UPCOMING EVENT: Costa FLW Series - 2019 - Santee Cooper

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

Rampey Notches Ninth Title

Rampey Notches Ninth Title
Jayme Rampey

Jayme Rampey of Liberty, South Carolina, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 19 pounds, 13 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) North Carolina Division tournament on Lake Wylie. For his catch, Rampey earned $5,466.

“I fished the lower end of the lake, near the dam around Allison and Big Allison creeks. There was a little bit of stained water down that way,” says Rampey, who earned his ninth career win in BFL competition – tied for ninth all-time. “I caught the majority of them on a square-billed crankbait. I threw it on flat points in the pockets, which I dialed in on using my Lowrance electronics. I sat in 4- or 5-feet-of-water while most of the fish were in 1½ to 2 feet.”

Rampey says he worked through 10 or 12 pockets, and that he caught eight keepers during his day. His crankbait of choice was a Crystal Craw-colored Strike King KVD Rattling Square-Bill crankbait. He caught the heaviest fish of the event – an 8-pound, 6-ouncer – on an umbrella rig with Pearl-colored Zoom Swimmin’ Super Fluke Jr. swimbaits with white Buckeye G-Man Finesse Swimbait heads.

“I caught the big one around 9 [a.m.]. It was the first fish of the day and the only one I caught from a dock,” says Rampey. “I was throwing Hi-Seas [15-pound-test] 100-percent fluorocarbon line. It had wrapped me up on a dock post and it held up. That fish was the difference-maker.”

 

The top 10 boaters:

 1st: Jayme Rampey, Liberty, S.C., five bass, 19-13, $5,466

 2nd: Russell Winters, Rock Hill, S.C., five bass, 17-6, $1,883

 3rd: Michael Stephens, Gastonia, N.C., five bass, 15-15, $1,256

 4th: Chad Poteat, Mount Airy, N.C., five bass, 15-0, $879

 5th: Chris Baumgardner, Gastonia, N.C., five bass, 14-15, $1,103

 6th: Alvin Shaw, Roaring Gap, N.C., five bass, 14-1, $990

 7th: Ryan Deal, Indian Trail, N.C., five bass, 13-9, $628

 8th: Junior Allen, Biscoe, N.C., five bass, 13-6, $533

 8th: Parks Jones Jr., Concord, N.C., five bass, 13-6, $533

 10th: Jason Wilson, Lincolnton, N.C., five bass, 13-3, $439

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Rampey’s 8-pound, 6-ounce largemouth earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $500.

 

Co-angler Johnny Guffey

Guffey wins co-angler title

Johnny Guffey of Bessemer City, North Carolina, won the Co-angler Division and $1,883 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 9 pounds, 15 ounces.

 

The top 10 co-anglers:

 1st: Johnny Guffey, Bessemer City, N.C., five bass, 9-15, $1,883

 2nd: Dustin Dalton, Sparta, N.C., five bass, 9-6, $942

 3rd: Noah Beck, Lexington, N.C., four bass, 9-3, $977

 4th: Bobby Smith, Asheville, N.C., four bass, 8-15, $439

 5th: John Cook, Matthews, N.C., four bass, 8-10, $377

 6th: Darren Jeter, Marshall, N.C., five bass, 8-8, $395

 7th: Tommy Swicegood, Salisbury, N.C., four bass, 7-14, $314

 8th: Louis Kraft, Salisbury, N.C., four bass, 7-13, $282

 9th: Bobby Henderson, Charlotte, N.C., five bass, 7-12, $251

 10th: Darren Marlow, Cherryville, N.C., three bass, 7-8, $470

Marlow caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 4 pounds, 1 ounce. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $250.

 

The tournament was hosted by Visit York County.

 

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. 10-12 BFL Regional Championship on Lake Hartwell in Seneca, South Carolina, presented by Navionics. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard.

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