Lanier Wins on Lake Sinclair
ATHENS, Ala. – Justin Lanier won the American Bass Open Series Georgia Division tournament, held April 28TH on Lake Sinclair. Running out of Little River Park in Milledgeville, GA the Macon, GA angler caught five bass weighing19.00 pounds. For the Boater Division victory, took home a check for $5000 for his win.
“I caught my fish on a spinnerbait about mid-lake on a shad spawn. I was targeting seawalls with a little bit of grass but mainly just seawalls. The bite was good until 11:00am when I caught my best fish, then it got tough.” Lanier said.
In second for the boaters, David Lowery of Milledgeville, GA landed a five-bass tournament limit going 18.29 pounds. He collected $1700 for his catch.
“I caught my fish on a Big Bite Bait Suicide Buzz. It’s a new bait that they came out with a few weeks ago. When they come up on it, they just flush it.” Lowery said.
Kip Carter of Mansfield, GA finished third for the boaters with five bass going 15.95 pounds. He earned $1130 for his catch.
“I caught my fish this morning on a shad spawn in the grass using a spinnerbait and buzzbait. I had about ten pounds doing that. Then I went to muddy water and flipped up a 6.60-pounder on a black/blue sweet beaver. I got a little lucky, but I’ll take it.” Carter said.
The largest bass of the tournament for the boaters was caught by David Pettis of Tifton, GA that weighed 6.62 pounds. Pettis pocketed a check for $900 for his catch.
“I caught that fish around 10:00am on a clay point using a jig in 5ft of water. “Pettis said.
Finishing fourth, Todd Lowe of Greensboro, GA landed a five-bass limit for 15.48 pounds. Rounding out the top five was Michael “Scott” Brady of Lenox, GA with a five-bass limit for 15.29 pounds.
In the Co-Angler Division, Matthew Bulloch of Pelham, GA won with three bass going 8.38 pounds with a 3.30-pound kicker. He pocketed a check for $1500 for his win.
“I caught my fish on a shad spawn this morning and then a frog. We were fishing mid-lake in cleaner water. The Lord blessed me today.” Bulloch said.
Taking second for the co-anglers, Harold Grizzle of Gainesville, GA brought in a three-bass division limit weighing 7.77 pounds. He collected $500 for the effort.
“I caught my fish in a buzzbait first thing this morning. I had a limit within the first ten casts. I kept culling all day. I lost one that broke off that was close to 7-pounds. “Grizzle said.
James “Michael” Thornton of Jonesboro, GA placed third among the co-anglers with three bass going 7.24 pounds anchored by a 5.52-pound kicker. He earned $400 for his catch and an additional $250 for the big bass award.
“We started off in Crooked Creek then went down to Airport cove where I picked up my spinning rod with a finesse worm hitting an outside grass line. I felt a thump and I noticed my line moving, that’s when that big bass came up and showed her mouth. I caught that fish around 11:15am this morning.” Thornton said.
In fourth place among the co-anglers, Mark Denney Jr of Bonaire, GA brought in three bass for 6.82 pounds. James Akins of Cumming, GA finished in fifth place with three bass at 6.51 pounds.
Slated for June 9TH, the next tournament will be held on Lake Oconee out of Sugar Creek Marina in Buckhead, 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 .
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