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Rampey Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Savannah River Division Opener on Lake Keowee
Coleman wins co-angler title
Jayme Rampey of Liberty, South Carolina won the first Walmart Bass Fishing League Savannah River Division tournament of 2015 on Lake Keowee, earning him $8,154.
“It feels really good to win this tournament,” said Rampey, who fishes as a professional on the Walmart FLW Tour. “I finished off last year with a win, so to begin the 2015 season with a victory is really exciting.”
Rampey said that he spent his day fishing the South Cove edges and banks a few miles from the boat ramp. Around 9 a.m. he netted two fish throwing an umbrella rig with Buckeye J-Will swimbait heads and shad-colored Keitech swimbaits.
“The bite was really good along those edges, so I made the decision early to keep grinding it out there,” Rampey said.
Exploring the edges and banks, Rampey caught a few more in the early afternoon on a Buckeye Spot Remover shaky-head jig with a green pumpkin-colored Zoom Trick Worm to reach his limit.
“It was a pretty straightforward day of fishing,” Rampey went on to say. “I won a BFL tournament on Lake Keowee a couple of years back by fishing the shallow water, so I figured I’d do it again and it worked out.”
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Jayme Rampey, Liberty, S.C., five bass, 17-0, $5,154 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus + $1,000 Mercury Bonus
2nd: Matthew Justice, Fair Play, S.C., five bass, 15-2, $2,577
3rd: Dearal Rodgers, Camden, S.C., five bass, 13-4, $1,719
4th: Jeremy Strong, Elberton, Ga., five bass, 13-3, $1,203
5th: Chris Baxter, Winder, Ga., five bass, 13-2, $1,031
6th: Marcus Church, Seneca, S.C., five bass, 13-1, $945
7th: Sean Skey, Sumter, S.C., five bass, 12-15, $859
8th: Bryan Cothran, Belton, S.C., five bass, 12-14, $773
9th: Brandon Cobb, Greenwood, S.C., five bass, 12-13, $687
10th: Craig Sahms, Taylors, S.C., five bass, 12-3, $601
Chris Coleman of Laurens, South Carolina, weighed in a five-bass limit totaling 12 pounds, 2 ounces Saturday to win $2,577 in the co-angler division.
The top 10 co-anglers were:
1st: Chris Coleman, Laurens, S.C., five bass, 12-2, $2,577
2nd: Nathaniel Moore Fairview, N.C., five bass, 11-13, $1,288
3rd: Spencer Woodson, Jonesville, S.C., four bass, 10-8, $858
4th: John Wilson, Six Mile, S.C., five bass, 10-6, $601
5th: Kaleb Turner, Hartwell, Ga., four bass, 9-14, $515
6th: Stanley Grant, Salem, S.C., five bass, 9-13, $472
7th: Walter Whitfield, Chesnee, S.C., five bass 9-11, $429
8th: Brandon Brock, Honea Path, S.C., five bass, 9-10, $365
8th: Mike Brown, Buford, Ga., five bass, 9-10, $365
10th: Bryan Waddell, Taylors, S.C., five bass, 9-8, $301
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, S.C. 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.
The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 50 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. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the Rayovac FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.
FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2015 over the course of 240 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.
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