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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.  

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News - AFT

Kerwin Chastain Wins on Stockton

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.

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Allen Raines First Place at Lake Talquin
 
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. 

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News - WBS

Anderson Takes Title at Wateree

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.

Complete result can be found at this link

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Guffie and Trimble Win Old Hickory Team Event

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. 

Complete result can be found at this link

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.

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News - WBS

RAM Weekend Bass Series Events on May 2nd & 3rd

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.

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Abadie Takes Home New Revo XS Reel

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.

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News - WBS

Blanchard Wins Best Western Travel Card

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

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News - WBS

Abadie Wins Red River Event 

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.

Complete result can be found at this link

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Misty Lewis and Rusty Satterfield Win on Melton Hill

04/18/2014

By: Kathy Smith

Athens, Al. Misty Lewis and Rusty Satterfield won the American Bass Anglers - event on out of with 9.65 pounds.

Pulling into the parking lot I was glad to be off the road. The fog was so thick at times during the early morning drive. Looking out at the lake I could see that the boat ride would be no different. 
 
The recent rains combined with the warmer temperatures made for a slow start. However, teams were able to make it to their nearest destinations and fish until the visibility was better. Cold waters from Norris had recently dropped the water temperature from 60s to low 50s. 
 
Our first place winners, Misty Lewis and Rusty Satterfield, say there was no real pattern and we just lucked up and caught good fish. This included Rusty's nice small mouth bass that also won him Men's Big Fish. With 9.65 pounds which included Rusty's 3.34 pound bass, this couple won $500!

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News - AFT

Jerry Fowler Wins D94 Tournament on the Savannah River

03/14/2015

Athens, Al - Jerry Fowler of Walterboro, SC won the American Fishing Tour South Carolina-Savannah River division 94 tournament with five fish weighing 20.59 pounds held on Savannah River on 03/14/2015.

Fowler, is one step closer to the AFT National Championship with a first place win and earned a total of $522 in the American Fishing Tour Tournament held on the Savannah River this past weekend. Fowler weighed in five bass limit, which weighed 20.59 pounds, anchored by a 7.12 pound largemouth. Second place went to Mike Holloway with a five bass limit weighing 16.53 pounds. Third place went to Joe McDonie. Fourth place went to Barry Descaro. And fifth place went to Debbie Robinson.
 
At launch time the temperatures were in the mid-50s with cloudy skies. They day continued with temperatures topping out in the low 60s and clear throughout the day. Water temperatures were in the upper 60s. 

 

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Joe McDonie Wins D94 Tournament on the Savannah

04/18/2015

Athens, Al - McDonie, is one step closer to the ABA National Championship with a first place win and earned a total of $543, in the American Fishing Tournament held on the Savannah River this past weekend. McDonie weighed in five bass limit, which weighed 16.28 pounds and anchored by a 5.61 pound largemouth. Second place went to Nitro Team Member Joe Toth with a five bass limit weighing 15.96 pounds. Third place went to Sean Murphy with a five bass limit weighing 14.00 pounds. Fourth place went to Curtis Sanders with a five bass limit weighing 11.48 pounds and fifth place went to Wayne Ackerman with a five bass limit weighing 10.42 pounds.

 

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Victory for Tramel at Center Hill

Josh Tramel of Smithville, TN won the Tennessee Central RAM Weekend Bass Series event at Center Hill Lake on April 18th, 2015. He weighed in a 16.62 pound limit to win $1558 for first place and $450 from the High Stakes Option Pot. Tramel was flipping green pumpkin colored jigs and plastics for his victory. "I caught fish all day long," said Tramel.

Barry Johnson of Walling, TN finished in second place with 13.80 pounds winning $791 and $270 from the High Stakes Option Pot. Johnson used a Texas rigged Netbait Paca Craw for his day's catch.

Billy Shrum of Gallatin, TN finished in third place with 13.55 pounds winning $537 and $180 from the High Stakes Option pot. Shrum caught his limit early in the day with a green pumpkin jig.

Brandon Eddings of Nashville, TN brought in the boater Big Bass of the day, a 4.03 pound largemouth worth $240. Eddings caught his Big Bass on a shad pattern jerkbait.

Dane Gamble was the co-angler champion of the Center Hill event. Gamble had 8.99 pounds and the 4.00 pound co-angler Big Bass earning $700 for first place, $65 for Big Bass, and $250 from the High Stakes Option Pot. He caught his fish winning limit on a jerkbait early in the day. "Last fish I caught was at 7:30 this morning," said Gamble.

John Wilkerson of Nashville, TN finished in second place on the co-angler side with 8.69 pounds winning $375.

Charlie Caplinger of Smithville, TN was the third place co-angler with 6.16 winning $200. Caplinger used a handmade jig and a Zara Spook Jr. for his catch.

Complete result can be found at this link

The next Tennessee Central RAM Weekend Bass Series event will be held on May 9th, 2015 at Old Hickoy, launching from Sanders Ferry 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.

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Winslett Claims New Revo XS Reel

Steve Winslett of Opelika won the Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus after using an Abu Garcia reel to catch the 6.37 pound Big Bass at the April 18th RAM Weekend Bass Series event on Lake Eufaula. 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.

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Ray Wins Again at Eufaula

Chandler Ray of Arlington, GA won his second RAM Weekend Bass Series event of 2015 at Lake Eufaula. This time Ray won the April 18th event of the Alabama South RAM Weekend Bass Series division with 18.14 pounds earning $2035 for first place and $547 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "I ran to the south end first thing and caught a limit with a 5" Big Bite Fighting Frog. With about an hour left, I pulled up to a ledge holding a big school of fish and I caught my better fish with a Strike King 10XD crankbait. The water was moving and the current really turns those big schools of fish on," said Ray.

Cole Phillips of Phenix City, AL finished in second place with 18.00 pounds winning $1030 and $279 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "I started out near Lakepoint, but the morning bite was not good, so I headed south and fished ledges for the rest of the day," said Phillips.

Michael Lee Cavender of Phenix City, AL finished in third place with 17.52 pounds winning $695 and $189 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "I fished from Rood Creek to White Oak trying to find a shad spawn bite that didn't happen. I went out to some ledges that I found yesterday and caught my limit on a 10XD and a football jig," said Cavender.

Steve Winslett of Opelika, AL had the 6.37 pound boater Big Bass of the event worth $370. Winslett caught his Big Bass about 10:00 on a Booyah popping frog in the grass. He used an Abu Garcia reel to catch his Big Bass and was awarded a new Revo SX reel valued at $159.99 from the Abu Garcia Big Bass Bonus program.

Justin Fortune of Phenix City, AL was the co-angler champion of the Eufaula event with 9.90 pounds and the 4.81 pound co-angler Big Bass of the event winning $780 for first place, $115 for co-angler Big Bass, and $250 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "I caught my fish on a jig with a Big Bite trailer. My Big Bass came within my first 10 casts this morning fishing the grass," said Fortune.

Wesley Rushing of Elba, AL finished in second place on the co-angler side with 8.40 pounds winning $401 and $125 from the High Stakes Option Pot. Rushing fished timber on a ledge near Thomas Mill Creek with a Shakey Head and a green pumpkin trick worm.

Morris Nix of Merietta, GA was the third place co-angler with 8.14 pounds winning $272 for third place and $50 from the High Stakes Option Pot. Nix used a spinner bait and a Texas rig for his catch.

Complete result can be found at this link

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