What does a community with a private, 165-acre manmade lake do with all that water? They hold a fishing tournament for our nation’s military heroes. Hampton Lake hosted the inaugural event in conjunction with the Lowcountry Foundation for Wounded Military Heroes earlier this month.

Hampton Lake, a Bluffton community that is built around the lake, was the perfect place for the event. With a well-stocked lake full of tiger bass (a hybrid bass that grows faster and is more aggressive than regular largemouth bass), and volunteers who offered their boats for the heroes to fish from, the tournament was a huge success.

The anglers were able to see what makes this lake such a great spot for the event. When this lake was built, it was built with fishing in mind, and it has a combination of everything a bass angelr could want, from rock piles, deep holes, sandy beaches, and woody cover.

Over 20 active duty, retired, and combat-wounded veterans participated in the tournament. All totaled, they caught almost 100 pounds of bass, all of which were released back into Hampton Lake.

The team of Joe Grimm, Evans Hammond, and Skylar Gill took first place with five fish weighing 12.5 pounds.

Jeremy Murphy, Dan Byron, and Tacorrie Johnson finished in second place with a five-fish stringer that weighed just over 8 pounds.

Andy Eldridge took big fish honors for his 5-pound bass, and Dan Byron caught the second-heaviest fish, a 3.6 pounder.

The folks at Hampton Lake did a great job making all the participants feel welcome and appreciated, and with the help of numerous sponsors and proceeds from a live auction held as part of the event, the foundation raised more money than they were hoping for, all of which will be used to benefit service members and their families.

This was the first fishing tournament held by the Lowcountry Foundation for Wounded Military Heroes, who will be holding their sixth annual Wounded Heroes Golf Classic on May 16 at Hampton Hall Club.

Click here for more information on the Lowcountry Foundation for Wounded Military Heroes.

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