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Rikard Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League South Carolina Division On Clarks Hill Lake

Moore wins co-angler title

by: Joe Opager, Director of Public Relations,

Greg Rikard of Leesville, S.C., wins the South Carolina Division super tournament.
Photo by courtesy FLW Outdoors
(Oct. 01, 2012 - GREENWOOD, S.C.)

Greg Rikard of Leesville, S.C., weighed a two-day total of 10 bass totaling 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 were:

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

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 were:

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

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.

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