American Couples Series
Susan and John Mills Win on Lake Hartwell
The 35 degree morning did not deter 18 teams from participating in the American Bass Anglers Couples Tournament on Lake Hartwell.   The chilly March 28 Saturday morning gave way to a sunny and pleasant afternoon.  All of the couples brought fish to the scales.
Susan and John Mills took first place honors with a 5 fish limit weighing 15.1 pounds.  Susan's 3.7 pound largemouth was the Ladies Big Bass.  Her winning fish came pitching a Texas rigged green pumpkin worm to a dock.  Susan said that they saw the fish, and it saw them, as they went by a dock the first time.   They moved away for a few minutes, then came back and cast the worm to the dock from a distance, and the fish took the worm.   The Mills are from Leesville, South Carolina.
Gary Heinly claimed Mens Big Bass.  It topped the scales at 5.2 pounds.  Gary was using a green pumpkin trick worm by a dock.  Gary and Beverly Heinly are from Chapin, South Carolina.
Martha and Don Goodfellow claimed second place with 12.6 pounds.    Two of their 5 fish came “twitching” Flukes early in the day.   The others were caught sight fishing using a shakey head on a very sensitive, Kissel Krafts rod.   The Goodfellows live in Simpsonville, SC.
Donna and John Branstetter, Lexington, SC, won third place with 11.3 pounds.   Tami and Jimmy Raper, Easley, SC, were close behind with 11.2 pounds.   Debbie and Bob Brown, Seneca, SC, were fifth with 10.7 pounds.
A highlight of the weigh-in was in Susan and John Mills’ story about one of their fish catches.   They were sight fishing and both tossed their lure to the same fish.  Somehow the fish was hooked in the mouth and brought to the boat by both lures at once.   At one level, this appeared to be an awesome example of teamwork.  Susan and John curiously asked the audience at the weigh-in for their counsel as to who should get “credit for the catch?”  A question probably best left unanswered.  Fortunately, this fish did not show up as a candidate for Ladies or Mens Big Bass.  
The Couples Series offers a unique tournament angling opportunity.  Lasting friendships have developed from participation in the events.  Over twenty people had dinner together on Friday evening in Anderson.  Even more folks enjoyed each others company for an early dinner after the weigh-in on Saturday.  Feedback from new couples suggests that it’s easy and natural to become part of the “family.”  
Special thanks to our local sponsors, Strickland Marine, locations in Anderson and Seneca, SC plus, Starbucks Coffee, located on Fairview Road in Simpsonville, Rod Steward and Yo-Zuri.
South Carolina Couples next event will be held April 18, 2015 on Lake Keowee, South Cove ramp.   For more information, call 864-630-3183 or email 



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