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2/13/2017

Wilson Wins Big on Lake Norman

Jason Wilson of Lincolnton, North Carolina won the American Bass Anglers Ram Truck Open Series North Carolina tournament, held 02/11/17 on Lake Norman.

Running out of Blythe Landing, Jason caught five bass weighing 15.52 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 4.21 pound kicker. For the Boater division victory, Wilson took home a check for $5,000. Also, being a Triton Gold member, Wilson pocketed an extra $7,000 from Triton Boats and another $1,000 from Mercury Marine making his total earnings $13,000.

"I started out early catching schooling fish and I had my limit in about 15 minutes" said Wilson. "After my Co-Angler caught his limit of fish I moved on to fishing docks. The first dock I stopped on I caught a 4-pounder. We moved on a bit farther and I caught two fish off the same dock. All my fish I caught were good fish."

In second for the Boaters, Richard Henley of Randleman, North Carolina landed a five-bass tournament limit weighing 15.37 pounds. He collected $1,250 for the effort. "I caught all my fish on a crankbait. The bite was good early but it slowed down. I caught one more good keeper around 1:00 pm. Over all it was a good day."

Reid McGinn of Fort Mill, South Carolina took third for the Boaters with five bass going 14.91 pounds earning him $900 for the effort. "I had a bad practice so I had to change my game plan. I caught all of my bass around docks with a Tru-South custom jig. I caught probably 15 or so fish." said McGinn.

Finishing fourth, Eric Moser of Concord, North Carolina landed a five-bass limit weighing 14.47 pounds.

Brian Morgan of Newton, North Carolina rounded out the top five Boaters with five bass weighing 14.30 pounds.

The biggest bass for the Boaters was caught by Reid McGinn of Fort Mill, South Carolina and weighed 4.91 pounds. McGinn pocketed $640 for his big bass.

In the Co-Angler Division, Kevin Jones of Hope Mills, North Carolina weighed in a three bass limit weighing 8.18 pounds. He collected $1,700 for the win.

"We started out up the lake catching schooling fish. We were fishing anywhere from 2-8 feet deep. I caught probably 10-15 fish throughout the day. I caught fish on a variety of baits but all of my better fish came on a green pumpkin trickworm on a shakeyhead," stated Jones.

Taking second for the Co-Anglers, John Harris of Lexington, North Carolina brought in a three-bass division limit weighing 8.14 pounds. He collected $550 for the effort. "I had a good partner and the key was to pay attention to his casts. I probably caught 8 or so mostly on windy docks. I was using a shakeyhead, a swimbait and a jerkbait," Harris said.

Ed Douthit of Mooresville, North Carolina placed third among the Co-Anglers with three bass weighing 7.71 pounds. He pocketed $400 for the effort. "I caught four fish today but they were the right ones. I caught three on a red speed trap and one on a shakeyhead," stated Douthit. 

In fourth place among the Co-Anglers, James Webb of Mooresville, North Carolina weighed in three bass weighing 7.68 pounds.

Charles Wood of Newton, North Carolina finished in fifth place with three bass weighing 7.15 pounds.

The biggest bass for the Co-Anglers was caught by John Harris of Mooresville, North Carolina that weighed 4.04 pounds. John pocketed $295.

Slated for 3/18/17, the next divisional tournament will be held on Badin Lake out of the Alcoa Landing near Albemarle, North Carolina. At the end of the season, the best anglers from across the nation advance the 2017 Ray Scott Championship slated for Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, TN in April of 2017. 

For more information on this tournament, call Rodney Michael, tournament manager, at (256)497-0967 or ABA at (256)232-0406. On line, see www.ramopenseries.com.

About American Bass Anglers: American Bass Anglers is committed to providing 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, the Ram Truck Open Series, the American Fishing Tour or the American Couples Series, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.

 

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American Fishing Tour March Events

