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2014-02-17 01:22:41

Georgians to battle it out on Lake Sinclair

ATHENS, Ala. – The Georgia Division 8 of the American Bass Anglers Weekend Bass Series will hold its second tournament of the season Feb. 22, 2014, on Lake Sinclair near Milledgeville, Ga.

The competitors will launch at Little River Park, located at 3069 North Columbia Street in Milledgeville. Anglers may begin fishing at 7 a.m. or safe light. The weigh-in will begin at 3 p.m. Registration begins at 4 p.m. Feb. 21. To register for this tournament, see www.americanbassanglers.com/proddetail.php?prod=799.

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.

Anglers fishing the Boater Division may weigh in up to five bass, each at least 12 inches long. Co-anglers may weigh in up to three bass. Anglers competing in this tournament will need a Georgia fishing license. For Georgia fishing license information, see www.georgiawildlife.com/licenses-permits-passes#Recreational_Licenses_and_Passes or call 800-366-2661.

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. See the manufacturer web sites for specific details on how to qualify for these bonuses.

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.

Impounded in 1953 on the Oconee River as a hydroelectric power generation source, Lake Sinclair spreads through parts of Baldwin, Hancock and Putnam counties. The lake offers anglers about 417 miles of shoreline with many coves and inlets. Major creeks flowing into the lake include Beaver Dam, Crooked, Rooty, Sandy Run, Shoulder Bone, Potato, Island, Rocky, Nancy Branch, Reedy Branch and the Little River.

            Many anglers fish abundant docks for big bass. Probe the dock pilings with spinnerbaits, jigs or Texas-rigged worms. Anglers can also flip dark-colored beaver baits or similar creatures around docks or vegetation. Lake Sinclair also offers anglers numerous underwater humps, creek channels and other structure to probe with Carolina rigs, jigs or bottom bouncing baits.

During a Feb. 9, 2013, tournament on Lake Sinclair, Mike L. Chester of Warner Robins, Ga., won the Boater Division with a five-bass tournament limit weighing 20.53 pounds for a 4.01-pound average. He capped his catch with a 7.49-pound kicker. Chester caught one bass on a jig and the rest on worms worked through 12 to 14 feet of water. James R. Kushmer of Tifton, Ga., won the tournament big bass title with a 7.55-pounder that hit a jig fished near a dock.

            In the Co-Angler Division during that tournament, Chris Saunders of Locust Grove landed a three-fish division limit going 7.69 pounds. Saunders caught most of his fish on Carolina rigs or Rapala crankbaits fished around ledges in 12 to 14 feet of water. Jeff Strong of Sharpsburg, Ga., won the Co-Angler Division lunker competition with a 5.43-pounder that hit a Strike King Red Eye Shad lipless crankbait in water five to eight feet deep.

For area information, contact the Baldwin County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-653-1804. 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.

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