Oconee - October 10, 2014

       Was a long summer break, but sure felt good to get back on the water with some friendly competition.  Prefishing was not to promising according to most of the anglers.  Water temps had begun to cool down to around 75 and the recent full moon had seem to slow down the bite.  Longliners, dockshooters, and spiderrigers were all finding fish, but not the size expected for Oconee in the fall.  Water color was a little on the clear side, and the shad were plentiful over the entire lake.  Thirteen confident teams entered Friday's tournament for the last qualifier before Saturday's Classic.  This was also the last points tournament to decide who would be the 2014 Points Race Champions.  The top 5 points teams all had a shot at the Championship. 

     The weigh-in told the tale of who was able to adapt to the conditions and get the winning fish to the scales.  Congratulations go to Randy Temples and Ricky Burgamy for not only winning the qualifier tournament, but for sealing their place as 2014 Points Champions too.  They were the points leaders coming into the tournament and could not afford to allow the other teams to gain any points.  The race had been tight since the beginning.  They put in a lot of hard work in reading maps, finding the right areas at the right times, and putting the right baits in front of the fish.  They may have had a good luck charm with the Top Female angler Brandy Burgamy in the boat too.  They weighed in 9.78 lbs on Friday.  Their best 5 finishes netted them 238 points in the race.  They found that the better size fish were in either wood brushpiles or in the old standing timber.  The water depths were best between 10 and 25 feet.  Various styles and colors of jigs along with just double minnow rigs spiderrigged slowly worked best for them.  They won $1,000 for the Points Championship along with $585 for 1st Place plus a $100 B'n'M gift card.

     Second place was only .06 lbs behind with a total weight for the day of 9.72 lbs.  Scott Williams and Jacob Sapp fished numerous brushpiles and wood structure over a long stretch of water to find their best fish.  They found minnows on a plain hook worked best for them in water depths of 10-20 feet.  They took home $250. 

     Third place went to Paul Johnson and Greg Hanson with the Top Youth angler Jack Hanson.  They brought in a limit weighing 9.68 lbs using the same method of minnow rigs over and in brushpiles and standing wood structure.  They netted $100 for the tournament along with $420 from 2nd Place in the Points Championship and a $100 B'n'M gift card for Top Youth.

     Fourth place was Robert Sellers and Tommy Sellers and Dale Bailey with 9.54 lbs and also Big Fish which weighed 1.84 lbs.  This moved them up into 3rd Place overall in the Points Championship giving them $280 and Big Fish payout of $130.

     Rounding out the top 5 was Brian Cooper and Richard Malcom with a weight of 9.45 lbs. They also used double minnow rigs over wood structure in the 15-30 foot waters.

     Thank you to Sav-A-Lot BP for being great hosts.  Also, a big thank you to Taser Jigs, Slab Slobber, SugarBugs, Woods Auto Battery and Electric, Crappie.com, B'n'M, Jiffy Jigs, EZT Pole Perch, Crappie Town & Bobby Garland Baits.

Check out the pictures from the tournament below and click on this link for complete weigh-in results:  Oconee - 10/10/2014