Steve Phillips wins BFL on Lake Wateree

Steve Phillips of Lugoff, S.C., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 12 ounces Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League South Carolina Division tournament of 2014 on Lake Wateree. For his victory, Phillips earned $4,977.

“I was kind of surprised to win,” said Philips, who has now won three BFL tournaments on Lake Wateree. “I thought it would take more like 21 pounds to win.

“I’ve fished that lake since the mid-70’s,” said Phillips. “I only live about 15 minutes from there so I know it pretty well.


“I knew what I was going to do. I was going to go deep and stay deep,” Phillips explained. “The key for me was sticking with the crankbait all day long. I had cramps in my hands at the end of the day.


“Wateree isn’t a very big lake and it can be hit or miss,” continued Phillips. “You are fishing behind a lot of people and you have to time when the fish are ready to feed just right. I would say I caught around 13 bass throughout the day.”


Phillips said that he targeted ledges, points and humps with stumps and rocks on them in about 15-feet of water and that he was throwing a chartreuse-colored and shad-colored Norman DD22 crankbait.


Rounding out the top 10 pros were:


2nd:   Matthew Nettles, Columbia, S.C., five bass, 18-6, $1,489

3rd:   Glenn Altman, Marion, S.C., five bass, 17-8, $992

4th:    Greg Rikard, Leesville, S.C., five bass, 17-6, $645

4th:    Thomas Rubbo, Lexington, S.C., five bass, 17-6, $645

6th:    Jerry Freezon, Elgin, S.C., five bass, 16-11, $546

7th:    Jay Keith, Camden, S.C., five bass, 16-7, $471 + $300 Evinrude Bonus

7th:    Rob Thames, Lexington, S.C., five bass, 16-7, $471

9th:    Alan Fletcher, Hartsville, S.C., five bass, 16-6, $397

10th: Derek Schlotterback, Simpsonville, S.C., five bass, 16-2, $347


Complete results can be found at


Calvin Sharp of Round O, S.C., weighed in a five-bass limit totaling 14 pounds, 15 ounces Saturday to win $1,489 in the co-angler division.


Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:


2nd:   Richie Dixon, Camden, S.C., four bass, 12-14, $744

3rd:   Jimmy Bihlear Sr., Goose Creek, S.C., four bass, 12-9, $497

4th:    Lee Montgomery, Hendersonville, N.C., five bass, 11-5, $347

5th:    Jeff Rikard, Leesville, S.C., four bass, 11-3, $298

6th:    Evan Weaver, Lexington, S.C., four bass, 10-3, $273

7th:    Tyler Moore, Walterboro, S.C., five bass, 9-9, $248

8th:    Kevin Edge, Conway, S.C., three bass, 9-7, $223

9th:    Gregory Littles, Columbia, S.C., three bass, 9-4, $198

10th: Vernie  Haltiwanger, Lexington, S.C., four bass, 9-2, $174


The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 2-4 Regional Championship on the James River in Richmond, Va. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.