Carter flipped to victory on Lake Oconee
ATHENS, Ala. – Kip Carter flipped to victory during the American Bass Anglers Weekend Bass Series Georgia Division 8 tournament, held March 29, 2014, on Lake Oconee near Buckhead, Ga.
Running out of Sugar Creek Marina in Buckhead, the Monticello, Ga., angler caught five bass weighing 18.54 pounds. For the Boater Division victory, Carter took home a check for $2,051.
“We fished docks the mid-lake area,” Carter revealed. “I mostly used a beaver, but got one good bite on a jig. We fished really shallow.”
In second for the boaters, Keith Bassett of Buckhead, Ga., landed a five-bass tournament limit going 15.93 pounds. He collected $1,005 for the effort.
“We fished down the lake toward the dam and flipped a jig in shallow water around any dead grass or docks,” Bassett explained. “I didn’t lose any fish.”
Brian P. Jamison of Greensboro, Ga., took third for the boaters with five bass going 15.49 pounds. He earned $689.
“I was flipping docks in the mid-lake area,” Jamison advised. “I didn’t lose any fish.”
Finishing fourth, John Duvall of Madison, Ga., landed a five-bass limit for 14.30 pounds. Todd Lowe of Greensboro, Ga., rounded out the top five boaters with five bass going 14.18 pounds topped by a 4.93-pound kicker. Kim Carver of Milledgeville, Ga., won the tournament lunker title with a 6.30-pounder.
“I caught the big fish on a chatterbait,” Carver recalled. “The fish hit at 3 p.m. We were just going down the bank.”
In the Co-Angler Division, Scott A. Ebetino of Zebulon, Ga., won it all with three bass going 10.41 pounds. He sealed his victory with a 6.15-pound kicker to win division big bass honors. For the win, Ebetino pocketed a check for $1,025, plus an extra $105 for the big bass.
“This was my first time on this lake,” Ebetino admitted. “We fished all over with spinnerbaits. The fish hit all day. I lost a 5-pounder that got wedged between the boat and the net.”
Taking second for the co-anglers, David Primavera of Winder, Ga., brought in a three-bass division limit for 9.28 pounds. He collected $503 for the effort.
“I caught all my fish on a spinnerbait,” Primavera said. “We didn’t run very far, just down to the second bridge. I didn’t lose any fish. I had a limit at 9 a.m. and caught two or three bass in every spot we fished.”
Shelton G. Parker Sr. of Hamilton, Ga., placed third among the co-anglers with three bass going 9.10 pounds. He earned $344.
“We fished near the dam,” Parker explained. “I caught my fish on a square-bill sexy shad crankbait. The biggest fish hit a jig at the edge of the grass. We figured out early that the fish were in the grass so that’s where we caught most of our fish.”
In fourth place among the co-anglers, James E. Murphy of Phenix City, Ala., brought in three bass for 8.29 pounds including a 2.99-pound kicker. Lee Hitson of Bainbridge, Ga., brought in an 8-pound bag with three bass to finish fifth.
Slated for May 3, 2014, the last regular season divisional tournament will be held on Lake Eufaula out of Lakepoint Resort State Park near Eufaula, Ala. 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.
At WBS events throughout the season, boater and co-angler competitors 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.
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.