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Jimbo and Pattie McClain Win on Lay Lake

Jimbo and Pattie McClain won the American Couples Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Central Alabama Division 1 tournament, held September 26, 2015, on Lay Lake. Running out of Paradise Point Marina near Shelby, the team from Alexander City, AL, caught five bass weighing 13.41 pounds with a 3.20 pound kicker. For the victory, they earned a check for $630.00. The McClain's caught their fish on main river ledges using a worm.

In second among the 14 teams, Doug & Rose Marie Goodall of Wetumpka, AL, caught five bass weighing 11.05 pounds. They caught most of their fish on main river ledges and pocketed a check for $420.00. Doug won the Men's Big Fish contest with a 3.92 pound lunker that he caught on a frog in shallow grass. 

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South Carolina Division Couples Anglers of the Year

A third place finish in the season finale of the South Carolina division of the American Couples Series on Lake Greenwood sealed the division Anglers of the Year title for Susan and John Mills. First place finishes in March and April set them up nicely for a great year.

The Mills' accomplishment is particularly noteworthy because Susan has been dealing with medical issues this season.  Her positive attitude and determination kept their team in contention throughout the season.  This included Susan’s Ladie's Big Bass on Lake Hartwell in March. 

Susan and John were presented with a South Carolina Couples Division crystal recognizing their accomplishment.  Donna and John Branstetter secured "honorable mention" with a second place finish in the Anglers of the Year race.  Martha and Don Goodfellow were third.

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Donna and John Branstetter Shine on Lake Greenwood

Fourteen teams showed up for South Carolina's season finale on Lake Greenwood on June 13th. Summer conditions were starting to show as temperatures hit the 90 degree mark. Only three 5-fish limits were weighed.

Donna and John Branstetter took first place with a 5-fish sack weighing 12.4 pounds. In the bag was Donna's 5.9 pounder. Her fish claimed the Ladies Big Bass prize and also tournament big fish honors. Their success came tossing Zoom trick worms to brush in 12 to 18 foot depths. Donna and John also mentioned their effective Abu Garcia Veritas and Villian 2.0 series rods which helped make their "perfect" fishing trip. We're sure their new Dodge Ram also helped.

Tammy and J.B. Wicker took second place with 10.6 pounds in a 4-fish sack. Tammy's 5.3 pounder was a significant contributor to their great finish. The Wickers also found their fish on brush in 18 to 20 feet. Carolina rigged Ol' Monster worms were their key.

Craig Sahms claimed Mens Big Bass with a 2.9 pounder. This fish bit a weightless worm early in the day in the shade of a seawall. Craig described seeing other nice fish cruising the wall, but he couldn't entice them to bite.

Susan and John Mills grabbed third place with 10.1 pounds. Victoria and Dale Goff took forth place with a 5-fish limit at 8.6 pounds. Ana and Brad Rutherford got fifth place with 5.6 pounds.

After weigh-in, anglers headed for a late lunch in the shade of the porch at nearby Harris Landing. Presentation of Lake Greenwood awards was followed by awards and recognition of 2015 season accomplishments.

David Ashmore was awarded a gallon of Mercury Optimax Oil for his Mens Big Bass of the Year. His hefty 7.4 pounder came early in the season on Lake Murray. The Mercury oil was contributed by Strickland Marine of Anderson and Seneca, South Carolina.

Donna Branstetter got Ladies Big Bass of the Year for her Lake Greenwood 5.9 pounder. John Mills presented Donna a crystal recognizing her accomplishment. The crystal is in memory of Donna Poteat, a cherished South Carolina angler who passed away late last year.

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Candace and Jack Veal Claim Lake Russell Victory

Sixteen teams showed up in the early hours of May 23 to participate in the South Carolina Couples Lake Russell Tournament.   The South Carolina Division launched at Georgia's Richard B. Russell State Park.   The very warm days of the previous week gave way to a cool morning and comfortable afternoon.

Candace and Jack Veal were the clear leaders with a hefty 11.6 pound 5-fish sack.   Their home is Columbia, South Carolina.  Their fish included Jack's Men's Big Bass (5.6 pounds) and Candace's Ladies' Big Bass (2.2 pounds).  They had no fish in the livewell at 12:30 pm.   Patience paid off as they stuck to the pattern that had produced fish on their practice day.   They caught their fish in one of Lake Russell's many pockets with trees.   Their winning bait was a Zoom Magnum Shakey-Head worm worked in trees, in the 20-25 feet depths.   

