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2015-03-29 00:00:00

Kentucky Opener Rescheduled

Due to the large amount of ice currently on Kentucky Lake and the growing chances for more snow and ice with freezing temperatures, the Kentucky division opener has been rescheduled for March 29, 2015 out of Paris Landing. At the time of this decision, we had received multiple calls from concerned anglers and below freezing temperatures were projected from Wednesday through Saturday, which will not allow the ice on the water to melt.

"I have been in contact with Moor's Resort and several Kentucky Lake anglers over the past few days. The situation is not improving and the forecast is predicting conditions to worsen over the course of the week. American Bass Anglers, Inc. will not put our anglers on the water in these conditions. Even if a large amount of ice were to melt and break up, there would be large chunks of ice floating in the main channel that could cause serious damage to angler's boats," said Kristin Malott, RAM Weekend Bass Series tournament manager.

We apologize for any inconvenience this will cause any of our Kentucky anglers. Entry fees may be transferred to the next event in the division or refunded, if needed. To transfer or refund entries, please contact ABA at (256) 232-0406. For any other questions regarding the Kentucky division events, please call Kristin Malott, tournament manager, at (256) 770-3709.  

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2015-03-07 00:00:00

2015 RAM Weekend Bass Series Kickoff Event on Pickwick Lake Saturday

This weekend is the kickoff of the 2015 RAM Weekend Bass Series Alabama Northwest division on Pickwick Lake. We invite you to come out and fish this first event of the series. The event will be held out of McFarland Park this Saturday 3/07/2015. There is still time to get signed up for this kick off event.

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 the Alabama Northwest division will advance direct 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 Champion.

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2015-03-07 00:00:00

North Carolina Opener at Lake Wylie Saturday

The North Carolina division of the RAM Weekend Bass Series will have its first event of the season on Saturday, March 7th at Lake Wylie. North Carolina anglers will be launching from South Point Access Area for the event. Onsite registration and safety briefing will be held at South Point Access Area on Friday, March 6th. Registration will be from 4:00-6:30pm CST and the safety briefing will follow promptly at 7:00pm CST. All participating anglers must be registered by 6:30pm CST on Friday, March 7th in order to participate in this event. Anglers can register for this event online at http://www.americanbassanglers.com or by calling ABA at (256) 232-0406. More information on this event can be found at this link or by calling Rodney Michael, RAM Weekend Bass Series tournament manager, at 256-497-0967.

RAM Weekend Bass Series anglers will get to take advantage of the new "no linking" format along with increased payouts for the 2015 season. 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. Over the course of five divisional events per division, anglers will be competing for a spot in the 2016 Ray Scott Championship at Lake Hartwell. Payouts for the Ray Scott Championship will be huge at the 2016 event. Qualifying boaters will compete for a first place prize of $50,000 cash, a Triton 21TRX/Mercury package, a RAM Truck, up to $50,000 from the Triton Gold program, plus many other contingency program dollars. Qualifying co-anglers will compete for a first place prize of $25,000 cash, a Triton 19TRX/Mercury package, a RAM truck, up to $25,000 from the Triton Gold program, plus other contingency program bonuses at the 2016 Ray Scott Championship.

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2015-03-07 00:00:00

Alabama South at Lake Martin Saturday

The Alabama South division of the RAM Weekend Bass Series will have its second event of the season on Saturday, March 7th at Lake Martin. Alabama South anglers will be launching from Wind Creek State Park for the event. Onsite registration and safety briefing will be held at Wind Creek State Park on Friday, March 6th. Registration will be from 4:00-6:30pm CST and the safety briefing will follow promptly at 7:00pm CST. All participating anglers must be registered by 6:30pm CST on Friday, March 7th in order to participate in this event. Anglers can register for this event online at http://www.americanbassanglers.com or by calling ABA at (256) 232-0406. More information on this event can be found at this link or by calling tournament manager, Billy Benedetti at (256) 230-5632.

RAM Weekend Bass Series anglers will get to take advantage of the new "no linking" format along with increased payouts for the 2015 season. 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. Over the course of five divisional events per division, anglers will be competing for a spot in the 2016 Ray Scott Championship at Lake Hartwell. Payouts for the Ray Scot Championship will be huge at the 2016 event. Qualifying boaters will compete for a first place prize of $50,000 cash, a Triton 21TRX/Mercury package, a RAM Truck, up to $50,000 from the Triton Gold program, plus many other contingency program dollars. Qualifying co-anglers will compete for a first place prize of $25,000 cash, a Triton 19TRX/Mercury package, a RAM truck, up to $25,000 from the Triton Gold program, plus other contingency program bonuses at the 2016 Ray Scott Championship.

