South Carolina’s Rampey Wins T-H Marine
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(Oct 23, 2017 - GAINESVILLE, Ga )Boater Jayme Rampey of Liberty, South Carolina, caught a three-day cumulative tot
(Oct 23, 2017 - GAINESVILLE, Ga.)

 Boater Jayme Rampey of Liberty, South Carolina, caught a three-day cumulative total of 15 bass weighing 41 pounds, 13 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Regional event on Lake Lanier presented by General Tire. Rampey pocketed $65,200 for his win, including a new Ranger Z518C boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and automatic entry into the 2018 BFL All-American Championship.

Rampey said he focused on shallow docks to catch his fish throughout the weekend. He started each day by fishing near the Laurel Park launch site before heading to the Buford Dam, and said most of his bites came in 2 to 3 feet of water.

“I fished 150 to 200 docks each day,” said Rampey, who notched his seventh career win in BFL competition. “I went to several of them on multiple days, and I never caught fish on the same place more than once. I think they’re really finicky right now and once they see something, they have a really good memory.”

Rampey said he tempted his dock fish with a one-two punch: a white swimbait on a 1/2-ounce Buckeye Lures J-Will jighead and a green-pumpkin-colored stickbait on a 1/16-ounce Buckeye Lures Flick-It head. He alternated between the two until the bass showed their preference.

“On Friday the fish preferred the swimbait, and Saturday I caught my big one on the swimbait and had to grind it out with the Flick-It,” Rampey said. “If they were biting the swimbait, I’d keep on throwing it.”

Rampey said that each day delivered a good morning bite, followed by a lull and then a midday rally from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“You only had a few hours to catch them, and then they were really moody,” said Rampey. “They would follow the bait out and you’d see them, but they wouldn’t bite.”

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