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Coleman Clinches Southern Tour Final

Posted: 9/11/2006

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Ryan Coleman of Flowery Branch, Ga., tapped into his Lake Lanier guiding experience to win the 2006 CITGO Bassmaster Southern Tour event on Lake Lanier on Saturday.

Coleman, 39, captured his first BASS win with 36 pounds, 10 ounces of spotted bass, a three-day total that was nearly 3 pounds more than his closest competitor, Mathew Wilbanks of Gainesville, Ga.

"This is just incredible," said Coleman. "I never thought I would have won with what I caught today." His Saturday catch was 8-5, but his 28-5 weight over the first two days of the tournament carried him through to earn about $25,000 in cash and a Triton boat rig with Mercury outboard worth $45,000.

Coleman said he caught his five-fish limit by drop-shotting with a Spotsticker prototype worm made by D&G Spotsticker Baits. He said he concentrated on standing timber about 40 feet down.

The Lake Lanier stop was the final of five events on the 2006 CITGO Bassmaster Southern Tour.