Robert E. Anderson of Alba, TX won the East Texas RAM Weekend Series event at Bob Sandlin on May 2, 2015. Anderson brought in a 20.94 pounds and the 6.96 pound boater Big Bass to win $1727 for first place, $300 for Big Bass, and $584 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "I had been on these fish for three days now. My day started out with a bang and I was able to catch a limit by 8:00 am. The lake has been on a good frog bite for quite a while, but I changed things up. I was throwing a 4" wacky worm in the same areas and was having better results with the larger fish. Most guys had been catching them early, and then the bite would slow through mid-day, then pick back up. The pattern I had was consistent throughout the day, and I culled twice after I had my limit to get to the five fish I weighed in today. It was a great day," said Anderson.
Jackie W. Jayroe of Royse City, TX finished in second place with 19.35 pounds winning $876 and $297 from the High Stakes Option Pot.
Bret McLendon of Gilmer, TX finished in third place with 16.96 pounds winning $592 and $201 from the High Stakes Option Pot.
Anthony Watts of The Colony, TX was the co-angler champion of the event with 12.52 pounds and the 5.74 pound co-angler Big Bass winning $841 for first place, $200 for Big bass, and $140 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "I caught them on a frog. I was nervous all day because I caught my two big ones early in the morning, had my limit by 7:30, and they were the same three fish I weighed in. I think I checked the livewell three or four times today just to make sure they were still kicking. I caught more fish than the three I weighed in, but was never able to cull up. I can't believe what a weekend it has been. I won the drawing for the Best Western Card, won the tournament, had big bass, first in the High Stakes Option Pot, and won a new REVO SX thanks to ABU Garcia. That's five reasons to smile,” said Watts.
Cory Campbell of Kerens, TX finished in second place on the co-angler side with 10.78 pounds winning $438 and $120 from the High Stakes Option Pot.
Bob Nash of Azle, TX was the third place co-angler with 9.20 pounds winning $296.
Dean R. Harcourt of Sebastian, FL won the Florida RAM Weekend Bass Series event at Harris Chain on May 2, 2015. Harcourt weighed in 18.27 pounds and the 6.80 pound boater Big Bass of the event to win $3000. "I started out in Little Harris and caught a small limit. After that, I headed to Griffin," said Harcourt.
Jeremy D. Smith of Plant City, FL finished in second place with 16.25 pounds winning $1402 and $571 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "I stayed in Harris all day, just casting worms to the bank," said Smith.
Neil Davis of Clermont, FL finished in third place with 15.37 pounds winning $943 and $291 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "I fished Dora all day today, casting worms and pitching reeds. I'd like to thank my sponsor, Computer Power Systems, they help me out and make it possible for me to do this," said Davis.
Tomas Gomez of Kissimmee, FL was the co-angler champion of the event with 12.49 pounds winning $1500 for first place and $327 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "We were fishing in Griffin and I stuck with a watermelon/red speed worm. The bass kept getting bigger and I got my kicker just before having to come back in for weigh in," said Gomez.
Robert "Bob" P. Kosanke of Deltona, FL finished in second place on the co-angler side with 8.69 pounds and the 7.37 pound co-angler Big Bass winning $664 for second place, $245 for Big Bass, and $166 from the High Stakes Option Pot. Kosanke used a spinnerbait on Lake Harris for his day's catch.
Dan Fay of Orlando, FL was the third place co-angler with 8.41 pounds winning $447 for third place and $112 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "We stayed in Harris and everything came on a speed worm," said Fay.
The next Florida RAM Weekend Bass Series event will be held on June 6th, 2015 at the Harris Chain, launching from Hickory Point Recreational Facility. More info on this upcoming event can be found at this link or by calling ABA tournament manager, Billy Benedetti, at (256) 230-5632.
ATHENS, Ala. – Dave Benham won the American Bass Anglers Division 97 tournament held May 3, 2015, on Onota lake in Pittsfield Ma.
Dave caught 5 bass weighing 15.29 pounds with a 5.22 pound kicker. For the victory, Dave took home a check for $406. His smallmouths were caught with a jerkbait in less than 10’ of water. His largemouth, the big bass of the tournament was caught with a jig.
In second among the competitors, Al Gagliarducci, caught 5 bass weighing 13.20 pounds and pocketed a check for $200.
ATHENS, Ala. – Billy Thorne won the American Fishing Tour, presented by American Bass Anglers. Central Tenn. Division 31 tournament, held 04/26/2015, on Old Hickory Lake. With a beautiful day, Starting in the low 50's and ending in the 80's. With the tournament running out of Bull Creek landing near Gallatin, Tenn.. the Lebanon,Tn. angler caught 5 bass weighing 14.65 pounds. For the victory, Billy took home a check for $249.00. Billy, also had Big fish for the day weighting in at 5.20 pounds. Billy catch his limit using a fisherman secret lure.
