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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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2015-02-07 00:00:00

Akin Takes First Place Co-Angler

Virgil Akin of Rhome, TX won the co-angler side of the East Texas Lake of the Pines event this past Saturday. He caught a 12.05 pound limit putting him in first place and earning $1,023 and $105 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "Man, what a day. I was excited from the very beginning because I was paired with a boater that I had known for years and he is a good friend of mine. We started out in an area fishing some old lily pad fields in about one to two feet of water and stayed there most of the day. We were only able to do this because the lake was up a little. I was throwing a Storm Crash Shad and caught my first keeper early in the morning. I had my limit fairly early too. I culled up to my final keeper around 1:30 in the afternoon, but also caught a fish on my final cast and my boater looked at me and said, "That's a good way to end a day. Let's head in."  It turned out to be a great day and I am already looking forward to the next one," said Akin.

Michael Huss of Pottsboro, TX finished in second place with 12.01 pounds and the 5.55 pound co-angler Big Bass. He won $518 and $155 for Big Bass.

Third place went to Rick Poteet of Hillsboro, TX. He brought in a 9.65 pound bag of bass to win $350.

Complete result can be found at this link

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2015-02-07 00:00:00

Albert Collins Wins at Lake of the Pines

Albert Collins of Natchitoches, TX is still on a roll after his $150,000 Ray Scott Championship back in November. He brought in a 21.27 pound limit at Lake of the Pines this past Saturday to win the East Texas division opener. He won $2188 for his first place finish and he won an additional $350 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "The wind was a little stronger today than everyone had expected and I think it changed some plans for other anglers. I was able to narrow my choice of baits down during practice to one that was producing some larger fish. I can't tell you what the bait was, not because I don't want to, but because it doesn't have a name yet. It is a new crankbait coming out made by 6th Sense. It has a very wide and erratic wobble to it and only runs about 3 feet. That is what produced my bigger fish. I caught them all adjacent to spawning flats and was able to put together a very nice bag today. I couldn't be happier with the way things turned out," said Collins.

Finishing second was Albert White of Crosby, TX after weighing in a 17.75 pound limit. He won $1107 for his second place finish and $210 from the High Stakes Option Pot.

Terry Barnson of Bullard, TX finished in the third place spot with 17.20 pounds, winning $747 and $140 from the High Stakes Option Pot.

Terry Ezell of El Reno, OK brought in the day's Big Bass, a 7.31 pound largemouth worth $410. He also finished fourth earning another $531.

Complete result can be found at this link

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2015-02-21 00:00:00

Louisiana South to Open at Bayou Black

The 2015 season of the Weekend Bass Series opens this weekend on Saturday, February 21st, 2015 for anglers in the Louisiana South division at Bayou Black. The first Louisiana South event will launch from Bob's Bayou Black Marina. Onsite registration and safety briefing will be held at Bob's Bayou Black Marina on Friday, February 20th. 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, February 20th 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.

"This will be my first event as director of the Louisiana South division. Being from Louisiana myself, I already know many of the anglers in this division. I'm looking forward to meeting the other Louisiana anglers as well," said Weekend Bass Series tournament manager, Chris Wayand.

The host Best Western hotel for the event is the Best Western Inn & Suites in Morgan City and can be contacted at (985) 385-9175 or this link.

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2015-02-21 00:00:00

Tennessee East at Chickamauga Next Weekend

The Tennessee East division of the Weekend Bass Series starts off next weekend on Saturday, February 21st. The Tennessee East opener will launch from Dayton Boat Dock. Onsite registration and safety briefing will be held at Dayton Boat Dock on Friday, February 20th. 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, February 20th 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 will be the first year that the Tennessee East division will be comprised of only events on Chickamauga and Guntersville. So far, I've had a good many anglers express interest due to the schedule and new format. I look forward to meeting some of the new anglers that will be fishing with us for the first time next weekend," said Billy Benedetti, ABA tournament manager.

"I will be fishing the Tennessee East division for the first time this year. Living in northeast Alabama, I have always fished the Alabama North division of the Weekend Bass Series. I enjoyed my trip to Chickamauga last fall to fish our regional and since two of the events are on Guntersville, I've decided to fish both Tennessee East and Alabama North divisions to double my chance of qualifying for the Ray Scott Championship," said veteran Weekend Bass Series angler, Tony Tidwell.

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2015-02-07 00:00:00

Virgil Akin Wins Best Western Travel Card

Virgil Akin of Rhome, TX was the winner of a $100 Best Western Travel Card at the February 7th, 2015 Weekend Bass Series event at Lake of the Pines.  Akin 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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2015-02-07 00:00:00

Beasley is Winning Co-angler at Lay Lake

Jason Beasley of Millbrook, AL won the co-angler side of the Alabama South opener on Lay Lake this past Saturday. Beasley brought in a winning limit weighing 8.24 pounds. His catch was worth $872 for first place. "We were fishing the lower end throwing a shakey head and a jig on the sides of points. The water seemed to have cleared up a bit from yesterday. We were fishing about 10 feet deep where the side of the point dropped off and there was some wood and rock down there," said Beasley.

Second place on the co-angler side went to Danny Morris of Clanton, AL. Clanton caught a limit weighing 8.02 pounds worth $433 and the co-angler Big Bass of the day, weighing 3.66 pounds, worth $135. He also won $245 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "We were fishing the lower end. I caught the Big Bass on a Carolina rigged centipede right off of the bat this morning in about two to four feet of water. I've been catching a few down in that area, but that was the only one I caught down there this morning," said Morris.

Willie Hill of Tuskegee, AL rounded out the top three with 5.70 pound limit winning $300. "I caught them down lake on a shakey head and I hooked everything that bit. We were fishing 10 to 12 feet of water," said Hill.

Complete result can be found at this link

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Info 01/10
Toho
Lakefront Park
   
Info 01/31
Seminole
Seminole State Park
Info 02/07
Lay Lake
Beeswax Creek
Info 02/07
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Info 02/14
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Info 02/14
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Info 02/14
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Info 02/21
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Dayton Boat Dock
Info 02/21
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Bob's Bayou Black Marina
Info 02/28
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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
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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
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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
Red River
Grand Ecore
Info 04/18
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Info 04/25
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Info 04/25
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Info 04/25
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Info 05/02
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Info 05/09
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Info 05/16
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Info 06/06
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Info 06/13
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Info 06/20
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Info 06/20
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Info 06/20
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Info 06/20
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Info 06/27
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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
07/19
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Info 07/18
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Info 07/19
Potomac
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Info 07/25
Oneida Lake
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Info 07/25
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Info 08/01
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Info 08/01
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Info 08/01
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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 08/15
08/16
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Info 08/22
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Info 08/29
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Info 08/29
08/30
Clarks Hill
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Info 09/12
09/13
Chickamauga
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Info 09/12
09/13
Kentucky Lake
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Info 09/12
09/13
Potomac
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Info 09/19
09/20
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Info 09/19
09/20
Eufaula
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Info 09/19
09/20
Kentucky Lake
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Info 09/26
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 09/26
09/27
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Info 09/26
09/27
Lake of Ozarks
PB #2
Info 10/03
10/04
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Info 10/03
10/04
Guntersville
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Info 10/03
10/04
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