Carver Wins $5000 in Georgia Event on Lake Oconee
ATHENS, Al. – Kim Carver of Milledgeville, GA won the Bass Pro Shops Open Series Georgia Division tournament, held March 14th on Lake Oconee. Running out of Sugar Creek Marina in Buckhead, GA Kim caught five bass 20.62 weighing pounds. For the Boater Division victory, Carver took home a check for $5000 for his win.
“I was fishing the Lick Creek area flipping a Zoom bait lizard. It had to be super shallow docks and the fish seemed to be right on the bank. I caught most for my fish before 10:00am and then caught a few toward the end of the day. It was just my day today I have fished this lake for many years and the Good Lord blessed me today.” Carver said.
In second for the boaters, Dylan Peppers of Social Circle, GA landed a five-bass tournament limit going 17.61 pounds.
“I caught my fish between Sugar Creek and the Hwy 44 bridge. I caught my fish on a crankbait and a jig shallow.” Peppers said.
Brian Jamison of Greensboro, GA took third for the boaters with five bass going 17.05 pounds including a big bass that weighed 6.33-pounds. Jamison collected $660 for the big bass award.
“I caught my fish flipping dirty water shallow docks. I caught that big bass around 10:30am. It was my second fish of the morning. I caught my first fish around 10:00am.” Jamison said.
Finishing fourth, Ken Daniels of Statesboro, GA landed a five-bass limit for 16.78 pounds. Casey Smith of Musella, GA rounded out the top five boaters with five bass at 14.60 pounds.
In the Co-Angler Division, Charles Ellington of Cumming, GA won with three bass going 10.71 pounds that included the big bass for the co-anglers that weighed 4.75-pounds. Ellington collected a check for $1000 for the win and an additional $185 for the big bass award.
“I caught my fish right here in Sugar Creek, I can see pretty much everywhere we fished today. This is my first tournament here at Lake Oconee. I had a great boater today, Carl Hayes, and I watched him catch fish all day. I just had three good bites. I caught two of my fish on a jig and one on a lizard fishing seawalls.” Ellington said.
Taking second for the co-anglers, Donald Peppers of Good Hope, GA brought in three bass weighing 9.36 pounds.
“I caught my fish from Sugar Creek to the Hwy 44 bridge on soft plastics. Most of the fish came on docks and seawalls in the various pockets.” Peppers said.
David Kersey of Buckhead, GA placed third among the co-anglers with three bass going 8.35 pounds.
“I caught my fish on a spinnerbait up the river. I caught about six fish and I threw that spinnerbait all day,” Kersey said.
In fourth place among the co-anglers, Rick Smith of Oxford, GA brought in three bass for 7.56 pounds. Hugh Phillips of Kathleen, GA finished in fifth place with three bass for 7.07 pounds.
Slated for April 25th, 2020, the next tournament will be held on Lake Sinclair out of Dennis Station Ramp in Eatonton, GA. At the end of the season, the best anglers from across the nation advance the 2021 Ray Scott Championship to be held at Lake Chickamauga in April, 2021.
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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