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Rock Hill’s Jennings Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League South Carolina Division Event on Lake Murray

Cerv Claims Co-angler Title

by: Brian Johnson, FLW

Boater Jeff Jennings of Rock Hill, S C, caught a 5-bass limit weighing 22 lbs, 15 oz,
Photo by courtesy FLW Outdoors
(Mar 28, 2018 - COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Boater Jeff Jennings of Rock Hill, South Carolina, caught a five-bass limit weighing 22 pounds, 15 ounces, Saturday to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) South Carolina Division event on Lake Murray presented by Navionics. For his win, Jennings earned $7,115.

According to post-tournament reports, Jennings used a creature-style bait to catch fish near docks and wood in the mid- and lower sections of the lake.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
               1st:          Jeff Jennings, Rock Hill, S.C., five bass, 22-15, $5,115 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus
               2nd:         Cody Hoyle, Rutherfordton, N.C., five bass, 22-5, $2,458
               3rd:          Adam Waters, Denver, N.C., five bass, 19-7, $1,640
               4th:          Scott Allgood, Fair Play, S.C., five bass, 18-12, $1,147
               5th:          Steve Thornhill, Pineville, S.C., five bass, 18-11, $1,083
               6th:          Randy Childers, Anderson, S.C., five bass, 18-1, $901
               7th:          David Williams, Maiden, N.C., five bass, 17-11, $819
               8th:          Craig Rexford, Grand Isle, Vt., five bass, 17-10, $737
               9th:          John Allen, Concord, N.C., five bass, 17-8, $655
               10th:        Chris Marshall, Forest City, N.C., three bass, 16-15, $1,323

Marshall brought a 7-pound, 10-ounce bass to the scale – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $750.

Joel Cerv of North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, won the Co-angler Division and $2,469 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 14 pounds, 14 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers were:
               1st:          Joel Cerv, North Wilkesboro, N.C., five bass, 14-14, $2,469
               2nd:         Tyler Dover, Blacksburg, S.C., five bass, 13-5, $1,235
               3rd:          Tyler Ward, Grover, N.C., five bass, 12-15, $1,023
               4th:          Travis Ruff, Connelly Springs, N.C., five bass, 12-4, $576
               5th:          Blake Whittaker, Monterey, Tenn., four bass, 12-2, $494
               6th:          Bryce Tumberg, Moore, S.C., four bass, 12-1, $432
               6th:          Bill Hawkins, Piedmont, S.C., five bass, 12-1, $482
               8th:          Terry Coleman, Sumter, S.C., three bass, 11-15, $370 
               9th:          Greg Atkinson, Ridgeway, S.C., four bass, 10-10, $329
               10th:        Stewart Uldrick, Anderson, S.C., five bass, 10-9, $288

Rodney Tapp of North Augusta, South Carolina, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division weighing in at 6 pounds, 13 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $372.

The T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) South Carolina Division event on Lake Murray was hosted by Capital City Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism.

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. 18-20 BFL Regional Championship on Lake Norman in Huntersville, North Carolina. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.

The 2018 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. The 2018 BFL All-American will be held May 31-June 2 at Cross Lake in Shreveport, Louisiana, and is hosted by the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.

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