Duvall runs up the river for Oconee victory
ATHENS, Ala. – Spinning and chattering, John Duvall won the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Georgia Division 8 tournament, held April 28, 2012, on Lake Oconee.
Running out of Sugar Creek Marina near Buckhead, the Madison angler caught five bass weighing 15.89 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 3.96-pound kicker to pocket $2,255 as the Boater Division winner.
“I caught all my fish on chatterbaits or spinnerbaits,” Duvall said. “I’m a river rat and headed way up the river. I lost one fish, but don’t know if it would have helped.”
In second for the boaters, Chad McMurrian of Perry brought in a five-bass tournament limit for 15.35 pounds. He capped his catch with a 5.69-pounder that earned tournament big bass honors. For second place, McMurrian collected $1,127.
“I caught all my fish on a CRM Lures Shaky Jig,” McMurrian explained. “All of them came off docks and seawalls. The big one came about 20 feet under a dock. I caught most of my fish in Sugar Creek. I caught three early. The big one hit at 11 a.m. and I caught some in the afternoon.”
Carl H. Hayes of Sharpsburg landed four keepers for 12.37 pounds. His biggest bass weighed 5.12 pounds.
“First thing in the morning, I ran down the lake and caught two fish,” Hayes said. “Then, I came up in Sugar Creek and caught two by flipping docks. I caught about 20 short fish under docks, but only four keepers.”
In fourth place for the boaters, James “Mark” Holloway of Madison returned with five keepers and 11.90 pounds. Scott Hayes of Newnan caught three bass weighing 10.83 pounds including one 4.53-pounder for fifth place.
In the Co-Angler Division, Eugene R. Stinson of Dry Branch landed three bass going 7.60 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 3.59-pounder to win $1,128.
“We stayed pretty close to the marina all day long,” Stinson said. “Everything was real shallow, two or three feet deep. I caught a small one on a crankbait early. Then, I swapped to a shaky head with a watermelon candy with red flakes and caught the two better fish on it.”
Randy Smith of Fayetteville landed a three-bass division limit for 6.23 pounds. His biggest bass weighed 2.26 pounds, enough for second place. “I caught my fish on a Texas-rigged speed craw,” Smith said. “I didn’t catch a fish after 10 a.m.”
Ben R. Waldrop of Dallas, Ga., landed two bass going 6.03 pounds including one 3.80-pounder. Mark R. Compton of Dacula brought in a three-bass limit for 5.85 pounds, including a 2.57-pound kicker. Creighton W. Johnson of Canton followed in fifth place among the co-anglers with three bass and 5.29 pounds.
Larry A. Pearson of Albany only landed one bass, but he made it count. He finished in seventh place with 3.89 pounds, but that one fish earned the division lunker title.
“I caught it on a crankbait while fishing backwater coves just north of the bridge,” Pearson revealed. “It was in about five feet of water and hit at about 7 a.m. My partner caught one about the same size. We caught both of them within five minutes of each other, but couldn’t get anything else going for the rest of the day.”
For more information on this tournament, call Billy Benedetti at (256) 230-5632 or ABA at (888) 203-6222. On line, seewww.americanbassanglers.com.