Georgia Division to hit Lake Oconee
ATHENS, Ala. – The Georgia Division 8 of the American Bass Anglers Weekend Bass Series will hold its third tournament of the season March 29, 2014, on Lake Oconee.
The competitors will launch at Sugar Creek Marina, located at 353 Parks Mill Road in Buckhead, Ga. Anglers may begin fishing at 7:15 a.m. or safe light. The public weigh-in will begin at 3:15 p.m. Registration begins at 4 p.m. March 28. To register for this tournament, see www.americanbassanglers.com/proddetail.php?prod=800.
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 14 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.
Created in 1979, Lake Oconee spreads across 18,971 acres of Morgan, Greene and Putnam counties of central Georgia near Greensboro. The second largest lake in Georgia began as a power company reservoir with a dam stretched across the Oconee River. The lake offers anglers 374 miles of shoreline. The Oconee River runs about 220 miles from Hall County, Ga., until it joins the Ocmulgee River to form the Altamaha River near Lumber City.
Lake Oconee holds good populations of big bass. Many anglers fish around the chunk rock, creek channels or woody cover. Also fish the main lake points and secondary points with spinnerbaits, shaky head jigs tipped with worms or crankbaits. Anglers also flip shallow cover or dock pilings with jigs.
During an April 20, 2013, tournament on Lake Oconee, Barry Stokes of Covington, Ga., won the Boater Division with a five-bass tournament limit weighing 19.22 pounds. He set the tournament lunker standard with a 5.25-pound kicker. Stokes caught most of his fish on spinnerbaits, a Bass Hound crankbait or by flipping.
In the Co-Angler Division during that tournament, Kevin J. McKee of Martinez landed a three-fish division limit going 10.96 pounds. He capped his catch with a 4.44-pounder that led the division big bass race. McKee caught most of his fish on pumpkin shaky heads by the dam.
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.