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2015-02-07 00:00:00

East Texas Division Opener at Lake of the Pines

The East Texas division of the Weekend Bass Series starts off next weekend on Saturday, February 7, 2015. East Texas division anglers will have their first event next Saturday on Lake of the Pines, launching from Johnson Creek. Onsite registration and safety briefing will be held at Johnson Creek on Friday, February 6, 2015. Registration will be from 4:00-6:30pm CST and the safety briefing will follow promptly at 7:00pm EST. All participating anglers must be registered by 6:30pm CST on Friday, February 6, 2015 in order to participate in this event. Anglers can register for this event online at 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, Chris Wayand at (256) 230-5627.

"I'm excited to get the 2015 season up and running in East Texas. I've spoken with returning East Texas anglers and new anglers that will be fishing this year. They all seem to be excited with all of the new changes to the series and I'm looking for a good turnout at the first East Texas event next weekend," said Chris Wayand, WBS tournament manager.

East Texas 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 $120,000 first place and qualifying co-anglers will compete for $70,000 first place at the 2016 Ray Scott Championship.

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2015-01-31 00:00:00

Georgia Division Opener at Lake Seminole

The Georgia division of the Weekend Bass Series starts off next weekend on Saturday, January 31st. Georgia division anglers will have their first event next Saturday on Lake Seminole, launching from Seminole State Park. Onsite registration and safety briefing will be held at Seminole State Park on Friday, January 30th. Registration will be from 4:00-6:30pm EST and the safety briefing will follow promptly at 7:00pm EST. All participating anglers must be registered by 6:30pm EST on Friday, January 30th in order to participate in this event. Anglers can register for this event online at 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.

"I've talked with several of the Georgia division anglers and they are excited to begin the 2015 season. Registrations have been strong and it looks like participation in the Georgia division will be up a good bit from past years. Anglers that I've been in contact with are excited about the changes to the Weekend Bass Series for 2015," said Billy Benedetti, ABA tournament manager.

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2015-01-10 00:00:00

Brown Sets the Pace at Florida Opener

John Brown of Deltona, Fl set the pace for the co-angler side of the 2015 season of the Weekend Bass Series Florida division. He took home $1500 for his first place bag of bass weighing 14.44 pounds. Along with his first place money, he also won the first place prize in the "High Stakes Option Pot" worth $350. "We stayed on Toho all day.I was flippin' beavers and throwing Senkos. I just happened to get three good ones," said Brown. As a Florida division veteran, he qualified for the 2014 Ray Scott Championship last season. "I would like to thank ABA for putting on a great tournament and today was a lot better than it was in Alabama about two months ago," said Brown. He was referring to the bitter cold front that moved in on anglers during last year's championship.

The second place check worth $756 went Laramy "LT" Strickland of Bushnell, Fl after he brought in a 11.57 pound limit. He also won $179 from the "High Stakes Option Pot". "We went down to Lake Cypress and were just flipping mats all day. I didn't catch my two big fish until about 2:00 this afternoon. It was late when they started biting. We probably caught 15 out of one mat,' said Strickland.

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2015-01-10 00:00:00

Partee Takes Florida Opener

Tournament manager, Billy Benedetti, launched 103 boats this morning at Lake Toho, but only one could be the winner after this afternoon"s weigh in. Blaine Partee of Oviedo, Fl brought in 18.63 pounds to top the field and take the $5000 first place check home. He was excited about his win said he was taking his wife "out for sushi" after the weigh in. Partee stayed on Toho today fishing offshore grass and caught his winning limit swimming a jig with a Gambler Big EZ trailer. "We just stuck with it and had to grind it out. It was a tough day and it was a grind. It was a real grind," said Partee. He said he did lose a big one today. "I think it was close to 10, but it is hard to say when you lose one. They’re always bigger when you do. I might have had Big Bass with that one today," he said.

Today was Blaine Partee’s first ABA event, as well as many of the other participants in today’s Florida division opener. Many new faces signed up for the Florida division this year to take advantage of the new "no linking” format and increased payouts. "This is my first ABA tournament that I have ever fished and my first big win. I’ve won lots of club tournaments and other events, but this one is the biggest," said Partee. When he was asked if he would like to thank any sponsors, Partee said, "No sponsors. I do it all out of my pocket. It’s just a love affair with fishing."

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2015-01-10 00:00:00

John Brown Takes It All at Toho

John Brown of Deltona, FL has started the 2015 season on top. He won $1500 at the Florida division opener today. It took14.44 pounds for him to top the other 74 co-anglers for the win. "We were flippin' beavers and throwing Senkos, " said Brown. The 2014 Ray Scott Championship qualifier also added, "The weather sure is better today than it was a couple of months ago in Alabama." Brown also paid into the new High Stakes Option Pot and pocketed an extra $350. Complete results can be found at this link. More details to follow.

