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Welcher Wins Georgia Season Opener on Lake Eufaula

Kyle Welcher of Opelika, Alabama won the American Bass Anglers Ram Truck Open Series Georgia Division tournament, held February 11th on Lake Eufaula.

Running out of Lakepoint State Park in Eufaula, Alabama Kyle caught five bass weighing 25.01 pounds. For the Boater division victory, Kyle took home a check for $5,000 for his win.

“I didn’t lose any fish today and that makes a big difference. When I was throwing crankbaits, I was around rip-rap and I caught a few in the grass. I caught a few off a dock, one dock in particular. I caught one off a tree. It didn’t matter what I did today. Someone was looking out for me today. Everything I picked up I caught them on. There was no skill involved, everything just worked out. This is my first year fishing these tournaments and I plan on fishing all of them.”  Welcher said.  

In second for the Boaters, Bryan Brown of Cataula, Georgia landed a five-bass tournament limit weighing 19.11 pounds. He collected $1,575 for his catch. “I caught one big one this morning on a chatter-bait. I found a creek channel ledge yesterday from an old waypoint I had and I caught two on a crankbait. I only caught six keepers today, it wasn’t easy.”  Brown said. 

Michael Conley of Bainbridge, Georiga caught five bass going 18.12 pounds. He collected $1,050 for his catch. “I had not been on Lake Eufaula since the two-day event last fall. I caught twenty nine fish today. I don’t know how many three pounders I went through but I never could get a big bite. It didn’t matter what I threw at them, if it came by them they would eat it. I caught all my fish in a foot of water or less.” Conley said.

Finishing fourth, William Sheffield of Hawkinsville, Georiga landed a five-bass limit weighing 17.55 pounds.

Jason “Buddha” Smith of Dawson, Georiga rounded out the top five Boaters with five bass weighing 17.49 pounds.

The biggest bass for the Boaters was caught by Anthony Gary of Panama City, Florida that weighed 7.78 pounds and pocketed $830.

“It was about 10:30am and we were out on a point. I threw a Strike King 10XD basically dragging the bottom and my rod loaded up. I thought it was a hybrid because they had been feeding there.”  Gary said.

In the Co-Angler division, Robert Enke of Columbus, Georiga repeated his win from last week with three bass weighing 10.33 pounds. He pocketed a check for $1,200 for his win.

“I caught my fish just like I did last week. I was flipping a Big Bite Baits Fighting Frog mid-lake and I lucked up and caught a good fish within the last thirty minutes on a swim-jig. Everything’s been going my way.” Enke said. 

Taking second for the Co-Anglers, Rob Scarborough of Canton, Georgia brought in a three-bass division limit weighing 9.33 pounds. He collected $400 for the effort. “I got lucky actually. My boater caught a ton of fish and I caught some fish early on a jig and literally five minutes before we headed in, I caught two good fish on a rubber worm. We fished the pads early in the morning and hit some bushes later in the day.” Scarborough said.

Jack Uselton of McDonough, Georiga placed third among the Co-Anglers with three bass weighing 8.01 pounds. He earned $300 for his catch. “We started up the river on a ledge and culled those fish later by sight-fishing. My boater didn’t have much so he positioned the back of the boat and let me catch those fish.” Uselton said.

In fourth place among the Co-Anglers, Ray Holloway of Eatonton, Georiga brought in three bass weighing 7.64 pounds.

Earl McQuaig of Tifton, Georiga finished in fifth place with three bass weighing 7.32 pounds.

The biggest bass for the Co-Anglers was caught by Lee Gissendaner of Eufaula, Alabama that weighed 4.19 pounds and pocketed $210.

“I caught that fish on a DD16 in a hole on the south end of the lake on my second cast this morning."  Gissendaner said.

Slated for March 11th, the next tournament will be held on West Point out of Pyne Road Park in LaGrange, Georgia. At the end of the season, the best anglers from across the nation advance the 2018 Ray Scott Championship, Location to be announced.

