ATHENS, Ala. – Barry Stokes won the American Fishing Tour, presented by American Bass Anglers, Georgia Division 72 tournament, held March, 8, 2014, on Lake Oconee.
Running out of Sugar Creek Marina near Buckhead, the Covington, Georgia, angler caught five bass weighing 17.87 pounds with a 6.68-pound kicker. For the victory, Barry took home a check for $556. Barry caught his fish on jigs, T-rig worms and crankbaits.
In second among these AFT competitors, Richard Martens of Bonaire, Georgia, caught five bass weighing 14.94 pounds and pocketed a check for $336.
Taking third place, Greg Colburn of Monroe, Georgia, caught five bass weighing 14.11 pounds with a 4.26-pound kicker and pocketed a check for $117.
Barry Stokes also won the big bass contest with a 6.68-pound lunker and won $125 for big bass.
In fourth place, non-boater Albert McNair of Watkinsville, Georgia, caught five bass weighing 13.32 pounds. Joshua George of Loganville, Georgia, rounded out the top five competitors with five bass weighing 11.95 pounds.
These anglers accrued valuable points toward the divisional angler of the year title. The points champion from each division will compete in the annual American Bass Anglers AFT Angler of The Year Final Round Fish-Off. In addition, the top 500 anglers from the various divisions will earn the right to compete in the three-day ABA, AFT National Championship tournament.
The next divisional tournament for Division 72 GA Central will be held back-to-back tournaments April 5, 2014 on Lake Oconee (Sugar Creek Marina) near Buckhead, Georgia and April 6, 2014 on Lake Sinclair (Little River Marina) near Milledgeville, Georgia.
For more information, call ABA at (256) 256-0406 or Dave Fox, GA Central tournament director, (478) 714-1272. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
The American Fishing Tour offers low cost, close to home bass tournaments that are designed for the weekend angler. All ABA anglers fish for money and points. The points advance the angler to their divisional championship and the top 500 anglers in the US are invited to the American Fishing Tour National Championship.