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2015-03-07 00:00:00

Kentucky Division Opener This Weekend

The Kentucky division of the RAM Weekend Bass Series will have its season opener on Saturday, March 7th at Kentucky Lake. Kentucky anglers will be launching from Moor's Resort for the event. Onsite registration and safety briefing will be held at Moor's Resort on Friday, March 6th. Registration will be from 4:00-6:30pm CST and the safety briefing will follow promptly at 7:00pm CST. All participating anglers must be registered by 6:30pm CST on Friday, March 7th in order to participate in this event. Anglers can register for this event online at http://www.americanbassanglers.com or by calling ABA at (256) 232-0406. More information on this event can be found at this link or by calling tournament manager, Kristin Malott at (256) 771-3709.

"There have been some concerns over the weather in Kentucky this week, but it looks like we will be ok to move forward. I have been in contact with Moor's Resort and they have their heaters ready to use this weekend to melt any ice on the ramps if needed. I think we will have a good turnout for the opener despite the cold weather," said Kristin Malott, RAM Weekend Bass Series tournament manager.

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2015-03-28 00:00:00

Taylor Wins South Carolina Opener

Brock Taylor of Pendleton, SC won the South Carolina opener of the RAM Weekend Bass Series on Lake Murray yesterday, Feb. 28th, 2015. He brought in the winning limit weighing 19.12 pounds. The first place finish yielded Taylor a check for $2086. He procured his winning catch in the mid lake area using jigging spoons and blade runners early in the day and moving to docks with an undisclosed bait after the sun came up. His jigging spoon fish were hanging near the bottom of a drop in 25 to 35 feet of water. "You just know when it is your day. I'm just happy and tickled to death over my win," said Taylor.

Second place in the South Carolina opener went to Sean Anderson of Leesville, SC for bringing in an 18.78 pound limit worth $1056 and $400 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "I only had five bites all day and caught them all cranking shallow rocks," said Anderson. He was using a small Shad Rap type crankbait.

Rounding out the top three for the day was Todd Pearson of Anderson, SC. Pearson caught a limit weighing 16.28 pounds worth $712. Pearson caught his fish mid lake around staging areas with a jerkbait. "I had a pretty good morning bite and caught a few throughout the day. Most of my fish came before 10:00 am. I had a couple pull off, but not sure if they would have helped me or not," said Pearson.

Boater Big Bass of the event went to Harvey Price of Seneca, SC after catching a 6.52 pound largemouth. Price had already left the weigh in site prior to the awards presentation so we were unable to find out how he caught his "Lake Murray Monster".

Christopher Chavis of Rincon, GA won the co-angler side of the Lake Murray event with a three fish limit weighing 12.08 pounds. His first place catch netted him check for $903. Chavis caught his fish on a jerkbait and a jig. "We fished right around this area here. I broke one off that I think may have helped me a little. This is the first tournament that I have fished in the RAM Weekend Bass Series and I really enjoyed the event and had a great partner for the day," said Chavis.

Bryan Barker of Seneca, SC finished in the second place spot with 9.49 pounds and the day's Big Bass weighing 5.26 pounds. Barker received a second place check for $459 and $130 for Big Bass. He caught his limit cranking a Shad Rap around shallow rock near the dam. "It all happened real early and it was pretty much over after that. I had three bites and put three fish in the boat," said Barker.

Finishing third was Sam Naib of Atlanta, GA with 9.39 pounds worth $311. His fish all came on a Shakey Head. "I only had three bites for three fish and I really enjoyed my boater today," said Naib.

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2015-02-14 00:00:00

Chickamauga Weekend Bass Series Event Rescheduled

East Tennessee Division Weekend Bass Series event Saturday February 21 -- Due to projected weather issues, water levels and the new boat ramp at Dayton Boat Dock under construction, the Weekend Bass Series event scheduled for February 21, 2015 has been cancelled and rescheduled for July 18, 2015. The new opening event for the East Tennessee Division will be April 11th at Lake Guntersville out of Goose Pond on Lake Guntersville. With Lake Chickamauga being held at winter pool, there is not an alternative ramp adequate to launch boats without damage to equipment. The safety and well being of our anglers is our utmost concern.

"The City of Dayton has been working with TWRA and TVA to upgrade the facilities and winter launching capabilities on Chickamauga Lake. In late January 2015, the City of Dayton received grants to upgrade the ramp and courtesy docking at the Dayton Boat Dock. We knew that it was a very tight timeline to accomplish the renovations before our first scheduled event. Due to unforeseen weather delays and temperatures that prevent concrete pouring, the renovations are running behind schedule. We know that these renovations are greatly needed and will be a plus for the tournament angler for many years to come. These new facilities will also be handicap accessible to meet the any needs of the public as well. We will be working with tournament directors to help accommodate their future needs. We apologize for any inconvenience," said Dennis Tumlin, Executive Director of Rhea Economic and Tourism Council.

We want to thank Dennis Tumlin with Rhea Economic and Tourism Council for all of his help and keeping us apprised of the situation. He and Dayton Mayor, Gary Louallen have always been a tremendous help to us at American Bass Anglers, Inc. in the past. For more information on transfers and/or refunds, contact ABA at (256) 232-0406, or Billy Benedetti, Tournament Manager, at (256) 230-5632.

