Duvall Dominates the Competition to Win $3000 in Georgia Event on Lake Sinclair
ATHENS, Ala. –John Duvall of Madison, GA won the Bass Pro Shops Open Series Georgia Division tournament, held April 27th on Lake Sinclair. Running out of Dennis Station Ramp in Eatonton, GA John caught five bass weighing 24.15 pounds. For the Boater Division victory, Duvall took home a check for $2500 for his win and an additional $500 for the big bass award.
“I have been chasing pre-spawn fish that are late to move up. They have been eating early in the morning and I have been getting lucky later in the day to catch a few good fish. The bite stopped around 12:30pm for me today. Blessed to have what I had, happy to have it. I was mostly fishing the upper part of the lake.” Duvall said.
In second for the boaters, Larry Cason of Newborn, GA landed a five-bass tournament limit going 15.63 pounds.
“I caught my fish early flipping grass and later flipping docks. I caught fish all day, probably 25 fish in total.” Cason said.
Grant Kelly of Milledgeville, GA took third for the boaters with five bass going 14.45 pounds.
“I caught my fish on a jig flipping grass and docks. I caught a few on a frog but mainly threw a jig today. I didn’t catch a lot of fish.” Kelly said.
Finishing fourth, Patrick Brown of Swainsboro, GA landed a five-bass limit for 13.91 pounds. Camden Howell of Ball Ground, GA rounded out the top five boaters with five bass at 13.47 pounds.
In the Co-Angler Division, James Draffin of Dawsonville, GA won with three bass going 11.48 pounds. He pocketed a check for $950 for his win and an additional $160 for the big bass award.
“I want to thank my boater, Mike Chester, we had a good day today. I was throwing a YUM dinger around rocks and grass beds and later in the day around docks. We fished mid-lake. I appreciate ABA and all they do!” Draffin said.
Taking second for the co-anglers, Sam Naib of Atlanta, GA brought in three bass weighing 9.57 pounds.
“I caught my fish on a spinnerbait and a dropshot, go figure.” Naib said.
Robert Enke of Columbus, GA placed third among the co-anglers with three bass going 8.99 pounds.
“I caught my fish on a shakey-head under boat docks. We were in a pocket on the lower end of the lake near the dam.” Enke said.
In fourth place among the co-anglers, Eugene Stinson of Dry Branch, GA brought in three bass for 8.32 pounds. James Murphy of Phenix City, AL finished in fifth place with three bass for 7.59 pounds.
Slated for June 15th, 2019 the next tournament will be held on Lake Oconee out of Sugar Creek Marina in Eatonton, GA. At the end of the season, the best anglers from across the nation advance the 2020 Ray Scott Championship to be held at Lake Hartwell in April, 2020.
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
About American Bass Anglers - 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.
American Bass Anglers is sponsored by: Bass Pro Shops, Triton Boats, Mercury Marine, Nitro Boats, Tracker Boats, MotorGuide, Garmin, T-H Marine, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Engel Coolers, Four Roses Bourbon, Lucas Oil, Maui Jim, Optima Batteries and Power-Pole. Mailing address: American Bass Anglers, Inc, PO Box 475, Athens, AL 35612 PH (256) 232-0406.
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