Big Sacks For ABA March 25 Tournament on Sinclair

Tournament Reports - April 2023

Brad Gill | April 1, 2023

Ryan Thomas had a 24.25-lb. sack on Sinclair March 25 at the ABA-AFT 72 touranment. The top-five anglers had bags heavier than 20 pounds.


Georgia B.A.S.S. Nation Winners Find Hartwell Bass Deep

The Georgia B.A.S.S. Nation held its high school and middle school tournaments on Lake Hartwell on March 18, and the top participants had no problem with catching fish.

The Irwin County duo of Peyton Dunn and Gavin Guy was the top high-school team with a five-fish limit weighing 18.13, followed by the Dawson County team of Buddy Benson and BJ Collins. The Dawson County team finished with 18.0 pounds.

According to Brandon Stooksbury with the Georgia B.A.S.S. Nation, the Irwin County winners concentrated on brushpiles in the 12- to 30-foot range in creeks in the mid-lake area. Those brushpiles were the key to the bigger bites. The team felt like the severe cold front had pushed the fish off to the deeper piles.

The team used a Buddha Baits Shakey Head with both Zoom Trick Worms and Zoom Speed Craws. The Speed Craw accounted for the bigger bites, and the team felt like it was because of the smaller profile.

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18.71 Pounds On Swimbaits Take Electric-Only Battle On Blue Ridge

Forty teams of Georgia’s top electric-only bass anglers took to Lake Blue Ridge in the north Georgia mountains on Feb. 25 to battle it out amongst the best of the Georgia Total Electric Championship’s 10 participating clubs from across the state. Vying for a record payout in excess of $20,000 in prizes, the tournament payout included two ePropulsion Navy 6.0 Evo Electric Outboards and E-Series Battery Packs provided by ePropulsion & Mack Boring Parts Co. that would fully outfit both anglers of the winning team.

Chris Gayton and Aaron Cole claimed the crown and new motor packages with a limit of spotted bass tipping the scales at 18.71 pounds.

The fairly clear water in combination with fish still on the move between their winter haunts and prespawn staging areas led to a day of deep-water fishing for most.

The Georgia 811 “Contact Before You Dig” Big Fish weighed 4.90 pounds and was caught by the team of Josh Thompson and Tanner Carson. The Overall TEC Club Champions title went to the Small Water Angler Teams (SWAT) with a total of 19 bass caught that weighed 51.81 pounds.

The 2023 Georgia TEC win are no strangers to high-stakes competitive fishing. They fish in multiple clubs and trails. The winners were already equipped with a Navy 6.0 Evo Electric Outboard on their Fisher 1860 jonboat and were able to make a long run up into the river end of the lake.

“We made our first big run in the morning and worked our way back to the ramp,” said Chris.

When asked how they won, they said focusing on ditches adjacent to upcoming spawning areas in 15 to 40 feet of water produced quality spotted bass.

“We bounced from ditch to ditch throwing a small Keitech swimbait down on them,” Aaron said. 

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Cast For Cash-April 2023
4/01ABA-AFT Division 76Jackson, Berry’s770.318.3610
4/01ABA-AFT Division 125Lanier, War Hill Park706.263.2137
4/01Berry’sSinclair, Dennis Station770.787.6179
4/08ABA-AFT Division 72Oconee, Sugar Creek Marina770.365.4795
4/08ABA-AFT Division 74Blackshear, Mega Ramp478.808.9701
4/08ABA-AFT Division 76Jackson, Berry’s770.318.3610
4/15ABA Couples Division 2Jackson, Berry’s770.318.3610
4/15Fishers of Men, Blue RidgeChatuge, Mayor’s Park678.414.4299
4/15Fishers of Men, Ga. SouthSinclair, Dennis Station770.241.0085
4/15GA Bass NationClarks Hill,
4/15MLF BulldogOconee, Sugar Creek Marina270.252.1000
4/15Reel MoneyBlackshear, Veteran’s229.416.5661
4/15-16ABA Couples Division 5Hartwell, Tugaloo State Park678.910.1238
4/15-16Bassmaster KayakHartwell877.BASS.USA
4/16Skeeter Bass ChallengeRussel, Russell State Park770.945.0316
4/22ABA-AFT Division 76Jackson, Berry’s770.318.3610
4/22ABA-AFT Division 125Carters, Dam Site706.263.2137
4/22Berry’sOconee, Sugar Creek Marina770.787.6179
4/22Fishers of Men, Ga. NorthHartwell, TBA678.800.3753
4/23FOM, Ga. West LegacyWest Point, Glass Bridge706.975.9812
4/23ABA-AFT Division 70Seminole, Big Jim’s229.400.1848
4/29ABA-AFT Division 99West Point, Highland Marina404.862.4233
4/29ABA Couples Division 2Sinclair, Big Ed’s770.318.3610
4/29FOM, Ga. North LegacyLanier, Two Mile Creek678.800.3753
4/29MLF Savannah RiverHartwell, Green Pond Landing270.252.1000
4/29Rod Benders HomecomingWest Point, Highland407.635.7592
4/29-30ABA Couples Division 5Russell, Russell State Park678.910.1238
4/29-30ABA-AFT Division 74Blackshear, Mega Ramp478.808.9701

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