Aaron Batson Wins D72 on Oconee
Aaron Batson of Oxford, GA. brought a winning sack totaling at 23.53 lbs. to the scale at Lake Oconee on December 21, 2019 for the D72 Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tournament.
Aaron Batson caught his awesome keepers using a jig. He secured his five fish limit with a 5.65 pounder, and took home $738.00 in cash plus the first place trophy!
Barry Hooper took the Big Bass trophy and $340.00 in cash for the optional big bass pot. He caught his 6.20 lb. bass using a crank bait on rock piles. He also had a five fish limit which totaled 16.08 lbs., securing the second place position to put additional cash of $464.00 in his pocket. He was very happy to win a total of $804.00 for a day of fishing!
D72 had a total of 34 anglers competing for cash, trophies, draw prizes, and points. All participants were happy that the rain held off during the tournament and most anglers brought keepers to the scale. There were seven bass that went over 5 lbs., and many more very good bass over 3 lbs. All bass weighed were released alive to grow bigger and be caught again.
Congratulations to the Top Ten:
1 - Aaron Batson 23.53 lbs.
2 - Barry Hooper 16.08 lbs.
3 - Cody Stahl 15.56 lbs.
4 - Tony Couch 13.33 lbs.
5 - Derek Johnson 13.32 lbs.
6 - Sam Dyal 13.12 lbs.
7 - Carl Hayes 13.09 lbs.
8 - David Lowery 12.89 lbs.
9 - Tommy Graddy 12.17 lbs.
10 - Carl Wilson 11.24 lbs.
Director Benny Howell gave two $50.00 bills as draw prizes for the anglers present at the conclusion of the awards.
The lucky winners were Carl Hayes and Mike Mincey. The winner of a $50.00 Sugar Creek Marina gift card was Damian Hall.
Thanks goes out to Assistant Director Danny Taylor for doing a great job by checking boats, weighing fish, and keeping the tournament running smoothly.
The next tournament for D72 will be January 18, 2020 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 (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 (AOY) 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 (BPSFT) 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, Lucas Oil, Optima Batteries, Maui Jim, Monster Energy, and Power-Pole.
Mailing address: American Bass Anglers, Inc, PO Box 475, Athens, AL 35612 PH (256) 232-0406.
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