A New Season

Reprinted from PN January 2012

PVA Bass Tour kicks off new season in Georgia.

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The Paralyzed Veterans of America Bass Tour kicked off its 2012 season a little early with the Southeastern Challenge, held October 22–23, 2011, on Clarks Hill Lake near Augusta, Ga.

In the Open Competition, Bobby Dickenson (Hephzibah, Ga.) started the new season with a victory. Fishing with Kevin Barton (Jesup, Ga.), he brought in a daily tournament limit of five bass at 10.53 pounds.

Tony Choe (in wheelchair) and boat partner Tony Postell fish the Open Competition at the 2012 Southeastern Challenge on Clarks Hill Lake, near Augusta, Ga.

Anchoring his catch with a 3.75-pounder that took tournament lunker honors, first-time angler Jason Hodge (Quantico, Va.) finished second with a five-bass limit weighing 10.28 pounds. He fished with Wallace McElroy (Grovetown, Ga.).

In the Team Competition, Kurt Glass (Grovetown, Ga.) and Danny Reavis (Bastrop, Tex.) landed five bass weighing 12.12 pounds to take the victory. They beat the 44 other competing teams by 1.4 pounds.

Ron Ryals (Live Oak, Fla.) and Ron McKee (Martinez, Ga.) landed in second with five bass going 10.72 pounds.

The anglers ran out of Wildwood Park. Also called Lake Strom Thurmond, the reservoir spreads over more than 71,000 acres along the Savannah River on the Georgia-South Carolina line. Created in the early 1950s, the second-largest artificial lake east of the Mississippi River, behind the Kentucky Lake on the Tennessee River, runs about 40 miles up the Savannah River. The Broad and Little rivers feed into the system. The lake offers anglers more than 1,200 miles of shoreline.

The bank anglers fished at Gordon’s Pond in Lincolnton, Ga. In the Bank Team Competition, Ken DaVault (Silver Spring, Md.) and Donna Hendrickson (Athens, Tex.) won with 4.83 pounds. Larry Dodson (North Augusta, S.C.) and Charles Brannon (Mesquite, Tex.) took second with 1.17 pounds.

DaVault also won the Bank Individual Competition with 5.67 pounds. He also caught the biggest fish of the tournament, a 1.34-pounder. Ray finished second with 2.36 pounds.

After a winter respite, the tour heads south on April 14–15 for the second of seven events, the Citrus Slam on Lake Tohopekaliga near Orlando, Fla.

For more information on the PVA Bass Tour, visit or call Alan Earl at 703-462-0504.  


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