The Rikard brothers from Leesville have been a major presence in both the angler and co-angler competition on the South Carolina and North Carolina Divisions of the Walmart Bass Fishing League this year.

After the North Carolina Division Super Tournament Sept. 26-27 on Lake Norman, Greg Rikard finished third in the points standings for the season; he was fourth in the points in the South Carolina Division heading into the S.C. Super Tournament on Lake Hartwell the next weekend.

On the co-angler side, Jeff Rikard finished the North Carolina Division series 16th in points, and he was 35th in the standings heading into the S.C. Super Tournament.

Ironically, both Rikards had tournament wins this year - back-to-back on the same lake.

Jeff Rikard won the co-angler side of in a North Carolina Division event on Lake Wylie in late March, taking home $2,193.

Greg Rikard won the angler side of the South Carolina Division tournament a week later. He finished 11th at Lake Norman in September with five bass that weighed 9 pounds, 10 ounces, winning $556. Jeff finished ninth with nine fish that weighed 10 pounds, 14 ounces, and won $351.

"The main thing was that qualified me for the Clarks Hill Regional," said Greg. "I was really concentrating on the North Carolina Division so I could qualify for Clarks Hill. I've made two All Americans, and I made the last one in the Clarks Hill tournament."

Greg Rikard said his goal was to qualify through two different regionals for next year's All American, which will be held on Gray Lake in Arkansas. His goal is to eventually move up to the higher divisions with the goal of making the FLW Tour.

"But I've got to fish my way there instead of just qualifying and jumping on the trail. With work schedules, it's kind of tough for me to commit to a larger trail at this moment, so I have got to ease into it," he said.

In the North Carolina Super Tournament on Lake Norman, Andy Montgomery was the highest-finishing South Carolina angler, weighing in 10 fish at 18-5 to finish fifth and win $1,054.

Randy Childers of Anderson finished 10th with 10 fish that weighed 17-10 and won $615.

 

Powell wins BWS points title

The points championship in the Bassmaster Weekend Series South Carolina Championship on Lake Hartwell in mid-September came down to the difference between finishing second and finishing 11th.

Norm Attaway of Clearwater was leading the points in the American Bass Anglers Division 9 series heading into the tournament, but he finished 15th and slipped to second in the standings.

Meanwhile, Christopher Powell of Williamston weighed in eight fish at 19.91 pounds to finish second and claim the ABA-SC Angler of the Year crown.

On the co-angler side Mark Shealy of Gaston hoped to challenge Jimmy O'Gwin of Marietta, Ga., for the points title, but Shealy finished 17th and slipped to fourth in the standings, while O'Gwin finished 13th to lock up the title.

 

Richey wins ABA on Clarks Hill

On a humid Sept. 20 day made worse by light rain and fish with lockjaw, Dan Richey of McCormick won the American Bass Anglers Division 96 tournament on Clarks Hill Lake with five bass that weighed 9.77 pounds.

Richey worked Flukes and topwater baits on grassy points in the lower part of the lake to catch the top sack of bass and win $599.

Don Kneece of Saluda finished second with five bass that weighed 8.81 pounds, including the big fish of the tournament at 2.76 pounds, and won $564.

The top five included: 3. Phillip Anderson of Saluda, 5, 8.68 pounds, $91; 4. Kent Walker of Cross Hill, 5, 8.33, $65; and 5. Steven Parker of Columbia, 5, 7.54.

 

Whaley seventh in BP Eastern final

Although veteran pro Tom Mann of Buford, Ga., blew away the field in mid-September and won the final BP Eastern Division tournament of the year on Clarks Hill, Tradd Whaley of Abbeville finished seventh and took home a nice paycheck.

While Mann was wrapping up the Eastern Division Angler of the Year title with a 4-day catch of 51 pounds, 2 ounces, Whaley earned $17,461 with 35-0.

Other South Carolina anglers who finished in the money included: 14. Casey Ashley of Donalds, 15, 27-8, $12,126; 16. Michael Murphy of Gilbert, 11, 26-7, $11,641; 19. Chris Heath of North Augusta, 14, 25-8, $11,641; and 23. Marty Robinson of Lyman, 12, 23-14, $11,156.

