Howell Wins on West Point
Tim Howell of Ball Ground, Georgia won the American Bass Anglers Ram Truck Open Series Georgia Division tournament, held March 11th on West Point.
Running out of Pyne Road Park Mega Ramp in LaGrange, GA, Tim caught five bass weighing 21.41 pounds including a 6.09-pound big bass. For the Boater division victory, took home a check for $5,000 for his win and an additional $810 for the Big Bass. “I was fishing the mid-lake area and caught my fish on a jig, I did catch a few on top-water. I caught my fish on both wood and rock. I caught fish almost all day. The better fish seemed to come every couple of hours. I caught the big bass around 1:30 pm up the lake on a jig.” Howell said.
In second for the Boaters, Kyle Welcher of Opelika, Alabama landed a five-bass tournament limit going 14.92 pounds. He collected $1,575 for his catch. “I was fishing mid-lake as well. I ran evert brush pile I knew between Southern Harbor and the Hwy 109 bridge. I was fishing in about 12ft of water.” Welcher said.
Josh Teet of Carrollton, Georgia caught five bass going 14.89 pounds. He collected $1,050 for his catch. “I was also fishing mid-lake like everyone else. I caught them on everything today. I started with a Pop-R and then went to the back of pockets and threw a trick worm and top-water.” Teet said.
Finishing fourth, Deacon Collins of Tyrone, Georgia landed a five-bass limit for 13.32 pounds.
Sammy Bailey Jr. of Hogansville, Georgia rounded out the top five boaters with five bass at 13.05 pounds.
In the Co-Angler division, Joseph Ellington of Swainsboro, Georiga repeated his win from last week with three bass going 8.33 pounds including a 4.66-pound big bass. For the Co-Angler division victory, Joseph took home a check for $1,200 for his win and an additional $185 for the big bass.
“I was fishing a bunch of creeks throwing at the bank with a Rat-L-Trap all day. It was a better morning bite. I caught the big bass around 10:00am this morning and the bite seemed to shut down after that.” Ellington said.
Taking second for the Co-Anglers, Rob Scarborough of Canton, Georgia brought in a three-bass division limit weighing 7.71 pounds anchored by a 4.41-pound bass. He collected $400 for the effort. “I was on the South end of the lake. I got lucky early fishing a shakey-head, culled a couple times, and around 1:00pm I got lucky on a Texas-rig worm. It was an awesome bite. Most of the fish came off of rock today.” Scarborough said.
Robert Enke of Columbus, Georgia placed third among the Co-Anglers with three bass going 6.66 pounds. He earned $350 for his catch. “We caught them on a Carolina-rig, mid-lake. I caught about ten bass today. We didn’t go far.” Enke said.
In fourth place among the Co-Anglers, Keith Minnihan of Stockbridge, Georgia brought in three bass for 6.21 pounds.
Ty Black of Cumming, Georgia finished in fifth place with three bass at 5.46 pounds.
Slated for April 29th, the next tournament will be held on Lake Sinclair out of Little River Park in Milledgeville, GA. At the end of the season, the best anglers from across the nation advance the 2018 Ray Scott Championship, to be held on the Red River in Bossier City, LA.
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.ramopenseries.com.
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