Hunter Wins Alabama South Event on Logan Martin
Bo Hunter won the American Bass Anglers Ram Truck Open Series Georgia Division tournament, held June 24th on Logan Martin. Running out of Lakeside Park in Pell City, Bo caught five bass weighing 17.62 pounds. For the Boater Division victory, Hunter took home a check for $5000.
“The bite started off real strong. We probably caught twenty to thirty fish this morning. I was fishing in about five to six feet of water in the current up the river with a swimbait. Then on our way in we stopped by a spot to help my co-angler cull a smaller fish, and I made one cast with a crankbait and caught a five pounder.” Hunter said.
In second for the boaters, Josh Stracner of Vandiver, AL landed a five-bass tournament limit going 16.35 pounds. He collected $800 for his catch. Stracner is also Triton Gold qualified and will win additional monies from Triton based on his finish.
“I caught most of my fish early and shallow today, and I caught that one good fish later in the day in some brush in about fifteen feet of water. I started off fishing top-water and swimming a jig.” Stracner said.
Coming in third, Jimmy Bahakel of Birmingham, AL caught five bass going 15.00 pounds. He collected $600 for his catch.
“I caught all my fish but one on a deep diving crankbait. The very first keeper that I caught was on a swim-jig in the grass. I culled quite a few as the day went on. My fish came between ten to fifteen feet deep today.” Bahakel said.
Finishing fourth, Kyle Dorsett of Odenville, AL landed a five-bass limit for 14.66 pounds.
Marty Giddens of Eclectic, AL rounded out the top five boaters with five bass at 12.90 pounds.
The boater big bass award went to Kyle Dorsett of Odenville, AL for a 5.94-pounder. collected $490 for that catch, and also took home a new Abu Garcia Revo SX spinning reel for that catch.
“I caught that fish on a shaky head worm around fourteen feet deep on a brush pile.” Dorsett said.
In the Co-Angler Division, Justin Girdner of Wetumpka, AL won with three bass going 7.41 pounds. For the Co-Angler Division victory, Justin took home a check for $900.
“I caught my fish on a swim-bait and a few on a jig up the river in about five to six feet of water. If I would have caught everything I hooked, I would’ve had about twelve pounds today.” Girdner said.
Taking second for the co-anglers, James Walden of Newnan, GA brought in a three-bass division limit weighing 7.18 pounds. He collected $400 for the effort.
“I caught most of my fish on a frog in the grass and around docks today. I just never had a big bite today.” Walden said.
Lenn McManus of Bowden, GA placed third among the co-anglers with three bass going 6.96 pounds including a big bass that weighed 4.01-pounds. He earned $300 for his catch and an additional $140 for the big bass award.
“I caught my fish on a shaky head today and I caught that big fish around 10:00am this morning.” McManus said.
In fourth place among the co-anglers, Eldred Lewis of Tuscaloosa, AL brought in three bass for 6.62 pounds.
Jonathan Adams of Phenix City, AL finished in fifth place with three bass at 6.57 pounds.
Slated for September 23rd & 24th, the next tournament will be the Area 3 Championship to be held on Lake Eufaula out of Lakepoint Resort State Park in Eufaula, AL. At the end of the season, the best anglers from across the nation advance the 2018 Ray Scott Championship, to be held on the Red River in Bossier City, LA.
For more information on this tournament, call Billy Benedetti, tournament manager, at 256-230-5632 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.ramopenseries.com .
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