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Julianne Bowman & Kyle Giella Claim Clarks Hill Victory

November 9, 2013, from South Carolina Division 11 - A 35 degree morning did not deter the team of Julianne Bowman and Kyle Giella. Their 12-pound 14-ounce 5-bass sack took first place on November 9, 2013 on Clarks Hill. Their successful shallow pattern was in working smaller “Skinny Dipper” swim baits in the “buck brush.” Kyle described these banks as “just inside the mouths of major creeks.” Their pattern also yielded Men’s Big Fish for Kyle with a 4-pound 9-ounce bass.

Second place went to Debbie and Bob Brown with 11-pounds 9-ounces. They described a similar successful pattern to that of Julianne and Kyle. Debbie captured the Tournament and Ladies Big Bass with a 6-pound 4 ouncer! She described very slowly “dragging” a finesse worm through the sparse brush. Debbie and Bob also described the excitement that eventually got the fish to the net. During the weigh-in, Bob noted that Debbie’s solid bass came from a spot that he had selected. While this observation seemed mildly interesting to the audience, we all recognized that the real talent was in Debbie’s skill and technique.

Lenora and Foster Key captured third place with 10-pounds 9 ounces. Forth place went to Brooke Haynie and her grandfather, Wendell Ashley, with 7-pounds 14-ounces.

All of the 14 teams weighed fish. Six of the teams are new to our South Carolina Couples: Dru and Liz Ulloa, Debra and Ryan Furman, Wendell Ashley and Brooke Haynie, Dee and Shiela Robinson, Victoria and Dale Goff, and Paula Alexander and Dave Holland.

There were some noteworthy teams with the grandfather-granddaughter team of Brooke Haynie and Wendell Ashley and the mother-son team of Debra and Ryan Furman. This was a “first fishing tournament” for lady anglers, Brooke Haynie, Liz Ulloa, and Victoria Goff.

Many of the teams met for dinner the night before the tournament at Hickory Knob State Park. Ryan Furman’s wife Laura did a fantastic job as our photographer. The photos will be on the web-site soon. They seem to clearly illustrate this year’s theme of “Fun-Family-Friends.”

All ABA American Couples Series events involve a team format with each team composed of one man and one woman. Although many married couples compete together as teams, some teams consist of boyfriend and girlfriend combinations, parent-child combinations or just two friends. Contestants between 14 and 18 years old may participate with a parent’s written permission.
The next divisional tournament will be held February 15, 2014 on Lake Murray. The top angling couples from across the nation earn the right to compete in the annual American Bass Anglers Couples Series National Championship tournament.

For more information, call ABA at (256) 232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.

American Bass Anglers commitment is to provide low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler and at the same time offer each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers and the American Fishing Tour, The Weekend Bass Series or the American Couples Series, visit www.americanbassanglers.com or call (256) 232-0406.

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