Three former student athlete members of Greenbrier High’s youth fishing team who signed bass fishing scholarships to Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Ga., helped lead the unbeaten Lions to their third straight bass tournament victory last Saturday on Lake Keowee.
The Lions roared over teams from Clemson, Lander, Erskine and USC Union.
Greenbrier’s Jake Blumling joined teammate Nathanael Wright in posting the winning five-bass limit weighing 13.76 pounds. Greenbrier’s Cy Casey and teammate Daelyn Whaley finished fifth overall with five fish and 11.95 pounds. Emmanuel’s Matthew Benson and Garrett Ankerich rounded out the top 10 with a limit weighing 9.93 pounds. Ex-Wolfpack angler Caleb Hudson and Marshall Williams placed 12th overall.
“I’m extremely proud of the success the team has had,” said Coach Pam Martin-Wells. “I have high expectations for the coming spring season. This team is dedicated and passionate about fishing.”
The Lions other Palmetto Boating Center Collegiate Trail victories came on Sept. 19 at Thurmond Lake and Oct. 17 on Lake Lanier. They will compete today and Saturday in a Fishing League Worldwide tournament n Lake Hartwell and close out the year on Lake Greenwood with a two-day PBC tournament on Dec. 11-12.
• Congratulations to Woody and Tripp Parks of Lincolnton, Ga., winners of the 13th annual Tommy Shaw Memorial Open Team Bass Tournament on Lake Thurmond last Saturday. They weighed in five bass weighing 17.83 pounds, earning a $4,000 check. Parks said his 13-year-old son caught one of the five bass weighed in. Eighty-one teams competed.
Capt. Eddie Mason, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed, full-time professional fishing guide specializing in hybrids and striped bass. www.masonsguideservice.com 1 (803) 637-5395. Cell phone: (706) 829-0428. – The lake level is just a fraction off full pool of 330 feet, surface temperatures are in the mid 70s and the lake is clear. We’ve been fishing in the creeks quite a bit, using our trolling motor to ease around and fishing live herring 5 to 10 feet deep. I am fishing down lines and free lines. After being stuck at home because of rain, Tim George joined me on a scouting trip and we limited out (20 fish). Last Saturday, I took out James Lafontaine from Lexington, S.C., and Cody Bailey and Brandon Polson, both from Hartsville, S.C. We made a nice catch, but short of a limit. Last Sunday, Eric and Angelia Lott celebrated their anniversary. Lott is employed at Plant Vogtle and his wife came up from Pulaski, Miss. They caught limits of stripers and hybrids
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Capt. Ralph Goodison Jr., Fripp Island, 1 (843) 986-4070 – The bite is on from spotted sea trout, a.k.a. winter trout, while the red fish bite has slowed. Few fishermen have been far offshore because or rough water. Near-shore waters are producing black sea bass, triggerfish and grunts, while fishing is over for the year for Spanish mackerel and bluefish.
Miss Judy Charters, Capt. Judy Helmey, 1 (912 897-4921. www.missjudycharters.com 124 Palmetto Drive, Savannah, GA 31410. – While live shrimp and other natural baits are working, I suggest switching to artificial shrimp-look alike plastic baits and you’ll catch as many spotted sea trout. Fishermen are still catching their own live shrimp using cast nets. Our artificial reefs are home to large and small king mackerel. I have been trolling Drone Spoons tied to 30-foot leaders pulled behind planers. Bottom fishing in the sounds have produced grouper, red snapper, vermillion, cobia (season is closed so it’s catch and release) and other fish. We’re using cut squid and cigar minnows for bottom fish bait.