Stokes Wins Big On Lake Oconee
Barry Stokes burned some gasoline, but won the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Georgia Division 8 tournament, held April 20, 2013, on Lake Oconee.
Running out of Sugar Creek Marina in Buckhead to fish the 18,971-acre lake, the Covington angler caught five bass weighing 19.22 pounds. He set the tournament lunker standard with a 5.25-pound kicker. For the Boater Division victory, Stokes took home a check for $2,514 plus an extra $280 for the big bass.”
“I ran seawalls in the mid-lake area,” Stokes explained. “I had to do a lot of running around. I caught some bass in creeks and some in the main lake. I caught two weigh fish on spinnerbaits and one on a Bass Hound crankbait. I caught some flipping. I had to really slow the baits down and fish a little deeper, mostly about nine to 10 feet deep. I caught one fish in about two feet of water.”
In second for the boaters, Kip Carter from Loganville, who manufacturers Bass Hound Crankbaits, found a five-bass tournament limit weighing 16.75 pounds with a 4.56-pound kicker. For the effort, he earned $1,257.
“We fished the mid-lake area,” Carter revealed. “I caught four out of my five weigh fish on my own Bass Hound square-bill crankbait. I was fishing really shallow around seawalls and rocks.”
Lane Wright of Loganville finished third with five bass going 13.52 pounds. Wright took home a check worth $838.
“I fished up Richland and caught my first bass on a spinnerbait. I caught the rest of them around docks on Bass Hound square-bill crankbaits,” Wright said. “I had eight bites and caught eight fish.”
Terry Frazier of Gray placed fourth among the boaters with five bass and 13.45 pounds including a 4.03-pound kicker. Kim Carver of Milledgeville landed five keepers and finished fifth with 13.25 pounds.
In the Co-Angler Division, Kevin J. McKee of Martinez landed three bass for 10.96 pounds. He capped his catch with a 4.44-pounder that led the division big bass race. For the victory, McKee pocketed $1,257 plus an extra $140 for the bucketmouth.
“We fished by the dam,” McKee remarked. “I caught all my fish around laydowns on green pumpkin shaky heads. I only caught four bass, but they were good ones. I lost one weighing about eight pounds.”
Ben R. Waldrop of Dallas, Ga., placed second among the co-anglers with a division limit of three bass weighing 8.29 pounds. His biggest bass tipped the scales at 4.30 pounds, enough to net Waldrop a check for $628.
“Everything I caught was on a Texas rig around seawalls,” Waldrop said. “I caught some on a brush hog and the last one on a Strike King Rodent.”
In third for the co-anglers, Danny L. Daniel of Thomaston landed a three-bass limit at 6.78 pounds. He took home a check for $419.
“We fished a lot of docks,” Daniel said. “I caught my fish with speed worms.”
Robert Barker of Covington placed fourth among the co-anglers with three bass going 6.67 pounds. Phillip “Ty” T. Johnston of Jefferson wrapped up the top five co-anglers with three bass and 6.17 pounds.
For more information, call Billy Benedetti, tournament manager, at 256-230-5632 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.