ABA Open Divisional Champ Locates Huge School Of 200+ Eufaula Bass

ABA Press Release | October 2, 2023

Jonathan White with two of the bass that secured his win at the ABA Open event on Eufaula.

Jonathan White emerged victorious at the 2023 American Bass Anglers Open Series Divisional Championship tournament held on Lake Eufaula Sept. 16-17.

White, hailing from Bessemer, Ala., showcased his angling skills as he operated out of Lakepoint amassing a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 32.47 pounds. His performance in the Boater Division earned him the championship title.

White described his strategy, saying, “I located a school of fish nearby, estimated at around 200 fish. On the first day, I caught my fish by slowly dragging a big worm off the ledge. On the second day, I made a tactical switch, using a glide bait to entice the fish as they ascended from the depths. It paid off.”

Bo Washam, of Columbus, secured the runner-up position among the boaters by catching 10 bass over the two days, with a combined weight of 30.12 pounds, which included a 5.44-lb. big bass. Washam used a homemade jig and a frog while fishing upriver on both days.

Bo Washam, of Columbus, finished second in the ABA Open event on Eufaula.

Michael Smith, of Andalusia, Ala., clinched the third spot in the boater category with 10 bass totaling 25.46 pounds. Smith pursued his fish offshore, employing a 6th Sense crankbait and a Missile Bait Magic Worm on a Carolina-rig.

Frank Sine, of Alabaster, Ala., secured the fourth position with eight bass weighing 23.36 pounds, while Noah Godwin, of Maplesville, Ala., rounded out the top-five boaters with 10 bass weighing 21.77 pounds.

In the Co-Angler Division, Donathan Jacks, of Clanton, Ala., triumphed with a two-day haul of six bass weighing 9.48 pounds. Jacks used both offshore worm fishing and bankside structure fishing with a swimbait to secure his victory

Gavin Woodruff, of Robertsdale, Ala., claimed the second spot among co-anglers, catching six bass weighing 7.76 pounds. Woodruff used a jig and a Googan Baits Krackin’ Craw, although he lamented losing some fish on the first day.

Michael Donaldson, of Thorsby, Ala., secured third place in the co-angler category with four bass totaling 7.76 pounds, including a notable 2.45-lb. big bass. Donaldson used a shaky-head presentation to catch his fish.

With the conclusion of this tournament, the top anglers now look ahead to the 2024 Ray Scott Championship, scheduled for Tennessee’s Lake Chickamauga in April 2024.

Table 1
9/28-10/1Skeeter Bass ClassicChatuge, Fairgrounds770.945.0316
9/30ABA-AFT Division 72Oconee, Sugar Creek Marina770.365.4795
9/30ABA-AFT Division 25Clarks Hill, Dorn478.733.6473
9/30ABA Couples Division 2Sinclair, Big Ed’s770.318.3610
9/30-10/1ABA Open Division 8West Point, Pyne Road Park256.230.5632
9/30-10/1BFL Super TournamentHartwell, Tugaloo State Park270.252.1000
10/05-06FOM District 3 Champ.Hartwell, Green Pond Landing804.591.9710
10/05-07Palmetto ClassicHartwell, Green Pond Landing864.269.6200
10/07ABA-AFT Division 76Jackson, Berry’s770.318.3610
10/07Berry’s Fall SeriesOconee, Sugar Creek Marina770.712.5760
10/11-12ABA-AFT Division 1Hartwell, Green Pond Landing256.232.0406
10/12-14BFL RegionalEufaula, Lakepoint270.252.1000
10/13-14FOM District 1 Champ.Seminole, Reynolds Landing256.460.1115
10/18-20BASS Nation ChampionshipHartwell, Green Pond Landing877-BASS-USA
10/21ABA-AFT Division 12Eufaula, Lakepoint229.321.0336
10/21ABA-AFT Division 74Blackshear, Gum Creek478.808.9701
10/21ABA-AFT Division 125Lanier, War Hill706.263.2137
10/21ABA Couples Division 2Oconee, Old Salem770.318.3610
10/21Berry’s Fall SeriesSinclair, Dennis Station770.712.5760
10/21Georgia BASS NationOconee, Sugar Cr. Mar.
10/21Palmetto High SchoolClarks Hill, Dorn864.269.6200
10/22ABA-AFT Division 25Hartwell, Gum Branch478.733.6473
10/27MLF CollegeHartwell, Green Pond Landing270.252.1000
10/28MLF High SchoolHartwell, Green Pond Landing270.252.1000
10/28ABA-AFT Division 99West Point, Highland Marina404.862.4233
10/29ABA-AFT Division 96Clarks Hill, Dorn803.261.1478

Kerry Partain (left), the GON Fishing Reports contributor for Lake Russell, and his tournament partner Brad Benfield won the Sept. 16 Palmetto Boat Center tournament on Lake Russell.




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