Gamecock Anglers Repeat As National Champs

Gamecock Anglers Repeat As National Champs

As the lady Gamecocks from USC prepare to make a run at the NCAA women's basketball championship, another Gamecock team just won a championship. For the second consecutive year the University of South Carolina bass fishing team were the winners of the FLW College Fishing National Championship! The three-day event was fished on Lake Keowee near Clemson, South Carolina. The team of Hampton Anderson and Chris Blanchette posted a three-day total of 38-15, just under a pound ahead of the second place team from Colorado Mesa University (who had a three day total of 38-1). For the win the team earned a $30,000 prize package. USC also won last years tournament which was conducted on Lake Murray.  


So what kind of bait did the team use to propel them to victory? They  caught their fish on white Zoom Lizards Texas-rigged with 5/16-ounce weights and 5/0 hooks. They also used unweighted Yamamoto Senkos fished on 4/0 hooks. As for what distinguished them from their competitors, Hampton said that the decision not to target spawning fish was crucial. He believes that many of their competitors were focused on bedders, and getting away from that pattern made the difference. In this and future tournaments, particularly the Forrest Wood Cup, Hampton also says they received some good advice from last year’s championship-winning team. Patrick Walters (who fished the FLW Championship) advised them to “slow down, go fishing, and don’t get spun out.”


Congratulations to the Gamecock anglers! Let’s hope their success on the lake will transfer to the football team for success on the gridiron this fall!


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Gary Heiligman Real Estate Professional advocating and negotiating on behalf of  Buyers and Sellers in  communities surrounding Lake Murray South Carolina including, ChapinIrmo, and Lexington. Real Estate with Gary Heiligman associated with EXIT Midlands Realty, email garyscexit@gmail.com or call 803-271-9544




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