Powell Pockets $5,000 plus $7,000 Triton Gold in the Georgia Division Opener on Lake Eufaula
ATHENS, Ala. – Shane Powell of Dothan, AL topped the field with 23.77 pounds. He anchored his catch and sealed his victory with 6.30-pound kicker. For his victory in the American Bass Open Series Georgia Division tournament, held February 10TH on Lake Eufaula, Shane took home a check for $5000. Shane also qualified for an additional $7000 from Triton Gold.
“I started fishing the south end of the lake throwing a chatter-bait and caught two fish right away. Then I started fishing deeper and caught two more on back-to-back casts. It was over for me by 8:30am because I couldn’t cull up with better fish from what I already had. I probably caught around fifteen fish today.” Powell said.
In second for the boaters, David Lowery of Phenix City, AL landed a five-bass tournament limit going 23.24 pounds. He collected $1760 for his catch.
“I caught my fish on the south end of the lake fishing a Big Bite Bait Swimming Craw. It’s a new bait and I was swimming it through the grass. I also put it on the back of a jig and flipped it too.” Lowery said.
John Holder of Brunswick, GA finished third for the boaters with five bass going 22.15 pounds. He earned $1170 for his catch.
“I stayed in Cowikee creek all day and I was fishing with a lizard and a white swimbait. “Holder said.
The largest bass of the tournament for the boaters was caught by Patrick Brown of Swainsboro, GA that weighed 8.18 pounds. Brown pocketed a check for $950 for his catch.
“I caught that fish on a on a big California style swimbait waking it over the grass around 11:30am. I lost another one just as big also on that swimbait. I was fishing the lower end of the lake. “Brown said.
Finishing fourth, Jason “Buddha” Smith of Dawson, GA landed a five-bass limit for 21.85 pounds. Rounding out the top five was Ryan Ingram of Phenix City, AL with a five-bass limit for 21.58 pounds.
In the Co-Angler Division, Keith Minnihan of Stockbridge, GA won with three bass going 9.54 pounds with a 4.96-pound kicker. He pocketed a check for $1400 for his win.
“I caught my fish on a Strike King Game Hawg and some Missile Baits Warlock heads. If it wasn’t for my boater, I wouldn’t have caught those fish. He pointed to them and I made the cast and caught them. I want to thank my boater, Keith Bardolf, for putting me on the fish.” Minnihan said.
Taking second for the co-anglers, Patrick Watson of Newnan, GA brought in a three-bass division limit weighing 9.43 pounds. He collected $500 for the effort.
“I was fishing the south end of the lake and I caught my fish on a square bill crankbait between docks and then on a jig. I only caught three fish today and that is what I weighed-in. “Watson said.
Donnie Dawson of Brunswick, GA placed third among the co-anglers with three bass going 8.42 pounds. He earned $350 for his catch.
“I caught my fish on a spinnerbait and a crankbait fishing the lower end of the lake.” Dawson said.
The largest bass of the tournament for the co-anglers was caught by Joseph Chilcott of Crestview, FL that weighed 6.79 pounds. Chilcott pocketed a check for $225 for his catch.
“I caught that big bass on a square bill crankbait on the lower end if the lake near cypress trees in a ditch.” Chilcott said.
In fourth place among the co-anglers, Phillip Johnson of Griffin, GA brought in three bass for 8.14 pounds. Robert Enke of Phenix City, AL finished in fifth place with three bass at 8.05 pounds.
Slated for March 10TH , the next tournament will be held on Lake Seminole out of Reynolds Landing in Donalsonville, GA. At the end of the season, the best anglers from across the nation advance the 2019 Ray Scott Championship to be held on Lake Eufaula in April 2019.
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.abaopenseries.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 ABA Open Series, the American Fishing Tour the American Couples Serie and the Military Team Tournamnet visit www.americanbassanglers.com.
American Bass Anglers, Inc. is supported by Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, GEICO, Berkley, Abu Garcia, T-H Marine, Livingston Lures, Best Western Hotels, Maui Jim, Power Pole, Garmin, and SiriusXM Marine Weather. American Bass Anglers, Inc. can be contacted at (256) 232-0406
American Fishing Tour - Latest News
Don Sprinkle Takes the win on High Rock Lake
Don Sprinkle of Lexington, NC won the Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour Divison 14 tournament presented by American Bass Anglers. Running out of Southmont ramp near Lexington, NC. Don Sprinkle brought back five fish that locked in the scales at 13.82 pounds anchored by a 4.54-pound kicker. For the victory, Don Sprinkle took home a check for $432.00.
Treye and Carol Ward win on Kentucky Lake
The ABA Bass Pro Shops Couples Series Kentucky Lake Division experienced a very successful weekend. We had 14 teams participate. The weather was very wet and windy but the lake was cooperative and relatively smooth all day considering the conditions. All 14 teams weighed fish at the end of the day. 48 fish were caught weighing over 153 pounds. All fish were released alive and well. We paid out a total of $1,190.
McMillan Wins $2400 on Lake Okeechobee
ATHENS, Ala. – Dillon McMillan of Belle Glade, FL won the Bass Pro Shops Open Series Florida South tournament, held May 18th on the Lake Okeechobee. Running out of Scott Driver Park in Okeechobee, FL Dillon caught five bass weighing 23.03 pounds. For the Boater Division victory, McMillan took home a check for $2400 for his win.
Davis and Butler win a new Triton boat on Lake Guntersville
Sunday, May 5th, 2019 the ABA Triton 100% Plus Team Tour held its second tournament of the regular season that launched from Goosepond Bait and Tackle on Lake Guntersville located in Scottsboro, AL. Eighty-three teams went head to head, on a sunny but windy day, to try and win the 2019 Triton 17TX powered by a 60HP Mercury four-stroke with Garmin Echo-map plus 93SV valued at 20K. With a massive six-and-a-half-pound lead over 2nd place, Seth Davis and Brent Butler took the victory weighing in 5 fish for a whopping weight of 29.69 pounds.