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2/13/2017

Martin is Victorious at Guntersville

Casey Martin of New Hope, Alabama won the American Bass Anglers Ram Truck Open Series Alabama North tournament, held February 11, 2017 at Lake Guntersville. Running out of Goose Pond in Scottsboro, Alabama, Martin caught five bass weighing 21 pounds. He took home $6,300 for his efforts.

“Everything I caught came on a custom painted ½ oz. Rat-L-Trap. I was a grind all day, I was able to catch eight fish. I caught one fish using a jig fishing some rocky terrain,” stated Martin.

In second for the Boaters, Tim Hurst of Oxford, Alabama landed a five-bass tournament limit weighing 20.83 pounds. He collected $1,850 for the effort. “I caught my fish today on a rattletrap fishing spawning flats. I threw this bait all day long and it paid off,” Hurst said.

Greg Lamb of Birchwood, Tennessee took third for the Boaters with five bass weighing 19.58 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 7.52-pound kicker earning $1,250 for his efforts. “I threw a Chatterbait all day. We were fishing shallow milfoil in a creek channel. We had a good little hotspot so we kept going across it. It was a slow go, but we had good bites,” stated Lamb.
 
Finishing fourth, Benny Medlen of Scottsboro, Alabama landed a five-bass limit for 19.34 pounds including a 6.86-pound kicker.

Damien Willis of Jacksonville, Alabama rounded out the top five Boaters with five bass at 18.90 pounds.

The biggest bass for the Boaters was caught by Greg Lamb that weighed 7.52 pounds and pocketed $1,000.

In the Co-Angler Division, Jeffery Sanford of Decatur, Alabama won with three bass weighing 12.28 pounds. He sealed his victory with a 5.55-pound kicker to pocket a check for $2,420.

“I caught my biggest bass using a Watermelon Jig with a red Strike King Chunk. My other fish was caught using a Royal Shad Rattle Trap. I caught all of my fish by throwing into 13 ft. of water and bringing it back to 8-9 ft. f water.” Sanford said.

Taking second for the Co-Anglers, Jeff Bradford of Chattanooga, Tennessee brought in a three-bass division limit weighing 11.06 pounds including a 4.43-pound kicker. He collected $750 for the effort. “We sat on a ledge and threw crankbaits all day. I caught two in the morning and then about 1:30 I caught my third one. I used a crawdad color XD 3 Crankbait,”  said Bradford.

Mark Pirkle of Cleveland, Tennessee placed third among the Co-Anglers with two bass weighing 10.79 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 7.02-pound kicker to earn $500. “I caught my fish today using a Chatterbait and I caught the other bass using a Shad Rap. I had the third bass on, but it was not quite big enough to weigh in,” states Pirkle.

In fourth place among the Co-Anglers, Lester Baker Jr. of Adairsville, Georgia brought in three bass weighing 10.12 pounds including a 4.79-pound kicker.

Ken Draskovic of Scottsboro, Alabama finished in fifth place with three bass weighing 10.01 pounds topped by a 3.67-pound kicker.

The biggest bass for the Co-Anglers was caught by Mark Pirkle that weighed 7.02 and pocketed an additional $375.

Slated for March 5, 2017 the next divisional tournament will be held on Lake Guntersville out of Goose Pond in Scottsboro, Alabama. At the end of the season, the best anglers from across the nation advance the 2018 Ray Scott Championship.

For more information on this tournament, call Kristin Malott, tournament manager, at (256)771-3709 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.

American Bass Anglers, Inc. is supported by Ram Trucks, Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, Carlisle Tires, GEICO, Berkley, Abu Garcia, T-H Marine, Livingston Lures, Best Western Hotels, Maui Jim, Power Pole, LiT Coolers, Simms, Garmin, and Divide-It. American Bass Anglers, Inc. can be contacted at (256) 232-0406 or by visiting americanbassanglers.com

 

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South Carolina - Savannah River 11/18/2017 Savannah River
Alabama Lay Lake - Logan Martin 11/18/2017 Lay Lake
DFW - Texas 11/18/2017 Ray Roberts
Georgia Central 11/18/2017 Sinclair
North Central Louisiana 11/18/2017 D'Arbonne
Alabama North 11/18/2017 Guntersville
Louisiana - Shreveport 11/18/2017 Caddo
North Carolina Central 11/18/2017 Lake Gaston
Georgia - Eufaula 11/18/2017 Lake Eufaula
Pennsylvania 11/18/2017 North East River
Georgia North 11/18/2017 Allatoona
Alabama Central 11/18/2017 Mitchell
Alabama East Central 11/18/2017 Weiss
Georgia - Blackshear 11/18/2017 Blackshear
Southeast North Carolina 11/18/2017 Northeast Cape Fear River
Northeast Tennessee 11/18/2017 Cherokee
Kansas - Big Hill 11/18/2017 Big Hill
Arkansas River 11/18/2017 Arkansas/Pine Bluff
Arkansas North 11/18/2017 Maumelle
Georgia East 11/19/2017 Clarks Hill
South Carolina Northwest 11/19/2017 Russel
Kansas South 11/19/2017 El Dorado
Georgia Central 11/25/2017 Oconee
Alabama Northwest 11/25/2017 Wheeler Lake
North Carolina East 12/02/2017 Neuse/Trent River (Open)
Mississippi - Ross Barnett 12/02/2017 Ross Barnett
Texas - Houston 12/02/2017 Sam Rayburn
Texas - Wichita Falls 12/02/2017 Graham
Georgia - West Point 12/02/2017 West Point
Arkansas 12/02/2017 Maumelle
Northeast Tennessee 12/02/2017 Cherokee
Florida - West 12/02/2017 Toho
Kansas - Big Hill 12/02/2017 Big Hill
South Carolina - Greenwood 12/03/2017 Greenwood
Texas - Houston 12/03/2017 Sam Rayburn
Florida - Seminole 12/03/2017 Seminole
DFW - Texas 12/09/2017 Lake Lewisville
Louisiana - Toledo Bend South 12/09/2017 Toledo Bend
Mississippi Gulf Coast 12/09/2017 Jordan
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Florida - Istokpoga South 12/09/2017 Lake Istokpoga
Georgia - Eufaula 12/09/2017 Lake Eufaula
Missouri - Stockton 12/09/2017 Stockton
Georgia North 12/09/2017 Allatoona
Virginia - Western 12/09/2017 Kerr Lake
Alabama East Central 12/09/2017 Neely Henry
Alabama Northwest 12/09/2017 Pickwick Lake
Georgia East 12/10/2017 Clarks Hill
Alabama West 12/10/2017 Bankhead
Mississippi - Ross Barnett 12/15/2017 Ross Barnett
South Carolina - Savannah River 12/16/2017 Savannah River
Alabama Lay Lake - Logan Martin 12/16/2017 Logan Martin
Georgia Central 12/16/2017 Sinclair
Alabama North 12/16/2017 Guntersville
Louisiana - Shreveport 12/16/2017 Caddo
Arkansas 12/16/2017 Ouachita
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Northeast Tennessee 12/16/2017 Norris
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