Cody Bird leads PAA Tournament Series on Lake Lanier with 16.48 pounds

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 Mar 31st, 2011 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified Mar 31st, 2011 at 12:00 AM

BUFORD, Ga. – Kicker Fish pro Cody Bird of Granbury, Texas, took the lead with 16.46 pounds on Lake Lanier after the first day of the season-opening PAA Tournament Series presented by Carrot Stix.

Cody Bird (Photo Chris Dutton)

Bird used several baits in shallow and near-shallow water for his five-bass limit. He wasn’t the only one in the field who had to grind all day for every bite.
Spotted bass are feasting on the ample forage and instead of eating all the time, they’re often just killing bait. Lures that come by get the same quick chomp or head slap in what becomes a frustrating strike for the angler.
“It was tough but a pretty good day,” Bird said. “I’m hoping it gets a little better each day.”
Behind him in second place is Yamaha pro Takahiro Omori of Texas (15.68 pounds), followed by TheGreatOutdoors.com pro David Hendrick of North Carolina (15.18). Megabass pro Aaron Martens of Leeds is fourth (14.82) and BransonTourism.com pro Doc Seger of Missouri is fifth (14.62).
“I lost a few fish today that would have helped, for sure,” Hendrick said, adding that the nipping biters “are just part of fishing.”
Full standings, photos and other information can be found at FishPAA.com

2011 PAA Tournament Series
What: 2011 Bass Pro Shops Tournament Series presented by Carrot Stix
Where: Lake Lanier, at Lake Lanier Islands Resort
When: Tournament days are Thursday, March 31, through Saturday, April 2
Launch/weigh-in: Friday, launch at 7 a.m. and weigh-in at 3 p.m. at Sunset Cove at Lake Lanier Islands resort
Final day launch/weigh-in: Saturday, launch at 7 a.m. at Sunset Cove and weigh-in at 4:30 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops, 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, Ga.

About the PAA
The Professional Anglers Association is a non-profit organization that gives professional anglers a unified voice in order to aid in the growth of the sport of professional bass fishing. The PAA also aims to administer educational programs to the average angler, to increase enjoyment of the sport, and to embrace sound conservation practices to further the future of the sport. Web: www.FishPAA.com
2011 PAA Tournament Series Premier Sponsors: Bass Pro Shops, E21 Carrot Stix, Optima Batteries, Nitro Performance Bass Boats
2011 PAA Tournament Series Associate Sponsors: Lazer TroKar, Jasper Engines & Transmissions, Mercury Marine, Humminbird/Minn Kota, BoatUS Foundation, Fishouflage, U.S. Reel, Sign Designs, Toyota Texas Bass Classic
2011 Lake Lanier Local Sponsors: Stainless Town, Bass Pro Shops-Lawrenceville, Booyah Bait Co., Operation One Voice

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