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Pope Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Murray

Pope Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Murray Roger Pope of Statesville, N.C., won the Bass Fishing League South Carolina Division bass fishing tournament on Lake Murray
 

PROSPERITY, S.C. (March 12, 2007) - Boater Roger Pope of Statesville, N.C., won the Bass Fishing League South Carolina Division bass fishing tournament on Lake Murray Saturday with a five-bass catch weighing 22 pounds, 7 ounces. The victory earned Pope $4,691 plus an $827 Ranger bonus and placed him one step closer to qualifying for the Clarks Hill Lake Regional Championship in Appling, Ga., Oct. 11-13, where he could ultimately win a new 519VX Ranger boat and a Chevy truck. Pope caught his limit fishing pockets with as and crankbaits.
   Rounding out the top five boaters are Neil Huffstetler of Pomaria, S.C., (five bass, 20-13, $2,760); Richard Bystrzycki of Moncks Corner, S.C., (five bass, 20-0, $1,837); Greg Atkinson of Ridgeway, S.C., (five bass, 19-0, $1,288) and Shannon Jordan of Wagener, S.C., (five bass, 18-10, $1,104).
   Rock Monteith of Columbia, S.C., took home the Boater Division Big Bass award, earning $885 for a 7-pound, 1-ounce bass.
   Lorenzo Portee of Ridgeway, S.C., earned $2,728 as the co-angler winner Saturday thanks to five bass weighing 17 pounds, 9 ounces that he caught while fishing a spinnerbait around rocks and on points.
   Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Bo Price of Seneca, S.C., (five bass, 16-4, $1,364); James Freeman of Gastonia, N.C., (five bass, 13-2, $911); Jeff Rikard of Leesville, S.C., (five bass, 13-0, $591) and Jeff Penland of Leicester, N.C., (three bass, 13-0, $591).
   Penland earned $437 as the co-angler Big Bass winner after catching a 6-pound, 5-ounce bass.
   The South Carolina Division's next event will be May 12 on Santee Cooper Lakes in Summerton, S.C., followed by a tournament June 9 on Lake Wateree in Camden, S.C. The final event of the regular season will be a two-day Super Tournament held Sept. 22-23 on Lake Wylie in Lake Wylie, S.C.

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