Derek Johnson Wins D72 2020 Season Opener on Sinclair
Derek Johnson of Lumber City, GA took the win for D72 at Lake Sinclair on September 7, 2019. There were 43 anglers competing in the opening tournament for the 2020 season. Derek said he caught some bass early on topwater, then changed over to using worms on brush piles. His five-fish limit totaled 13.94 pounds, and his first-place finish was secured by a 4.72 pounder. Derek won $796 cash and the First Place trophy!
Grant Kelly also had a five-fish limit and took home $512 cash plus the Second Place trophy for his total weight of 13.38 pounds which included a 4.33 pounder.
Gary Perrine won the Big Bass trophy and $215 cash for his 5.50 pounder. Gary said he was using a Texas rigged June Bug Old Monster worm in trees to catch the biggest bass of the day. He also won the Third Place trophy and additional cash of $245 for his total weight of 11.38 pounds.
Congratulations to the Top Ten:
1st Derek Johnson 13.94-lbs 2nd Grant Kelly 13.38-lbs 3rd Gary Perrine 11.38-lbs 4th Mike Blackshear 10.78-lbs 5th Aaron Batson 8.69-lbs 6th Adam Wicks 8.07-lbs 7th Steve Dobbs 7.93-lbs 8th Carl Wilson 7.17-lbs 9th Randall Woodham 6.53-lbs 10th Danny Taylor 6.06-lbs
Director Benny Howell gave four $50 bills as draw prizes for the anglers present at the conclusion of the awards. The lucky winners were Eric Teague, Todd Stewart, Bill Payton, and Steve Dobbs.
Thanks go out to Assistant Director Danny Taylor for helping to keep the tournament running smoothly, checking boats, and weighing fish.
The next tournament for D72 will be September 28, 2019, on Lake Oconee going out of Sugar Creek Marina.
If you need information, please contact Director Benny Howell at 770-365-4795.
These anglers earn valuable points toward the divisional angler of the year title. The points champion from each division will compete in the annual American Bass Anglers BPSFT Angler of The Year Final Round at the BPSFT Championship. In addition, the top 500 anglers from the various divisions will earn the right to compete in the three-day ABA, BPSFT National Championship tournament.
The Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour offers low cost, close to home bass tournaments that are designed for the weekend angler. All anglers fish for both money and points. The points advance the angler to their divisional championship and the top 500 anglers in the US are invited to the Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour National Championship.
American Bass Anglers is sponsored by: Bass Pro Shops, Triton Boats, Mercury Marine, Nitro Boats, Tracker Boats, MotorGuide, Garmin, T-H Marine, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Engel Coolers, Four Roses Bourbon, Lucas Oil, Optima Batteries, Maui Jim, and Power-Pole. Mailing address: American Bass Anglers, Inc, PO Box 475, Athens, AL 35612 PH (256) 232-0406.
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