Georgia Division to open on Lake Seminole
ATHENS, Ala. – The Georgia Division 8 of the American Bass Anglers Weekend Bass Series will open its 2014 season Feb. 1 on Lake Seminole near Bainbridge, Ga.
The competitors will launch at Bainbridge Earle May Boat Basin, located at 100 Boat Basin Circle in Bainbridge, Ga. Anglers may begin fishing at 7:15 a.m. or safe light. The weigh-in will begin at 3:15 p.m.
Registration begins at 4 p.m. Jan. 31, 2014, at Bainbridge Earle May Boat Basin. To register, see www.americanbassanglers.com/proddetail.php?prod=798. Anglers fishing the Boater Division may weigh in up to five bass in any combination of largemouth or Kentucky spotted bass, each at least 12 inches long. Co-anglers may weigh in up to three bass.
To enter, anglers fishing the Boater Division pay $200 with co-anglers paying $100. In addition, ABA members enjoy these other these other benefits:
- No more dual membership to fish the Weekend Bass Series.
- No more credit card processing fees for tournament entries.
- Liability insurance requirements have been reduced to an acceptable level for weekend anglers.
- Increased payback at divisional events from 20 percent of the field to 25 percent of the field.
In addition to cash prizes for top finishers, boater and co-angler competitors fishing this tournament and WBS events throughout the season may also win hefty bonuses from such sponsors as Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, Royal Purple, MotorGuide and T-H Marine Atlas. See www.americanbassanglers.com and click on “Contingency” for details on how to qualify for these bonuses.
One of the best bass lakes in the nation, Lake Seminole ranks Number 60 on the 2013 Bassmaster magazine list of the top 100 bass waters in the United States. Any cast could produce a double-digit bucketmouth. The lake frequently produces 10- to 12-pound largemouths with some topping 16 pounds.
Impounded in 1952 where the Chattahoochee River, Flint River and Spring Creek merge to form the Apalachicola River near Chattahoochee, Fla., Lake Seminole covers 37,500 acres with more than 376 miles of shoreline. The Chattahoochee River forms part of the Georgia-Alabama line and feeds into Lake Seminole from the northwest. The Flint River runs northeast up through Georgia. The lake averages about eight feet deep with some holes in major river channels dropping to more than 60 feet deep.
Several grassy flats and islands along the eastern shoreline of Spring Creek and where Spring Creek merges with the Flint River typically hold good bass. Just west of Spring Creek, the Fish Pond Drain flows into the main channel near where the Flint and Chattahoochee rivers merge. The lake also contains abundant stumps, submerged logs, woody shorelines, humps, docks and other cover.
Since the lake straddles the Florida-Georgia line, anglers can fish parts of the lake with a license from either state. For Georgia fishing license information, see www.georgiawildlife.com/licenses-permits-passes#Recreational_Licenses_and_Passes or call 800-366-2661. For Florida fishing license information, see http://myfwc.com/license or call 888-347-4356.
At the end of the season, the best WBS anglers from across the nation will fish the 2014 Ray Scott Championship, slated for Wheeler Lake in Decatur, Ala., from Nov. 15-18. The champion boater will receive $100,000 and possibly up to $50,000 in Triton Gold Bonus money. The co-angler champion will win $50,000 and possibly up to $25,000 in Triton Gold Bonus money.
As a special Ray Scott Championship bonus, the Boater Division and Co-Angler Division champions will each receive entry fees and sponsorship into the one of two professional bass fishing series of the angler’s choice. The sponsorship includes entry fees into three professional events and sponsorship support. This sponsorship will put the champion within striking distance of one of two professional bass fishing championships.
During a Feb. 12, 2011, tournament on Lake Seminole, Terry Stevens of Marianna, Fla., won the Boater Division with a five-bass tournament limit weighing five bass weighing 24.95 pounds after anchoring his bag with a 5.37-pounder. Stevens caught his fish on a variety of baits including a Shad Rap, a jerkbait, a Rat-L-Trap and a jig. Patrick Fisher of Clearwater, Fla., won the tournament big bass title with a 7.01-pounder that hit a Rat-L-Trap later in the day by the mouth of Spring Creek.
In the Co-Angler Division during that tournament, Kevin Topper of Woodstock, Ga., landed a three-fish division limit going 13.45 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 5.11-pounder. Topper caught most of his fish on crankbaits worked through 14 to 20 feet of water in Spring Creek. Nicky Jenkins of Gainesville, Ga., won the Co-Angler Division lunker competition with a 6.50-pounder that hit a black and blue chatterbait.
For more information on this tournament, call Billy Benedetti, tournament manager, at 256-230-5632 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
About American Bass Anglers: American Bass Anglers is committed to providing low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler and at the same time offer each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers, the Weekend Bass Series, the American Fishing Tour or the American Couples Series, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.