Dewey Neese with his 5.25lb Spot

Bill Booth with the Booth's 2 Best Fish
Akers/Neese Win GABC Lanier Open

January 15, 2012

Greater Atlanta Bass Club held an open tournament on Lake Lanier to kick off its 2012 season.  The teams were greeted with nice weather for a winter day - sunny skies, little wind, and temperatures that warmed from a chilly start in the 30s to the mid-50s by weigh-in.  The water temperature at blast-off was 49 degrees, warming into the low 50s in the afternoon.  Entering the tournament, teams were wondering whether the hot bite that has been going on at Lanier for some time would be tempered by the cold front that had passed through late in the prior week.  At weigh-in, it became evident that the Lanier Spots did not mind a little cold weather, as many teams brought nice catches to the scales. 

Tommy Akers and Dewey Neese took first place honors with an excellent 5-fish limit of Lanier Spots weighing in at 17.93 pounds.  Tommy and Dewey fished multiple locales in the lower end of Lanier below Brown's Bridge, focusing on main lake pockets.  The majority of their fish came on Spotsticker jig heads with a green pumpkin finesse worm.  This team focused on brush and timber in depths ranging from 15 to 35 feet.  Tommy mentioned that their key pocket was one that was exposed to the afternoon breeze that picked up around noon and had lots of brush at the right depth.  Tommy and Dewey completed their limit in this pocket, and proceeded to make several key culls in route to their nearly 18lb bag.  Their limit was anchored by a monster spot weighing in at 5.25lbs. Dewey caught this fish in about 15 feet of water around brush on the Spotsticker/worm combo.  

Congratulations to Tommy and Dewey on an excellent catch and a great tournament win!

Bill and Bill Booth took second place with a 15.09 limit of spots, including the tournament's 2nd big fish - a nice 4.14 pound spot.  The Booth's caught their fish early - all of the fish they weighed in were in their livewell before 9am.  Their key spot, a pocket with a well-defined creek channel inside a major lower-end creek, turned off after producing nice keepers every 15 to 20 minutes for the early part of the day.  The Booth's checked other similar spots after leaving their primary location, but were unable to cull any of these early-morning fish.  The majority of the Booth's fish fell victim to a drop-shot 4" Roboworm fished in the bottom of the creek channel around brush/timber at 35 to 40 feet.  Working the drop shot slowly was a key - many bites came when holding the bait almost still with the weight on the bottom.  Despite their success with the drop-shot, the Booth's 4lb+ kicker came first thing in the morning near the back of the pocket on an Alabama Rig with 5 blue glimmer Zoom tab tail grubs on 1/4 oz jigheads.  This was the only bite on the A-Rig all day for the Booths, but it was the right one!  Congrats to the Booths on a nice catch and a strong 2nd place finish.

Rounding out the top-5 were Billy and Mark Anglin in 3rd place with 5 fish weighing in at 13.54lbs,  David and Harrison Morton in 4th place with 5 fish weighing in at 13.11lbs, and Randy and Albert Little in 5th place with 12.39lbs.  All very nice catches of Lanier Spots. The teams noted several other successful patterns, including jigs fished through timber/brush deep and jerkbaits for suspended fish over 20 to 40 feet of water.  With the warmer than usual conditions that have prevailed in Georgia this winter, it seems that lots of different patterns and depths are producing good fish.   

Next month, Greater Atlanta Bass Club will hold another open tournament on Lake Jackson on February 19th out of Berry's boat launch.  All are welcome to come check out the club and enjoy a day on the water at a historically good winter lake.  Greater Atlanta Bass Club will then kick off the official 2012 season March 18th at a lake TBD.  We will hold a meeting at Bass Pro Shops on Tuesday February 14th starting at 7pm.  Among the agenda items for the meeting will be finalizing the schedule of lakes/ramps for the upcoming season.  Following that meeting, the full schedule will be published on Greater Atlanta Bass Club's website at  Please feel free to stop by BPS on Tuesday Feb. 14th to check us out and/or participate in the finalization of the schedule for the upcoming season.  We are actively seeking new members, and would welcome anyone who wants to join.

Lake Lanier
Balus Ramp
January 15, 2012

  Team Fish Weight Big Fish Pts Payout
1 Tommy Akers / Dewey Neese 5 17.93 5.25 100 $520
2 Bill Booth / Bill Booth 5 15.09 4.14 99 $260
3 Billy Anglin / Mark Anglin 5 13.54 0 98 $0
4 David Morton / Harrison Morton 5 13.11 0 97 $0
5 Randy Little / Albert Little 5 12.39 0 96 $0
6 Lance Phillips / Austin Phillips 5 11.40 0 95 $0
7 Michael Thomas / Mike Haddad 5 11.01 0 94 $0
8 Scott Manwaring / Justin Fouse 5 10.90 0 93 $0
9 Ron Thomas / Jay Donahue 5 10.65 0 92 $0
10 Tim White / Tim Serra 3 8.65 0 91 $0
11 Jimmy Fitzenreiter 0 0.00 0 90 $0
12 D.J. Hill / Darrin  0 0.00 0 90 $0
13 Patrick Muller / Michael Clayton 0 0.00 0 90 $0
  Tournament Summary          
Total Fish 48      
Total Alive 48      
% Live Release 100%      
Total Weight (lbs) 124.7
Avg. Weight Per Fish (lbs) 2.60
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