Georgia Central 2/25/2017 Sinclair
Texas - Central 2/25/2017 Richland Chambers
Georgia North 2/25/2017 Allatoona
Alabama Central 2/25/2017 Jordan
Texas - Houston 2/25/2017 Canyon Lake
Texas - Wichita Falls 2/25/2017 Lake Nocona
South Carolina - Savannah 2/25/2017 Savannah River
Alabama North 2/25/2017 Guntersville
Arkansas North 2/25/2017 Lake Dardanelle
Missouri - Stockton 2/25/2017 Stockton
South Carolina - Greenwood 2/26/2017 Murray
DFW - Texas 2/26/2017 Lake Grapevine
Texas - Alamo - San Antonio 2/26/2017 Canyon Lake
Tennessee Central 2/26/2017 Percy Priest
Alabama West 2/26/2017 Bankhead
Georgia - West Point 2/26/2017 West Point
Florida - Istokpoga South 3/04/2017 Lake Istokpoga
Tennessee West 3/04/2017 Kentucky Lake
DFW - Texas 3/04/2017 Lake Texoma
Florida - West 3/04/2017 Toho
North Central Louisiana 3/04/2017 Lake D'Arbonne
Arkansas 3/04/2017 Maumelle
Oklahoma 3/04/2017 Grand Lake
Kentucky Lake 3/05/2017 Kentucky Lake
Georgia East 3/05/2017 Clarks Hill
Florida - Toho 3/05/2017 Toho
Florida - Seminole 3/05/2017 Seminole
Mississippi Gulf Coast 3/11/2017 Jordan River
North Carolina Charlotte 3/11/2017 Lake Norman
Florida Harris Chain 3/11/2017 Harris Chain
North Carolina East 3/11/2017 Roanoke(OPEN)
Texas - Central 3/11/2017 Lake Waco
Kentucky Central 3/11/2017 Kuttawa
Virginia 3/11/2017 Chickahominy
Texas - Wichita Falls 3/11/2017 Lake Amon G Carter
South Carolina - Savannah 3/11/2017 Savannah River
Alabama East Central 3/11/2017 Weiss Lake
Kansas - Big Hill 3/11/2017 Big Hill
Oklahoma - North 3/11/2017 Sooner Lake
Tennessee Northeast 3/11/2017 Douglas
South Carolina Northwest 3/12/2017 Russell
North Carolina Charlotte 3/12/2017 Lake Norman
Florida - St. Johns North 3/12/2017 St. Johns River
Tennessee Central 3/12/2017 Old Hickory
North Carolina Central 3/18/2017 Pamlico
Louisiana - Toledo Bend South 3/18/2017 Toledo Bend
Alabama Central 3/18/2017 Alabama River
Louisiana - Shreveport 3/18/2017 Campti Black Lake
Virginia - Western 3/18/2017 Kerr Lake
Alabama - Mobile 3/18/2017 Tensaw River
Alabama North 3/18/2017 Wheeler Lake
Missouri 3/18/2017 Ozark
Alabama Lay Lake - Logan Martin 3/18/2017 Logan Martin
Georgia - West Point 3/18/2017 West Point
Oklahoma East 3/18/2017 Ft. Gibson
South Carolina - Greenwood 3/19/2017 Clarks Hill
Louisiana - Toledo Bend South 3/19/2017 Toledo Bend
Florida - Toho 3/19/2017 Toho
Illinois North 3/19/2017 DesPlaines/Kankakee Rivers
Georgia - Eufaula 3/19/2017 Lake Eufaula
Alabama West 3/19/2017 Bankhead
North Carolina - Piedmont 3/25/2017 Falls Lake (Open)
Tennessee West 3/25/2017 Kentucky Lake
Georgia Central 3/25/2017 Oconee
Georgia North 3/25/2017 Allatoona
Texas - Alamo - San Antonio 3/25/2017 Coleto Creek
Virginia 3/25/2017 Gaston
New Mexico 3/25/2017 Elephant Butte
Georgia - Blackshear 3/25/2017 Blackshear
Arkansas North 3/25/2017 Greers Ferry Lake
Arkansas 3/25/2017 Hamilton
Missouri - Stockton 3/25/2017 Stockton
Tennessee Northeast 3/25/2017 Douglas
Georgia Central 3/26/2017 Sinclair
Texas - Houston 3/26/2017 Coleto Creek
Kentucky Central 3/26/2017 Kentucky Lake
Kentucky Lake 3/26/2017 Kentucky Lake
Texas - Wichita Falls 3/26/2017 Ray Roberts
New Mexico 3/26/2017 Elephant Butte
Tennessee Central 3/26/2017 Old Hickory
Illinois Mississippi River 3/26/2017 Mississippi Pool 13

Ram Truck Open Series March Events of 2017

Tennessee Central 2/25/2017 Center Hill
Florida Central 2/25/2017 Toho
Louisiana 2/25/2017 Toledo Bend
Mississippi 3/04/2017 Ross Barnett
Alabama North 3/05/2017 Guntersville
Tennessee Central 3/11/2017 Percy Priest
Georgia 3/11/2017 West Point
Louisiana 3/11/2017 Bayou Black
Kentucky 3/18/2017 Kentucky Lake
North Carolina 3/18/2017 Badin
Florida South 3/18/2017 Okeechobee
Texas East 3/18/2017 Lake Palestine
Maryland 3/25/2017 Potomac River
South Carolina 3/25/2017 Clark's Hill
Florida Central 3/25/2017 Harris Chain

American Couples Series March (2017 Season)

 

Tennessee Northeast 3/4/2017 Chickamauga
Alabama North 3/4/2017 Weiss Lake
South Carolina 3/4/2017 Lake Murray
Georgia Couples 3/11/2017 Jackson
Florida Northwest 3/11/2017 Lake Seminole
Alabama Central 3/11/2017 Alabama River
North Carolina 3/11/2017 Lake Hickory
Tennessee Northeast 3/18/2017 Ft. Loudon/Tellico
Tennessee East Couples 3/25/2017 Watts Bar
South Carolina 3/25/2017 Lake Hartwell

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