Mark Hutson and Gary Elsey of Moncks Corner were never seriously challenged in winning last weekend's Santee Open team tournament with an enormous 5-fish limit that weighed 34.8 pounds.

Tournament director Nelson Walker had predicted it would take at least 30 pounds to win the $5,000 first prize, and Hutson and Elsey proved him right, bringing in two 8-poun fish, the biggest weighing 8.73 and earning a $260 bonus as the second-biggest fish in the 91-team field.

 

Hutson said he and Elsey fished both Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie and caught their biggest fish off the bed early in the day. The rest of their fish came on brush piles and around cypress trees; they hit soft-plastic crawdads and Senkos.

 

Marc Deschenes of Summerville and Ray Walsh of Goose Creek finished second with 26.87 lbs, pocketing $2,500. Ronnie McCoy and Kevin Bazen, both of Pamplico, finished third with 26.44 lbs, winning $2,000, followed by the Todd Smith and Cid Fowler of Summerville, who caught 24.77 and won $1,500. Kent Ware of Wadmalaw and Summerville's Greg Boone rounded out the top five with 24.39, winning $1,000.

 

Lonnie Marchant and Jeff Hutto won the big fish award with an 8.99-pound bass.

 

The tournament paid through 20 places, and no team in the top 20 caught less than 20 pounds.

 

OTHER TOURNAMENTS

The Bass Federation of SC, April 20, Clarks Hill

1. Nelson Walker (Lexington), 15.51, $400; 2. Tony Colacurcio (Lexington), 15.48, $300; 3. David Kneece (Lexington), 15.09, $200; 4. Robert Rikard (Lexington), 14.97, $100; 5. Terry Thomas (St. Andrews), 14.91, $40. Big Fish: Tony Colacurcio, 7.29, $100.

 

Fishers of Men Low Country Division, April 20, Santee Cooper

1. Chris Hawkins (Sumter)-Craig McFadden (Sumter), 30.14, $1400; 2. Robert Allen-Leon Allen (Columbia), 27.68, $860; 3. Kent Ware (Wadmalaw)-Greg Boone (Summerville), 20.03, $600; 4. Stanley Bruce (Moncks Corner)-Marty Mixon (Goose Creek), 19, $400. Big Fish: Hawkins-McFadden (Sumter), 10.44, $200.

 

Carolina Anglers Team Trail, April 27, Lake Murray

1. Rhett Manus (Gilbert)-Doug Lown (Lake Murray), 26.1, $946; 2. Beau Dixon (Leesville)-Andy Sease (Gilbert), 16.2, $300; 3. Darryl Starkey (Little Mountain)-Jamie Hyatt (Latta), 15.12, $200; 4. Howard Stephens (Columbia)-Mark McCormick (Columbia); 14.1, $120. Big Fish: Manus-Lown, 7.1, $200.

 

Carolina Anglers Team Trail, April 27, Lake Wylie

1. Jim Davis (Gastonia, NC)-Zach Davis (Charlotte, NC), 18.41, $3540; 2. Thomas Vickers (Lincolnton, NC)-Cole Huskins (Mt. Holly, NC); 17.3, $1000; 3. Thomas Richmond (Rock Hill)-Reggie Pollock (Charlotte, NC), 16.21, $750; 4. Jay Adams (York), 16.08, $500; 5. Kevin Thomas (Charlotte, NC)-Levi Endicott (Matthews, NC), 15.76 $524. Big Fish: Thomas-Endicott, 6.5, $200.

 

ABA Couples Series, April 20, Lake Hartwell1. Ana Terry-Brad Rutherford (Athens, Ga), 15.2, $750; 2. Lesley Childers-Randy Childers (Anderson), 14.10, $500; 3. Susan Mills-John Mills (Leesville), 13.2, $400; 4. Amanda Smith-Vince Smith (Westminster), 12.3, $250; 5. (tie) Julianne Bowman-Kyle Giella (Columbia), 11.59, $200. Big Fish (Male Angler): Randy Childers (Anderson), 4.5, $100; Big Fish (Female Angler): Susan Mills (Leesville), 4, $100.