James Buchanon didn’t just win on Wylie Saturday. He won with Wylie, too.
Buchanon and Fredera “Dib” Wylie took first place in the fourth annual Rusty White Charity Bass Challenge. The pair weighed in at Ebenezer Park in Rock Hill with 17 .09 pounds of bass, topping second-place team Tommy Goforth and Randy Carter at 16.03 pounds.
Former event champion and professional angler Todd Auten, along with fishing partner Mark Auten, took third with 14.26 pounds.
“We always fish it, and there’s always a good crowd,” Wylie said of the event. “It’s a good event for a good cause.” While the number of entrants dropped from more than 100 boats in years past, otherwise the event went well with the change, White said.
“We only had 49 boats, which is certainly not the crowd that I’ve had in years past,” said the tournament angler and Lake Wylie Pilot columnist. “It went smooth as silk, it was just the crowd was the question.”
In all, 17 boats reeled in limits of more than 10 pounds. The big fish bit for fourth-place team Artie Phillips and Dan Moore, who weighed a 4.92-pound bass as part of a 14.02-pound bag.
Along with having to pay to fish, another possible reason for a lower turnout than usual was the wintry conditions. Yet for $1,000 Wylie didn’t mind those conditions at all.
“Didn’t mind it being cold and rainy,” he said.