Martha and Don Goodfellow (Simpsonville, SC) claimed second place with 5 fish weighing 8.3 pounds.  They culled through a dozen keepers during the day.  Their better fish came on Carolina rigs (River Runner Baits, green pumpkin 6-inch lizards) and a Yo-Zuri crankbait (a new 3DS deep diver in Tennessee Shad, closely resembles Lake Russell's Blueback Herring).  Rocky points proved to be an important part of their pattern.

Debbie and Bob Brown's 7.7 pound 5 fish sack got third place.   Debbie and Bob hail from Seneca, South Carolina.   A healthy 4-pounder late in the day secured their success.   This big bass came on a paddle-tail swim jig on a cedar tree, only 4 feet deep.  

Susan and John Mills (Leesville, SC) claimed forth place with 7.1 pounds.  The team of Judy Clark and Jason Burroughs secured fifth place with 6.0 pounds.  Jason routinely fishes ABA's Weekend Bass Series.  This was the first time that his mother, Judy, fished a tournament with Jason.

Special thanks to Strickland Marine for their continued support of the South Carolina Couples.   Their facilities in Anderson and Seneca, South Carolina, offer excellent customer service.  Three gallons of Mercury oil have been contributed for each of the 2015 tournaments.  A drawing at weigh-in allows three more teams that didn't claim top places to go home with a meaningful prize.

South Carolina Couples next event will be held June 13, 2015 on Lake Greenwood, out of One Stop Marina.   For more information, call 864-630-3183 or email sc.aba.couples@aol.com.

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Jimbo and Pattie McClain win on Lay Lake 
Jimbo and Pattie McClain won the American Couples Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Central Alabama Division 1 tournament, held May, 16, 2015, on Lay Lake.
Running out of Paradise Point Marina near Shelby, the team from Alexander City, AL, caught 5 bass weighing 12.56 pounds with a 3.48-pound kicker. For the victory, they earned a check for $563.00. The McClain’s caught their fish on shaky head in shallow grass.
In second for the 15 teams, Shawn and Jamie Wikoff of Smiths Station, AL, caught 5 bass weighing 12.10 pounds.They caught their fish on Ssim jig in shallow grass and pocketed a check for $338. Shawn won the Men's Big Fish contest with a 4.34-pound lunker

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Shawn & Jamie Wikoff take First Place at Lake Guntersville
From Division 1 Couples Central Alabama April 25, 2015 is one step closer to the ABA Couples National Championship with a 1st Place win and $360.00 in the American Couples Series tournament held on Lake Guntersville this past weekend.  Five bass limit weighed in at 17.05. Second place went to Matt & Emily Dean with a weight of 16.41, third place was Dee & Shelia Robinson with a weight of 16.35. Woman’s big bass was awarded was to Sherry Jacks for catching a 3.14 pound spot. Men’s big bass went to Dee Robinson with a 7.55 spot.
These anglers are acquiring valuable points to insure their birth in  the American Couples Series National Championship that will be held this fall.  

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Misty Lewis and Rusty Satterfield Win on Melton Hill


By: Kathy Smith

Athens, Al. Misty Lewis and Rusty Satterfield won the American Bass Anglers - event on out of with 9.65 pounds.

Pulling into the parking lot I was glad to be off the road. The fog was so thick at times during the early morning drive. Looking out at the lake I could see that the boat ride would be no different. 
The recent rains combined with the warmer temperatures made for a slow start. However, teams were able to make it to their nearest destinations and fish until the visibility was better. Cold waters from Norris had recently dropped the water temperature from 60s to low 50s. 
Our first place winners, Misty Lewis and Rusty Satterfield, say there was no real pattern and we just lucked up and caught good fish. This included Rusty's nice small mouth bass that also won him Men's Big Fish. With 9.65 pounds which included Rusty's 3.34 pound bass, this couple won $500!

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Susan and John Mills Lake Keowee Success
April showers eased long enough for the South Carolina Couples tournament on Lake Keowee.   Weather cleared on Saturday morning, April 18, and held through a beautiful afternoon.
Susan and John Mills, Leesville, SC, captured first place with 13 pounds.  Their shakey-head technique on grassy humps proved effective.   However, their greatest accomplishment was recovering from a dead cranking battery with less than 20 minutes and several miles to get to weigh-in on time.   They didn’t have jumper cables.   A likely record was set in locating the tool box, swapping cranking and trolling motor batteries, and safely flying back to the ramp with one minute to spare.
Second place was claimed by Sheri and Lorne DeBord, Warrenville, SC.  Sheri's 3.25 pounder was the Ladies Big Bass.  It was caught on a Carolina Rig, 18 feet deep.   All of the DeBord's fish came on a Carolina Rig.  Their bag of fish weighed 12.31 pounds.

