Davis Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake LanierDavis Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Lanier Brad Davis won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bulldog Division tournament on Lake Lanier.
GAINESVILLE, Ga. (Feb. 25, 2019) – Boater Brad Davis of Winder, Georgia, caught five bass weighing 16 pounds, 5 ounces, Saturday to win the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bulldog Division tournament on Lake Lanier. For his win, Davis earned $5,014.
“I fished areas that have produced bigger spotted bass for me in the past. Lake Lanier is my home lake – I grew about 20 minutes away,” said Davis, who earned his first career victory in FLW competition. “I felt like the spotted bass bite would be more consistent with the cold front that was moving in. I focused all of my time on the south end of the lake because the water color on the north end was too stained.”
Davis only had five bites all day – four from points in the Old Federal Campground area, and the fifth from a spawning flat between Young Deer and Six Mile creeks. His said three came within the first hour on an Owner shaky-head rig with a 4-inch green-pumpkin-colored Yamamoto Senko.
“The first three came off of one point. I’ve had a lot of success with a Senko on it – it’s a lure with a bigger profile that appeals to the bigger fish,” said Davis. “I wanted to focus on main-lake points and stay as close to the main lake as possible. I didn’t want to run into any creeks, even on the south end, I just wanted to be as close to deep water as I could – literally right off the channel.”
From there, Davis said he went looking for points with the steepest drops he could find, catching his fourth with a 3/8-ounce green-pumpkin Gene Larew Biffle Hardhead jig with a Missile Baits Baby D Stroyer.
“I wasn’t fishing for a lot of bites out there – I was going for the right ones,” said Davis. “I fished really slow for the most part, and had really subtle bites. My Kissel Krafts Custom rods allowed me to feel the bites in the deep, cold water, which was key.”
Davis’ fifth fish from the spawning flat off of the main lake came on a Pro Blue-colored Megabass Ito Vision Jerkbait.
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Brad Davis, Winder, Ga., five bass, 16-5, $5,014
2nd: Rob Jordan, Flowery Branch, Ga., five bass, 16-3, $2,707
3rd: Johnathan Akins, Lula, Ga., five bass, 15-14, $1,670
4th: Kip Carter, Mansfield, Ga., five bass, 15-7, $1,570
5th: Jason Johnson, Dawsonville, Ga., five bass, 15-0, $1,003
6th: Stephen Barday, Acworth, Ga., five bass, 14-13, $1,684
7th: Danny Hall, Ellijay, Ga., five bass, 14-12, $836
8th: Robert Williams, Lawrenceville, Ga., five bass, 14-3, $752
9th: Buster Slocumb, Juliette, Ga., five bass, 14-2, $626
9th: Jesse Millsaps, Jasper, Ga., five bass, 14-2, $626
Barday caught a 7-pound, 1-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $765. Rick Smith of Covington, Georgia, won the Co-angler Division and $2,469 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 13 pounds even.
The top 10 co-anglers were:
1st: Rick Smith, Covington, Ga., five bass, 13-0, $2,469
2nd: Michael Welch, Douglasville, Ga., five bass, 12-13, $1,235
3rd: Cody Lundsford, Gainesville, Ga., five bass, 12-3, $823
4th: Ronald Harris, Jefferson, Ga., five bass, 11-10, $676
5th: Kiwanas Andrews, Atlanta, Ga., five bass, 11-9, $494
6th: Early Whitaker, Iron City, Ga., five bass, 10-14, $453
7th: Wendell Grantham, Athens, Ga., four bass, 10-10, $462
8th: Trent Wall, Mount Airy, Ga., five bass, 10-9, $370
9th: William Perdue, Hawkinsville, Ga., four bass, 10-6, $329
10th: Eric Simpson, Lakeland, Ga., five bass, 10-1, $288
Brise Henson of Dawsonville, Georgia, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 7 pounds, 9 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $372.
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