Barnes Takes Top 150 On Lake Eufaula
Ellaville native Justin Barnes emerged as the winner at the Lake Eufaula ABA-AFT Top 150 tournament after a remarkable turnaround on the second day, June 3. Competing against 117 other anglers, Barnes secured first place with a total weight of 38.16 pounds, earning a prize of $16,400.
On the first day of the tournament, Barnes started in 10th place after launching from Lakepoint. His initial catch weighed 17.28 pounds, setting the stage for a challenging comeback on the final day.
Barnes implemented a strategic approach, focusing on offshore fishing and targeting hard bottom and shellbeds. He experimented with different baits, including a shaky head, crankbait and a drop shot to entice the fish. Fishing at depths ranging from 12 to 26 feet, Barnes explored multiple locations around the lake, adapting his tactics to the behavior of the fish.
The determination and perseverance paid off when Barnes presented his five fish to the scales on the final day, weighing an impressive 20.88 pounds. This equalled the leading weight from the first day and propelled him to the top of the leaderboard with a cumulative weight of 38.16 pounds.
Barnes’s victory demonstrated his ability to adapt to changing conditions and capitalize on opportunities. His outstanding performance secured him the prestigious title and a well-deserved cash prize.
|7/08-09||ABA-AFT Division 99||West Point, Highland Marina||404.862.4233|
|7/15-16||ABA-AFT Division 70||Seminole, Big Jim’s||229.400.1848|
|7/21-22||Bassmaster Junior Champ.||Hartwell||877-BASS-USA|
|7/22||FOM, Battle-Border||Eufaula, Lakepoint||770.241.0085|
|7/27-29||Bassmaster H.S. Champ.||Hartwell||877-BASS-USA|
|7/29||Reel Money||Seminole, Big Jim’s||229.416.5661|
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