Ross Barnett Still Producing in the Heat
ATHENS, Ala. – Ed Dunnaway of Flowood, MS won the Bass Pro Shops Open Series Mississippi divisional held June 22nd on Ross Barnett Reservoir. Running out of Tommy’s Trading Post, Dunnaway caught five-bass weighing 19.33-pounds. For the Boater Division victory, Ed took home a check for $5000 for his win and $640 for his big bass of 6.11 lbs.
“Well, I actually got on a bite this week that I had confidence in. I like to throw crankbaits, I like to throw Carolina Rigs, but I found a pattern with dead-sticking a big worm and slow. I wasn’t getting a lot of bites but they were quality. I had 7 bites today by 1 in one spot and about 14 lbs. I made a move and caught a 4.50. I sat down and re-rigged my rod, took my time, made another cast, and that’s when I caught the 6.11. After that, I was done. I was ready to come to weigh in so I did.” Dunnaway said.
In second for the boaters, Larry Savell of Brandon, MS landed a five-bass limit weighing 16.31-pounds.
“It was a lucky day for me to be sitting here in second. Just a fish here and a fish there. I fished the big lake, up the river, all over the place really. No real pattern to anything. One on a frog, one on a jig, another on a spinnerbait. I had 6 keepers so I did cull once but that’s all.” Larry said.
Jason Hannah of Forest, MS finished in a close third place for the boaters with five bass weighing 16.16 pounds. Just 2 ounces behind Larry.
“I caught all my fish shallow. I caught them South of here in the big lake and every one of them hit a swimbait in less than 2 feet of water. The temp was 85 to 86 degrees but with a lot of cover. I had a few areas that produced like that today so I did move around a little. All in all it was a good day.” Jason said.
Finishing fourth, Shannon Denson of Brandon, MS landed a five-bass limit for 16.09-pounds. Ivy Bradshaw, also of Brandon, rounded out the top five boaters with five bass at 15.90-pounds.
In the Co-Angler Division, Kevin Daniels of Brandon, MS won with three bass going 11.66-pounds. He pocketed a check for $1000 for his win.
“I threw a frog all day long. I think I culled four times and we were all over the place. Up river, down the lake, and I caught fish everywhere we went. I think I had 7 or 8 keepers. It didn’t matter if the sun was out or not, the topwater bite was good for me today.” Kevin said.
Taking second for the co-anglers, Kieth Brumfield of Vicksburg, MS brought in a three-bass limit weighing 9.43-pounds.
“My very first cast this morning was the biggest fish of the day for me. A little over 3 lbs. I caught my second fish 3 casts later. I thought it was going to be a great day. It took a couple hours to get the third bite and it was a small 14 incher. About 2 hours later I caught another fish that culled the 14 incher and that was it. 4 bites, all keepers, all on a Carolina Rig.” Brumfield said.
Chris Bowers of Brandon, MS placed third among the co-anglers with a three bass limit going 6.46-pounds.
“Fished a spinnerbait, frog, and buzzbait today mainly targeting rocks. I didn’t get a chance to cull but I did have one that came off that may have bumped me up a little. I caught fish all day but couldn’t manage to improve my limit any.” Said Chris.
In fourth place among the co-anglers, Larry Edmunson of Brandon, MS brought in three bass for 6.19-pounds. Lane McKee of Pheba MS finished in fifth place with three bass for 5.92-pounds.
Slated for July 13th the next tournament will be back on Lake Pickwick out of JP Coleman State Park. 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 Chris Wayand, tournament manager, at 256-230-5627 or ABA at 256-232-0406. Online, see www.americanbassanglers.com
About the American Bass Anglers - American Bass Anglers is committed to providing low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler while offering an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers and all their bass tournament trails visit www.americanbassanglers.com.
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RANDY WOODHAM Wins D72 on OCONEE
Randy Woodham of Social Circle, GA took the win for D72 of the Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour held on January 16, 2021, on Lake Oconee. His total weight of 17.12 pounds netted him $755 cash for first place and a nice trophy. Randy secured his five fish limit with a 5.62 pounder, and won additional cash of $370 for the optional big bass pot and the Big Bass trophy. Randy is currently in the lead for AOY position for D72.
North GA Couples kicks off 2021 season with double header on Lake Lanier.
October 3 brought post frontal winds and bluebird skies, starting the day off with waning harvest moon. With some fall transition it made for some challenging fishing but beautiful weather to be on the lake. With 8 teams fishing there was only one limit brought to the scales but all others had at least one keeper to weigh, with exception of one team who had to leave lake early due to boat problems.
Bass Pro Shops Open Series Coming To Lake Okeechobee
Athens, AL - The south Florida division of the Bass Pro Shops Open Series will hold their first tournament of the season on Lake Okeechobee. On Saturday, January 23, 2021, the tournament will be out of Clewiston, FL, launching out of the framed Roland Martin Marina and Resort.
It will be interesting to see how much Okeechobee has changed since last January. On this same weekend last year, Scott Kirsch of Edgewater, FL, won the boater side of the event with a five-fish limit of 18 pounds. Mason Meder won the Co-Angler side of the event with a three-fish limit of 10.91 pounds.
Team Tour Championship Postponed
Out of an overabundance of caution The Team Tour Championship that was scheduled for 10/10-11/2020 on Wheeler Lake has be postponed. The National Weather Service is forecasting winds of 10-20 mph with gust up to 35mph for Saturday, and winds of 10-15 mph with gust up to 20 mph Sunday. The safety of our anglers is the number on concern and factor when making the tough decisions on postponing a tournament. The new dates for the Team Tour Championship will be November 21-22 on Wheeler Lak