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2/27/2017

Staley Takes Home $5,000 on Center Hill

Tim Staley of Dowelltown, Tennessee won the American Bass Anglers Ram Truck Open Series Tennessee Central tournament, held February 25, 2017 at Lake Center Hill. Running out of Ragland Bottom in Sparta, Tennessee, Staley caught five bass weighing 18.30 pounds with a 3.71-pound kicker. He took home $5,000 for his efforts.

“I used a KVD Jerk bait for most of the day. I caught about 30 or 40 fish using it. I also used a Rattle Trap to catch a few fish as well. I was fishing steep banks and bluffs all day,” Staley stated.

In second for the Boaters, Leo Knowles landed a five-bass tournament limit weighing 17.09 pounds with a 3.42 – pound kicker. He collected $1,400 for the effort. He was also the highest Triton Gold finisher and will receive an additional $500. “I caught my fish today using a swim bait. We didn’t do anything special, we just went out fishing and was able to catch fish all day,” Knowles stated.

Jason Dies of Lebanon, Tennessee took third for the Boaters with five bass going 16.69 pounds with a 4.18 pound kicker taking home $950. “We caught everything today on a Livingston Lure Jerk Bait. My non- boater started catching them on this and he gave me one to tie on. We both caught about 25 keepers all day long thanks to the jerk bait,” stated Dies.
  
Rodney Clawson of Nashville, Tennessee, Brandon Eddings of Nashville, Tennessee, and Jason Lee of Baxter, Tennessee tied for fourth place. They each caught a five bass tournament limit going weighing 16.55 pounds.

The biggest bass for the Boaters was caught by David Cook of Whitehouse, Tennessee that weighed 5.26 pounds and pocketed $680.

In the Co-Angler division, Austin Poston of Cookeville, Tennessee won with three bass weighing 10.94 pounds. He sealed his victory with a 4.99-pound kicker to pocket a check for $1,200.

“I just got lucky today and was able to catch my fish using a black and blue jig,” state Poston.

Taking second for the Co-Anglers, Ethan Wheeler of Mayfield, Kentucky brought in a three-bass division limit weighing 9.54 pounds including a 3.26-pound kicker. He collected $275 for the effort. “I caught everything today using an ½ oz. green jig targeting bluff walls. I only caught four fish all day but they were the right fish,” Wheeler stated. 

Conoly Brown of Brentwood, Tennessee placed third among the Co-Anglers with two bass weighing 8.37 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 3.50-pound kicker to earn $225. “I caught the majority of my fish today using a swimbait. I caught a few fish using a jig. I caught fish all day long but was only able to cull once,” stated Brown.

In fourth place among the Co-Anglers, Garrett Turner of Sparta, Tennessee brought in three bass for 8.06 pounds.

Robbie Lester of Cookeville, Tennessee finished in fifth place with three bass at 7.56 pounds topped by a 3.09-pound kicker.

The biggest bass for the Co-Anglers was caught by Austin Poston that weighed 4.99 and pocketed $170.

Slated for March 11, 2017 the next divisional tournament will be held on Percy Priest launching out of Fate Sanders Marina in Smyrna, TN. 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 .

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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Florida Harris Chain 4/08/2017 Harris Chain
Tennessee West 4/08/2017 Kentucky Lake
Virginia 4/08/2017 Kerr
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Indiana Central 4/08/2017 Hamilton Lake
North Central Louisiana 4/08/2017 Lake Claiborne
South Carolina - Savannah 4/08/2017 Savannah River
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Alabama Lay Lake - Logan Martin 4/08/2017 Lay Lake
Oklahoma 4/08/2017 Grand Lake
Oklahoma East 4/08/2017 Tenkiller
Tennessee Northeast 4/08/2017 Cherokee
Florida - West 4/08/2017 Toho Makeup
South Carolina - Greenwood 4/09/2017 Wateree
North Carolina Charlotte 4/09/2017 Lake Tuckertown
Kentucky Lake 4/09/2017 Kentucky Lake
New Jersey 4/09/2017 Hopatcong
Kansas South 4/09/2017 El Dorado Lake
Illinois North 4/09/2017 Braidwood Lake
Tennessee Central 4/09/2017 Old Hickory
Alabama West 4/09/2017 Bankhead
Georgia - West Point 4/09/2017 West Point
Illinois Mississippi River 4/09/2017 Mississippi Pool 13
New Jersey 4/14/2017 Hopatcong
Georgia North 4/15/2017 Allatoona
Louisiana - Toledo Bend South 4/15/2017 Toledo Bend
Alabama Central 4/15/2017 Lake Mitchell
Louisiana - Shreveport 4/15/2017 Caddo Lake
Maryland 4/15/2017 Potomac River
Georgia - Blackshear 4/15/2017 Blackshear
Alabama North 4/15/2017 Guntersville
Missouri 4/15/2017 Pomme De Terre
Arkansas North 4/15/2017 Lake Dardanelle
North Carolina - Piedmont 4/22/2017 Gaston Lake
North Carolina Charlotte 4/22/2017 Lake Tuckertown
North Carolina East 4/22/2017 Neuse/Trent River
Georgia Central 4/22/2017 Oconee
Texas - Central 4/22/2017 Limestone
Connecticut 4/22/2017 Candlewood
Texas - Alamo - San Antonio 4/22/2017 Somerville
Texas - Wichita Falls 4/22/2017 Lake Bridgeport
Virginia - Western 4/22/2017 Kerr Lake
Iowa - SW/Missouri - NW 4/22/2017 Mozingo
New Mexico 4/22/2017 Conchas
Alabama - Mobile 4/22/2017 Tensaw River
Georgia - Eufaula 4/22/2017 Lake Eufaula
Kansas - Big Hill 4/22/2017 Big Hill
Tennessee Northeast 4/22/2017 Douglas
Georgia Central 4/23/2017 Sinclair
Texas - Houston 4/23/2017 Somerville
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Florida - St. Johns North 4/23/2017 Rodman
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Maryland 4/23/2017 Potomac River
Iowa East 4/23/2017 Lake MacBride
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Massachusetts - New England 4/23/2017 South Watuppa
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Illinois Mississippi River 4/23/2017 Mississippi Pool 13
Tennessee Central 4/23/2017 Percy Priest
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Virginia 4/29/2017 James River
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Oklahoma 4/22/2017 Arkansas River
Virginia 4/22/2017 Kerr
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Georgia Couples 4/1/2017 Oconee
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Alabama North 4/8/2017 Guntersville
South Carolina 4/8/2017 Lake Keowee
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