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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.

 

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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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