Carter wins it all on Lake Sinclair
ATHENS, Ala. – Kip Carter won it all during the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Georgia Division 8 tournament, held March 3, 2012, on Lake Sinclair.
Running out of Little River Park near Milledgeville to fish the 15,330-acre impoundment, the Loganville angler caught five bass weighing 21.97 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 5.42-pounder that won the division big bass title. The 2011 Georgia Division 8 champion collected $2,456 for the win plus the lunker award.
“I fished mid-lake,” Carter said. “Everything I weighed in came on a Shad Rap crankbait. When I pull into an area, I cast at very specific targets learned after fishing this lake for 15 years. Everywhere I went, I caught fish.”
In second for the 58 boaters, Michael Reid of Perry brought in a five-bass tournament limit weighing 16.38 pounds. He went home with a check for $1,228.
“I fished the mid-lake area and caught all my fish on a jig,” Reid explained. “I fished pre-spawn fish and caught them off docks. It was a fish here and there, but I caught them all day. I lost a couple good fish.”
Jerry McClure of McDonough took third among the boaters with five bass at 16.35 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 4.85-pounder and earned $819.
“I fished a jig around grass and docks,” McClure confided. “I had a limit by 9 a.m. and culled fish all day. I lost a few bigger fish including one that was over four pounds.”
Scott Hayes of Newnan brought in five bass for 13.97 pounds with a 4.09-pound kicker to take fourth place. Rounding out the top five boaters, Jason S. Smith of Albany landed a five-fish limit for 13.76 pounds with a 4.29-pound kicker.
In the Co-Angler Division, James “Greg” G. Jeter of Bainbridge, Ga., won his second event in a row. Coming off a Feb. 4, 2012, victory at Lake Seminole, Jeter brought in three bass going 10.42 pounds with a 4.23-pound kicker to pocket $1,174.
“We fished the south end of the lake,” Jeter revealed. “We caught a lot of fish with a variety of lures including Rat-L-Traps, spinnerbaits, Carolina rigs, you name it. I caught my biggest fish on a Rat-L-Trap in shallow water. The water was a little dingy.”
In second for the co-anglers, David Logan of Ball Ground landed a three-bass division limit weighing 9.52 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 5.23-pounder to win $587.
“I used a shaky head and a crankbait,” Logan said. “Everything was up on the bank. We were fishing up a creek.”
Just behind, Greg Payne of Warner Robins took third for the co-anglers with three bass going 9.50 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 5.58-pound bucketmouth that earned the tournament big fish award. For third place, Payne pocketed $391 with an extra $125 for the lunker.
“I caught my fish on a jig,” Payne said. “The big one hit early in the morning around grass.”
Chase McDuffie of Warner Robins brought in three keepers for 8.58 pounds with a 4.20-pound kicker for fourth place. Cody Sanders of Stockbridge followed with three bass at 7.72 pounds and fifth place.
For more information on this tournament, call Billy Benedetti at (256) 230-5632 or ABA at (888) 203-6222. On line, seewww.americanbassanglers.com.
-- John N. Felsher
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