Jerry Kotal wins $18,500.00 in Area 4 American Bass Anglers Championship on Lake Hartwell
ATHENS, Ala. – Jerry Kotal of Elberton Ga. won the Ram Truck Open Series area 4 championship held October 7th and 8th on Lake Hartwell. Running out of Green Pond Landing in Anderson, South Carolina, Jerry caught five bass on Day One weighing 17.06 pounds with a 4.69-pound kicker. On Day Two Jerry weighed in another five-bass limit weighing 13.64 pounds for a two-day weight of 30.70 pounds. For the boater division win Jerry took home a check for $10,000.00. Also, because Jerry is a Triton owner he collected an additional $7000.00 in Triton Gold monies and another $1500.00 in Mercury/Motorguide monies.
“I figure I caught around 35 fish for the two days,” said Kotal. “Almost all of the fish I caught were schooling fish. I caught most of my fish on an Ima Skimmer top water bait but I also caught some on a drop shot.”
In second for the boaters Ross Burns of Columbia, South Carolina weighed in two five bass limits with a total weight of 30.65 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 4.48-pound kicker fish. Burns collected $1075.00 for the effort.
“I ran a lot of different spots for two days catching a lot of fish,” said Burns. “Everything I weighed in were schooling fish that I caught on a Sammy.”
Jason Burroughs of Hodges, South Carolina placed third with two five bass limits that had a combined weight of 28.77 pounds. Burroughs took home a check for $875.00.
“I caught probably 35 fish in two days said Burroughs. Everything I weighed in were schooling fish that I caught on a spinnerbait and a top water bait.” said Burroughs.
In fourth place for the boaters Bo Price of Seneca, South Carolina weighed in two five bass limits with a total weight of 24.96 pounds and rounding out the top five boaters
Andy Wicker of Pomaria, South Carolina weighed in two five bass limits with a total weight of 24.54 pounds.
Louis Kraft of Salisbury North Carolina weighed in the biggest bass for the boaters at 4.90 pounds. Kraft took home $640.00 for the bass and because it was the biggest bass of the tournament, and he caught it on an ABU Garcia reel, Kraft also took home a new ABU Garcia SX spinning reel valued at $160.00.
In the Co-Angler Division Jonathan Carter of Greenville, South Carolina won with a total of six bass that weighed 13.82 pounds. He anchored his catch with a bass that weighed 3.24 pounds. He pocketed a check for $5000.00 for his win.
“I caught probably 20-25 fish on day one said Carter. Day two was tougher and I only caught around 10 fish. Everything I caught for both days came on a top water bait and a fluke,” said Carter.
Taking second for the co-anglers, Samuel Thomas of Lexington, North Carolina brought in a two-day limit of six bass that weighed 12.60 pounds. He anchored his catch with a bass that weighed 3.07 pounds. Thomas took home a check for $350.00.
“I caught three bass on day one on a top water bait and on day two I caught 4 bass all on a shaky-head,” said Thomas.
H Dean Chapman of Leesville, South Carolina placed third among the co-anglers with a two-day limit of six bass that weighed 11.50 pounds. He collected $300.00 for the effort.
“I probably caught 15 fish total for two days said Chapman. Day, one was a little tougher than day two. On day one I caught schooling fish on a swimbait. On day two they were off the banks and I caught them dragging a shaky-head,” said Chapman.
Dylan Ballard Of Cannon, Georgia finished fourth with a two-day weight of 11.34 pounds and rounding out the top five was Tony Hudson of Liberty, South Carolina with a two-day weight of 11.09 pounds.
The biggest bass for the co-anglers was weighed in by Ronnie Brown of Cherryville, North Carolina. The bass weighed in at 3.55 pounds, earning Brown $225.00
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