Saturday started out at 66 degrees and was at 90 degrees by the 3 pm weigh-in. Partly Cloudy skies with the wind out of the SW at 5 to 10 mph. Lake Murray is close to a normal full stage at 358 feet with surface temp in the 70s. Sunday started out humid with little wind and 68 degrees. Wind picked up later in the day and was out of the SW at 10 to 15 mph. The forecast of scattered thunderstorms came as we started the 3 pm weight-in.
There were 18 anglers fishing this Division 96 2-Day Championship Tournament out of Dreher Island State Park near Prosperity, SC.
First place, George Berry of Saluda, SC had 10 fish for the 2 days weighing 26.82 pounds. George fished the lower part of the lake each morning fishing topwater baits and then went up the river to finish his limit flipping a worm on docks and wood. George took home $1095 for first place and first place option on day one.
Mark Richardson of Irmo, SC was second with 10 fish for the 2 days weighing 26.54 pounds which included a 5.69 pound kicker on day one. He caught all his fish with a shakey head worm on the lower part of the lake. Mark won $641 for second place and second place option on day one..
Phillip Anderson of Saluda, SC was third with 10 fish for the 2 days weighing 25.54 pounds. Phillip caught his fish flipping docks with a jig on the middle part of the lake. He took home $188 for third place.
Phillip Anderson came into this 2-day in fifth place in the points race for Division 96 Angler of the Year. His third place finish was enough to win the title with total of 1169 points.
Josh Peake of West Columbia, SC took the ALX Rod Big Bass of the tournament on day one with a 6.19 pounds largemouth. The fish was caught on a topwater bait in the mid lake area. Gary McGlohorn of Batesburg, SC caught the ALX Rod Big Bass of day two on a topwater bait on the lower lake area weighing 5.25 pounds. Each won $90 for big fish.
Also Gary McGlohorn won the first place option for day two at $95 and Roger Farr of Lexington won the second place option on day two at $65.
The next D-96 tournament is The Bring A Youth Tournament on June 24, 2017 on Lake Greenwood out of Greenwood State Park near Ninety Six, SC. The 2018 season for D-96 begins on July 9, 2017 on Lake Russell out of the Hwy 72 Ramp.
|Angler||# Fish||Big Bass||Penalty||D-1 Wt.||D-2 Wt.||Total Wt.||Points||Payout||Option $|
|4||Gary McGlohorn||9||D-2 5.25||11.93||12.76||24.69||390||$185||$95|
|7||Josh Peake||8||D-1 6.19||13.15||5.78||18.93||384||$90|
Group photo from left to right: 1st place George Berry of Saluda, SC / 2nd place Mark Richardson of Irmo, SC / 3rd place Phillip Anderson of Saluda, SC / 4th place and Day 2 Big Fish Winner Gary McGlohorn of Batesburg, SC / 5th place Roger Farr of Lexington, SC. / Day 1 and Tournament ALX Rod Big Fish Winner Josh Peake of West Columbia, SC.
Winner George Berry of Saluda, SC 10 fish 26.82 pounds.
D-96 2017 Angler of the Year Phillip Anderson of Saluda, SC. Phillip finished in third place with 10 fish 25.54 pounds.
Second place Mark Richardson of Irmo, SC 10 fish 26.54 pounds.
Fourth place Gary McGlohorn of Batesburg, SC 9 fish 24.69 pounds. Gary took ALX Rod Big Bass on day two with this 5.25 pound largemouth.
Fifth place Roger Farr of Lexington, SC 9 fish 23.25 pounds. This was his 5.82 pound kicker on day one.
Josh Peake of West Columbia, SC finished in seventh place. Josh took tournament ALX Rod Big Bass with this 6.19 pound largemouth on day one.
Evan Weaver of Lexington, SC won the 2017 Season D-96 ALX Rod Big Bass with a 7.96 pound largemouth caught February 26, 2017 on Lake Murray. Evan wins the ALX IKOS Series Rod of his choice.