Tournament Reports September 2005

Berry's results from Sinclair and Oconee tournaments. Power Rankings coming down to the wire.

GON Staff | September 6, 2005

August 27, 2005: Berry’s, Sinclair

Joe Pennone, of Warner Robins, and Chad Cleghorn, from Marshallville, had a five-fish limit going 15.93 pounds and won the August, 2005 Berry’s bass tourney at Sinclair.

“They won it flipping docks with jigs in eight to 10 feet of water,” said Bobby Berry, tournament director. “Green pumpkin with a green trailer was working for them.”

Second place was taken flipping shallow docks, and one fish came on a buzzbait.

“Ol Monster worms in three to five feet of water took third place, and black/blue jigs in Little River was a strong pattern,” said Bobby.

August 13, 2005: Berry’s, Oconee

Mike Harris, of Watkinsville, and Ed Williamson, from Greensboro, put together a limit of bass that weighed 16.81 pounds to win Berry’s first fall tournament.

“We got extremely lucky,” said Mike. “We went down to Richland Creek and fished our normal summer patterns, deep shoals, points and timber. We caught one fish in the morning that was about a pound.”

At noon Mike was considering heading for the hill, but Ed convinced him to say. The went into Lick Creek and started fishing docks on the north bank several hundred yards from the bridge. They were fishing Senkos.

“Ed caught 2-pounder on the next-to-the-last dock,” said Mike. “Then I skipped my Senko back and immediately saw my line jump. The fish hung up under dock. Finally it came undone. It was a 5 1/2-pounder. I had a little boost of energy at that point.”

The team then fished the northeast corner of the Lick Creek rip-rap. Mike was throwing a Fish-Head spinner dressed with an albino Fluke Jr.

“I was letting it sink to the bottom and then yo-yoing it back,” said Mike. “On about the third cast I caught a 4-pounder. There was a pontoon right there, and they were screaming.”

At 2:00 they were on the southwest corner of the Sugar Creek rip-rap. Ed was throwing a DD22.

“On his third cast he caught a 4-pounder on the edge of rocks,” said Mike. “There were three other boats there, and they were throwing worms and jigs. Those guys grabbed their crankbaits quicker than anything.”

A few minutes later they culled the 1-pounder from that morning with a 2-lb. bass that hit a DD22.

“It was pure, stupid, dumb luck,” said Mike. “In a two-hour period in the heat of the day, we won the tournament. I’ve got to hand it to Ed. He got us to stay.”

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