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Leisa and Keith Win First on Norman


Athens, Al. Leisa and Keith Morgan on Lake Norman won the American Bass Anglers - event on out of with five fish weighing 13.22 pounds.

It was a very windy day on the lake with steady winds of 12 to 15 mph and gust over 25 mph. This made it very difficult to travel around the lake. However, the fishing seemed to be good. 

The team of Chris Koons and Jennifer Nicol took home the second place money with a bag weighing 11.96 pounds and a kicker bass that weighed 2.96 pounds. Keith and Leisa Morgan won the first place pot with a bag of bass weighing 13.22 pounds including the two kickers.

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David Presley Nets a Win


By: Kathy Smith

Many teams arrived early to visit with everyone on this windy March morning. Despite the wind, a few couples raced to their honey holes 30 minutes away. For David Presley, that paid off. Fishing alone, David brought in 20.96 pounds of bass. Beating the next team by just over 1 pound, David won $315. 

Our second place couple was Heather and Jason Ashley. This team who also knew where the fish were hanging out weighed in 19.93 pounds and won $210.
The big fish were brought in by members of the first and second place teams. David with 5.22 pounds and Heather with 5.28 pounds both walked away with another check. 
Temperatures rose to the low 40s while the water temperature was around 52 degrees. Fish were caught on A-Rigs and jigs. Everyone is looking forward to warmer temperatures, hopefully at our next tournament on April 18. After the weigh-in was finished, several of Division 9 members dined together and discussed clothing layers, work, fishing and more. 

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Lance Nunley & Shannan Swafford win on Chickamauga Lake


Athens, Al. Lance Nunley and Shannan Swafford won the American Bass Anglers - event on Lake Chickamauga out of Chester Frost Park with 5 fish weighing 19.72 lbs..

Lance Nunley and Shannan Swafford weighed in the only 5 fish limit of the day which total 19.72 lbs. and included the the womens big fish of the tournament , a nice 4.35 lb. largemouth. Lance and Shannan reported catching most of their fish on rattle baits on the breaks.  Jerry Last and Brittant Scott took 2nd place honors with 4 fish weighing 13.52 lbs.  Ray Bohlman and Donna Barbee finished a close 3rd with 4 fish weighing 13.19 lbs. which included the men's big fish of the day, a 7.14 lb. largemouth.

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Susan and John Mills Win on Lake Hartwell
The 35 degree morning did not deter 18 teams from participating in the American Bass Anglers Couples Tournament on Lake Hartwell.   The chilly March 28 Saturday morning gave way to a sunny and pleasant afternoon.  All of the couples brought fish to the scales.
Susan and John Mills took first place honors with a 5 fish limit weighing 15.1 pounds.  Susan's 3.7 pound largemouth was the Ladies Big Bass.  Her winning fish came pitching a Texas rigged green pumpkin worm to a dock.  Susan said that they saw the fish, and it saw them, as they went by a dock the first time.   They moved away for a few minutes, then came back and cast the worm to the dock from a distance, and the fish took the worm.   The Mills are from Leesville, South Carolina.
Gary Heinly claimed Mens Big Bass.  It topped the scales at 5.2 pounds.  Gary was using a green pumpkin trick worm by a dock.  Gary and Beverly Heinly are from Chapin, South Carolina.

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Heather and Jason Ashley Win Big

March 7, 2015 - Ft. Loudoun/Tellico

By: Kathy Smith
Three weeks of very cold weather didn't stop eight couples from trying their best this past weekend. Bundled up, they started out in 19 degree and overcast skies. Fishing was tough, even for the winning couple. However, Heather's fish weighing 1.44 pounds won this couple $635 which included lady's big fish. 
Other participating couples include:
Brenda and David Presley
Bonnie and Shannon Johnson
Missy and Dale Presley
Rita and Jim Stout
Misty Lewis and Rusty Satterfield
Leslie and Andrew Presley
Kathy Smith and Danny Presley

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Michelle and David Ashmore Master Lake Murray


Athens, AL - Lake Murray lured 18 teams for the season opener of South Carolina's Couples Series on March 7.  A chilly 28 degree morning led to a 62 degree afternoon with plentiful sunshine.

