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  • Rinehart Wins BFL on Lake Keowee

    For most of the anglers fishing the BFL Savannah River Division Tournament on Lake Keowee, it was a tough day on the lake, but for Mick Rhinehart of Pelzer, it was “a pretty good day.”

    Rhinehart had a five fish limit for a total weight of 16-07 pounds, plus the big fish of the tournament weighing in at 8-09 pounds. Rhinehart netted $4315, plus $610 for the big bass, and an extra $1000 just for wearing Typhoon sunglasses, a BFL sponsor.

    Rhinehart said that his day started off with an early bite, and while most of the tournament anglers were fishing deep, he was fishing shallow water. Rhinehart was fishing a creek in less than four feet of water and slow-rolling a Qwik 8 Bait umbrella rig.

    After catching his “good fish” during the first hour of fishing, Rhinehart finished out the day by switching to a drop shot rig with a watermelon green Pro Sinker in 25 feet of water.

    Coming in second was Randy Childers of Anderson who beat out third place finisher Brad Benfield by one ounce with 13-05 pounds. Childers was also fishing the shallow water and said that he caught over ten “keepers” on an E & L jig with a Big Bite Chunk trailer in green pumpkin.

    For Childers second place finish, he won $2157 and followed by Benfield from Demorest, GA, with 13-04 pounds, and he won $1439.

    Johnny Hancox of West Union won the co-angler division with five bass weighing 10-12 pounds to win $2,157. Coming in second was Scott Gardner of Seneca with five bass weighing 10-6 pounds and earning $1,079. Anthony Marks of Spartanburg was third with three bass weighing 7-4 pounds and earning $717.

    The next BFL Savannah River Division Tournament will be on Lake Hartwell on March 15.

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Reporter
    Capt. Glenn “Teach” Corley