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South Carolina’s Spradley Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Savannah River Division Tournament on Clarks Hill Lake

South Carolina’s Lyko Grabs Co-angler Title

by: Brian Johnson, FLW

Joey Spradley of Gloverville, SC, brought 6 bass to the scale weighing 15 lbs, 11 oz, to win the (BFL) Savannah River Division tournament on Clarks Hill Lake.
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(Jun 20, 2018 - APPLING, Ga.)

Boater Joey Spradley of Gloverville, South Carolina, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 15 pounds, 11 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Savannah River Division tournament on Clarks Hill Lake. Spradley earned $3,377 for his win.

“I fished offshore in 20 to 25 feet of water on the lower end of the lake,” said Spradley, who earned his second career win on Clarks Hill Lake in BFL competition. “I used a ¾-ounce green-pumpkin-colored Buckeye Lures Mop Jig with a green-pumpkin Zoom Super Chunk trailer and a (Texas-rigged) green-pumpkin Zoom Ol’ Monster Worm with a 3/8-ounce WolfStone tungsten weight.”

Spradley focused on humps and the ends of points, staying within 15 minutes of the takeoff ramp for the majority of his day.

“Instead of using my electronics to scan the structure, I used the jig as a searchbait to find the grass line because the grass is so short,” said Spradley. “I’d use the jig up on rock structure and when I found where the rock and grass met, I put on Spot Lock [on my MinnKota Ultrex] and switched to the worm and made the same cast. I worked through the grass, down into deeper water and back to the boat.”

Spradley said he preferred 16-pound-test Gamma Edge fluorocarbon line with his 7-foot, 3-inch Cashion Elite medium-heavy casting rod.

“All of my quality fish seemed to come from where the rock line met the grass, or in the grass,” said Spradley. “As I worked in the hydrilla, they would hit the worm on the fall, or if it got down into an open patch.”

Spradley said his boat played a large role in his success Saturday.

“The boat traffic was really heavy on the lake. I run a Falcon F215 and it was critical in handling the rough water. I could cover a lot of water, even with the waves, and was able to stand on the deck and be comfortable. It was a big help.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
               1st:          Joey Spradley, Gloverville, S.C., five bass, 15-11, $3,377
               2nd:         Lee Sidener, Harlem, Ga., five bass, 15-0, $1,989
               3rd:          Jayme Rampey, Liberty, S.C., five bass, 13-9, $1,328
               4th:          Scott Browning, Franklin, N.C., five bass, 13-3, $1,146
               4th:          Sean Hall, North Augusta, S.C., five bass, 13-3, $731
               6th:          Dan Morrow, Eastanollee, Ga., five bass, 13-1, $719
               7th:          Michael Maxfield, Hanahan, S.C., five bass, 12-11, $535
               7th:          Joe Anders, Easley, S.C., five bass, 12-11, $535
               9th:          Eric Mora, Evans, Ga., five bass, 12-2, $450
               10th:        Hunter Eubanks, Inman, S.C., five bass, 12-0, $394

Browning brought a 6-pound, 13-ounce bass to the scale – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $415.

Joshua Lyko of Greer, South Carolina, won the Co-angler Division and $1,789 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 12 pounds, 8 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers were:
               1st:          Joshua Lyko, Greer, S.C., five bass, 12-8, $1,789
               2nd:         Stewart Uldrick, Anderson, S.C., five bass, 12-5, $894
               3rd:          Donnie Davis, Greer, S.C., five bass, 11-14, $771
               4th:          Ryan Lesley, Williamston, S.C., five bass, 10-14, $394
               5th:          Dennis Henderson, Ware Shoals, S.C., five bass, 10-10, $338
               6th:          Lee Montgomery, Hendersonville, N.C., five bass, 10-5, $310
               7th:          Samson Faulk, Lyman, S.C., five bass, 9-15, $281
               8th:          Matthew Guffey, Simpsonville, S.C., five bass, 9-12, $253
               9th:          Christian Joyce, Greer, S.C., four bass, 9-7, $225
               10th:        John McKinney, Greenville, S.C., five bass, 9-4, $197

Davis caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division weighing in at 4 pounds, 6 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $207.

The T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Savannah River Division tournament on Clarks Hill Lake was hosted by the Columbia County Board of Commissioners.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 11-13 BFL Regional Championship on the St. Johns River in Palatka, Florida. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.

The 2018 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.

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