Darren Taylor wins D72 on Oconee

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Darren Taylor of Lexington, GA took the win for the Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour D72 tournament at Lake Oconee on September 28, 2019.  There were 39 anglers competing on this very hot September day.  Darren said he caught his five-fish limit totaling 10.84 pounds using a crankbait.   His first-place finish was secured by a 3.19 pounder.

Darren won $775 cash and the First-Place trophy!

Second place went to Oliver Brooks for his total weight of 10.21 pounds. His five-fish limit sent him home with $496 cash and a trophy.

Niles Murray won the trophy for Big Bass and $390 cash with a bass weighing 4.09 pounds.   He said he caught it on a worm.


Congratulations to the Top Ten:

1stDarren Taylor10.84-lbs.
2ndOliver Brooks10.21-lbs.
3rdJared Koepp10.09-lbs.
4thLance Collins10.01-lbs.
5thDavid Simmons9.60-lbs.
6thLes Charles9.10-lbs.
7thNiles Murray8.25-lbs.
8thTommy Graddy7.77-lbs.
9thJoshua Parrish7.47-lbs.
10thDave Lawson7.46-lbs.

Director Benny Howell gave two $50 bills as draw prizes for the anglers present at the conclusion of the awards. The lucky winners were Aaron Batson and Ronnie Stegall.   Frank Speights was a winner of a $50 Sugar Creek Marina gift card.   Frank also donated several Army draw prizes to the anglers.

Thanks go out to Assistant Director Danny Taylor for helping to keep the tournament running smoothly, checking boats, and weighing fish.

The next tournament for D72 will be October 26, 2019, on Lake Oconee going out of Sugar Creek Marina. If you need information, please contact Director Benny Howell at 770-365-4795.

These anglers earn valuable points toward the divisional angler of the year title. The points champion from each division will compete in the annual American Bass Anglers BPSFT Angler of The Year Final Round at the BPSFT Championship. In addition, the top 500 anglers from the various divisions will earn the right to compete in the three-day ABA, BPSFT National Championship tournament.

The Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour offers low cost, close to home bass tournaments that are designed for the weekend angler.  All anglers fish for both money and points.  The points advance the angler to their divisional championship and the top 500 anglers in the US are invited to the Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour National Championship.

American Bass Anglers is sponsored by: Bass Pro Shops, Triton Boats, Mercury Marine, Nitro Boats, Tracker Boats, MotorGuide, Garmin, T-H Marine, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Engel Coolers, Four Roses Bourbon, Lucas Oil, Optima Batteries, Maui Jim, and Power-Pole.  Mailing address: American Bass Anglers, Inc, PO Box 475, Athens, AL 35612 PH (256) 232-0406.


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