• Tournaments :: news

    Walmart Bass Fishing League - South Carolina

    Clarks Hill Lake (Sept. 29-30, 2012)


    Rikard takes Super Tournament on Clarks Hill

    Greg Rikard of Leesville, S.C., won the Sept. 29-30 South Carolina Division Super Tournament on Clarks Hill Lake with a total weight of 31 pounds, 8 ounces. Rikard earned a check worth $6,400 for his victory.
    Moore wins co-angler title

    GREENWOOD, S.C. – Greg Rikard of Leesville, S.C., weighed a two-day total of 10 bass for 31 pounds, 8 ounces to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League South Carolina Division Super Tournament on Clarks Hill Lake in Greenwood, S.C., on Sunday. For his victory, Rikard earned $6,400.

    “It feels real good to win, but I’ve been there before,” said Rikard, who has more than $80,000 in career winnings on the Walmart BFL circuit. “My knowledge and experience on the lake was the key to my victory this weekend.”

    Rikard was running and gunning fishing shallow. He said that he fished around 30 unique areas each day, and all of his fish came out of 5 feet of water or less.

    “I was targeting shallow points of grass in the mid-lake area,” Rikard said. “I threw three main baits this week. I alternated throwing a shad-colored and a white-colored Santone Lures spinnerbait. I caught quite a few fish on them. I also threw a chartreuse shad-colored Ima Bill Lowen Square Bill crankbait and a homemade buzzbait. All three baits produced fish that I weighed in.

    “There were time windows when the bite would just turn on,” Rikard continued. “The bite was real good until around 10 a.m., and then it would fade. Then, it would pick up for me again in the afternoon and they would bite pretty good from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. I caught a lot of fish, and you just had to cull through them to get the weight.

    “The main thing that helped me win this event was my equipment,” Rikard went on to say. “My Ranger boat ran great, and my Denali Rods were crucial. I also ran a HydroWave on both days, and I’m positive that it got me a few more bites than I would have normally.”

    Rounding out the top 10 pros:

    2nd: Mark Abbott, Ninety Six, S.C., 10 bass, 30-2, $2,200

    3rd: Lyn Langston, Timmonville, S.C., 10 bass, 26-1, $1,466

    4th: Tim Jones, North Augusta, S.C., 10 bass, 24-14, $1,027

    5th: Michael Murphy, Lexington, S.C., 10 bass, 24-13, $880 + $1,000 Evinrude Bonus

    6th: Eddie Herlong Sr., Prosperity, S.C., 10 bass, 22-8, $807

    7th: Kenneth Miles, Evans, Ga., 10 bass, 22-4, $733

    8th: Mark Inman, Greensboro, N.C., 10 bass, 21-8, $660

    9th: Chad Cook, Summerville, S.C., 10 bass, 20-15, $587

    10th: Casey Ashley, Donalds, S.C., 10 bass, 20-2, $513

    Complete results can be found here.

    Moore takes co-angler crown

    Co-angler Tim Moore of Newton, N.C., won the Sept. 29-30 South Carolina Division Super Tournament on Clarks Hill Lake with a total weight of 20 pounds. For his efforts, Moore earned $2,200 in winnings. Tim Moore of Newton, N.C., weighed in 10 bass totaling 20 pounds even Sunday to win $2,200 in the co-angler division.

    Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers:

    2nd: Jeff Rikard, Leesville, S.C., 10 bass, 18-8, $1,100

    3rd: James Spivey, Whiteville, N.C., nine bass, 17-5, $734

    4th: Keith Thomasson, Abbeville, S.C., nine bass, 17-1, $513

    5th: Todd Lawrence, Rock Hill, S.C., 10 bass, 16-13, $440

    6th: Brian Moss, Inman, S.C., eight bass, 16-11, $403

    7th: Jason Hueble, Whitmire, S.C., nine bass, 16-11, $367

    8th: Shane Cantley, Elgin, S.C., 10 bass, 15-10, $330

    9th: John Cook, Matthews, N.C., eight bass, 15-8, $293

    10th: Stuart Toney, Raeford, N.C., seven bass, 13-10, $257

    Complete co-angler results can be found here.

    The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 11-13 Regional Championship on Kerr Lake in Henderson, N.C. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.

    The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and compete to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.

    About FLW

    FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing unparalleled fishing resources and entertainment to our sponsors, fans and host communities. FLW is offering anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2012 over the course of 191 tournaments across five tournament circuits, each providing an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW is committed to providing a lifestyle experience that is the “Best in Fishing, On and Off the Water,” through a variety of platforms including tournaments, outdoor expos and the world’s richest fantasy sports game – FLW Fantasy Fishing. For more information about FLW and FLW Fantasy Fishing, visit or and look for FLW on Twitter and Facebook.