UPCOMING EVENT: PHOENIX BASS FISHING LEAGUE - 2020 - Lake Lanier

Tidwell Slows Down for Title

Tidwell Slows Down for Title
Brian Tidwell of Seneca, South Carolina, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 11 ounces to win the South Carolina Division tournament on Clarks Hill Lake. For his victory, Tidwell earned $3,021.

MCCORMICK, S.C. – Brian Tidwell of Seneca, South Carolina, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday to win the fourth Walmart Bass Fishing League South Carolina Division tournament of 2015 on Clarks Hill Lake. For his victory, Tidwell earned $3,021.

“There’s lot of talent in this division so winning is a big accomplishment for me,” said Tidwell. “I’ve fished a lot of FLW events before, but have never won one. I couldn’t be happier with how my day turned out.”

Tidwell said he focused on lower-lake clay points, in 10- to 15-foot depths, near the Clarks Hill Dam.

“Of the 20 points that I hit, there were six that really fired so I spent my day rotating through them,” said Tidwell. “I lost a 5- and 3-pounder around 8:45 a.m. and thought I was out of contention already.”

Tidwell said that he recovered and caught his winning stringer on a Carolina-rigged green-pumpkin Zoom Trick Worm. Around 2:00 p.m., he fired up a school and caught a 3-pound kicker on a chrome-colored Heddon Zara Spook to secure his win. Tidwell said he ended up catching a total of eight fish.

“The key was slowing down and using the Carolina-rigged Trick Worm. Other anglers were throwing topwater baits but I knew they were too fast for this time of the season,” concluded Tidwell.

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Brian Tidwell, Seneca, S.C., five bass, 17-11, $3,021

2nd:         Kameron Harbin, Abbeville, S.C., five bass, 17-5, $1,511

3rd:          Sammy Moody, Mauldin, S.C., five bass, 16-4, $1,007

4th:          Wendell Causey, Jr., Columbia, S.C., five bass, 15-9, $705

5th:          Chris Marshall, Forest City, N.C., five bass, 15-4, $604

6th:          Joey Spradley, Gloverville, S.C., five bass, 14-15, $554

7th:          Chris Baldwin, Lexington, N.C., five bass, 14-5, $504

8th:          Carl Smith, Lugoff, S.C., five bass, 13-8, $453

9th:          Anthony Marks, Spartanburg, S.C., five bass, 13-3, $403

10th:        Ross Burns, Columbia, S.C., five bass, 13-2, $352             

Complete results can be found here.  

Marks caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division, a fish weighing 6 pounds, 2 ounces and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $345.

Glouse wins co-angler title

Greg Glouse of Liberty, South Carolina, weighed in five bass totaling 12 pounds, 14 ounces Saturday to win $1,511 in the co-angler division.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Greg Glouse, Liberty, S.C., five bass, 12-14, $1,511

2nd:         Michael Smith, Piedmont, S.C., five bass, 11-15, $755

3rd:          Calvin Sharp, Round O, S.C., five bass, 10-12, $504

4th:          John Wilson, Six Mile, S.C., five bass, 9-13, $352

5th:          Tim Kuykendall, Laurens, S.C., five bass, 8-13, $302

6th:          Tony Everhart, Gaffney, S.C., four bass, 8-5, $277

7th:          Richie Dixon, Camden, S.C., three bass, 7-15, $252

8th:          Tristen Trull, Mount Holly, N.C., five bass, 7-13, $227

9th:          Carluss King, Galivants Ferry, S.C., four bass, 6-10, $201

10th:        Adam Fincher, Roebuck, S.C., three bass, 6-3, $176

Smith caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $172.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 8-10 Regional Championship on Lake Sinclair in Milledgeville, Georgia. 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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