Eliminator Field Down To Elite Eight After Sinclair Events

The afternoon tournament at Sinclair was tough, as eight boaters and eight non-boaters advance to Lake Oconee.

There are some tired fishermen after two half-day Lowrance Eliminator Series tournaments at Lake Sinclair cut the field from 32 boaters to just eight survivors. Those eight anglers will launch tomorrow morning (March 5) along with eight non-boaters as the 2010 Lowrance Eliminator Series continues.

Windy, cold conditions all day made for rough fishing at Sinclair as some of Georgia’s top anglers worked toward the "last-man-standing" Eliminator championship.

Advancing on the boater side during Round 2 were Russell Ludwig, James Beasely, James Kilby, Mike Strickland, Jay Carter, Aaron Batson, Brian Jamison and David Sansbury. Sansbury had the boater’s big fish for Round 2, a 5.32-lb. bass that earned him $130.

On the non-boater side, advancing were Steve Holt, Ronald Smith, Jim Lee, Wayne Markham, Frank Kerns, Mike Mincey, Kris Kirkpatrick and Tom Healan. Mincey earned the non-boater, Round 2 Big Fish check of $135 for a 2.35-lb. bass.

The eight boaters competing in Round 3 at Lake Oconee will continue a heads-up, bracket format as the field is cut to the final four, who will move on to compete in April at Clarks Hill and in May at Lake Jackson. Those who qualify for the final four are guaranteed a $600 pay-out, while the eventual runner-up in the Eliminator Series earns $1,000. The 2010 champion will win $2,500 plus a Lowrance HDS 7 unit.

The eight non-boaters will compete at Lake Oconee for weight, and all have already earned a check. First place will win $1,000 plus a Lowrance HDS 5 unit.

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