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  Subject: .Oconee, Georgia

Submitted by Greater Atlanta Bass Club

Date Fished: 8/19/2012
Water Temperature: .85
Water Clarity: 1 foot

Greater Atlanta Bass Club headed to Lake Oconee for the sixth tournament of the 2012 season. From a weather perspective, we dodged a bullet for mid-August. Cloudy conditions prevailed most of the day, and the mercury never got above the mid-80s. Unfortunately, the fish didn’t respond to the break from the heat as well as one would have hoped, and many teams struggled to figure them out in this one. Only 22 fish were brought to the scale – roughly half of the total brought in during the next toughest GABC tourney so far this season – and five teams came in empty-handed. Needless to say, we’ve definitely had better days and are looking forward to the better fishing that fall should provide.

Scott Barnes and Dan Wonders took first place with a 5-fish limit of largemouth weighing in at 10.33 pounds. After an abysmal practice day on Saturday that resulted in just three short fish all day, Scott and Dan were not overly optimistic at the launch. However, they found some willing fish on Sunday when it counted by running way up the river and throwing a buzzbait in the vicinity of mayfly hatches. The bluegills were schooling on the mayflys, and the bass were not far behind feeding on the bluegills. This bite died for Scott and Dan mid-morning, at which time they switched to the familiar pattern of skipping a worm under docks. They targeted shallow docks (1 to 3 feet) up the river with a Junebug Zoom Ultravibe worm on a 1/8oz Spotsticker jighead. This generated some additional keeper bites throughout the day to finish off their winning catch. Scott and Dan are on a hot streak, with this being their 2nd GABC win in a row. This puts them into a tie with the Booths for the season points lead. For their day’s efforts, they brought in $350 in prize money.

Congratulations to Scott and Dan on figuring out a tough Lake Oconee for the win!

Bill and Bill Booth took 2nd place with 3 good ones weighing in at 8.93 lbs. Similar to Scott and Dan, the Booths also had a terrible practice day with just one keeper (albeit a 4 lber) in 10+ hours of fishing. However, this one fish gave the Booths the hint they needed – it came off a dock that had tons of bream beds surrounding it. After a very slow morning trying many different things up the lake and catching nothing, the Booths returned to this dock on the lower end, within sight of the dam, and pulled the tournament’s big fish – a nice 3.96 lber – off the dock on a 7” green pumpkin Senko rigged wacky style. Since the bream bed pattern was all that was working, the Booths spent the remainder of the day searching for similar areas, while returning about hourly to their key dock. Their magic dock gave up one more good one in the 3.5lb range, and they added a small keeper a few yards down that same bank for their 3rd and final keeper (both of these on the Senko as well). They never were able to find another area with good bream beds. With their 2nd place showing, they share the points lead at the halfway point in the season with Scott and Dan, and took home $300 for big fish and 2nd place.

Rounding out the Top 3 were Ron Thomas and Jay Donahue, with the tournament’s only other limit weighing in at 8.49lbs. Jay and Ron started the day with spinnerbait keeper, before slowing down with Carolina rigged plastics the rest of the day. They started shallow with the plastics, boating two keepers in less than 1 foot of water around wood. Later, they found an offshore area - a point covered with stumps in 8 to 15 feet of water – where they finished their limit. For the plastics, they were using a green pumpkin Zoom trick worm.

Jimmy Fitzenreiter finished in 8th place with a single fish at 1.20lbs. However, as 8th was the random position drawn for this month’s Mann’s tackle pack, this bass paid off handsomely for Jimmy in the form of about $75 worth of great Mann’s tackle. Thanks again to Mann’s for supporting our club by providing these tackle packs.

Next month, GABC heads to West Point for the August tournament. Surely fishing will improve by then. If you'd like to join us for the back stretch of the season, we're still actively seeking new members. You can check us out at www.gabassclub.com. Hope to see everyone at West Point.

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