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Hunt fishes his way to victory in FLW tourney on Wateree

Posted: June 8, 2016 4:20 p.m.
Updated: June 10, 2016 1:00 a.m.
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CAMDEN’S DAVID HUNT WON the FLW Bass Fishing League's co-angler competition from last Saturday’s tournament on Lake Wateree.

Chuck Howard of Elloree weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 11 ounces, Saturday to win the fourth FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) South Carolina Division tournament of 2016 on Lake Wateree. For his victory, Howard took home $5,718.

Camden’s David Hunt weighed in five bass totaling 17 pounds, 11 ounces to win the co-angler division and earn $1,709.

Howard said he started out his day running a swimjig through mid-lake grass. He said he fished a long stretch, dialing in on specific spots he knew fish were congregating.

“I swam a black and blue-colored Dirty Jigs Swim Jig through the grass and caught a limit before 9 a.m.,” said Howard, who earned his second win in BFL competition. “After the sun came up and the air got hot, I started pitching a worm around docks.”

The South Carolina angler said he hit more than 50 docks using a Junebug-colored Zoom Trick Worm.

“I probably brought in 10 keepers over the course of the day,” said Howard. “They all came in less than 3 feet of water. I ended up weighing in three on the Trick Worm and two on the swimjig.”

Steve Phillips of Lugoff finished in fourth place with five bass weighing 16 pound, five ounces which earned him $798. Brett Collins of Ridgeway took eighth place and pocketed $513 after his five bass checked in at 14 pounds, four ounces.

In the co-angler division, Camden’s Jonathan Stokes came in sixth place with his four bass weighing 10 pounds, four ounces which brought $313 to him for his day on the lake.

Joey Sabbagha of Prosperity caught a five-pound, 13-ounce bass --- the biggest of the tournament in the pro division ---  and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $420.

Ronald Harrell of Mitchell, Ga., caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing five pounds, three ounces and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $210.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 13-15 Regional Championship on Lake Seminole in Bainbridge, Georgia. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.

The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 50 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.

For updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the BFL on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.

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