Barnes Wins $2740 in Alabama South Event on Lake Eufaula
Justin Barnes of Ellaville, GA won the Bass Pro Shops Open Series Alabama South Division tournament, held August 29th on Lake Eufaula. Running out of Lakepoint Resort State Park in Eufaula, AL Justin caught five bass weighing 19.84 pounds that included a massive 7.83-pound bucket mouth. For the Boater Division victory, Barnes took home a check for $2300 for his win and an additional $440 for the big bass award.
“I was fishing the mid-lake area. I started off fishing shallow and caught a few on a frog then I went offshore targeting structure. I caught that big bass in a brush pile later in the day.” Barnes said.
In second for the boaters, Bo Washam of Midland, GA landed a five-bass tournament limit going 18.88 pounds.
“I caught my fish on the lower end of the lake flipping a jig. My co-angler caught a fish that would have helped me. It was a fun day.” Washam said.
Ryan Ingram of Phenix City, AL took third for the boaters with five bass going 18.49 pounds.
“I caught my fish today cranking around 22ft deep. I caught a lot of fish today but a lot of small fish.” Ingram said.
Finishing fourth, Scott Montgomery of Georgetown, GA landed a five-bass limit for 17.99 pounds. Michael Smith of Andalusia, AL rounded out the top five boaters with five bass at 17.52 pounds.
In the Co-Angler Division, Joseph Chilcott of Crestview, FL won with three bass going 10.40 pounds. He pocketed a check for $750 for his win.
“I caught my fish today on docks that had brush under them. I broke one fish off that I didn’t get to see. I was throwing a Texas-rig worm.” Chilcott said.
Taking second for the co-anglers, Jeffrey “Keith” Reynolds of Ozark, AL brought in a three-bass division limit weighing 8.84 pounds.
“I caught my fish dragging a big worm out deep all day.” Reynolds said. “
Danny Truelove of Cuba, AL placed third among the co-anglers with three bass going 8.75 pounds.
“I caught my fish down the lake on a shakey-head and a Carolina-rig around 10ft deep.” Truelove said.
The big bass award for the co-anglers went to Antonio Jointer of Montgomery, AL for a big bass that weighed 4.87 pounds.
“I caught that big bass on a Texas-rig worm fishing bream beds around 11:00am. I lost one bigger than the one I caught.” Jointer said.
In fourth place among the co-anglers, Edward Dickson of Columbus, GA brought in three bass for 7.80 pounds. Terry Thornton of Macon, GA finished in fifth place with three bass for 7.31 pounds.
Slated for October 10th & 11th, 2020, the next tournament will be the Area Championship to be held on Lake Eufaula out of Lakepoint Resort State Park in Eufaula, AL. 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. Online, see www.americanbassanglers.com
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Team Tour Championship Postponed
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