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2014-11-25 00:00:00

Weekend Bass Series Updated Schedules and Clarifications

November 24, 2014 Athens, AL.  - American Bass Anglers announced today updates to the Weekend Bass Series schedules and a rules clarification for the 2015 season. ABA works to eliminate as many conflicts as possible so our anglers have more choices. There are changes in several divisions and these are shown below.

Highlights for the 2015 Season:

Increased Payout: For 2015 the Weekend Bass Series will offer guaranteed first place boater money of:

  • $3,000.00 for 50 boats or more
  • $4,000.00 for 75 boats or more
  • $5,000.00 for 100 boats or more 

Co-anglers will also get the same guarantee first place money of:

  • $1,500.00 for 50 boats or more
  • $2,000.00 for 75 boats or more
  • $2,500.00 for 100 boats or more 

In addition, 20% of the field will receive a check in each event.

Linking: The antiquated linking concept, not created by ABA, and has been used to connect boaters and non-boaters to help equal the numbers.  This process has caused far too many issues and will no longer be used.  Registrations will be based on Package first, then the anglers date and time of registration to determine their status.

Boat on Boat Draw: The results of the linking process caused this issue and starting in the 2015 season there will be no boat on boat draws, instead polygraphs will be used as needed.

Late Fees: With today's economy the anglers need time to pay entry fees, therefore ABA is decreasing the late fee period prior for events from 10 days to 2 days.  Late fees will only be charged when signing up for events after 5pm on Wednesday the week of an event.  In addition, a late fee exemption will be given to boaters and co-anglers who sign up together through Friday 12 noon CST before the event.  To receive this exemption, you must call the office to register.  All onsite registrations will be charged a late fee.

(Updated) Emergency Exemption (Updated): Anglers tell us they want to compete in all 5 divisional events but so many run into an emergency situation that prevents this. One emergency exemption per year will be allowed for anglers that have signed up for all 5 divisional events. Angler must request exemption prior to Wednesday 12 noon central standard time the week of the event. If approved, the angler will receive credit for that event however, no points will be awarded.

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2014-11-12 00:00:00

Three ABA Anglers Win Big With Triton Gold at Ray Scott Championship

Albert Collins of Nacogdoches, TX has won the largest payout in Triton Gold history after placing first in the 2014 Ray Scott Championship. Collins was awarded a whopping $50,000 from Triton on top of his first place prize of $100,000. After purchasing a new Triton Boat in 2013, Collins immediately registered into the Triton Gold contingency program. Collins currently owns a 2013 Triton 20XS and is looking at colors for a 2015 model.  "I think the Triton Gold program is one of the best programs out there for tournament anglers. After today's win, I have won almost $95,000 through the Triton Gold program in less than two years."

Second place finisher Cavin Young of Prince George, VA was awarded $5500 from the Triton Gold program. Young fished the event from his 2013 Triton 20XS. “I don’t see how you can afford not to run a Triton if you fish tournaments. No other boat company out there has a program that matches Triton Gold. Triton has the best handling ride of any boat that I’ve ever owned,” said Young.    

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2014-11-18 00:00:00

Dean Wins Royal Purple Highest Finisher Award at Championship

Scott Dean of Terrell, TX has earned more Royal Purple Royal Rewards for the year, this time at the Ray Scott Championship. Dean was the highest finishing boater of the championship registered in the Royal Purple Royal rewards program. He has been the highest finisher in the program at the divisional level this year as well. Since Dean is a Level II member of the rewards program, he will receive two cases of Royal Purple outboard oil and a case of Royal Purple MaxGear gear lube for his highest finish. All Dean had to do to participate in the program was turn in receipts from his Royal Purple purchases made during the year. Purchase the brand of lubricants that gives back to ABA anglers, Royal Purple.

The Royal Purple Royal Treatment program was created as an incentive to ABA anglers that purchase Royal Purple products throughout the year.  Anglers can win Royal Purple products and even ABA entry fees in monthly drawings and for being the highest finisher in the Royal Purple Royal Treatment program at ABA events.

