five bass, 16-12, $326 

Thornhill caught a 7-pound, 15-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $310. Steve Crowley of Inverness, Florida, won the Co-angler Division and $1,397 Saturday after catching three bass weighing 13 pounds, 8 ounces.


The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Steve Crowley, Inverness, Fla., three bass, 13-8, $1,397

               2nd:         Ronald Bryant, Batesburg, S.C., two bass, 12-11, $698

               3rd:          Josh Goedel, Boiling Springs, S.C., two bass, 11-8, $465

               4th:          Casey Griffith, Guyton, Ga., one bass, 10-2, $481

               5th:          Bobby McDonald, Easley, S.C., two bass, 6-9, $479

               6th:          Ronald Harris, Jefferson, Ga., one bass, 6-7, $306

               7th:          Kate Hough, Gilbert, S.C., two bass, 6-5, $383

               8th:          Mike Sather, Beech Island, S.C., one bass, 6-4, $210

               9th:          Matthew Dangerfield, Summerville, S.C., two bass, 5-7, $186

               10th:        Darvin Cannon, Columbia, S.C., one bass, 5-5, $163

Griffith caught the biggest bass  in the Co-angler Division, a big largemouth weighing in at 10 pounds, 2 ounces. The fish earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $155.

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