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2/10/2016

David Howell Takes First Place at Lake Seminole


David Howell of Bainbridge, GA is one step closer to the Ram American Fishing Tour National Championship with a first place win in the Ram American Fishing Tour Seminole Division 114 bass tournament held at Lake Seminole on February 7, 2016. David’s limit weighed in at 20.84 pounds. Big Bass was awarded to Aaron Richardson for catching a 6.93 pound largemouth.

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2/10/2016

Introducing the Maui Jim Bonus for Ram Truck Open Series Winners

February 6, 2016 – Athens, AL – Maui Jim and American Bass Anglers announce the Maui Jim Bonus program for the new Ram Truck Open Series. There is no fee to register for the program. Anglers that win a Ram Truck Open Series event while wearing his/her Maui Jim glasses on stage will be awarded a new non-prescription pair of Maui Jim sunglasses of his/her choice. This program applies to boaters and co-anglers. Ram Truck Open Series anglers that wish to participate in the Maui Jim Bonus program need to simply fill out a registration form at onsite registration once per season per division which he/she is participating in. All Maui Jim Bonus program winners will be featured on AmericanBassAnglers.com after his/her win.

"Maui Jim is proud of our continued relationship with American Bass Anglers. The Maui Jim Bonus program is a great way to reward ABA anglers for wearing the best polarized sunglasses on the market," said Mike Battistoni, Maui Jim Fish/Marine Specialist. 

“This is a great example of how American Bass Anglers is working with industry leaders like Maui Jim to give back to our anglers,” said Morris Sheehan, ABA President.

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2/09/2016

KVD Kong Extreme Electronics Mount Is Now Available

Huntsville, AL – January 7, 2016 -- T-H Marine Supplies, Inc., of Huntsville, Alabama, announces the KVD Kong Extreme Electronics Mount is now available for sale.  

Over the past few years, as the screen size and capabilities of the high-end marine electronics has increased, so have the weights.   Today, these units weigh so much that most of the current electronic mounts do not provide adequate support and protection.  Over a year ago, Kevin Van Dam came to T-H Marine with the idea of the perfect electronics mount.  Van Dam stated, “I wanted a mount that was rock solid and would support my Humminbird Onix 10 units in the roughest conditions.  I wanted a mount that could be quickly installed and removed.  Finally, I wanted a mount that offered the flexibility of mounting flat or on its side.  This allows me to rig my Nitro Z21 for optimum performance.  This is the T-H Marine KVD Kong and it exceeds my expectations.”

 The T-H Marine KVD Kong Extreme Electronics Mount is built of aircraft aluminum and stainless steel.  It is designed for the heaviest of today’s marine electronics and has zero movement with these units in the roughest water.  In addition, the arm is secured to the base with a mechanical cam-nut that allows quick installation or removal.

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2/09/2016

Mark McCaig Takes Home $5000 at Lake Mitchell

Mark McCaig of Oxford, AL won the Alabama South Division Ram Truck Open Series opener at Lake Mitchell on February 6, 2015. McCaig brought in a 19.05 pound limit of Lake Mitchell bass to win $5000 in his first American Bass Anglers event of the year. He used a Big Bite Fighting Frog and a crankbait to secure is win. “This morning, I caught two of my fish in the river, out on some rocky stuff in the current. Then, I went a long time without a bite. I caught another good one about 11:00. At 2:45, I had four fish and I stopped at another spot where I caught a four pounder on a crankbait. After that, I went around the corner, flipped a little grass mat, caught another four pound, and came to the weigh in. My best fish came after 3:00, so I’m glad I was in the last flight,” said McCaig.

Chris Minor of Clanton, AL finished in second place with 17.56 pounds and brought in the 4.20 pound Big Bass earning $1279 for second place and $570 from the Big Bass Pot. Minor was swimming a jig and flipping for his second place catch. “I started out spot fishing to get a limit and go look for largemouth. I ended up weighing in one of the spots. That’s what killed me,” said Minor.

Third place in the Alabama South event went to Travis Northey of Troy, AL with 17.28 pounds winning $853. “I was down south and caught every one of them on a jig. I did like the rest of these boys and caught a limit of spots before looking for largemouth. I just never caught a largemouth,” said Northey.

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2/09/2016

Messer Takes Home Co-angler Trophy at Alabama South Event

Clay Messer of Auburn, AL was the co-angler champion of the Ram Truck Open Series event held on February 6, 2016 at Lake Mitchell. Messer’s 8.59 pound limit was worth $1110. “We fished the south end and caught them on a crankbait. I was just banging wood, rocks, and deep points. Luckily, my boater was around some fish. I lost a couple, but I was able to put three in the boat,” said Messer.