Athens, Al - Charles A. Whitaker won his second RAM American Fishing Tour division 14 tournament on Lake Hickory in Hickory, NC with five fish weighing 17.82 pounds held on 04/25/2015.
Charles Whitaker of Troutman, NC is one step closer to the RAM American Fishing Tour National Championship with a first place win on Lake Hickory this past weekend. Whitaker weighed in five bass, which weighed 17.82 pounds. Second place went to Scott McLamb of Moresville, NC with Five bass weighing 16.92 pounds. Third place went to Jerry Stone of Sherrils Ford, NC with five bass weighing in at 15.34 pounds.
At launch time the temperatures were in the upper 40's with cloudy skies with light variable winds. The day’s conditions continued with light rain and cloudy skies, and temperatures topping out in the upper 50's. Water temperatures were in the low to mid 60's.
The winning pattern came bed fishing and throwing a spinner bait. Charles Whitaker said he found a few bed fish early in the week, then covered water with a spinner bait and a Muffin Top jig. His big fish came on a 9/16 oz. Muffin Top jig in “Booski”(black and blue). Other successful anglers also reported that a spinner bait, rattletrap and a jig were their top baits. Congratulations Charles! See you at High Rock Lake on the 17th of May at Southmont Ramp.
John Simonof of Jacksonville, AR won the second Oklahoma RAM Weekend Series event of the year at Lake Eufaula on April 25, 2015. He brought in a 17.77 pound limit to win $3000 and $606 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "I caught my fish on a weightless wacky-rigged green pumpkin Yamamoto Senko fish on a #1 OWNER Mosquito hook using a Temple Fork Outfitters 7'3" medium action rod and Lew's BB1 reel spooled up with #15 Hi-Seas Quattro fluorocarbon line. I targeted shallow cover in off-colored water and concentrated on the shady sides. The high winds made presentations difficult but the phenomenal coating on my Amphibia sunglasses cut the glare off the water to allow me to find my targets in the less than ideal conditions. The sensitivity of Hi-Seas fluorocarbon line allowed me to detect the subtle bites as the fish would eat my Senko and not move. My power pole was integral to my success as well. Being able to stop in one location and make slow methodical presentations in windy conditions helped me get the bites I needed to win. For the most part, I caught fish all day but a mid-morning flurry contributed to most of my weight on the day," said Simonof.
Ricci Head of Shawnee, OK finished in second place with 15.51 pounds winning $1230 and $30 from the High Stakes Option Pot.
T Isaacs of Choctaw, OK finished in third place with 14.42 pounds winning $829.
Brett Stearnes of Joplin, MO had the 5.60 pound boater Big Bass of the event worth $520.
Jason Sebo of Muskogee, OK was the co-angler champion of the event with 11.01 pounds winning $841 for first place and $187 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "It was great. I got to cull two times and caught seven fish. I caught them all on Livingston Lures," said Sebo.
Bo Adams of Henryetta, OK finished in second place on the co-angler side with 10.33 pounds and the winning $427. "It was a tough day. I tied on a crankbait and caught one on about my fifth catch. My other fish came on the same crankbait," said Adams.
Aaron Bradfield of Oronogon, MO was the third place co-angler with 6.68 pounds winning $289. Bradfield used a jig on rocky banks for his catch.
Lori Steele of Broken Arrow, OK brought in the 5.97 pound co-angler Big Bass of the event winning $260.
Shawn & Jamie Wikoff take First Place at Lake Guntersville
From Division 1 Couples Central Alabama April 25, 2015 is one step closer to the ABA Couples National Championship with a 1st Place win and $360.00 in the American Couples Series tournament held on Lake Guntersville this past weekend. Five bass limit weighed in at 17.05. Second place went to Matt & Emily Dean with a weight of 16.41, third place was Dee & Shelia Robinson with a weight of 16.35. Woman’s big bass was awarded was to Sherry Jacks for catching a 3.14 pound spot. Men’s big bass went to Dee Robinson with a 7.55 spot.
These anglers are acquiring valuable points to insure their birth in the American Couples Series National Championship that will be held this fall.
The Stockton Lake bass proved to be a little picky for American Bass Anglers Division 126 Saturday, April 25, 2015, as only five anglers weighed in the 5-fish limit. However, it was Springfield, MO angler, Kerwin Chastain with only four fish that had the winning weight of 12.22 lbs. He also had Big Bass of the tournament with a 6.20 largemouth. Chastain took $759 for the win. He and his boater reported catching fish in at least 16’ of water, dragging jigs on windy banks.
