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Dawsonville man wins Lake Lanier bass fishing tournament
Ty Overmyer stands with his trophy after winning the Bulldog Division event at Lake Lanier. (Photo courtesy of Major League Fishing)

Last weekend, local man and Dawson County High School alumnus Ty Overmyer won a Major League Fishing event held on Lake Lanier, catching 10 bass weighing 30 pounds, 7 ounces over the two-day tournament. 

Competing in the Phoenix Bass Fishing League Bulldog Division, Overmyer has been a bass fisher for a long time and secured his third win of the year at the recent event — battling adverse conditions along the way to earn over $7,000.

“A lot of hard work went into this, and it really paid off,” Overmyer said to MLF after his win. “Knowing the lake really helped me a lot fishing in these tough conditions.”

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He was raised around Lake Lanier and is familiar with its features, crediting his passion for fishing to his father, who was a tournament fisher in the 1980s and 90s.

His successful weekend was assisted by co-angler John Duvall of Madison, Georgia.

The pair were able to work in tandem to throw topwater baits and catch as much as they could.

“It was a slow bite, but it was the right bite,” Overmyer said. “My co-angler and I threw the topwater baits in tandem and it would trigger the fish to come up and eat. It helps when you’ve got someone else throwing one, too.”

Overmyer is a longtime resident of Dawsonville, having played varsity basketball for DCHS before continuing in the sport at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and Newberry College in South Carolina.

Although he no longer plays basketball, Overmyer has been able to continue his competitive desire through bass fishing. 

With his win coming at the final regular-season event for the Bulldog Division, Overmyer is looking forward to his next event — at Lake Hartwell on Saturday, Sept. 17, for the Palmetto Trail. The championship for that trail will be at Lake Lanier in October.