Lamar man tops 196-boat field at Costa tournament

Sumter fisherman places in event

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Posted 4/15/18

SUMMERTON - Pro Ronnie McCoy of Lamar brought a five-bass limit weighing 26 pounds, 2 ounces to the weigh-in stage April 7 - his second 26-plus-pound limit of the tournament - to win the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division tournament on the …

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Lamar man tops 196-boat field at Costa tournament

Sumter fisherman places in event

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SUMMERTON - Pro Ronnie McCoy of Lamar brought a five-bass limit weighing 26 pounds, 2 ounces to the weigh-in stage April 7 - his second 26-plus-pound limit of the tournament - to win the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division tournament on the Santee Cooper Lakes presented by Bass Pro Shops.

McCoy's three-day total of 15 bass weighing 73 pounds, 8 ounces, was enough to earn him the grand prize package worth $93,500, including a brand new Ranger Z518C boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.

"I fished clean this week, from up in the swamp all the way down to the dam. It was fantastic," said McCoy, who earned his first career win in Costa FLW Series competition. "I started each morning of the event targeting the shad spawn above the I-95 bridge and would catch a limit weighing around 15 to 18 pounds. From there, I'd fish all day to try and upgrade."

McCoy said he used a homemade 1/2-ounce white double willow leaf spinnerbait with a white Black Flagg Slikk Shadd trailer and a white Z-Man/Evergreen Jack Hammer ChatterBait with the same Slikk Shadd trailer to target bass feeding on shad near cypress trees.

Following the morning bite on April 5, McCoy said he went sight fishing and ended up catching the largest bass of the tournament.

"I put a 9-pound, 9-ouncer and a 7-pounder in the boat from the same bed in Potato Creek using a Texas-rigged green-pumpkin-colored (Zoom) Road Kill with a -ounce tungsten weight," McCoy said. "I also caught some good ones in Wyboo Creek, but those two big ones were the most important."

On April 6, McCoy followed the same schedule but was only able to catch two small fish from beds. On championship April 7, McCoy abandoned sight fishing altogether and stayed above I-95, fishing the cypress trees to finish out the tournament.

Top 10 pros on

Santee Cooper Lakes

1st: Ronnie McCoy, Lamar, S.C., 15 bass, 73-8, $93,500

2nd: Daniel Howell, Prosperity, S.C., 15 bass, 67-13, $19,500

3rd: Jonathan Canada, Pelham, Alabama, 15 bass, 65-2, $14,100

4th: Joey Sabbagha, Prosperity, S.C., 15 bass, 63-14, $12,000

5th: Robert Crosnoe, Inverness, Florida, 15 bass, 60-12, $11,000

6th: Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., 14 bass, 58-8, $9,300

7th: Kent Ware, Guntersville, Alabama, 14 bass, 57-1, $7,800

8th: Mark Hutson, Moncks Corner, S.C., 15 bass, 56-10, $6,800

9th: Buddy Gross, Chickamauga, Georgia, 14 bass, 54-9, $5,800

10th: Lex Costas, Daniel Island, S.C., 13 bass, 49-10, $4,400

A complete list of results will be posted at FLWFishing.com.

McCoy's 9-pound, 9-ounce fish that he weighed on Thursday was the biggest of the tournament in the Pro Division. For his catch, McCoy earned the day's Boater Big Bass award of $300.

Spencer McNeill of Ladson won the Co-angler Division and a Ranger Z175 with a 90-horsepower outboard motor. McNeill earned his win with a three-day total catch of 11 bass weighing 42 pounds even.

Top 10 co-anglers on

Santee Cooper Lakes

1st: Spencer McNeill, Ladson, S.C., 11 bass, 42-0, $28,200

2nd: Jim Short, Ocean Pines, Maryland, eight bass, 30-7, $6,050

3rd: Keith Westrick, Dallas, N.C., nine bass, 30-5, $4,800

4th: Mark Lamb, Wake Forest, N.C., eight bass, 29-14, $3,900

5th: Coulby Lewis, Macon, Georgia, 10 bass, 29-10, $3,400

6th: James Wegmann, Fruitland Park, Florida, 12 bass, 29-9, $2,900

7th: Gerald Bozeman, Sylvester, Georgia, 12 bass, 27-6, $2,400

8th: Brian Scott, Sumter, S.C., nine bass, 23-5, $1,950

9th: Dearal Rodgers, Camden, S.C., eight bass, 22-5, $1,580

10th: Shawn York, Sarasota, Florida, eight bass, 20-8, $1,330

Bud McKelvey of Knoxville, Tennessee, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the Co-angler Division Thursday, a fish weighing 8 pounds, 12 ounces that earned him the day's Co-angler Big Bass award of $200.

The Costa FLW Series on Santee Cooper Lakes presented by Bass Pro Shops was hosted by the Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce. It was the third and final FLW Series Southeastern Division tournament of the 2018 regular season. The next Costa FLW Series tournament will be the Central Division opener, held April 19-21 on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri and is presented by Lowrance. For a complete schedule, visit FLWFishing.com.

The Costa FLW Series consists of five U.S. divisions - Central, Northern, Southeastern, Southwestern and Western - along with the International division. Each U.S. division consists of three regular-season tournaments with competitors vying for valuable points that could earn them the opportunity to compete in the season-ending Costa FLW Series Championship. The 2018 Costa FLW Series Championship is being held Nov. 1-3 on Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Alabama, and is hosted by the Marshall County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Costa FLW Series on FLW's social media outlets at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat.