Derek Lehtonen Wins Lake Hartwell
On October 27th, 2019, thirty-five anglers launched from the Gum Branch Facility near Hartwell, GA. The weather started out with temps in the upper 60’s and warmed to the mid 70’s by the 3pm weigh in time.
Water temps were in the mid 70’s and clear to slightly stain in the creeks. There were lots of fish caught but the bigger bites haven't turned up yet as the water temps have finally started to drop a few degrees in the last week.
Twenty of those anglers brought back five-fish limits to the scales, but when the scales closed Derek Lehtonen from Woodruff, SC., took the victory with 17.33lbs.
For the win Derek took home $735 in prize money plus an additional $192 for the 1st Place Bid Bass Option Pot for a total earnings of $927.
Second amongst the competitors was Grover Jones of Starr, SC., with five fish that locked in the scales at 12.34lbs.
For his efforts he took home $461 plus $128 for the 2nd Place Big Bass Option Pot for a total of $589 in prize money.
Third place was claimed by Jimmy Wilson of Wagener, SC., with five fish and a total weight of 11.54lbs. For his efforts he took home $195.
Fourth place was Russell Dobbins of Easley, SC., with a limit weighing in at 10.60lbs. For his efforts he took home $144.
Fifth place was Jody Hughes of Baldwin, GA., with a limit weighing in at 10.43lbs. For his efforts he took home $108.
Rounding out the top six in the money was Bryan Waddell of Taylors, SC., with a limit weighing in at 9.47lbs. Bryan earned $72 for his sixth place finish.
The Biggest Bass of the tournament was caught by Bryan Waddell of Taylors, SC. His fish locked in the scales at 5.03lbs earning him $180 in prize money.
Top ten finishers:
1. Derek Lehtonen 17.33
2. Grover Jones 12.34
3. Jimmy Wilson 11.54
4. Russell Dobbins 10.60
5. Jody Hughes 10.43
6. Bryan Waddell 9.47
7. Cory McGaha 9.26
8. Darren Ashley 9.13
9. Kim Neal 8.83
10. Tommy Graddy 8.69
The next tournament in this division will take place on November 17th, 2019, launching from Hwy 72 Elberton Boat Ramp on Lake Russell.
For more information on this event or division please contact local director Grover Jones at (252)217-2893 or visit www.americanbassanglers.com.
These anglers earn valuable points toward the divisional Angler of the Year (AOY) title. The points champion from each division will compete in the annual
American Bass Anglers (ABA) Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour (BPSFT) Angler of The Year Final Round at the BPSFT National 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 U.S. 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) 232-04
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