Mike Carter of Raytown, MO took 2nd place with a total weight of 10.88 lbs. Third place went to Bill Stines of Skiatook, OK with 10.57 lbs and 4th place was Ft. Scott angler, Tony French with 10.52 lbs. These anglers also caught their fish in 16’, dragging jigs on windy banks.
Twenty-two anglers from Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma experienced typical spring weather with fronts moving through the area bringing overcast and wind. The next tournament for this circuit will be May 30, 2015, again on Stockton Lake using Old State Park as launch site.
From Division 76 Talquin April 25, 2015 Allen Raines from Marianna, Fl. is one step closer to the ABA National Championship with a 1st Place win and $210.00 in the American Fishing Tour Divisional Bass Tournament held on Lake Talquin this past weekend . Allen’s five bass weighed in at 12.71 lbs. Second Place went to Len Lindahl with a weight of 9.33 lbs., Third Place was Mitch Oldnettle with a weight of 6.91 lbs. Big Bass went to Len Lindahl with an 4.74 lbs. Largemouth.
Phillip Anderson of Saluda, SC won the South Carolina RAM Weekend Bass Series event at Lake Wateree on April 25, 2015. Anderson weighed in 24.59 pounds and the 5.95 pound Big Bass of the event to win $1756 along with $190 for Big Bass and $400 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "I fished the mid lake area where I could find the most stained water. Most of my fish came from a spawning flat before 7:30 this morning. Later in the day, I was able to cull a couple of times by flipping a Sweet Beaver into the grass," said Anderson.
Matthew Justice of Fair Play, SC finished in second place with 21.67 pounds winning $803. "I threw a Spro popping frog all day. I knew I wouldn't get a lot of bites, but I did get eight good ones throughout the day," said Justice.
Randy Childers of Anderson, SC finished in third place with 20.20 pounds winning $544. "I stayed almost in sight of the ramp and threw a Pop-R all day," said Childers.
Bryan Moeller of Lugoff, SC was the co-angler champion of the event with 12.46 pounds and the 5.14 pound co-angler Big Bass of the event winning $788 for first place, $200 for co-ngler Big Bass, and $ from the High Stakes Option Pot. "We fished the lower end of the lake and I just made a lot of casts. Only had four or five bites at the most. I caught a couple on a swimbait and one on a Shakey Head with a creature bait," said Moeller.
Greggy Lee Branson of Gilbert, SC finished in second place on the co-angler side with 11.17 pounds winning $401.
Andrew McClintock of Welford, SC was the third place co-angler with 11.06 pounds winning $272 for third place. "I caught my fish on a bladed jig," said Branson.
The team of Anthony Guffie and Bud Trimble Jr. won the second TN/KY event of the RAM 100% Team Tour on April 25th, 2015 at Old Hickory Lake. The team caught the winning limit weighing 24.32 pounds winning a 2015 Triton 17TX with a Mercury 60hp four stroke outboard, Garmin Echomap units, Odyssey Batteries, Motorguide trolling motor, Power Pole, and a host of T-H Marine products valued at $22,000 along with $1700 from the High Stakes Option Pot. The pair started in the mid lake area above Flippers and caught around 15 keepers on a Spook and a black buzzbait. After the sun came up, they moved back down south and started flipping a black/blue jig and a green pumpkin Brush Hog. "It was one of those good days where we couldn't seem to do anything wrong," said Guffie.
Second place went to the team of Michael Williams and Slayton Gearin with 21.64 pounds and the day's 6.75 pound Leer Big Bass. They took home $3300 for second place, $900 from the High Stakes Option Pot, the $500 Leer Big Bass award. Their first stop was about a mile from Sanders Ferry where they had a limit and culled twice within 20 minutes using a Rat-L-Traps. After moving farther north they were able to cull once. The Leer Big Bass came on a red Rat-L-Trap.
Third place went to the team of Shawn Penn and Billy Schroeder with 20.50 pounds winning $2200. They caught all of their fish on a ½ ounce jig flipping rocks in 3'-6' feet of water on the south end of the lake. "We caught them pretty much all day, but the better bites came early," said Penn.
The next TN/KY RAM 100% Team Tour event will be held on June 27th, 2015 at Kentucky Lake, launching from Paris Landing State Park. More info on this upcoming event can be found at this link or by calling ABA tournament manager, Kristin Malott, at (256) 771-3709.
