The Berry’s Team Tournament Trail Classic event was held on May 18-19. After eight regular tournaments equally split between Lake Oconee and Lake Sinclair, a classic event was held with one day of competition on Lake Oconee and one day of competition on Lake Sinclair. The classic event crowns the winning team with a $10,000 first place prize and awards around $25,000 in total for the event.
The 85-teams qualifying for the classic fished Lake Oconee on Saturday, May 18 and Lake Sinclair on Sunday, May 19. The combined weight for the two days determined the winner of the classic.
The winning team of Michael Cronan and Carl Wilson from Covington grabbed the first day lead at Lake Oconee with 18.48 pounds and never released that lead. On the second day at Lake Sinclair, they caught 16.03 pounds for a total weight of 34.51 pounds to take home the first-place prize of $10,000.
Cronan and Wilson outdistanced the other anglers by over almost four pounds. The winning team used topwater lures at Lake Oconee and topwater lures and worms at Lake Sinclair to secure their first-place win.
Finishing in second place with 30.90 pounds and winning $5,000 was the team of Andy Tippens from Powder Springs and Luke Greenwell from Eatonton. They used jigs at Lake Oconee and frogs and worms at Lake Sinclair to catch their fish. Their 17.39 pounds at Lake Oconee left them in second place and in striking distance of the eventual winning team but they came up a little short.
Rounding out the top three teams was Phil Ozburn from Newborn and Brian Ozburn from Oxford with 30.86 pounds. They had the top weight at Lake Sinclair of 18.17 pounds the second day but fell just over three pounds short of the winning team. They caught their fish on worms and spinnerbaits at Lake Oconee and frogs and worms at Lake Sinclair. The team took home $2,500 in prize money.
The big bass at Lake Oconee was caught on a Trick worm by Gerald Pearce from Forsyth and weighed 7.25 pounds. The big bass at Lake Sinclair weighed 5.83 pounds and was caught on a drop-shot by Mark Bishop from Covington. Both Pearce and Bishop were awarded $900.
The classic event was a great finish for this very popular local tournament trail. The Berry’s Team Tournament Trail split equally between Lake Oconee and Lake Sinclair and runs from early December into May each year. Berry’s also has a fall tournament each year that runs from September till November and separate trails are run for Lake Sinclair and Lake Oconee.
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. Good fishing and see you next week.