The day started out at 52 degrees with a light WNW wind. At the 3pm weigh-in it was 70 degrees with a light NW wind. Great weather but the fishing was slow for this one.
There were 42 anglers fishing this Division 96 1-day qualifier tournament out of Dorn Facility near McCormick, SC.
First place, Jerry Kotal had 5 fish weighing 14.54 pounds that was anchored with a 4.27 pound kicker fish. Jerry caught all his fish on spinner baits on the middle and upper parts of the lake. The combined payback for first place and first place option pot earned Jerry $1030 with the first place trophy. Jerry also qualified for the Triton Gold Money.
Bobby Stanfill was second with 5 fish weighing 13.68 pounds. He caught his fish on a jig in water 15 to 20 feet deep on the lower part of the lake. Bobby took home the second place trophy and $664 for second place, second place option pot.
Roy Stuart took third place with 5 fish weighing 11.59 pounds. He was fishing the lower part of the lake and caught all his fish on plastic lizards. Roy won third place trophy and $238.
Fourth place was George Berry with 5 fish weighing 10.84 pounds. George won a $187 for his fourth place finish.
Fifth place was Tracy Watkins with 5 fish weighing 10.75. Tracy won $151 for fifth place.
Phillip Anderson finished sixth with 5 fish weighing 9.56 pounds. Phillip took home $115 for sixth place.
Rodney Chastain finished seventh with 5 fish weighing 9.10 pounds. Rodney won $72 for seventh place.
Phil Morris had the ALX Rod Big Fish of the tournament weighing 5.83 pounds. Phil took home $210 for big fish.
Group photo from left to right: 1st place Jerry Kotal of Elberton, Ga. / 2nd place Bobby Stanfill of Greenwood, SC / 3rd place Roy Stuart of Anderson, SC / 4th place George Berry of Saluda, SC / 5th place Tracy Watkins of Williamston, SC. / 6th place Phillip Anderson of Saluda, SC / 7th place Rodney Chastain of Fountain Inn, SC / 8th place Dalton Dowdy of Chapin, SC / ALX Rod Big Fish Winner Phil Morris of Saluda, SC.
Jerry Kotal of Elberton, Ga. standing by his Triton/Mercury rig with his 1st place trophy.
Phil Morris of Saluda, SC with the ALX Rod Tournament Big Fish at 5.83 pounds.
|Angler||# Fish||Big Bass||Penalty||Total Wt.||Points||Payout|
|8||Dalton Dowdy||5||8.86||193||Wolfstone Tung|
|9||Phil Morris||2||5.83||8.63||192||$210 ALX Hat|
|10||Gary Kirkbride||5||8.6||191||Level Hat|
|13||Tim Eplee Jr.||4||6.8||188||$0|
|16||Tim Eplee Sr.||4||6.36||185||$0|