Gasaway, Millsaps Win Back-To-Back State Championships

Crawfish-colored crankbaits earn pair another Highland Marina’s Georgia State Championship.

Brad Gill | December 1, 2011

David Millsaps (left) and Rick Gasaway won their second Georgia State Championship title on Nov. 6, 2011.

Rick Gasaway, of Woodstock, and David Millsaps, of Ranger, put together plenty of weight to capture their second straight championship title in Highland Marina’s Georgia State Championship. They were also crowned the 2010 Georgia State champs, meaning they are the only team to ever win back-to-back titles. First place this year was $35,000.

“You got to have a little luck on your side to start with, but we do fish that lake a lot,” said David. “Ninety percent of our fish were caught on a Strike King crankbait with a homemade paint job. It looked just like a crawfish.”

David said they fished all the rip-rap they could find but also caught some fish in standing timber around some humps.

“We didn’t catch a fish over 4 foot (deep),” said David. “That little crankbait doesn’t go but 3 to 5 foot. I know it was the color of the bait that made a difference. This time of year the crawfish move. We fished the Railroad Trestle and the 109 bridge.”

The Georgia State Championship, hosted by Highland, is an invitational. Anglers who finish in the top-5 in any Georgia tournament with 20 or more boats should receive an invitation. If you qualified, but did not receive an invitation, speak with your tournament director and make sure they get their lists to Highland each year.


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