New season is off to a great start with Oconee on October 15, 2016.  The Sav-A-Lot BP on Hwy 44 had breakfast and bait ready to go at 5 AM with some of the friendliest folks you will meet.  17 teams came out to enjoy a day of friendly competition and to remember those we have lost of the past few years.  We wanted to take the time to allow those gone not be forgotten.  We have lost several great anglers who were great people all around too.  We decided that we would only use 6 fish for the weighin per team, as the normal 7th fish would be released back into the lake in remembrance of those we have lost. 
The weather cooperated for the most part with mostly cloudy and moderate winds until mid afternoon with a steady drizzle of much needed rain.  The lake was in the mid 70s and +/- 4 feet low because of the current drought in most of the state of GA.  Enjoyed seeing all the new anglers and of course the ones that have been with us from the beginning too.  4 of the teams were male/female teams which was a welcome sight too.  These ladies fish as hard as any man and don't mind telling you so either!
1st place went to a familiar team to the top spot, Justin Churchwell and Lamar Young.  The EZ.T. Pole Perch team spiderrigged  over brush and old timber in the upper section of the lake.  They used 16 foot BnM BGJP rods with single and double minnow rigs all day to catch their winning weight of 8.29 lbs (6 fish) sealed with a 1.50 lbs kicker
2nd place was also a familiar team Ricky Willis and Troy Thiel.  The Sugar Bugs team also spiderrigged minnows over brush, which is not their normal technique.  They usually longline troll and/or shoot docks, but they showed being versatile pays off.  They weighed in 8.06 lbs (6 fish). 
Scott Glenn and Tony Johnson were another returning team to the top with 7.96 lbs (6 fish) sealed with a 1.51 lbs kicker to take 3rd place.  They are another team normally longline trolling or dock shooting.  The bite determines the method and they took note.  Fishing out side of your comfort zone to catch bigger fish is a quality great anglers have.  Minnow rigs over old timber and brush piles they found with their Humminbird electronics were key.
4th place Jonathan Stanton and Paul VanTongern weighed in 7.04 lbs (6 fish) and also had the big fish of the tournament at 1.66 lbs. They smothered 5S Jigs and Sore Lip Jigs in Slab Slobber to get those finicky fish to bite and hold on.  They shot docks and pitched brush piles to find their fish. 
5th place was another dock shooting brush pitching team of Joe Partenza and Joe Mattison using Thermocline jigs smothered in the new Amped Up Slab Slobber to find 6.97 lbs. (6 fish). 
We appreciate everyone's participation and support again this year.  We also want to thank Five Star Automotive Group.  They have been supportive of Slab Masters since the beginning.  Please take some time and go by to see Randy Burkey at the Warner Robins Five Star Dodge.  He has some great deals available for Slab Masters members and their friends and families.  Be sure to let them know how much we appreciate them too. 
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