Bluffton, SC (Nov 15, 2010) — Tall tales were being told around the campfire over the weekend as Hampton Lake celebrated its inaugural Captain’s Cup fishing tournament. The two-day Member-Guest event kicked off on Friday evening with a Captain’s meeting where competitors met and mingled over drinks and hors d’oeuvres.
But it was all business Saturday morning as the participants watched for first light, braving temperatures in the low 40’s to get a jump start on what proved to be a stellar day of fishing. Eleven two-member teams spread out across the private community’s 165 acre lake in search of Tiger and Hybrid -Striped Bass, just two of the many varieties of fish found here.
Over the course of the weekend, the top three teams alone landed over 105 pounds of fish. The winning team of Randy Fix and David Warren posted a grand total of 37.58 pounds. Bragging rights for the largest fish, however went to guest Ray Ranson, who landed a 5.86 pound Tiger Bass.
“Population studies by American Sportfish have found Tiger Bass at Hampton Lake approaching seven pounds and Hybrid-Striped bass averaging three to four lbs after just three and a half years,” boasted General Manager, C. Wade Bales. “A lot of thought went into the design and stocking of our lake to ensure a vigorous, natural habitat and it shows in the terrific results we’ve had at this tournament.” Bales holds a B.S. and M.S. in Biological Sciences (Fisheries Management) from Auburn University and worked with the SC Department of Natural Resources for 15 years where he served as Chief of the Freshwater Fisheries Section, among other duties.
The tournament culminated in what else but a Fish Fry, followed by an awards ceremony in the community’s Lakeview Room. Winning teams won gift certificates to The Tackle Box or Backwater Bill’s, both of which are located within Hampton Lake’s Lakehouse, situated in the midst of their award winning recreational facilities. Winners also received a freshwater Shimano rod and reel.
“The tournament was a fabulous success and we’ve already got plans in the making for another in the Spring,” said Bales. “For folks who love the outdoors, particularly fishing, there is nothing like Hampton Lake anywhere else in the Lowcountry.”
If you’d like to try your hand at fishing this remarkable lake, Hampton Lake offers a Sneak-a-Peek weekend package starting at just $295/couple. Along with 3 days and 2 nights of luxury accommodations in one of the property’s exquisitely decorated homes, visitors also receive lunch and/or dinner at Hampton Lake’s waterfront restaurant, Backwater Bill’s, a choice of spa treatments or a round of golf at a neighboring course, a picnic boat cruise or historic Savannah trolley tour, and of course, the chance to test your casting skills. For reservations call (866) 875-LAKE (5253).
More information can be found on the community www.hamptonlake.com.
Hampton Lake — Hampton Lake is a private lake community in Bluffton, S.C., comprising more than 900 acres. The community is a Reed Development project with 165-acres of freshwater lake and 340-acres of nature preserves. Built around the concept of connecting family and nature in a fun way, Hampton Lake offers open spaces, miles of nature trails, activity centers, pools, beaches, dining, and parks, all uniquely intertwined and interconnected. Also, the National Homebuilders Association honored Hampton Lake by naming it “Best Community” in America 151 units and over! Its Lakeside Village was also selected as the “Best Community Facility” in the country! For more information, call 843.836.LAKE (5253) or visit www.hamptonlake.com
PHOTO CREDIT: Ray Ranson proudly holds the largest fish caught during the tournament. The Tiger Bass weighed 5.86 pounds.
Courtesy of Hampton Lake.
Ashley Krieger / Denarius Group
SOURCE: Hampton Lake