Florida - 5/2/2015 - Harris Chain of Lakes at Hickory Point Recreational Facility - Director: Billy Benedetti (256) 230-5632 – Info link
East Texas - 5/2/2015 - Bob Sandlin at Public Ramp #1 - Director: Chris Wayand (256) 230-5627 - Info link
Alabama North - 5/2/2015 - Lake Wheeler at Riverwalk Marina - Director: Kristin Malott (256) 771-3709 - Info link
Alabama West - 5/3/2015 - Lake Wheeler at Riverwalk Marina - Director: Kristin Malott (256) 771-3709 - Info link
Anglers will take advantage of the new "no linking" format along with increased payouts. First place boaters can win $3000 and first place co-anglers can win $1500 with just a 50 boat field. Payouts will increase to $5000 first place boater and $2500 first place co-angler with a 100 boat field.
At the end of the 2015 season 10 Boaters and 10 Co-anglers from each RAM Weekend Bass Series division will advance directly to the RAM Ray Scott Championship that will be held in April 2016 on Lake Hartwell in Anderson, SC. Payouts for the Ray Scott Championship will be huge at the 2016 event. Both the boater and co-angler champions will receive cash, new Triton Boats and a RAM Truck Champion Bonus! Cash, prizes, and contingencies combined will total over $200,000 to the Boater Champion.
Austin Abadie of Gonzales, LA won the Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus after using an Abu Garcia reel to catch the 4.29 pound Big Bass at the April 18th RAM Weekend Bass Series event at the Red River. He was awarded an Abu Garcia Revo SX reel valued at $159.99.
The Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus is an incentive program that applies to selected American Bass Anglers events. The Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus program applies to all RAM Weekend Bass Series events and RAM 100% Plus Team Tour events along with each competition day of the Military Team Bass Event, Couples Series National Championship, AFT National Championship, and the Ray Scott Championship. There is no fee to participate in this program. Anglers that use any model Abu Garcia reel to catch the prevailing Big Bass at qualifying American Bass Anglers events will be awarded a new Abu Garcia Revo SX reel valued at $159.99. Abu Garcia has created an incentive program without any associated fees, registrations, or claim forms to be filled out.
Drady Blanchard of Houma, LA was the winner of a $100 Best Western Travel Card at the April 18th, 2015 RAM Weekend Bass Series event at the Red River. Blanchard lodged at the host Best Western hotel during the event and he was entered into the Best Western Travel Card drawing. There is a drawing for a $100 Best Western travel card at every Weekend Bass Series event that has a Best Western host hotel. Anglers must bring their Best Western hotel receipts to registration to enter the drawing.
Best Western Hotels offers an incentive reward program to ABA anglers for staying at Best Western hotels during ABA events. Drawings will be held at all Weekend Bass Series events and all ABA National Championships. At registration, anglers simply need to bring a copy of their receipt from the Best Western hotel that they are lodging at during the event to be entered into the drawing. This program will continue for the entire 2015 season.
To learn how you can win a Best Western Travel Card visit this link.
Austin Abadie of Gonzales, LA won the Louisiana South RAM Weekend Bass Series event on April 18th, 2015 at the Red River out of Grand Encore. His winning limit of 13.20 pounds contained the 4.29 pound Big Bass of the event. Abadie won $1439 for first place, $220 for Big Bass, and $425 from the High Stakes Option Pot. He also won a new Abu Garcia Revo SX reel valued at $159.99 for using an Abu Garcia reel to catch Big Bass. "I had a pretty good day with a lot of bites. Caught all of my fish on a frog using a Falcon rod and an Abu Garcia Revo reel," said Abadie.
Derek Hudnall of Baton Rouge, LA finished in second place with 13.11 pounds winning $733 and $255 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "I caught a lot of fish and probably had a limit within the first 15 minutes of this morning. The fish bit today and I had fun. Everything came flipping," said Hudnall.
Brett Sellers of Denham Spring, LA finished in third place with 12.37 pounds winning $497 and $170 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "I noticed oil on my lower unit this morning so I only ran to the first oxbow from the ramp and caught my fish there," said Sellers.
Randy Radar of Morgan City, LA won the co-angler side of the event with 6.13 pounds and the co-angler Big Bass weighing 2.96 pounds. Radar won $600 for first place, $65 for Big Bass, and $135 from the High Stakes Option Pot "I had my limit by 7:30 this morning and I probably caught four limits throughout the day. Missed some good fish, but I'm happy with what I had. It was a good day of fishing," said Radar.
Jeff Cox of Walker, LA finished in second on the co-angler side with 6.10 pounds winning $325 and $90 from the High Stakes Option Pot. Cox used spinnerbaits and crankbaits for his catch.
Dustin Jumonville of French Settlement, LA finished in third place on the co-angler side with 5.81 pounds winning $200.
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