LAKE OCONEE — The weatherman predicted that temperatures might reach into the low 70s for the Saturday, Dec. 8 Berry’s Tournament Trail event on Lake Sinclair and that prediction was right on the money. It was shirtsleeve weather in mid-afternoon when the anglers pulled into Lake Sinclair’s Little River Park to weigh their day’s catch.
This was the first tournament of eight that comprise the 2012-2013 Berry’s Tournament Trail. One hundred forty-five two-man teams showed up to compete in the kickoff tournament on Lake Sinclair.
Five-fish limits were the order of the day as just about everybody caught fish. I heard stories from anglers who caught upwards of one hundred fish from their boats during the tournament. The fish were biting and they were biting a wide range of lures including crankbaits, Carolina rigs, spinnerbaits, Texas rigged worms, jigs, Shakey Head worms and Alabama rigs.
According to many of the anglers the fish were caught anywhere from one foot of water down to twenty feet and the fish were caught from all over the lake. The weird and warm weather has the fish biting and from shallow water to deep water. This was an excellent tournament catch for a tournament conducted in the month of December.
The winning team of David Ellison and Bobby Jones had a nice five-fish limit weighing 19.52 pounds. Jones said they caught their fish up the Oconee River arm of the lake and they used a variety of lures to catch the winning weight. Ellison and Jones took home a check for over $3500 in prize money.
Finishing in a close second place with 18.94 pounds was Willie McMullen and Chad Stahl earning the pair of anglers over $1700. Rounding out the top three places and taking home a check for over $1100 was Andy Norman and Frank Kitchens with 17.96 pounds. Less than two pounds separated the top three places. The top twenty-four teams in the tournament received a check.