Beavers Wins FLW Tournament on Santee Cooper Lakes

Beavers Wins FLW Tournament on Santee Cooper Lakes Beavers Wins Costa FLW Series Tournament on Santee Cooper Lakes

SUMMERTON, S.C. (April 27, 2019) – Pro Bradford Beavers of Summerville, South Carolina, caught a five-bass limit weighing 23 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the weather-shortened FLW Series tournament on Santee Cooper Lakes. The tournament was shortened from three days to two after competition was cancelled Friday due to high winds. Bradford’s two-day total of 10 bass weighing 54 pounds, 9 ounces, was enough to earn him the victory at the Southeastern Division finale and $86,700, including a new Ranger Z518L boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.


“To win on my home lake is quite an accomplishment,” said Beavers, who won the FLW Series Championship on Kentucky Lake in 2017. “I know how good the anglers are here, and it’s a little redemption for the 2014 [FLW Series] event here. I started that final day in second place, but zeroed and ended up finishing ninth. That’s been on my mind for years, so this is great.”


Beavers said he started out fishing on Lake Moultrie each day, targeting shallow cypress trees.


“I started at the best cypress trees I knew of, where the bass were either spawning or coming off the bank,” said Beavers. “I had four areas of trees that I fished there.”


Beavers said that he headed to Lake Marion around 1 p.m. each day, running pretty much ran the same pattern in two general areas, but with one small adjustment.


“I fished even shallower trees on Lake Marion because I felt more [bass] were truly spawning on the upper lake versus Lake Moultrie, so I’d hit trees more in the pocket rather than out in the open,” said Beavers.


The South Carolina pro said he caught seven keepers Thursday and added another nine today. He weighed nearly every fish from a wacky- or Texas-rigged, 5-inch green-pumpkin Yamamoto Senko. One keeper each day came on an Eye Strike Texas Eye jighead with a 3.3-inch shad-colored Keitech swimbait.


“The Eye Strike is like a wobble head with an eye protruding from it. I’d throw it the first 30 minutes because I felt there was a shad spawn going on.”


The top 10 pros on Santee Cooper Lakes finished:

               1st:          Bradford Beavers, Summerville, S.C., 10 bass, 54-9, $86,700

               2nd:         Lex Costas, Daniel Island, S.C., 10 bass, 50-1, $15,600

               3rd:          Mike Watson, Sumter, S.C., 10 bass, 48-6, $12,300

               4th:          Joey Sabbagha, Prosperity, S.C., 10 bass, 46-2, $10,000

               5th:          Kyle Welcher, Cleveland, Tenn., 10 bass, 44-0, $10,500

               6th:          Todd Smith, Bonneau, S.C., 10 bass, 43-12, $8,000

               7th:          William Fletcher, Dallas, Ga., 10 bass, 42-4, $7,000

               8th:          Brent Riley, Cross, S.C., 10 bass, 40-13, $6,000

               9th:          Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., 10 bass, 40-7, $5,000

               10th:        Mark Hutson, Moncks Corner, S.C., 10 bass, 40-3, $4,000

Watson weighed a 9-pound bass Saturday – the heaviest of the tournament in the Pro Division and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $300. Rodney Tapp of North Augusta, South Carolina, won the Co-angler Division with a two-day total catch of 10 bass weighing 32 pounds, 10 ounces. For his win, Tapp took home a prize package including a Ranger Z175 with a 115-horsepower outboard motor.


The top 10 co-anglers on Santee Cooper Lakes finished:             

               1st:          Rodney Tapp, North Augusta, S.C., 10 bass, 32-10, $27,300

               2nd:         Daniel Taylor, Elizabethton, Tenn., seven bass, 21-8, $5,000

               3rd:          Oakley Connor, Travelers Rest, S.C., four bass, 20-8, $4,000

               4th:          Bart Beasley, Mount Pleasant, S.C., seven bass, 19-13, $3,550

               5th:          Adam Haithcock, Butner, N.C., six bass, 19-1, $3,000

               6th:          Kevin Gordon, Aiken, S.C., eight bass, 18-10, $2,500

               7th:          Thomas Clark, Wildwood, Fla., seven bass, 18-9, $2,000

               8th:          Spencer Sato, Warner Robins, Ga., six bass, 18-8, $1,750

               9th:          David Williams, Fredericksburg, Va., six bass, 18-7, $1,750

               10th:        Mitch Avant, Pawleys Island, S.C., six bass, 18-7, $1,250

Jamie Booth of Erin, Tennessee, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the Co-angler Division Friday, a fish weighing 7 pounds, 7 ounces. Booth earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $200 for his catch.

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