Derek Johnson Takes the win on American Bass Anglers Oconee for D72

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Congratulations to Derek Johnson of Lumber City, Ga for bringing in the winning sack at Lake Oconee on June 2, 2018, for the AFT D72 tournament.  Derek caught his five best fish using jigs and shaky heads.  His total weight was 14.00 pounds, and Derek took home $801 for the first place finish.

Larry Cason of Newborn, Ga took the trophy for Big Bass and $245 for his lunker weighing 6.39 pounds. Larry said he caught lots of small fish, but the big one was landed while flipping docks with a worm.

With a tropical storm earlier in the week, the 49 anglers found the lake water temperature in the low 80’s. Pre-dawn rain brought hot and muggy temperatures and an afternoon thunderstorm.

Congratulations to the Top Ten:
1 – Derek Johnson – 14.00 pounds – $801
2 – James Golden – 13.85 pounds – $548
3 – Larry Cason – 13.64 pounds – $281
4 – Carl Hayes – 13.46 pounds – $231
5 – Chad Wilson – 12.75 pounds – $195
6 – Steve Dobbs – 11.00 pounds – $159
7 – Jim Windham – 10.89 pounds – $115
8 – Barry Collins – 10.75 pounds – $72
9 – Kim Carver – 10.61 pounds
10 – David Lowery – 10.58 pounds

After the awards of trophies and cash payouts, there were drawings for all anglers that were present. Three $50 Gift Cards for Sugar Creek Marina, and two $50 bills were won by the lucky draw.

The next tournament for D72 will be on Sunday, June 10, 2018, on Lake Sinclair, going out of Little River Marina.

Please contact Director Benny Howell at 770-365-4795 for more information.

The American Fishing Tour offers low cost, close to home bass tournaments that are designed for the weekend angler. All ABA anglers fish for money and points. The points advance the angler to their divisional championship and the top 500 anglers in the US are invited to the American Fishing Tour National Championship. For more information on American Bass Anglers please visit or call (256)232-0406.

American Bass Anglers, Inc. is supported by Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, GEICO, Berkley, Abu Garcia, T-H Marine, Best Western Hotels, Maui Jim, Power Pole, Garmin, Optima Batteries and SiriusXM Marine Weather. American Bass Anglers, Inc. can be contacted at (256) 232-0406 or by visiting


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