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2015-02-14 00:00:00

Coleman Takes Co Angler Win at Sinclair

Sean Coleman of Ball Ground, GA won the co-angler side of the Georgia division event at Lake Sinclair this weekend. He caught a three fish limit weighing 9.24 pounds to take the win and collect a check for $1023. "We fished rip rap from the north end to the south end. I caught everything on a DT-6 crankbait, just cranking the rocks," said Coleman.

Second place and co-angler Big Bass went to Matthew Bulloch of Pelham, GA after weighing in an 8.64 pound limit containing a 5.82 pound kicker. He won $518 for second place and $160 for his 5.82 pound Big Bass. "We were on the north end of the lake. I caught the Big Bass out of a blowdown about 11:00 on a spinnerbait. I only caught three fish all day. The Big Bass was my first fish and that got me going for the day. I had a great boater and a good day," said Bulloch.

Ray Holloway of Eatonton, GA finished in the third place spot with 6.27 pounds worth $350. "We never got out of sight of this weigh in stage. We fished rip rap all day and caught everything on 1/8 ounce Shakey Heads. I was just going for points today, but it paid off," said Holloway.

Timothy "Tim" Adams of Powder Springs, GA is on top of the points lead for the co-angler side after this event.

Complete result can be found at this link

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2015-02-14 00:00:00

Kip Carter Wins at Sinclair

Kip Carter won the second Georgia division event at Lake Sinclair yesterday. He weighed in an 18.01 pound limit of bass to claim a first place prize of $2035 and $523 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "I was fishing shallow today. I came out yesterday for a couple hours, played around a little, flipped around a little, and got some good bites. It really surprised me and I realized that the fish were a little further along than I thought. I took that, ran with it, and caught two big ones right off of the bat this morning. That set the pace for the day. The first two fish I caught this morning were my two biggest. It was an interesting day, just plucking around here and there and culling several times. I just had a good clean day of fishing. I did catch a few on a hardbait, but my best ones came flipping a jig," said Carter.

Tim Vanegmond of Gay, GA came in second with 16.01 pounds. He won $1030 and $267 from the High Stakes Option pot for his efforts. "I was up the Oconee River and I was just fortunate today. I fished all day yesterday and, literally, did not get a bite. Obviously, I didn't do the same thing today that I did yesterday. I picked up a jig about 10:00 this morning, when I didn't have a fish, skipped it under a dock, and got a bite. I decided to stick with that and ended up catching about 15 fish today," said Vanegmond. He is, now, the Georgia division points leader on the boater side after this event.

Third place in the Sinclair event went to David Lowery of Phenix City, AL after catching a 14.82 pound limit worth $695 and $181 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "I was fishing mid lake and caught all of my fish on a brown All Terrain jig with a Fighting Frog on it. My fish came around docks, anywhere from 8 feet to 6 inches deep," said Lowery.

Big Bass for the boater side went to Sam Moody of Albany, GA after catching a 5.67 pound largemouth worth $350. "I caught my Big Bass pretty early this morning, probably in my first 30 minutes of fishing on a Ledgebuster spinnerbait, throwing up against a seawall over some scattered stumps and trash," said Moody.

Complete result can be found at this link

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2015-02-14 00:00:00

Special Statement - Guntersville Weekend Bass Series event Saturday Feb 14, 2015 -- Due to projected weather issues by the national weather service (high winds and cold temperatures) and safety concerns for our members, the Weekend Bass Series event scheduled for Saturday February 14, 2015 going out of Guntersville State Park is being cancelled and rescheduled for April 4, 2015.  The safety and wellbeing of our members is our utmost concern.    

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Info 01/31
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Info 02/07
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Info 02/28
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Info 03/07
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Info 03/07
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Info 03/07
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Info 03/07
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South Point Access
Info 03/14
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Info 03/14
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Umphrey Pavillion
Info 03/14
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McFarland Park
Info 03/21
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Lake Tenkiller
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Fate Sanders Marina
Info 03/28
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Info 03/28
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Info 04/04
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Info 04/11
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Info 04/11
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Info 04/11
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Info 04/18
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Info 04/18
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Grand Ecore
Info 04/18
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Info 04/25
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Info 05/02
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Info 05/30
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Info 06/13
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Info 06/27
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Info 06/27
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Info 07/11
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07/12
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Info 07/18
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Info 07/18
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Info 07/19
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Info 07/25
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Info 08/08
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Info 08/08
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Info 08/15
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Info 08/29
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Info 08/29
08/30
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Info 09/12
09/13
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Info 09/12
09/13
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Info 09/12
09/13
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Info 09/19
09/20
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Info 09/19
09/20
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Info 09/19
09/20
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Info 09/26
09/27
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Info 09/26
09/27
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09/27
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Info 09/26
09/27
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Info 09/26
09/27
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Info 10/03
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Info 10/03
10/04
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