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2015-01-10 00:00:00

Partee Wins $5000 at Florida Opener

Blaine Partee of Oviedo, Fl beat out 103 boaters to win the Florida division opener today at Lake Toho. Partee brought in 18.63 pounds of Florida largemouth for his $5000 win. "This was my first ABA event and my first big win," said Partee. Complete results can be found at this linkMore details to follow.

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2015-01-10 00:00:00

Sam Rayburn Event to Be Rescheduled

American Bass Anglers officials made the decision today to reschedule the January 10th, 2015 Southeast Texas event of the Weekend Bass Series. "After many phone calls from concerned anglers, we have made the decision to reschedule this weekend’s event. With conditions ranging from extremely high water to possible sleet/ice mixtures due to below freezing temperatures, we feel that the safety of our anglers would be compromised. Our anglers are the most important part of ABA and we will always try to make the best decisions in their interest. Rescheduling this event is an example of one of those decisions," said Morris Sheehan, ABA president.

The event is rescheduled for July 25th, 2015 at Sam Rayburn, launching from Umphrey Pavilion. "I know rescheduling the event for July is not ideal due to hot summer weather, but it will be much safer than the conditions at Sam Rayburn this weekend," said Sheehan. Anglers that have already registered for the January 10th event can have their entry fees transferred to the next or even refunded, if needed. The Southeast Texas event scheduled for February 14th, 2015 at Sam Rayburn will now be the 2015 season opener for the Southeast Texas division.

"It is very disappointing that we are having to reschedule the Sam Rayburn event this weekend. Registration numbers were looking really good for Southeast Texas division opener. I still look to have a big increase in participation in the Southeast Texas division in 2015. We are right at the 100 boat mark at our Florida division event for this weekend and that is just evidence of the record breaking year we are looking to have with the Weekend Bass Series. I hope that any anglers that are adversely affected by this decision will understand that it was in their best interests," said Evan Boutwell, ABA marketing director. Any questions or concerns regarding the scheduling change can be directed to the attention of Evan Boutwell at ABA headquarters (256) 232-0406.

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2015-01-10 00:00:00

Florida Division Opens at Lake Toho

The Florida division of the Weekend Bass Series opens this weekend on Saturday, January 10th. Florida division anglers will have their first event this Saturday on Lake Toho, launching from Kissimmee Lakefront Park. Onsite registration and safety briefing will be held at Kissimmee Lakefront Park on Friday, January 9th. Registration will be from 4:00-6:30pm EST and the safety briefing will follow promptly at 7:00pm EST. All participating anglers must be registered by 6:30pm EST on Friday, January 9th in order to participate in this event. Anglers can register for this event online at 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.

This event is hosted by Experience Kissimmee and the Osceola County Department of Tourism. More info about Experience Kissimmee is available at www.experiencekissimmee.com.

"I'm looking forward to our first 2015 Florida event this weekend. This will be the largest Florida division event we have had in the last few years. We are currently very close to breaking the 100 boat mark and anglers still have until Friday afternoon to register. It is great to see this big of an increase in participation and to hear how excited the anglers are about the 2015 season," said Billy Benedetti, ABA tournament manager.

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2015-01-11 00:00:00

Southeast Texas Kicks Off at Sam Rayburn

The 2015 season of the Weekend Bass Series kicks off this weekend on Saturday, January 10th. Anglers in the Southeast Texas division will have their first event this Saturday on Sam Rayburn, launching from Umphrey Pavilion. Onsite registration and safety briefing will be held at Umphrey Pavilion on Friday, January 09th. 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, January 10th in order to participate in this event. Anglers can register for this event online at 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, Porter Trimble at (318) 201-3474.
 
Carlisle pro Scott Dean is looking forward to the first tournament this Saturday. "I'm really looking forward to the 2015 season. I think that there will be a lot more participation this year with the new changes to the Weekend Bass Series. It is going to be a little cold this weekend for us Texans, but someone will still catch big ones at Sam Rayburn," said Dean

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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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2015 Season Schedules
Division Info Date Lake Ramp
Info 01/10
Toho
Lakefront Park
   
