It’s big bass time in the Carolinas

Casey Griffith caught this 10-pound, 2-ounce largemouth during the FLW BFL event at Santee on March 9, 2019.

Some of the big bass were caught during tournaments

Spring is big bass time in the Carolinas. Even with this spring’s crazy back and forth weather, plenty of anglers in both states have bagged some big ones.

It’s always fun to catch a big bass. It’s even more special when an angler does it during a tournament. Casey Griffth of Florence, S.C. caught a 10-pound, 2-ounce bass during the FLW BFL at Santee Cooper on March 9. It’s his personal best, and he caught the fish on a Choo Choo Lures Custom Carter Shaker.

Marc Deschenes of Summerville, S.C. landed an 8.2-pounder at Santee on March 30. He caught the fish during the ABA Couples tournament with partner Christy Medlin. Deschenes caught the big fish on a Z-Man Mag Fattyz.

Marc Deschenes of Summerville, S.C. has caught dozens of bass over 8 pounds, including this one he caught at Santee on March 30, 2019.

Johnny Wilder of Butner, N.C. was fishing in an Academy Sports Spring Team Bass Trail tournament when he caught a 10.69-pound bass. He hooked the fish on a bladed jig on March 16 at Falls Lake.

Johnny Wilder caught this 10.69-pound bass at Falls Lake on March 16, 2019.

James Blankenship of Silk Hope, N.C. and his partner Jonathan Phillips of Bear Creek, N.C. won the CATT Tournament at High Rock on March 23 with a five-bass limit that pushed the scale to 33.50 pounds, including an 8.05-pounder.

James Blankenship and Jonathan Phillips caught this tournament limit of 33.5 pounds, including an 8+ chunk.

One recent lunker weighed 14 pounds

Peyton Sorrow, a 15-year-old angler that fishes for Greenwood (S.C.) High School wasn’t fishing in a tournament when he caught his personal best, a whopping 14-pound chunk that he landed in a Greenwood County, S.C. farm pond. Sorrow caught the bass on a Colorado blade spinnerbait.

Peyton Sorrow caught this 14-pounder from a farm pond in Greenwood County, S.C.

Phillip Bridges of Snow Camp, N.C. also recently caught his personal best from a farm pond. With a 1 1/2-inch Charlie Brewer Slider jig, Bridges landed a 10.49-pound lunker that made him think he was hung on a stump.

Phillip Bridges caught this 10.49-pounder on a tiny lure.

Robert Johnson of Aynor, S.C. also broke the double-digit mark last month with a pond bass. His weighed 10.2 pounds.

Heather Johnson holds the 10.2-pound bass caught by Robert Johnson (right).
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