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Amanda and Vince Smith take Charge on Keowee

Athens, Al. Amanda and Vince Smith won the American Bass Anglers - South Carolina event on 05/17/2014 out of South Cove with 5 fish weighing 12.4 pounds.

Their fish were caught mostly on main lake points working a Zara Spook and culling through nearly 20 keepers.   They then went in search of their "kicker" by sight fishing.  Vince hooked a 4.3 ounce bedding bass toward the back of a creek in 3 feet of water to claim Men's Big Fish.   His big bass proved important in the final standings.Tammy and J.B. Wicker, Pomaria, SC, were close behind the Smiths with an 11.6 pound 5-fish sack.   Their fish were caught throughout the day on Carolina Rigs and a Pop-R in 2 to 18 feet of water.   Tammy got the Ladies Big Fish with a nice 3.6 pounder!   And her big bass was the key to the Wicker's solid finish!

David Chapman and Brooke Mattison, Spartanburg, SC, joined our South Carolina Couples this month.   Brooke had expressed an interest in team fishing with David.   She found our American Couples Series in her research.

Ten South Carolina teams are making their plans to compete in the National Championship on Lake Eufaula in September.   The shift to mid-month with Thursday-Friday tournament days is receiving a lot of support and enthusiasm.

Strickland Marine contributed gallons of Mercury Oil for use in the drawing for folks who didn't place in the money.   Strickland's excellent service and sales are used by several of our South Carolina teams.   Spike-It Outdoors contributed a wide variety of their attractant products; plenty to go around for all of the teams.   Prizes from Royal Purple and Carlisle Tires were also available for the drawing at weigh-in.


The top 5 teams were:

  1. Amanda & Vince Smith with 12.38
  2. Tammy & JB Wicker with 11.63
  3. Susan & John Mills with 11.56
  4. Victoria & Dale Goff with 10.69
  5. Martha & Don Goodfellow with 10.31

Gentlemen's Big Bass: Vince Smith 4.3 pounds

Ladies Big Bass: Tammy Wicker 3.6 pounds

This division's next event will be held:


Join us for our next tournament on June 7, on Lake Greenwood, SC.  The tournament will be going out of One Stop Marina.  For more information, call 864-630-3183 or E-mail:

For more information visited or call the tournament director: Don & Martha Goodfellow at (864)630-3183 .

All ABA American Couples Series events involve a team format with each team composed of one man and one woman. Although many married couples compete together as teams, some teams consist of boyfriend and girlfriend combinations, parent-child combinations or just two friends. Contestants between 14 and 18 years old may participate with a parent’s written permission.

The top angling couples from across the nation earn the right to compete in the annual American Bass Anglers Couples Series National Championship tournament.

American Bass Anglers commitment is to provide low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler and at the same time offer each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers and the American Fishing Tour, The Weekend Bass Series or the American Couples Series, visit or call (256) 232-0406.

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