Bart Blackburn of North Augusta was the top South Carolina co-angler, finishing fourth with 11 fish that weighed 18-15, worth $4,724. Dane Odom won $1,228 for a 14th place finish with 13-1, and Charles Pruitt of Greenwood finished 15th with 12-15 and won $1,228.

 

Sigmons win CATT opener on Lake Wateree

A taste of fall weather arrived just in time for the first Carolina Anglers Tournament Trail Fall Series on Lake Wateree Sept. 26, and Greg and Laura Sigmon of Lancaster took full advantage of the cool, crisp weather and good fishing to land a limit for first place.

The Sigmons weighed in five bass at 13 pounds, 12 ounces, and they also had the second big fish at 5-7 to earn a total check for $863.

Fishing solo, Walt Almond of Camden finished second with five bass that weighed 13-2, winning $300.

Mitch Driggers Sr., of Turbeville and Mitch Driggers Jr. of Olanta were third with 12-15, winning $150. Andy Owens of Camden, also fishing solo, weighed in five at 11 pounds, 11 ounces, for fourth place and won $100.

Mark Richardson and William Richardson, the 2009 CATT Classic champions from Irmo, weighed in the big fish of the day at 5-11 and won $147.

 

BASS TOURNAMENTS

Walmart BFL Savannah River Division Super Tournament Sept. 26-27, 2009

Anglers: 1. Keith Hutto (Evans, Ga.), 9 bass, 21 pounds, 6 ounces, $5,761; 2. Craig Johnson (Martinez, Ga.), 10, 20-6, $2,880; 3. Jon Hair (Appling, Ga.), 8, 20-3, $1,921; 4. Bobby Gaston (Evans, Ga.), 9, 18-5, $1,344; and 5. Bart Blackburn (North Augusta), 8, 17-15, $1,152.

Co-anglers: 1. Heather Broom (Sylva, N.C.), 7, 10-15, $2,880; 2. Evan C. Buller (Lincolnton, Ga.), 6, 10-10, $1,440; 3. Erin Schumpert (Greenwood), 5, 10-6, $962; 4. Richard Buller (Washington, Ga.), 5, 10-1, $672; and 5. Clay Wilson (Evans, Ga.), 6, 9-8, $576.

American Cancer Society Benefit Tournament

Lake Hartwell, Sept. 12, 2009

1. Josh Fowler-Greg Kellum (Hartwell, Ga.), 5 bass, 21-7.25 ounces, including 5-6 big fish, 2. Tommy Royston-Derrick Lawrence (Hartwell, Ga.), 5, 14-1, including 4-2.75 second big fish; 3. Chad Hart-Eddie Vinson, 5, 10-14.74; 4. Mark Vaughn-David Vaughn (Royston, Ga.), 5, 10-6.5; 5. William Dudley-Jordan Carter (Royston, Ga.), 5, 9-12.

 

SCHEDULES

Bass Anglers Invitational Trial South Carolina Division 1

 

Nov. 21, Lake Keowee, South Cove Park; Dec. 12, Lake Russell, Highway 72 Bridge; Jan. 23, Lake Keowee, South Cove Park; Feb. 20, Lake Hartwell, Broyles Landing; March 6, Lake Greenwood, Lake Greenwood State Park; April 3, Lake Hartwell, Broyles Landing; May 29, Lake Jocassee, Devils Fork State Park; Sept. 24-25, championship, Lake Wheeler, Ala., Joe Wheeler Marina.

Contact Gary Rogers, director, humblefisher-@hotmail.com; Perry Rogers, assistant director, KeoweePlugger@hotmail.com. Entry fee: $100 per boat. Membership fee: $40 per angler.

 

Tournament directors: Send your schedules and your tournament results in the format shown as soon as possible after your tournaments. Results MUST include names, hometowns, number of fish caught, total weight, prize money and big fish information. Email to Pat Robertson: patrob@upthecreek.net.