Targeting cypress trees along drains in Lake Marion, Kevin Sanders and Michael Murphy of Gilbert beat out 168 other teams to win the Santee-Cooper leg of the Carolinas Bass Challenge on March 30.

Sanders and Murphy brought a 5-fish limit to the scales at John C. Land III Landing for a total weight of 26.04 pounds, winning $10,000.

"We were focusing on fish that were staging to spawn, and we found them around drains lined with cypress trees," said Sanders.

Sanders said they felt fortunate to get the right bites, because there weren't very many of them throughout the day.

"We caught a few fish early in the morning on Hildebrandt spinnerbaits and Ima square-bill crankbaits," he said. Once the sun came out, the duo switched to soft plastics like Reins Axe Craws with quarter-ounce tungsten weights, which produced a few fish.

"Not much happened in between," Sanders said.

The Sumter team of Kenny Brice and Kenny Fenters finished a close second, with 5 fish weighing 25.68 pounds, but they tied Sanders and Murphy in prize money. They won $5,000, but as the highest finishing Skeeter team, they pocketed another $5,000 in Skeeter Bonus money. Tripp Poplin of Sumter and Kyle Janney of Summerville won $3,500 for third place with five fish that weighed 24.24 pounds, followed by Camden's Jay Keith and Hartsville's Johnny Barfield in 4th with 22.1 pounds and $2400. Jeremiah Jensen of Columbia and Scott Frye of Sumter rounded out the top 5, winning $1900 for their 5-fish bag weighing 20.94.

Other tournaments

Camden Shrine Club Crappie Tournament,  April 6, Lake Wateree

1. Will Hinson (Cassatt)-Joey Hilton (Rock Hill), 11.46, $1000; 2. Nick Babin (Rock Hill)-Michael Berry (Pomaria), 10.53, $700; 3. T. Kirk -D. Kirk, 9.66, $400; 4. D. Frye -L. Frick, 9.61, $200; 5. Darrel Fenton -Benjie Brooster, 9.50, $50.

Fishers of Men National Tournament Trail, April 6, Lake Wateree

1. Kenneth McFarland (Morganton, NC)-Daryl Watson (Matthews, NC), 22.20, $2750; 2. Stanley Bruce (Moncks Corner)-Marty Mixon (Moncks Corner), 19.09, $518; 3. Shannon Jordon (Aiken)-Shawn Jordon (Aiken), 16.76, $442.50; 4. Larry Michael (Sumter)-Jay Johnson (Sumter), 16.35, $172; 5. Jeff Murray (Columbia)-David Welcher (Aiken), 15.32, $100.

Carolina Anglers Team Trail, , April 6, Lake Wateree

1. Kenneth McFarland (Morganton, NC)-Daryl Watson (Matthews, NC), 22.32, $4640; 2. Ron Catoe (Lugoff), 21.69, $1455; 3. Alan Fletcher (Hartsville)-Danny Johnson (Hartsville), 21.69, $1000; 4. David Canupp (Monroe, NC)-D.L. Canupp (Albemarle, NC), 21.30, $500; 5. Mark Healon (Sumter)-Tony Truett (Sumter), 21.06, $300.

York County Relay For Life Fishing For A Cure Tournament, , April 6, Lake Wylie

1. Joey Knight (Columbia)-Jason Bruce (Columbia), 19.62, $525; 2. Mike Stephens (Charlotte), 18.9, $260; 3. Chad Taylor (Columbia)-Brad Gates (Columbia), 18.57, $160; 4. Todd Garner (Clover)-Shane Hartman (York), 18.36, $105.