Michelle and David Ashmore took first place honors. The Ashmore's winning 4-fish sack weighed in at 15.4 pounds. In the sack was David's men's big bass (7.4 pounds).  Their success came in front of docks with jigs and shakey-heads in the clearer water toward the dam. They only had 4 bites all day, but got them all in the boat.  Michelle and David live in Simpsonville, South Carolina.

Janette and Charles Rodgers, from Cayce, South Carolina, claimed second place.  Their 3 bass weighed 10.3 pounds.  This included Janette's 5-pound Ladies Big Bass. Their fish came on a crankbait and a jerk bait. 

Third place went to Tami and Jimmy Raper of Easley, South Carolina.  Their 4-fish sack weighed 8.8 pounds. Tami and Jimmy also caught their fish on docks in clearer water.  A shakey-head was their bait of choice.

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Michael DeRamus Takes First Place at Lake Mitchell 

From Division 1 Couples Central Alabama December 6, 2014 is one step closer to the ABA Couples National Championship with a first Place win and $450 in the American Fishing Tour bass tournament held on Lake Mitchell this past weekend. Five bass limit weighed in at 11.67 pounds. Second place went to Bo Hunter & Brandee Johnson with a weight of 11.56 pounds. Third place was Sean & April Brown with a weight of 10.71 pounds. Woman's big bass was awarded was to for catching April Brown a 2.93 pound spot. Men's big bass went to Eric Nelson with a 2.96 pound spot.
These anglers are acquiring valuable points to insure their birth in division's two-day champion and the American Fishing Tour National Championship that will be held this fall. Their points are also being used to determine the divisional angler of the year. The top angler by points earned in this division will represent the division in the Angler of the Year final round.

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Korrina McKinney and Matt Sharp Score on Douglas


By Kathy Smith
Douglas Lake, Dandridge TN - October 25, 2014 
The first tournament in the Couples' Series is always exciting. It's the beginning of a new year with new scores and new goals. The day started off in the low 40s and was super foggy! Seven couples were in attendance. 
Korrina McKinney and Matt Sharp arrived at their first spot. Shoot! Matt, lost the first fish and it was a big one. Ahh, but Korrina gets a bite and brings in that bass. First fish in the boat - check. The top water bite is on and this couple catches 10.29 pounds of bass. Matt also hooked and landed a big one which earned him Men's Big Bass. They won $315 for first place and another $35 for Matt's lunker.
The fog finally lifted late morning and temperatures rose to 68 degrees F. Water temp was 65 degrees F.

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Marty & Kim Giddens Take First Place at Logan Martin 

From Division 1 Couples Central Alabama October 19, 2014 is one step closer to the ABA Couples National Championship with a first place win and $630 in the American Fishing Tour bass tournament held on Logan Martin Lake this past weekend.  Five bass limit weighed in at 15.08. Second place went to Michael & Misty DeRamus with a weight of 13.66, third place was Bo Hunter and Brandee Johnson with a weight of 13.56. Woman’s big bass was awarded was to Andrea Smith for catching a 4.19 pound large mouth. Men’s big bass went to Michael DeRamus with a 4.68 large mouth.
These anglers are acquiring valuable points to insure their birth in division’s two-day champion and the American Fishing Tour National Championship that will be held this fall.  Their points are also being used to determine the divisional angler of the year. The top angler by points earned in this division will represent the division in the Angler of the Year final round.

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National Couples AOY Awarded to Dale & Victoria Goff

Dale and Victoria Goff were awarded the National Couples AOY Award at the Couples National Championship on Sept. 19th, 2014.  The Goff's compete in South carolina Division 11 which is run by Don & Martha Goodfellow. 

"We were shocked.  I had no idea that there was a National Couples AOY Award to be awarded.  We are very proud to recieve the award.  The two of us really enjoy competeing in the Couples Series each year", said Dale Goff.

The Couples National Championship was held Sept. 18th & 19th, 2014 at Lake Eufaula out of Lakepoint Resort Sate Park. 