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2014-11-12 00:00:00

Stearnes Gets Royal Treatment at Ray Scott Championship

Brett Stearnes of Joplin, MS reaped the benefits of the Royal Purple Royal Treatment program yet again, and this time in a really big way at the Ray Scott Championship. Stearnes was the highest finisher in the Royal Purple Royal Treatment as a co-angler during the championship. He is a Level IV member of the program, so he will be receiving the second highest reward in the entire program. The only higher paying reward would have come, if he had fished the championship as a boater. Stearnes will receive six cases of Royal Purple product, paid entry fees into the Weekend Bass Series division of his choice, expense money for each event, a Simms rain suit, Royal Purple jerseys, an ABA membership, and a Freedom Pass. This is an example of what can happen when you make the change to the best lubricants on the market, Royal Purple.

The Royal Purple Royal Treatment program was created as an incentive to ABA anglers that purchase Royal Purple products throughout the year.  Anglers can win Royal Purple products and even ABA entry fees in monthly drawings and for being the highest finisher in the Royal Purple Royal Treatment program at ABA events.

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2014-11-12 00:00:00

Collins Wins $150K Boater Prize at Ray Scott Championship and Baucom Wins $50K Co-angler Prize

Royal Purple pro Albert Collins sealed the deal on the final day of the 2014 Ray Scott Championship. His final day catch of 14.34 pounds was enough to give the Nacogdoches, TX angler a four day total of 56.18 pounds worth $150,000. The first place boater prize in the event was worth $100,000 and Collins earned another $50,000 for his win from Triton Boats through the Triton Gold program. Collins actually qualified for the event twice, once for being AOY of the Southeast Texas division of the Weekend Bass Series and for his fifth place finish at the South Central Regional Championship on the Red River. "I feel awesome, great, terrific, on cloud nine," said Collins after winning his second Ray Scott Championship, formally the Weekend Bass Series Championship, in three years.

The full-time Sam Rayburn guide said that practice for the Ray Scott Championship started off really slow without a bite on the first practice day and only two bites on the second day. "I started off in the Elk River. After noticing that there was a 10 degree difference in the water temperature between the Elk River and the main river channel, the main channel being 10 degrees warmer, I decided that I would shift my focus to the main channel for the final practice day. My final practice day still started off bad, but I happened to see the outline of a big stump on the edge of the river channel and threw an A-rig past it. I caught a keeper 8and then, another keeper on the next similar stump.  After that, I started idling the river channel and looking for big submerged stumps on the edge of the channel and marking each one on my GPS. I would occasionally stop and fish one, getting bit on most of them," said Collins. His bait of choice was a Yumbrella Flash Mob Jr. with 3.5", Money Shad colored, Kicker Fish swim baits. "I found that my bites were coming off of the stumps in 4-10 feet of water and I stuck with it throughout all four days of competition."

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2014-11-12 00:00:00

Collins Hangs on to Lead After Day Three 

Royal Purple pro Albert Collins of Nacogdoches, TX hangs on to the lead after day three of the Ray Scott Championship. Collins brought in 14.40 pounds today bringing his three day total to 41.84 pounds. He currently holds a 5.44 pound lead over second place. "It was slower for me today, but I did get my five pound kicker that I needed. I didn't get my limit until around 10:30 this morning. I'm sticking with my same pattern tomorrow. I feel good and I think I can do it one more time tomorrow," said Collins.

Second place after day three belongs to Sam Boss of Paducah, KY with a three day total of 36.40 pounds. He has been super consistent this week weighing in bags around the 11 and 12 pound mark each day.  If the leader's pattern holds, Boss will need a big bag to take the lead on the final day.

George Baucom of Charlotte, NC held on to the co-angler lead after the third day.  His three day total of 26.43 pounds has him ahead of second place by over six pounds. "I had a super boater today and he took me where I wanted to go. The fish didn't bite like yesterday and it was cold and windy all day. I'm looking forward to fishing with Albert Collins tomorrow," said Baucom.

The second place co-angler spot on Day Three belongs to Harry Peyton of Decatur, AL with a total of 20.36 pounds. I found some good fish and I'm hoping that my boater might take me to them at some point tomorrow. I will head out tomorrow and swing for the fences," said Peyton.

Complete Day Three results can be found at this link.

