McClellon Dominates on Clarks Hill
Daryl McClellon of Cornelia, Georgia won the American Bass Anglers Ram Truck Open Series South Carolina division tournament, held July 30th on the Clarks Hill.
Running out of the Dorn Sport Fishing Facility near McCormick, South Carolina, Daryl caught five bass weighing 19.39 pounds with a 5.53 -pound kicker. “I picked up my flipping stick and my redbug worm and went from creek to creek flipping stumps, rocks, anything that was in the back of these creeks that would provide some shade. I caught the big one between 7:30am - 7:45am and between my co-angler and I, we caught 32 bass today. The fish didn’t quit biting until around 12:00pm.” McClellon said. For the Boater Division victory, McClellon took home a check for $5,000. McClellon was also the Triton Gold winner, running a 2016 20TRX Elite, and will receive $500 from Triton Boats for the victory. Daryl also caught the Big Bass for the Boaters weighing 5.53 pounds. He collected an additional $420.
In second for the Boaters, Jerry Kotal of Elberton, Georgia landed five bass weighing 15.14 pounds. “I caught my fish early this morning on a fluke on top water and the rest came on a worm. The fish shut down around 12:00pm and I didn’t get another bite the rest of the day.” Kotal said. He collected $1,080 for the effort.
Andy Wicker of Pomaria, South Carolina took third for the Boaters with five bass weighing 13.88 pounds. “I was fishing creeks and I caught my fish flipping jigs or beaver style baits. I lost a few good fish on top water early this morning but my fishing seemed to get better as the day went on.” Wicker said. He earned $720.
Finishing, tied for fourth place, Phillip Anderson of Saluda, South Carolina and Thomas N. Thomas of Lincolnton, Georgia both landed five-bass limits each weighing 13.81 pounds. Each angler collected $468 for their efforts.
In the Co-Angler Division, James Akins of Cumming, Georgia won with three bass weighing 9.72 pounds. He sealed his victory with a 4.25 -pound kicker.
“Well to start off with, God be the glory. He blessed me with Andy (Wicker) and we just went to the back of creeks hitting laydowns, stumps and had a ball.” Akins said. He pocketed a check for $1,170.
Taking second for the Co-Anglers, Dylan Ballard of Canon, Georgia brought in a three-bass division limit weighing 8.15 pounds. “We ran all over the lake from the dam up to here (Dorn Facility) fishing a shakey-head. I lost about a 6 pounder on a frog around 12:00pm. All our fish started turning on later in the day fishing points.” Ballard said. He collected $383.50 for the effort.
Lonnie Drusch of Sumter, South Carolina placed third among the Co-Anglers with three bass weighing 7.44 pounds. “I fished in Soap Creek and my day was over pretty quick, I had three bites before 7:00 am and that was it for the day. I caught my fish on a KVD popper and then it ended. It was a long day after that.” Drusch said. He earned $255.50
In fourth place among the Co-Anglers, Gerald Glouse of Easley, South Carolina brought in two bass weighing 7.40 pounds.
Gerald also caught the Big Bass for the Co-anglers weighing 5.95 pounds. He collected an additional $120.
Tony Hudson of Liberty, South Carolina finished in fifth place with three bass weighing 6.66 pounds.
Slated for August 27th & 28th, the next tournament will be the two-day Area Championship held on Lake Wylie out of Buster Boyd Landing near Lake Wylie, South Carolina. At the end of the season, the best anglers from across the nation advance the 2017 Ray Scott Championship, slated for Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, Tennessee in April of 2017.
For more information on this tournament, call Billy Benedetti, tournament manager, at (256)230-5632 or ABA at (256)232-0406. On line, see www.ramopenseries.com.
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