Angler Julie Griffin of Clover reeled in three fish Oct. 15 during the Midlands Striper Club tournament on Lake Murray for second place.
The event, held at Spinners Resort, featured individual angler and team competitions.
“The bites were much tougher to come by when compared to September, the wind making the anglers work hard to keep baits in the strike zone,” said Shawn D. Gearheart. “Thirty-two anglers brought a total of 30 striped bass to the scales.”
In the individual competition, anglers could weigh their three largest striped bass. Lester Jones of Lexington was the top angler of the day and made short work of the field. The weight of his three largest fish totaled 16 pounds, 14 ounces. Jones reached his five-fish creel limit in less than three hours and put his boat on the trailer to await the 3 p.m. weigh-in.
Second place went to Griffin with her three fish weighing 15 pounds, 12 ounces.
Gearheart of Lexington finished third with three fish weighing 14 pounds, 14 ounces.
The prize for the smallest creel went to Lee Thomas of Leesville with one fish weighing 3 pounds, 6 ounces.
For the team competition, the individual anglers could combine the weight from their team members to weigh their four largest fish. The one-man gang of Lester Jones added a fourth fish to his weight for a total of 20 pounds, 12 ounces to get the win for Team Let’em Live.
Second place went to Team Laidback consisting of Tommy Richardson, Jaime Richardson and Caleb Richardson of Swansea, and David Richardson and Triston Richardson of Aiken with four fish weighing 19 pounds, 5 ounces.
Third place went to Team Gar-Heart consisting of Gearheart and “Big John” Sightler of Lexington for a four-fish weight of 19 pounds, 1 ounce.
The smallest creel award in team competition went to Team Catchall with two fish weighing 6 pounds, 14 ounces. Team Catchall includes Lee Thomas and Kreg Frady, both of Leesville, and Weston Thomas of Lexington.
The prize for the big fish of the tournament went to Team C.C. Rider – Tom Gitto and Billy Durant, both from Chapin, with a 7-pound, 6-ounce striper.
The Midlands Striper Club is celebrating 32 years of being a family-oriented fishing club. The goal is to promote striped bass fishing through sportsmanship, conservation and demand for adequate water quality. Interested in joining? For more information about the Midlands Striper Club, visit midlandsstriperclub.org.