The Berry’s Team Tournament Trail moved back to Lake Oconee May 4 for the last of eight regular tournaments split between Lake Oconee and Lake Sinclair. Now that the regular season tournaments are over, the anglers will be gearing up for the two-day classic that brings the winners a first-place price of $10,000.
The weather was beautiful for the tournament before severe weather arrived late on Saturday. The predicted bad weather may have been responsible for the low turnout. Overall the team weights were down as this tournament occurred in the post-spawn period when bites can be tough. I cannot remember the last time all the top teams used the same lure to catch their fish.
The top three teams and the big fish winner all used Shakey Head rigs to catch their fish. The rig was a good choice as the largemouth bass had just completed their annual spawn and fishing can be tough for a couple weeks or so after the spawn. A subtle worm rig like the Shakey Head was just what the fish wanted during the tournament.
Only 86 teams competed on the day and managed to catch only 248 fish weighing 570 pounds, for just over a two-pound average per bass. Only 39 teams caught five fish limits. Only eleven teams broke the thirteen-pound mark.
The top three teams’ weights were very close with the first-place team of Lance Collins from Monticello and Scott Jeffers from Dublin bringing a five fish limit to the scales weighing 16.67 pounds. Utilizing Shakey Head Worm rigs they took home the first-place prize of $2830.
Finishing in a very close second place was Ben Collier and Nick Ray from Milledgeville with a five fish limit weighing 15.49 pounds. They also used shakey heads to win $1415 in prize money.
Rounding out the top three teams was the team of Richard Carey and Bill Taylor from Watkinsville also with a five fish limit weighing 15.12 pounds. Again, they also used Shakey Head rigs to take home $885 in prize money.
The big bass of the tournament was caught by Nick Ray from Milledgeville on a Shakey Head worm rig. Ray caught a 6.97-pound largemouth bass and won $1140.
As I mentioned in the beginning of this article this completes the regular season with only the two-day classic to follow. The Berry’s Team Tournament Trail that is split equally between Lake Oconee and Lake Sinclair and runs from early December into May each year. They also have a fall tournament each year that runs from September till November and separate trails are run for Lake Sinclair and Lake Oconee.
These tournament trails remain some of the popular tournament trails in Georgia as can be seen as anglers come from all across Georgia to fish and compete in these tournaments. For more information on these tournament trails call Bobby Berry at 770-787-6179 or visit their website at www.berrysbass.com. The 2019 fall series is already posted on the website.
This most recent tournament on May 4 will be followed by a two-day classic at Lake Oconee on May 18 and Lake Sinclair on May 19 with the top team taking home a prize of $10,000.
You might want to investigate the shakey head worm rig since it was the big winner at this latest tournament with much of the prize money going to the teams that fished the shakey head. The shakey head rig can be used successfully throughout the year. Look for an article I will write in the coming weeks on rigging and using the Shakey Head rig. Good fishing and see you next week.