McFarlin Wins $2300 in Georgia Event on Lake Hartwell
ATHENS, Ala. – Shane McFarlin of Martin, GA won the Bass Pro Shops Open Series Georgia Division tournament, held March 9th on Lake Hartwell. Running out of Green Pond Park in Anderson, SC Shane caught five bass weighing 17.28-pounds. For the Boater Division victory, McFarlin took home a check for $2300 for his win.
“I started out fishing for schooling fish early and then went shallow around 11:00am. I only had five bites all day. It was a grind,” McFarlin said.
In second for the boaters, Cain Waller of Hartwell, GA landed a five-bass tournament limit going 16.30-pounds.
“I caught my fish Carolina rigging down by the dam in 10ft-12ft of water. I had five bites and all my fish came before 8:00am,” Waller said.
Jay Carter of Warner Robins, GA took third for the boaters with five bass going 15.96-pounds.
“I caught my fish on a chatter-bait up above the bridge in the dirty water. I only had six keeper bites all day and two of those were 12 inchers,” Carter said.
The big bass award for the boaters went to Grant Kelly of Milledgeville, GA for a big bass that weighed 6.74-pounds.
“I caught that big bass on a crankbait first thing this morning in 10ft of water,” Kelly said.
Finishing fourth, Troy “Cole” Hyder of Landrum, SC landed a five-bass limit for 14.58-pounds. Joshua George of Loganville, GA rounded out the top five boaters with five bass at 14.49-pounds.
In the Co-Angler Division, Crain Monnin of Cumming, GA won with three bass going 9.32-pounds. He pocketed a check for $700 for his win.
“We went north today to a pocket that had some bait fish schooling in it. I caught my fish today on a red-eye shad, a Spro Little John, and a shakey-head. I had a good boater today,” Monnin said.
Taking second for the co-anglers, Anthony Pierce of Ashburn, GA brought in a two-bass weighing 9.20-pounds including a big bass that weighed 6.64-pounds.
“I caught the big fish around 12:30pm on a june bug shakey-head. That big bass was my biggest bass ever in a tournament. I lost one fish that would have won the event for me, just over anxious,” Pierce said.
Bo Washam of Midland, GA placed third among the co-anglers with three bass going 8.77-pounds.
“I caught my fish with a black trick worm on a shakey-head up the Seneca river,” Washam said.
In fourth place among the co-anglers, James Akins of Cumming, GA brought in three bass for 8.37-pounds. Zach Watkins of Williamston, SC finished in fifth place with three bass for 7.21-pounds.
Slated for April 27th, 2019 the next tournament will be held on Lake Sinclair out of Dennis Station in Eatonton, GA. At the end of the season, the best anglers from across the nation advance the 2020 Ray Scott Championship to be held at Lake Hartwell in April, 2020.
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.americanbassanglers.com
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