Hawkins Wins $2600 on Harris Chain
ATHENS, Ala. –Calan Hawkins won the Bass Pro Shops Open Series Florida Central tournament, held May 1st on the Harris Chain of Lakes. Running out of Venetian Gardens – Ski Beach in Leesburg, FL the Fruitland Park, FL angler caught five bass weighing 24.56 pounds including a 7.61-pound kicker. For the Boater Division victory, Hawkins took home a check for $2600 for his win.
“I caught most of my fish on a chatter-bait and a few on a wacky-rig. I caught a lot of fish today and my co-angler had a good day also. The fish bit better later in the day.” Hawkins said.
In second for the boaters, Arnie Lane of Lakeland, FL landed a five-bass tournament limit going 22.59 pounds including a big bass that weighed 8.96-pounds. Lane collected $1250 for his finish and an additional $580 for that big bass.
“I just went fishing today. I didn’t get any practice because I had to work. I just looked for stuff that fit my style of fishing. I stayed in Big Lake Harris all day. I caught that big bass flipping grass late in the day.” Lane said.
Billy “Sam” Carroll of Tavares, FL took third for the boaters with five bass going 21.92 pounds.
“I caught all my fish on a chatter-bait today. I probably caught 30 bass. “Carroll said.
Finishing fourth, Levi Brown of Plant City, FL landed a five-bass limit for 20.44 pounds. Hojin Chang of Windermere, FL rounded out the top five boaters with five bass at 19.52 pounds.
In the Co-Angler Division, Barry “Scott” Hughes of Plant City, FL won with three bass going 10.11 pounds. He pocketed a check for $1300 for his win.
“I caught my fish on a speed worm in deep hydrilla on Big Lake Harris. “Hughes said.
Taking second for the co-anglers, Larry Mullikin of Jacksonville, FL brought in a three-bass division limit weighing 9.65 pounds.
Brandon St. Pierre of Cape Coral, FL placed third among the co-anglers with three bass going 9.55 pounds.
“I caught my fish on a chatter-bait and a worm on Lake Dora around 6ft deep.” St. Pierre said.
In fourth place among the co-anglers, Leo Saratt of Winter Garden, FL brought in three bass for 8.77 pounds.
Adam Wyckoff of Fern Park, FL finished in fifth place with two bass at 8.68 pounds that included a 6.65-pound big bass for the co-anglers. Wyckoff collected $280 for the big bass award.
“I caught that big bass on a chatter-bait on Lake Griffin mid-day today. “Wyckoff said
Slated for October 2 &3, 2021, the next tournament will be the Area Championship held on Lake Okeechobee out of Roland Martin Marina & Resort in Clewiston, FL. At the end of the season, the best anglers from across the nation advance the 2022 Ray Scott Championship to be held at Lake Eufaula in Eufaula, AL.
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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