UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Pickwick Lake

Schooling Fish Take Wiley to Top

Schooling Fish Take Wiley to Top
Brad Wiley

Brad Wiley of Alto, Georgia, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bulldog Division tournament on Lake Lanier Sunday with a two-day cumulative catch of 10 bass weighing 28 pounds, 2 ounces. For his efforts, Wiley took home $5,942.

 

Wiley says he spent his weekend fishing on the south end of the lake, near the dam. He targeted schooling fish and rotated through five areas throughout the tournament.

 

“I concentrated on a hump, a ridge, a channel swing and some standing timber,” says Wiley, who earned his first career-win in FLW competition. “The wind made the tournament difficult. On Saturday, there were gusts up to 20 mph, and on Sunday they reached 40 mph. I couldn’t get anything going in the creeks, so there wasn’t much shelter.”

 

Wiley used a white Fish Head Spin Underspin with a White Pearl-colored Zoom Super Fluke to catch the majority of his fish.

 

“With the strong winds there weren’t many options for lures, especially yesterday (Sunday),” says Wiley. “The Underspin worked well because it handled the gusts and got down into those 40-foot depths where fish were suspended in the trees. Standing timber ended up being the most productive cover for me.”

 

Wiley says he also caught key fish using a Megabass Ito Vision 110 jerkbait.

 

“I used the jerkbait in the morning until the wind picked up,” says Wiley. “I actually caught my heaviest fish on it, including one Sunday that came early on my third or fourth cast.”

 

The top 10 boaters:

 

1st:          Brad Wiley. Alto, Ga., 10 bass, 28-2, $5,942

 

2nd:         Kip Carter, Social Circle, Ga., 10 bass, 26-15, $2,971

 

3rd:          Brock Turner, Jasper, Ga., 10 bass, 25-2, $1,983

 

4th:          Rob Jordan, Flowery Branch, Ga., 10 bass, 24-9, $1,386

 

5th:          Phil Johnson, Alpharetta, Ga., 10 bass, 23-8, $1,188

 

6th:          John Duvall, Madison, Ga., 10 bass, 21-14, $1,289

 

7th:          Patrick Bone, Cleveland, Ga., eight bass, 21-8, $990

 

8th:          Chris Baxter, Winder, Ga., 10 bass, 20-15, $1,191

 

9th:          Trent Palmer, Alpharetta, Ga., 10 bass, 20- 8, $792

 

10th:        Heath Pack, Ellijay, Ga., nine bass, 19-12, $693

 

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.  

 

Kim Carver of Milledgeville, Georgia, caught a bass weighing 3 pounds, 14 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division. The catch earned him the Boater Big Bass award of $802.

 

Co-angler Spencer Sato

 

Sato wins co-angler title

 

Spencer Sato of Warner Robins, Georgia, weighed a two-day cumulative total of nine bass totaling 22 pounds, 4 ounces, to win the Co-angler Division and $2,971.

 

The top 10 co-anglers:

 

1st:          Spencer Sato, Warner Robins, Ga.,  nine bass, 22-4, $2,971

 

2nd:         Mark Denney, Bonaire, Ga., eight bass, 18-12, $1,586

 

3rd:          Ben Brisbois, Gainesville, Ga., eight bass, 18-9, $989

 

4th:          James Akins, Cumming, Ga., nine bass, 18-4, $693

 

5th:          Sam Naib, Atlanta, Ga., nine bass, 17-1, $594

 

6th:          Drew Harbin, Winder, Ga.,  eight bass, 16-5, $595

 

7th:          Tony DiMauro, Watkinsville, Ga., eight bass, 16-2, $495

 

8th:          Harold Grizzle, Gainesville, Ga., seven bass, 15-0, $446

 

9th:          Randy Smith, Fayetteville, Ga., seven bass, 14-0, $396

 

10th:        Undre Montgomery, Cumming, Ga., seven bass, 12-12, $347

 

Kevin Haggarty of Flowery Branch, Georgia, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a fish weighing 4 pounds, 1 ounce – and earned the Co-angler Big Bass award of $401.

 

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 12-14 BFL Regional Championship on Wheeler Lake in Decatur, Alabama. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.

Tags: bulldog-division  lake-lanier  headline-story  2017-09-09-lake-lanier 

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