For more information on this tournament, call Billy Benedetti, tournament manager, at (256)230-5632 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 Upcoming Events

2018 Upcoming Schedule

Louisiana - Toledo Bend South 3/24/2018 Toledo Bend
Virginia 3/24/2018 Chickahominy River
Georgia Central 3/24/2018 Sinclair
Georgia - Eufaula 3/24/2018 Lake Eufaula
Texas - Wichita Falls 3/24/2018 Ray Roberts
Missouri 3/24/2018 Lake Ozark
Kentucky Central 3/24/2018 Kentucky Lake
Florida Harris Chain 3/24/2018 Harris Chain
Oklahoma East 3/24/2018 Fort Gibson
Alabama East Central 3/24/2018 Neely Henry
Louisiana - Toledo Bend South 3/25/2018 Toledo Bend
North Carolina East 3/25/2018 Neuse/Trent River
South Carolina Northwest 3/25/2018 Clarks Hill
Tennessee Central 3/25/2018 Old Hickory
DFW - Texas 3/25/2018 Ray Roberts
North Carolina Piedmont 3/31/2018 Gaston
North Carolina Charlotte 3/31/2018 Lake Norman
New Mexico 3/31/2018 Elephant Butte
North Carolina Central 3/31/2018 Roanoke
Virginia - Western 3/31/2018 Kerr Lake
Alabama Central 3/31/2018 Alabama River
Alabama Northwest 3/31/2018 Wheeler Lake (Open Event)
Texas - Sam Rayburn North 3/31/2018 Sam Rayburn
Southeast North Carolina 3/31/2018 Northeast Cape Fear River
Tennessee - West 3/31/2018 Kentucky Lake
Kansas - Big Hill 3/31/2018 Big Hill
Louisiana Central 3/31/2018 Bisteneau
Alabama North 3/31/2018 Guntersville
New Mexico 4/01/2018 Elephant Butte
South Carolina - Savannah River 4/07/2018 Savannah River
Virginia 4/07/2018 Kerr
New Jersey 4/07/2018 Hopatcong
North Central Louisiana 4/07/2018 D'Arbonne
Georgia North 4/07/2018 Allatoona
Arkansas 4/07/2018 Maumelle
Georgia - Blackshear 4/07/2018 Blackshear
DFW - Texas 4/07/2018 Bridgeport
Missouri 4/07/2018 Lake Ozark
Tennessee - West 4/07/2018 Kentucky Lake
Florida - West 4/07/2018 Toho
Florida Harris Chain 4/07/2018 Harris Chain
Oklahoma 4/07/2018 Grand Lake
Pennsylvania 4/07/2018 Delaware River
South Carolina - Greenwood 4/08/2018 Greenwood
Tennessee Central 4/08/2018 Old Hickory
Florida - Seminole 4/08/2018 Seminole
Texas - Sam Rayburn North 4/08/2018 Sam Rayburn
Kansas South 4/08/2018 El Dorado
KY Lake 4/08/2018 Kentucky Lake
Florida - Toho 4/08/2018 Toho
Massachusetts - Western 4/08/2018 Wickaboag Pond
Massachusetts - New England 4/08/2018 South Watuppa-Fall River
New Jersey 4/13/2018 Hopatcong
Louisiana - Toledo Bend South 4/14/2018 Toledo Bend
North Carolina East 4/14/2018 Tar/Pamlico River
Mississippi Gulf Coast 4/14/2018 Back Bay
North Carolina Charlotte 4/14/2018 Tuckertown Lake
Georiga Central 4/14/2018 Oconee
Alabama - Mobile 4/14/2018 Tensaw
Georgia East 4/14/2018 Clarks Hill
Florida - Istokpoga South 4/14/2018 Lake Istokpoga
North Carolina Central 4/14/2018 Lake Gaston
Texas - Wichita Falls 4/14/2018 Hubbard Creek
Texas - Central 4/14/2018 Lake Waco
Maryland 4/14/2018 Potomac
Alabama Lay Lake - Logan Martin 4/14/2018 Logan Martin
Ohio-Central 4/14/2018 Buckeye Lake
Oklahoma East 4/14/2018 Lake Hudson
Georgia - Westpoint 4/14/2018 West Point
Alabama East Central 4/14/2018 Weiss Lake
North Carolina Charlotte 4/15/2018 Badin Lake
Florida - St Johns North 4/15/2018 Santa Fe
Illinois North 4/15/2018 Braidwood
Alabama West 4/15/2018 Bankhead
Massachusetts - Western 4/15/2018 Longpond

