Lanier Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake SinclairLanier Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Sinclair Justin Lanier won the 2019 Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bulldog division tournament on Lake Sinclair
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. (April 15, 2019) – Boater Justin Lanier of Macon, Georgia, caught five bass Saturday weighing 18 pounds, 1 ounce, to win the 2019 Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bulldog division tournament on Lake Sinclair. Lanier earned $4,399 for his victory.
“I have been fishing Lake Sinclair for several years, but a lot of the guys in this tournament have much more experience than I do,” said Lanier, who earned his first career victory in BFL competition. “The key for me was making the right decisions as far as where I was fishing and my timing.”
Although Lanier wanted to remain tight-lipped about the specifics of his win, he did say that he was fishing mid-lake, targeting docks and seawalls with a spinnerbait.
“I was keying in on the baitfish – shad,” Lanier said. “The bite was a little better in the morning, but I ended up with nine or 10 keepers throughout the day.”
Lanier said he threw his spinnerbait on a custom spinnerbait rod with an Abu Garcia REVO reel and 17-pound-test monofilament line.
.The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Justin Lanier, Macon, Ga., five bass, 18-1, $4,399
2nd: Kip Carter, Mansfield, Ga., five bass, 17-13, $2,750
3rd: Jason Smith, Dawson, Ga., five bass, 15-12, $1,398
4th: John Duvall, Madison, Ga., five bass, 15-9, $980
5th: Clabion Johns, Covington, Ga., five bass, 15-3, $840
6th: Matt Baty, Bainbridge, Ga., five bass, 14-8, $770
7th: Max Gresham, Valdosta, Ga., five bass, 13-3, $665
7th: Mike Cleveland, Monticello, Ga., five bass, 13-3, $957
9th: Justin Durham, Bishop, Ga., five bass, 13-1, $560
10th: Lee Nunnally, Social Circle, Ga., five bass, 12-14, $490
Cleveland and Michael Meason of Senoia, Georgia both caught a bass weighing 6 pounds, 10 ounces, so both split the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $585. Dax Liner of Mineral Bluff, Georgia, won the Co-angler Division and $2,119 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 11 pounds, 7 ounces.
The top 10 co-anglers were:
1st: Dax Liner, Mineral Bluff, Ga., five bass, 11-7, $2,119
2nd: Early Whitaker, Iron City, Ga., five bass, 9-13, $1,009
3rd: Spencer Sato, Warner Robins, Ga., five bass, 9-11, $675
4th: March Glenn, Decatur, Ga., four bass, 9-0, $793
5th: Marty Everson, Leesburg, Ga., four bass, 8-12, $404
6th: Blake Yarbrough, Fitzgerald, Ga., five bass, 8-6, $370
7th: Wesley Bennett, Monroe, Ga., five bass, 7-14, $336
8th: Mark Denney, Bonaire, Ga., five bass, 7-12, $303
9th: Jody Ward, Dothan, Ala., three bass, 7-9, $252
9th: Kenneth Cash, Jefferson, Ga., five bass, 7-9, $252
Glenn caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 14 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $272.
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