ANDERSON WINS FLW BFL SOUTH CAROLINA DIVISION OPENER ON LAKE MURRAY

ANDERSON WINS FLW BFL SOUTH CAROLINA DIVISION OPENER ON LAKE MURRAY

ANDERSON WINS FLW BFL SOUTH CAROLINA DIVISION OPENER ON LAKE MURRAY

by February 17, 2016

Hampton Anderson of Anderson, SC weighed a five-bass limit totaling 25 pounds, 3 ounces, on Saturday February 13th, 2016 to win the first FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) South Carolina Division tournament of 2016 on Lake Murray. For his victory, Anderson took home $3,641.

“I worked my way up the (Saluda) river and was primarily hitting brush piles between 15 and 25 feet down,” said Anderson, who tallied the first win of his career in BFL competition. “The bass were setting up well for a jig bite so I knew that would be the deal for me.”

Anderson said he caught his fish on a custom-colored Greenfish Tackle Crawball Living Rubber Football Jig – the only bait he would need all day.

“I targeted around eight different brush piles and ran it really slow to get a bite,” said Anderson. “The water was too muddy to do it any other way.”

Anderson went on to say that he caught 11 keepers over the course of the tournament.

“I had most of my stringer fish by 10 a.m.,” Anderson said. “I culled once more at 2:30 p.m. just before check-in and figured I had enough to win.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Hampton Anderson, Anderson, S.C., five bass, 25-3, $3,641

               2nd:         Shane Lineberger, Lincolnton, N.C., five bass, 24-2, $1,820

               3rd:          Scott Hamrick, Denver, N.C., five bass, 23-0, $1,214

               4th:          Scott Farmer, Columbia, S.C., four bass, 22-11, $1,325

               5th:          Andy Wicker, Pomaria, S.C., five bass, 21-1, $728

               6th:          Wesley Story, Clarks Hill, S.C., five bass, 20-10, $637

               6th:          Jerry Pelfrey, Laurens, S.C., five bass, 20-10, $637

               8th:          Willie McMullen, Oxford, Ga., five bass, 20-4, $546

               9th:          Greg Rikard, Leesville, S.C., five bass, 18-15, $485

               10th:        Chris Marshall, Forest City, N.C., five bass, 18-3, $425

Farmer caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division, a fish weighing 8 pounds, 1 ounce and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $475.

Rodney Tapp of North Augusta, South Carolina, weighed in five bass totaling 18 pounds, 2 ounces Saturday to earn $1,777 and win the co-angler division.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Rodney Tapp, North Augusta, S.C., five bass, 18-2, $1,777

              2nd:         Travis Ruff, Connelly Springs, N.C., four bass, 12-8, $888

               3rd:          Ronald Harrell, Mitchell, Ga., five bass, 12-6, $592

               4th:          Charles Dickens, Appling, Ga., five bass, 11-7, $415

               5th:          Jack Hoy, Hollywood, S.C., two bass, 10-12, $355

               6th:          Jeffrey Borne, Leesville, S.C., three bass, 9-13, $326

               7th:          Donall Stoudemire, Chapin, S.C., four bass, 9-12, $296

               8th:          William Hearn, Mount Holly, N.C., three bass, 9-5, $267

               9th:          Woody Parks, Lincolnton, Ga., three bass, 9-4, $222

               9th:          Michael Maxfield, Hanahan, S.C., two bass, 9-4, $449

Maxfield caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 7 pounds, 7 ounces and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $227.

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