Monday, May 24, 2010

Midlands Striper Club May Tournament

37 anglers competed in the latest Midlands Striper Club tournament on May 15 on Lake Murray, and according to Jim Goller, the fishing was awesome. 28 anglers weighed in a total of 67 fish, with 15 of those anglers bringing their 3 fish limit to the scales.

Billy Durant of Chapin was the king of this event, winning the big fish award for his 9 lb, 4 oz striper, and he also recorded the most overall weight, with his 3 fish bag weighing in at 19 lbs, 6 oz. Gary Heichelbech of Lexington came in 2nd, with 3 fish that moved the scale to 17 lbs, 4 oz. In third place was Chapin's Van Cook, whose 3 fish weighed 15 lbs, 12 oz.

Phil Plyler of Lancaster took the smallest creel prize for his 3 lb, 7 oz total weight.

Six of the tournament anglers weighed in sacks of 15+ lbs, a good sign that Lake Murray's stripers are getting bigger and more plentiful, in no small part due to Midlands Striper Club's efforts to help the striper population on Lake Murray and throughout the state.

The club will be holding its annual Hydro Glow DNR Benefit Open Night Tournament out of Jake's Landing June 18 & 19 from 6:30 pm to 10:00 am. $4000 in guaranteed prize money is at stake, and entry fees are $125. For more information, visit www.midlandsstriperclub.org/HG_2010.html . This tournament benefits striped bass stocking efforts carried out by the SCDNR throughout the Palmetto State.

PhotoCourtesyOfMSC: (left to right) Phil Plyler won smallest creel. Billy DuRant won big fish and most weight, Gary Heichelbech finished 2nd, and Van Cook took 3rd place.

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