Stephen Clay Takes the win on Lake Sinclair
11 April 2021 Milledgeville, GA. Stephen Clay of Milledgeville, GA. won the American Fishing Tour Division 74 tournament presented by American Bass Anglers. Running out of the Dennis Station Ramp in Eatonton, GA. Clay brought back five fish that locked in the scales at 12.64 pounds anchored by a 5.65-pound kicker. For the victory Clay took home a check for $288. Clay’s 5.65-pound kicker was also “Big Fish” of the tournament earning him an additional $80.
Clay said that he caught most of his fish on spinnerbaits. He believed that the windy conditions contributed the spinnerbait bite. He praised the weather conditions for this time of year.
Second place was claimed by Frank Burris with five Lake Sinclair specials for a total weight of 5.39 pounds. For his efforts Burris took home $104 in prize money. Burris stated that his fish came on plastics late in the day but he never established a particular pattern.
Brad Gandee took third with four Lake Sinclair specials for a total weight of 5.03 pounds. Gandee said he caught his fish on plastics around docks.
Top Five Finishers
1. Stephen Clay 12.64 lbs. Big Fish 5.65 lbs.
2. Frank Burris 5.39 lbs.
3. Brad Gandee 5.03 lbs.
4. Sylvester Williams 4.83 lbs.
5. Kelley Clark 3.39 lbs.
The next tournament in this division will take place on Lake Blackshear 24 April 2021 launching from the Mega Ramp.
For more information on this event or division please contact local director Henry Starks 478-808-9701 or visit www.americanbassanglers.com
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 AFT Angler of The Year Final Round at the AFT Championship. In addition, the top 500 anglers from the various divisions will earn the right to compete in the three-day ABA, AFT National Championship tournament.
The American Fishing Tour offers low cost, close to home bass tournaments that are designed for the weekend angler. All anglers fish for money and points. The points advance the angler to their divisional championship and the top 500 anglers in the US are invited to the American Fishing Tour National Championship for this fall on Kerr Lake, VA.
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LES CHARLES WINS D72 on SINCLAIR
Les Charles of Milledgeville, GA took home the first place trophy and $813 cash for his 5 bass limit totaling 15.92 pounds at the D72 Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tournament held on November 27, 2021 at Lake Sinclair. Les said he caught his fish flipping docks with a homemade jig.
Tom and Missy take the win and the GLine Battery $100 Bounty on Cooper River
We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day on the Cooper River with mild temperatures and sunny skies! We had eight teams come out to compete with every team bringing fish to the scales. Several teams commented on how clear the water was and how many big bass they watched swimming but couldn’t get to bite. It seems that the most productive bite was on crank baits and worms.
Tom and Missy Bancroft took First Place with 5 largemouth bass weighing 8.15 lbs. earning $360. We caught our bass on crankbaits in the morning and shaky head worms in the afternoon.
2022 Open Series Registration Now Open
Registration is now open for the 2022 Open Series. The 2022 season offers 16 divisions, Alabama North, Alabama South, Florida Central, Florida South, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee Central, Tennessee East, Texas East, and Texas Southeast, and Virginia.
Each division offers four one-day qualifying events offering a boater/co-angler format,
Team Tour Championship Postponed
Out of an overabundance of caution The Team Tour Championship that was scheduled for 10/10-11/2020 on Wheeler Lake has be postponed. The National Weather Service is forecasting winds of 10-20 mph with gust up to 35mph for Saturday, and winds of 10-15 mph with gust up to 20 mph Sunday. The safety of our anglers is the number on concern and factor when making the tough decisions on postponing a tournament. The new dates for the Team Tour Championship will be November 21-22 on Wheeler Lak