Info 01/31
Seminole
Seminole State Park
Info 02/07
Lay Lake
Beeswax Creek
Info 02/07
Lake of the Pines
Johnson Creek
Info 02/14
Sinclair
Little River Park
Info 02/14
Sam Rayburn
Umphrey Pavillion
Info 02/14
Guntersville
Guntersville State Park
Info 02/21
Chickamauga
Dayton Boat Dock
Info 02/21
Bayou Black
Bob's Bayou Black Marina
Info 02/28
Murray
Dreher Island State Park
Info 03/07
Martin
Wind Creek State Park
Info 03/07
Cedar Creek
Log Cabin
Info 03/07
Kentucky Lake
Moors Resort
Info 03/07
Lake Wylie
South Point Access
Info 03/14
Toho
Lakefront Park
Info 03/14
Sam Rayburn
Umphrey Pavillion
Info 03/14
Pickwick
McFarland Park
Info 03/21
Eufaula
Lakepoint Resort State Park
Info 03/21
Lake Tenkiller
Chicken Creek Landing
Info 03/21
Percy Priest
Fate Sanders Marina
Info 03/28
Hartwell
Green Pond
Info 03/28
Atchafalaya Basin
Doiron's Landing
Info 03/28
Lake of Ozarks
PB #2
Info 04/04
Wheeler
Joe Wheeler State Park
Info 04/11
Guntersville
The Bait, Tackle, and Grill at Goose Pond
Info 04/11
Toledo Bend
Fin & Feather Resort
Info 04/11
Lake Norman
Pinnacle Access Area
Info 04/18
Eufaula
Lakepoint Resort State Park
Info 04/18
Red River
Grand Ecore
Info 04/18
Center Hill
Ragland Bottom
Info 04/25
Wateree
Clearwater Cove Marina
Info 04/25
Lake Eufaula
Eufaula Cove
Info 04/25
Table Rock
Mill Creek
Info 05/02
Harris Chain
Hickory Point Recreational Facility
Info 05/02
Bob Sandlin
Public Ramp #1
Info 05/02
Wheeler
Riverwalk Marina
Info 05/09
Old Hickory
Sanders Ferry
Info 05/09
Truman
Long Shoal Marine
Info 05/16
Oconee
Sugar Creek Marina
Info 05/16
Kentucky Lake
Moors Resort
Info 05/16
High Rock Lake
Tamarac Marina
Info 05/23
Grand Lake
Wolf Creek
Info 05/30
Atchafalaya Basin
Doiron's Landing
Info 05/30
Potomac
Smallwood State Park
Info 06/06
Harris Chain
Hickory Point Recreational Facility
Info 06/06
Kentucky
Birdsong Resort & Marina
Info 06/06
Stockton
Orleans Trail
Info 06/13
Hartwell
Green Pond
Info 06/13
Ft. Gibson
Taylor's Ferry North
Info 06/13
Neely Henry
Coosa Landing
Info 06/13
Lake Champlain
Plattsburg
Info 06/20
Chickamauga
Dayton Boat Dock
Info 06/20
Ray Roberts
Johnson Branch State Park
Info 06/20
Pickwick
McFarland Park
Info 06/20
Potomac
Smallwood State Park
Info 06/27
Logan Martin
Lakeside Park
Info 06/27
Chautauqua Lake
Long Point State Park
Info 06/27
High Rock Lake
Tamarac Marina
Info 07/11
Lake Champlain
Ticonderoga State Ramp
Info 07/11
07/12
Lake Palestine
Villages Marina
Info 07/11
Weiss
Little River Marina
Info 07/18
07/19
Red River
Grand Ecore
Info 07/18
Kentucky Lake
Paris Landing Marina
Info 07/19
Potomac
Smallwood State Park
Info 07/25
Oneida Lake
Oneida Shores Camp Ground
Info 07/25
Sam Rayburn
Umphrey Pavillion
         
Info 08/01
Cayuga Lake
Union Springs Town Ramp
Info 08/01
Guntersville
The Bait, Tackle, and Grill at Goose Pond
Info 08/01
Wheeler
Joe Wheeler State Park
Info 08/08
Kentucky Lake
Paris Landing State Park
Info 08/08
Potomac
Smallwood State Park
Info 08/15
St Lawrence 1000 Islands
Cape Vincent Town Ramp
Info 08/15
08/16
Toho
Lakefront Park
Info 08/22
Oneida Lake
Oneida Shores Camp Ground
Info 08/29
Lake Erie
Dunkirk Town Ramp
Info 08/29
08/30
Clarks Hill
Dorn Facility
Info 09/12
09/13
Chickamauga
Dayton Boat Dock
Info 09/12
09/13
Kentucky Lake
Moors Resort
Info 09/12
09/13
Potomac
Smallwood State Park
Info 09/19
09/20
Oneida Lake
Oneida Shores County Park
Info 09/19
09/20
Eufaula
Lakepoint Resort State Park
Info 09/19
09/20
Kentucky Lake
Paris Landing Marina
Info 09/26
09/27
Eufaula
Lakepoint Resort State Park
Info 09/26
09/27
Chautauqua Lake
Long Point State Park Park
Info 09/26
09/27
Sam Rayburn
Umphrey Pavillion
Info 09/26
09/27
Wheeler
Joe Wheeler State Park
Info 09/26
09/27
Lake of Ozarks
PB #2
Info 10/03
10/04
Grand Lake
Wolf Creek
Info 10/03
10/04
Guntersville
Guntersville State Park
Info 10/03
10/04
Lake Wylie
South Point Access

 


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