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2014-11-12 00:00:00

Collins Takes Lead at Ray Scott Championship

Royal Purple pro Albert Collins of Nacogdoches, TX has moved into the lead after Day Two of the Ray Scott Championship at Lake Wheeler.  Collins won the 2012 Weekend Series Championship at Sam Rayburn.  He is now on his way to cashing another $100,000 check after weighing in a two day total of 27.44 pounds. "I caught around 15 keepers yesterday and today. I've been fortunate enough to catch a kicker both days. I had a four and a half pounder yesterday and a six pounder today.  Those fish should be there tomorrow and I think I can catch them again. I just need another kicker bite," said Collins.

Cavin Young of Prince George, VA sits in second place on the boater side with a two day total of 25.92 pounds. "Practice was really slow for me, just small fish.  I did catch 17 keepers yesterday, but only 7 today. My kicker today really helped out. I think there are lots of fish in my area. I'm just hoping it holds out for two more days. If I can get a limt early, I may try some new areas tomorrow," said Young.

The Day Two co-angler leader is George Baucom of Charlotte, NC with 20.31 pounds total weight, giving him a six pound lead heading into Day Three.  "I went opposite directions both days, north yesterday and south today. I've been throwing A-rigs and Shakey Heads. Going into tomorrow, I feel really good," said Baucom.

Stan Forrester of Westville, OK is the second place co-anger after Day Two with 14.31 pounds. "It was slower today than yesterday. The wind blew really hard and the conditions were just tougher. I feel confident that I can catch a limit tomorrow," said Forrester.

Complete Day Two results can be found at this link.

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2014-11-12 00:00:00

Smith Leads Day One of Ray Scott Championship

After an unfortunate turn of events first thing this morning, Dustin Smith of Mt. Dora, FL still managed to lead Day One with a 14.30 pound limit along with the 5.99 pound Big Bass. A broken throttle cable on his initial run changed Smith's plan completely.  "After I broke down, I immediately started searching for some aggressive fish, while trying to figure out how to make it back to weigh in.  Thankfully, the ABA staff was able to help get me in to weigh in around 12:30 today and The Boat House in Athens was able to get my boat repaired.  I'm ready for tomorrow and I think I can still catch them on Day Two.  I would like to give a huge thank you to ABA and The Boat House for all of their help," said Smith.

Second place on Day One belongs to Chad Hicks of Rockville, VA with 14.10 pounds.

Jeff Loach of Chickamauga, GA is leading the co-angler side with 10.54 pounds.  Loach did not want to talk about his main bait or pattern on Day One.  "I had a great partner today.  I think I have the bait, but I just don't know if I can catch the same size fish tomorrow," said Loach.

The 6.02 pound co-angler Big Bass was caught by Clyde Whiteside of Forrest City, NC.  Whiteside is sitting in second place with 9.20 pounds. 

Complete Day One results can be found at this link.

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2014-11-12 00:00:00

Ray Scott Championship Launches After Weather Change

(Athens, AL) Championship anglers launched from Ingalls Harbor on Wheeler Lake in Decatur, Alabama this morning and were met with a big change in temperature. At safe light the tempature was 34 degrees with a wind chill of 30 degrees, a major change from a comfortable 70 degrees yesterday.

The anglers are competing for a $100,000 first place prize at the inaugural Ray Scott Championship. Ray Scott spoke to the anglers last night at the pairing and safety briefing and encouraged them to compete like champions.


The field is made up of anglers from all over the country and represent 20 different divisions.

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2014-11-12 00:00:00

2016 Ray Scott Championship Set for Anderson, SC
Athens, AL (November 21, 2014) - American Bass Anglers (ABA) announced today that the 2016 Ray Scott Championship will be held on Lake Hartwell in Anderson, SC April 7-10, 2016. The top anglers from across the country will complete for both cash and prizes in the four day championship. First place at the 2016 Ray Scott Championship will be worth $120,000 in cash and prizes and includes the prestige of winning the Ray Scott Championship.
The Ray Scott Championship will also offer a three day outdoor expo April 8-10. The Ray Scott Championship Expo will be held at Anderson Sports & Entertainment Center which is centered on more than 300 acres and is located just off Interstate 85 in Anderson, South Carolina. There will be over 35,000 square feet of fishing related equipment from over 100 vendors. Final weigh in will take place at the center's 13,000 seat outdoor amphitheater. 
The event is hosted by Anderson Convention & Visitors Bureau

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