Group photo from left to right: 1st place Joey Miller of Waterloo, SC / 2nd place Eric Edmondson of Gray Court, SC / 3rd place Kevin Bragg of Laurens, SC / 4th place and Big Fish Winner Andy Lake of Batesburg, SC / 5th place Rodney Cromer of Pomaria, SC. / 6th place Jason Moyer of Troy, SC.
Tournament winner, Joey Miller of Waterloo, SC with cash and 1st place trophy.
The day started out at 71 degrees and was at 91 degrees by the 3 pm weigh-in. Partly Cloudy skies with the wind out of the SW at 10 to 15 mph. Lake Russell is at 1 ½ feet below full pool with surface temp in the 80s.
There were 21 anglers fishing this Division 96 1-day qualifier tournament out of the Hwy 72 Ramp near Calhoun Falls, SC.
First place, Joey Miller of Waterloo, SC had 50 fish weighing 9.20 pounds. Joey fished the lower part of the lake and caught his fish on a drop shot rig. Joey took home $649 for first place and first place option.
Eric Edmondson of Gray Court, SC was second with 5 fish weighing 9.09 pounds. He caught all his fish deep cranking on the mid lake area. Eric won $387 for second place and second place option on day one.
Third place was Kevin Bragg of Laurens, SC with 5 fish weighing 8.16 pounds. Kevin took home $101 for third place.
In fourth place was Andy Lake of Batesburg, SC with 2 fish weighing 6.37 pounds. Andy also took the ALX Rod Big Fish with a 3.86 pound largemouth caught on a Strike King 6XD crankbait in about 15 feet of water on the middle part of the lake. He won $177 for fourth place and big fish.
Fishing was tough as indicated by the weights. The lake had dropped that 1 ½ feet since Friday and may be the reason of the low numbers caught. Most productive lures for this one were crankbaits, drop shot rigs, shakey heads and spoons.
|Angler||# Fish||Big Bass||Penalty||Total Wt.||Points||Payout|
|5||Rodney Cromer||5||6.3||196||Level Hat|
|6||Jason Moyer||4||1||6.13||195||ALX Hat|