UPCOMING EVENT: PHOENIX BASS FISHING LEAGUE - 2020 - Smith Mountain Lake

Practice Pays for Price on Lake Russell

Practice Pays for Price on Lake Russell
Bo Price of Westminster, S.C., won the March 14 Savannah River Division tournament on Lake Russell with a 17-pound limit to earn a payday worth over $6,700.

ELBERTON, Ga. – Bo Price of Westminster, South Carolina, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds even Saturday to win the second Walmart Bass Fishing League Savannah River Division tournament of 2015 on Lake Russell. For his victory, Price earned $6,796.

“The financial part is great, but getting out there and seeing all your hard work come to fruition is always more satisfying to me than the money,” said Price.

In order to claim the tournament’s top prize, Price said that he fished his favorite patches of trees in the midlake area, off the main river.

“The timber has a lot of decent fish in it,” said Price. “I usually can catch some quality bass in there.”

He went on to say that the weather definitely played a big role in this tournament.

“Up until about three days before the tournament, the weather was nice and the fish were pulling up shallow in their prespawn phase,” Price said. “But the recent cold rain pushed everything back a bit deeper.”

Luckily, Price was able to start his day off right by netting a 6-pound, 4-ounce bass and another 5-pound keeper using a white 1/2-ounce Hawg Caller spinnerbait.

“After I caught those two, I was faced with the decision to fish for a limit or chase more big ones,” Price said. “I decided to keep fishing for the limit.”

Around 10 a.m., the bite slowed in the trees so Price finished off his day targeting mainlake points. He used a custom-made peanut butter and jelly-colored football-head jig to fill his limit.

“I figured it would take around 20 pounds to win the tournament,” Price said. “So I kept rolling with the 2- or 3-pounders and ended up with a nice stringer.”

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Bo Price, Westminster, S.C., five bass, 17-0, $4,796 + $2,000 Ranger Cup award

2nd:         Kerry Partain, Elberton, Ga., five bass, 14-14, $2,398

3rd:          Greg Glouse, Liberty, S.C., five bass, 14-13, $1,595

4th:          Michael Anders, Anderson, S.C., five bass, 14-9, $1,119

5th:          Brandon Cobb, Greenwood, S.C., five bass, 12-15, $959

6th:          Stacy Lowe, Belton, S.C., five bass, 12-8, $879

7th:          Jimmy Wilson, Wagener, S.C., five bass, 12-7, $799

8th:          Daryl McClellon, Cornelia, Ga., four bass, 12-6, $719

9th:          Mike Bouknight, Greenwood, S.C., five bass, 11-14, $639

10th:        Jerry Kotal, Elberton, Ga., five bass, 11-13, $560

Complete results can be found here.

Wilson caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $715.

Denny wins co-angler title

Co-angler Westley Denny won the March 14 Savannah River Division event on Lake Russell with a 13-pound, 2-ounce limit. He was rewarded with a check worth nearly $2,400 for his victory.Westley Denny of Westminster, South Carolina, weighed in a five-bass limit totaling 13 pounds, 2 ounces Saturday to win $2,398 in the co-angler division.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Westley Denny, Westminster, S.C., five bass, 13-2, $2,398

2nd:         Kirk Fowler, Simpsonville, S.C., five bass, 12-0, $1,199

3rd:          Mike Brown, Buford, Ga., five bass, 11-5, $677

3rd:          Charles Pruitt, Greenwood, S.C., five bass, 11-5, $677

5th:          Buddy Rice, Belton, S.C., five bass, 10-13, $480

6th:          Johnny Hancox, West Union, S.C., five bass, 10-11, $440

7th:          Chris Nunziato, Elberton, Ga., three bass, 10-9, $400

8th:          Stephen Burress, Mills River, N.C.,    five bass, 10-8, $320

8th:          Kevin Dye, West Union, S.C., five bass, 10-8, $320

8th:          Jody Rogers, Clarkesville, Ga., five bass, 10-8, $320

Nunziato caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $357.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 15-17 Regional Championship on Lake Wateree in Camden, South Carolina. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.

 

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