The Bass Federation of SC. held its first tournament of the 2010 season on Lake Murray on Feb. 27th. out of Dreher Island state park. TBF tournaments are partner draw tournaments for the weekend angler with a boater and co/angler division. The weather cooperated nicely with lots of sun, light winds and temperature in the mid 50s. The cool nights and high winds we have been experiencing have kept water temperatures down in the 40s. This made it difficult for anyone to put together a five bass limit. There was however some impressive bass brought to the scales.
Taking first place honors in the boater division was Darrell Shull with three bass weighing10.38lbs. Second place was Herman Vining with three bass at 10.21 lbs. and third with a catch of two quality bass was Robert Rikard weighing in at 8.27lbs. Roberts largest fish was 5.86lbs.
On the co/angler side first place went to Kenny Grimes. He managed to bring in two bass, his largest was 6.05lb. lunker good enough to take big fish honors also for co/anglers. Second was Randy Allen also with two fish at 7.89lbs. Third place went to Bryan Beaudrot again with two bass, his largest at 5.79lbs.
The big fish of the tournament honors went to Craig Fredrychowski with his 7.04 largemouth. Because Lake Murray is large it offers many different patterns of bass fishing. On this day the dominant pattern seemed to be pre-spawn bass moving up to staging areas adjacent to spawning coves. Crankbaits were the lure choice here. Some anglers did achieve success with other methods reported such as jigging spoons in deeper, clearer water. As well as spinner baits in shallow muddy water in uplake areas. Although fishing is generally still slow, as the water warms up more of these quality bass will start to appear.
TBF is open to all age 16 and over. Our next tournament will be at Santee Cooper out of Blacks Camp on March 27th. TBF offers a great experience for all who enjoy bass fishing as well as the opportunity to advance to the next level through our points system and 6 man team format. We also offer a youth program and conservation efforts in cooperation with DNR. For more information on joining, please visit our web site www.tbfofsc.com . We would be happy to have you join us.