Plus Team Tour 2018 Schedule


Dates Lake/Info Register
5/20/2018 Wheeler
7/01/2018 Weiss


3/11/2018 (Being Recheduled) Kentucky  
4/22/2018 Kentucky
5/13/2018 Old Hickory
9/23/2018 Kentucky





American Couples Series Winter/Spring Events

South Carolina 4/7/2018 Lake Keowee South Cove
Alabama North 4/7/2018 Guntersville Goosepond
Kentucky 4/8/2018 Kentucky Lake Big Bear
Tennessee Northeast 4/14/2018 Watts Bar Blue Springs
Florida Northwest 4/14/2018 Seminole (UPDATED) Seminole Lodge
North Carolina 4/15/2018 Lake James Black Bear Landing
Georgia 4/21/2018 Lanier Balus Creek Park
Alabama Central 4/21/2018 Alabama River Swift Creek
Oklahoma 4/21/2018 Tenkiller Sizemore Landing
Tennessee Northeast 4/28/2018 Melton Hill Melton Hill Dam
South Carolina 4/28/2018 Lake Hartwell Greenpond
Kentucky 4/29/2018 Lake Barkley Kuttawa
Florida Northwest 5/12/2018 Choctawhatchee River Black Creek Lodge
Alabama North 5/12/2018 Guntersville Goosepond
Oklahoma 5/12/2018 Grand Grand Lake RV Ramp
Georgia 5/19/2018 West Point Highland Marina
Tennessee Northeast 5/19/2018 Douglas Dam
South Carolina 5/19/2018 Lake Russell Russell B Richard State Park
Alabama Central 5/19/2018 Lay Lake Narrows Boat Ramp
Kentucky 5/20/2018 Kentucky Lake Ken Lake State Park
North Carolina 5/20/2018 TBA TBA


Open Series 2018 Upcoming Events

North Carolina 3/24/2018 Hickory Wittenburg
Florida South 3/24/2018 Okeechobee Scott Driver
East Texas 3/24/2018 Lake Palestine Villages Marina
Tennesee Central 3/24/2018 Percy Priest Fate Sanders
Maryland 3/31/2018 Potomac Smallwood
Virginia 4/14/2018 Gaston Holly Grove Marina
Maryland 4/14/2018 Chesapeake Bay Anchor Boats Marina
Mississippi 4/14/2018 Ross Barnett Tommys Trading Post
Kentucky 4/14/2018 Kentucky Lake Paris Landing State Park
South Carolina 4/21/2018 Hartwell Green Pond
Alabama South 4/21/2018 Martin Wind Creek State Park
Oklahoma 4/21/2018 Eufaula South Cove
North Carolina 4/28/2018 Kerr Nutbush
Georgia 4/28/2018 Sinclair Little River Park
South East Texas 4/28/2018 Sam Rayburn Umphrey Pavilion
Alabama North 4/28/2018 Neely Henry Coosa Landing
Florida Central 5/05/2018 Toho Lakefront Park
Mississippi 5/05/2018 Ross Barnett Tommys Trading Post
Tennesee Central 5/05/2018 Old Hickory Sanders Ferry
Ohio 5/12/2018 Indian Moundwood State Park
Maryland 5/12/2018 Potomac Smallwood
Florida South 5/12/2018 Okeechobee Roland Martin Marina & Resort
Oklahoma 5/12/2018 Grand Lake Wolf Creek
North Carolina 5/19/2018 High Rock Tamarac Marina
Alabama South 5/19/2018 Jordan Bonners Landing
South Texas 5/19/2018 Lake Conroe Lakeview Marina