Brown Wins $2400 in ABA Georgia Season Opener on Lake Lanier

March 3, 2021

ATHENS, Al. –Jackson Brown won the 2021 Bass Pro Shops Open Series Georgia Division tournament, held February 20th on Lake Lanier.  Running out of Laurel Park in Gainesville, GA the Bogart, GA angler caught five bass weighing 14.07 pounds. For the Boater Division victory, Brown took home a check for $2400 for his win.

“I caught my fish on a shakey-head mid-lake. It was a good morning bite but slowed down later in the day. I was fishing rock 15ft deep.” Brown said.

In second for the boaters, Jay Carter of Warner Robins, GA landed four bass going 14.01 pounds.

“I caught my three of my fish on a chatter-bait and one on a crankbait. I had a few that came off on the crankbait. I stayed in the dirtiest water that I could find in the back of creeks.” Carter said.

Matthew O’Connell of Brooks, GA took third for the boaters with five bass going 13.97 pounds.

“I caught my fish today above Browns Bridge throwing a Ned-rig and an Alabama rig. I caught my fish between 5ft and 40ft deep. Many of the fish were suspended. I caught around 15 keepers.” O’Connell said.

The big bass for the boaters was caught by Carter Koza of Marietta, GA that weighed 6.17 pounds.

“I caught that big bass on a jig under a shallow dock around 1:00pm today.” Koza said.

Finishing fourth, Tyler Campbell of Martin, GA landed a five-bass limit for 13.74 pounds. Chandler Ray of Bainbridge, GA rounded out the top five boaters with five bass at 13.44 pounds.

In the Co-Angler Division, Colton Sowash of Gainesville, GA won with three bass going 9.02 pounds. He pocketed a check for $700 for his win.

“I caught my fish up the river cranking pretty shallow. The water was stained, and I only caught four fish today.” Sowash said.

Taking second for the co-anglers, Carlos Howard of Athens, GA brought in a three bass weighing 7.03 pounds.

“I caught on a green pumpkin shakey-head in clear water.” Howard said.

Joseph Shastay of Chester, NJ placed third among the co-anglers with two bass going 6.34 pounds that also included a 4.37-pound big bass for the co-anglers

“I caught my fish on a swimbait on a spinning rod with 6lb test line. The big bass came before 11:00am in 20ft deep water on a swimbait. I made a long cast and counted it down.” Shastay said.

In fourth place among the co-anglers, Harold Driver of Powder Springs, GA brought in two bass for 5.49 pounds. Keith Minnihan of Stockbridge, GA finished in fifth place with two bass for 4.54 pounds.

Slated for March 13th, 2021 the next tournament will be held on Lake Seminole out of Reynolds Landing (Big Jim’s) in Donalsonville, GA. At the end of the season, the best anglers from across the nation advance the 2022 Ray Scott Championship to be held at Lake Eufaula in April, 2022.

For more information on this tournament, call Billy Benedetti, tournament manager, at 256-230-5632 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see

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