Durden Wins at Lake Oconee
ATHENS, Ala. –Bradley Durden won the 2021 Bass Pro Shops Open Series Georgia Division tournament, held June 5th on Oconee.
Running out of Sugar Creek Marina in Buckhead, GA, the Atlanta, GA angler caught a limit weighing 14.41 pounds, including a big bass that weighed 5.44-pounds. For the Boater Division victory, Durden took home a check for $2300 for his win and an additional $420 for the big bass award.
“I caught my fish on jigs and senkos around docks today. The day started off slow, and I had been catching some fish on topwater, but that didn’t happen today. That big bass was caught around 1:30 pm off a dock.” Durden said.
In second for the boaters, Scott Hayes of Newnan, GA, landed a five-bass tournament limit going 13.03 pounds.
“I caught my fish on a jig around docks in the mid-lake area. I started off fishing a mayfly hatch this morning and scrapped that to go fish docks.” Hayes said.
Matt Henry of Milledgeville, GA, took third for the boaters with five bass going 13.02 pounds.
“I caught my fish today on topwater and a chatter-bait today. I fished all around today, from Sugar Creek down to Lick Creek.” Henry said.
Finishing fourth, Grant Kelly of Milledgeville, GA, landed a five-bass limit for 12.16 pounds. Chandler Ray of Bainbridge, GA, rounded out the top five boaters with five bass at 12.04 pounds.
In the Co-Angler Division, Timothy “Ben” Stone of Conyers, GA, won with three bass going 8.72 pounds, including a big bass that weighed 4.06-pounds. He pocketed a check for $700 for his win and an additional $110 for the big bass award.
“I caught my fish on main lake docks on points using swim-jigs, a small 4” worm, and that big bass came on a green pumpkin beaver style bait around 2:00 pm.” Stone said.
Taking second for the co-anglers, Mark Carlson of Peachtree City, GA, brought in two bass weighing 5.65 pounds.
“I caught my fish on the lower end of the lake with shaky-heads and jigs around deep water points. It was a slow bite, and I had to be patient with the difficult bite today.” Carlson said.
Carlos Howard of Athens, GA, placed third among the co-anglers with three bass going 5.34 pounds.
“I caught my fish on a Zoom Ol’ Monster worm and a jig around docks. I caught a lot of fish, but most were short.“ Howard said.
In fourth place among the co-anglers, Peyton Cason of Newborn, GA, brought in three bass for 4.97 pounds. Rob Scarborough of Canton, GA, finished in fifth place with two bass for 3.94 pounds.
Slated for October 9th & 10th, 2021, the next tournament will be the Area Championship held on Lake Eufaula out of Lakepoint State Park Eufaula, AL. 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 April 2022.
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
American Bass Anglers is committed to providing low-cost, close-to-home tournaments for the weekend angler while offering an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers and all their bass tournament trails, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.
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