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Ray & Bratcher Dominate Couples Championship

The team of Chandler Ray and Kayla Bratcher won the 2014 ABA Couples National Championship at Lake Eufaula On September 18th & 19th, 2014 and took home a check for $4000.  Ray and Bratcher led Day One with 17.63 pounds and brought in 14.95 pounds on Day Two bringing their winning weight to 32.58 pounds.  The team focused on submerged timber in 20+ feet of water in the mid-lake area of Eufaula.  "We used a green pumpkin Big Bite B2 worm and a Big Bite Fighting Frog for our fish on Day One.  On Day Two, we used a 1.5 ounce jig with a Big Bite Fighting Frog and a 10” Big Bite Kreit Tail worm," said Ray.

Second place went to the team of Mitch and Elizabeth Milner with a two day total of 31.52 pounds.  "We were fishing grass and lily pads," said Mitch Milner.  The Milner's used a Booza jig and a Snag Proof hollow body frog on Day One.  On Day Two, they used a Rebel Pop-R and a Snag Proof frog.

Dale and Victoria Goff finished in the third place spot with a two day total of 28.26 pounds.  The couple focused on points both days using Zoom Brush Hogs and Baby Brush Hogs in green pumpkin and a watermelon candy colors. "We fished one point for seven and a half hours on Day One.  On day two, we fished a few different points and ended up on the same point as Day One," said Dale Goff.

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Ray & Bratcher Lead Day One of Couples Championship

Chandler Ray & Kayla Bratcher are leading Day One of the ABA Couples National Championship at Lake Eufaula.  The pair brought in five fish weighing 17.63 pounds to secure the lead for the day. "We caught our fish using a green pumpkin Big Bite B2 worm and a black Big Bite Top Toad," said Ray.

Mitch and Elizabeth Milner are holding the second place spot with four fish weighing 17.28 pounds.  "I caught my big fish on a jig," said Mitch Milner.

Rounding out the top three is the team of Dale and Victoria Goff. The Goff's brought in five fish weighing 15.59 pounds.

Men's Big Bass is being led by the team of Terry and Sue Wien with a 6.19 pound largemouth.  Terry stated that he caught his lunker using a hollow body frog around lily pads.

The team of Kay and Samuel Dyal is leading Ladies' Big Bass with a 6.01 pound Eufaula bass.  Kay caught her leading Big Bass using a Storm crankbait.

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Division Name Date Lake
Georgia  8/29/2015 Oconee
Georgia  9/16/2015 Sinclair
Georgia  10/17/2015 Oconee
Alabama Central 10/17/2015 Logan Martin
Tennessee Northeast 10/31/2015 Watts Barr
South Carolina 11/7/2015 Clarks Hill
Alabama Central 11/7/2015 Lay Lake
Georgia  11/14/2015 Jackson
Alabama Central 12/5/2015 Lake Mitchell
Georgia  3/5/2016 Jackson
Georgia  3/6/2016 Oconee
Tennessee Northeast 3/19/2016 Chickamauga
Tennessee Northeast 4/9/2016 Watts Barr
Central Kentucky  4/16/2016 Lake Malone
Georgia  4/23/2016 Oconee
Georgia  4/24/2016 Sinclair
Tennessee Northeast 4/30/2016 Douglas
Tennessee Northeast 5/14/2016 Melton Hill
Central Kentucky  5/14/2016 Lake Beshear
Georgia  5/21/2016 Sinclair
Georgia  5/22/2016 Oconee
Georgia  6/4/2016 Eufuala
Tennessee Northeast 6/4/2016 Ft. Loudon/Tellico
Georgia  6/5/2016 Eufuala
Central Kentucky  6/11/2016 Lake Barkley
Tennessee Northeast 6/25/2016 Watts Barr
Central Kentucky  7/9/2016 Kentucky Lake
Tennessee Northeast 7/16/2016 Watts Barr
Central Kentucky  7/30/2016 Kentucky Lake
Tennessee Northeast 8/13/2016 Chickamauga
Central Kentucky  8/20/2016 Lake Barkley
News Archive

Marty & Kim Giddens take First Place at Lay Lake

Seaton Couple Wins on Kentucky Lake

John & Angela Win on Lake High Rock

Brenna Armfield and Carl Guffey are Victorious on Douglas

Mark and Melissa Wilson win on Lake Chickamauga

Jeffery Archie wins on Kentucky Lake

Jimmy & Samantha Langley Win on Lake Oconee

Richard & Tori Martens Win on Lake Jackson

Susan & John Mills Master Lake Hartwell

Bonnie and Shannon Johnson Corral the Big Ones on Watts Bar


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North Carolina- Division 4
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North Carolina East- Division 14
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South Carolina- Division 11
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