Steve Miles of Clanton, AL finished in second place on the co-angler side with 7.47 pounds to win $398. “I lost some fish today. Most of my fish were on a Shakey Head. We pretty much fished mid-lake to the ramp. My boater was fantastic and I really appreciate it,” said Miles.

Donnie Perkins of Eufaula, AL brought in 7.45 pounds to finish in third place and win $266. “I broke off a lot today and lost three or four good ones. Two of my keepers were on a Rat-L-Trap, ripping it through some grass. My other keeper came on a Strikezone Lures jig off of a bluff wall,” said Perkins.

Richard C. Hudson of Ramer, AL brought in the 3.66 pound Co-angler Big Bass of the day to win $130 from the Big Bass Pot. “I was fishing on the lower end and I caught the Big Bass on a swimbait around 8:30 this morning,” said Hudson.

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2/09/2016

Messer Wins Best Western Travel Card

Clay Messer of Auburn, AL was the winner of a $100 Best Western Travel Card at the February 6, 2016 Ram Truck Open Series event at Lake Mitchell. Messer 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 Ram Truck Open 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 Ram Truck Open Series and Ram 100% Plus Team Tour events that have Best Western host hotels and at 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 2016 season. 

To book reservations with Best Western and take advantage of the American Bass Anglers promotional rate, please visit this link

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2/09/2016

Pelfrey Takes Guntersville Win to Earn $5000

Dale Pelfrey of Rockwood, TN won the Tennessee East Division Ram Truck Open Series opener at Lake Guntersville on February 6, 2015. Pelfrey caught a 28.47 pound sack of Guntersville bass to win $5000. “I caught all my fish using a green pumpkin jig with a Rage Craw as the trailer. We caught fish all day. It was a slow grind. We caught about 20 fish between the two of us. We had bites just every 30 minutes to an hour, rotating between two spots.  It was not a very good execution day, I lost two good fish,” said Pelfrey.

Derek Remitz of Grant, AL finished in second place with 18.15 pounds to earn a check for $1158. “I caught my fish using a Chatterbait running pockets looking for cleaner water. Since the lake was muddy, I just kept trying different things. I caught about 10 keepers all day. It was slow and I would catch 2-3 fish and then go a few hours without catching fish,” said Remitz.

The third place spot went to Brian Hatfield of Spring City, TN with 17.26 pounds winning $772. “I was using a Livingston Howeller crankbait and a gold and black Jackal jerkbait all day. I was fishing in 8-10 feet of water, targeting rocks and bridges. It was slow all day, I did not catch my fish until the last 30 minutes of the day,” said Hatfield.

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2/09/2016

Yocum Earns Win as Co-angler at Lake Guntersville

Joseph Yocum of Knoxville, TN was the co-angler champion of the Ram Truck Open Series event held on February 6, 2016 at Lake Guntersville. Yocum’s 12.61 pound limit was worth $1565. “I caught my fish using a brown jig. I caught fish all day and had to cull a few times,” said Yocum.

Brennon Binkley of Franklin, TN finished in second place on the co-angler side with 11.32 pounds to win $528. “I caught my fish on a red Rat-L-Trap. I never put the bait down. I had to cull a few times and caught fish throughout the day,” said Binkley.

Roderick Green of Hulbert, OK brought in 10.06 pounds to finish in third place and win $351. Green also had the 5.78 pound Co-angler Big Bass to win $180 from the Big Bass Pot. “I used a rattling bait in chartreuse color. I caught my fish in shallow water all day,” said Green. 

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2/03/2016

GEICO Partners with the American Bass Anglers
 
Athens, AL (January 26, 2015) – American Bass Anglers, Inc (ABA) announced today that GEICO, the second largest insurance company in the United States, has signed a multi-year sponsorship agreement with American Bass Anglers beginning January, 2016.
 
As part of the sponsorship, ABA member anglers can obtain quotes and save money on a broad array of insurance policies to cover their trucks, cars, boats, motorcycles, campers and more. GEICO, known for their ability to provide competitive quotes in 15 minutes or less, will serve as the official insurance partner of the ABA. In addition, members of the ABA may be eligible for a special member discount. 

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2/01/2016

Greene Takes $5000 Win at Lake Seminole

Ken Greene of Lumpkin, GA won the Georgia Division Ram Truck Open Series opener at Lake Seminole on January 30, 2015. Greene brought in a 16.87 pound limit of Seminole bass to win $5000 for first place and $640 from the Big Bass Pot. “I caught the majority of my fish flipping with a Big Bot Fightin’ Frog in Hematoma color. Yesterday, I just picked up my flipping stick after not being able to catch much of anything. I just started looking for little mats along the river channel and just flipping into them. I didn’t catch but five fish today, so it’s not like I wore them out. These clear skies really helped the flipping bite for me,” said Greene.

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