The very popular Berry’s Team Tournament Trail ended their regular season on May 7 at Lake Oconee. Next up for the anglers competing in the tournament trail is a two-day classic to be held on May 21-22. This tournament trail targets largemouth bass.

Classic anglers will fish Lake Oconee and launch out of Sugar Creek Marina on May 21st and then move to Lake Sinclair and launch out of the Dennis Station Access on May 22nd. The total weight for the two days will determine the classic champions who could walk away with a check for $10,000.

The regular season ended with a pair of tournaments on April 23rd at Lake Sinclair and May 7th at Lake Oconee. On April 23rd 118 anglers caught 525 weighing 1202 pounds. Coming in first was the two-man team of Grant Kelly from Milledgeville and Jeff Kelly from McDonough with 18.44 pounds. They fished grass and docks in shallow water to earn $3580 in prize money.

Finishing close behind in second place was the two-man team of Stephen Jones and Girard Jones of Macon with 18.13 pounds. They fished spinnerbaits and top water lures to earn $1790. Rounding out the top three places was the two-man team of Ronnie McMullen and Tony Curtis from Jackson. They used jigs and spinnerbaits to earn a check for $1115.

The big fish at the April 23rd tournament at Lake Sinclair was caught by Travis Sansbury from Hapeville and weighed 6.35 pounds. Sansbury caught the big fish on a plastic lizard and won $1180.

The tournament trail moved to Lake Oconee on May 7th where 92 teams competed and caught 364 fish weighing 878 pounds. Van Dilliard and Chris Snowden from Eatonton caught 19.98 pounds to win the tournament and took home a check for $3000. They caught their fish in shallow water using plastic frogs and jigs.

Finishing in a very close second was the two-man team of Charlie Baldwin from Hiawassee and Mike Cochran from Newnan. They caught 19.83 pounds on spinnerbaits and won a check for $1500. Third place went to Shane Stokes and Brian Wilder from Lizella with 18.12 pounds. The pair of anglers caught their fish using top water lures and received a check for $940.

The big fish of the tournament was caught by Van Dilliard from Eatonton and weighed 6.88 pounds. Dilliard caught the big bass on a plastic frog and took home $920.

The regular season for the most part saw good weather and every tournament was marked by good weights of largemouth bass. To qualify to fish the class on May 21-22 a team has to fish at least five of the eight regular season tournaments. Berry’s Team Tournament Trail has announced that 114 two-man teams have qualified to fish the two-day classic. 

Another excellent regular season for one of if not the best tournament fishing trail in Georgia. Good fishing and see you next week.    


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