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3/20/2017

Michael Allen Wins at Palestine

Michael Allen of Bogata, Texas won the American Bass Anglers Ram Truck Open Series Texas East division tournament, held March 18th on Lake Palestine, TX.

Running out of The Villages Marina near Noonday, Texas the Bogota, Texas angler caught an awesome five fish limit weighing 22.41 pounds. For the Boater division victory, Allen took home a check for $5,000.

“I was boat 57 today. I went to Flat Creek. There was a bit of a crowd in there so I took my time working my way through them. I picked a couple up on a frog but once I got back to where I wanted to be I did most of my damage on a chatterbait. I think there was a shad spawn going on and I caught them all morning. I probably caught about 20 fish. It turned out to be a real good day.” Allen said. Michael also earned $1,000 from Mercury Outboards.

In second for the Boaters, David Gillham of Heath, Texas landed a five-bass limit for 21.34 pounds. His bag was anchored by a 6.76-pound kicker. He collected $1,050 for the effort.

“Well, caught a 5-pounder on a bed yesterday. I went back to her first thing this morning thinking it would be a good way to start the day and couldn’t get her to bite. I made a fan cast from there and caught one around 6 pounds. I made a few more casts and caught another one that was over 6 pounds.  Probably the big bass I had. I left that area and went to a few other spots to fill out my limit but that 5 lber was still on my mind. I didn’t think I had caught her so I went back. I flipped up to the bed and my line started swimming off. I set the hook and my line broke… So, I didn’t get her but if I hadn’t found that fish I wouldn’t have caught the other two? It is what it is but it turned out well.” Gillham said.

Todd Pierce of Tyler, Texas took third for the Boaters with five bass going 19.45 pounds anchored by a 6.01 to earn $800.

“Started out south, 6 pounds on first cast, 3rd cast, 2 off a bed, ran the whole lake and caught 5 keepers but never culled.” said Pierce.

In fourth, John Maxey of Tyler, Texas came in with 19.42 pounds.

Finishing fifth, Ronnie Kelley of Tyler, Texas with 19.15 pounds.

The biggest bass for the Boaters was caught by David Gillham that weighed 6.76-pounds. Gillham pocketed $560 for his fish.

In the Co-Angler division, Jeffrey Grubbs Sr. of Goodrich, Texas topped the Co-Anglers. Jeff had three bass weigh in at 8.34 pounds. He anchored his bag with a bass weighing 3.61 pounds to pocket a check for $1,200.

“Well, we ran up North, fished shallow, and I did not have a fish in the boat until noon. Once I was able to break the ice with the first one I started getting bites and was even able to cull a couple. I picked up one here and one there and I am obviously happy with the outcome.” Grubbs said.

Taking second for the Co-Anglers, Martin Montfort, of Corsicana, Texas brought in two bass weighing 6.42 pounds anchored with a 4.73. He collected $400 for the effort. “Man, what a tough day. I had one bite that made all the difference today with my big fish. I didn’t think I would be up here finishing 2nd over these guys and one shy of a limit so it was obviously tough on everyone. Windy all week and today was almost picture perfect weather but I am happy with the outcome.”  said Marty.

Jason Prestridge of Paradise, Texas placed third among the Co-Anglers with three bass going 5.55 pounds to earn $350. “Pretty slow for the most part. I didn’t have anything until 30 minutes before we came in. I threw a crankbait around some chunk rock and caught one, got the next one on a dock, and managed one more keeper just before we came in. My entire day happened that fast.” said Jason.

In fourth place among the Co-Anglers, Brandon Foard of Flint, Texas brought in two bass for 4.74 pounds.

Michael Nantz of Ben Wheeler, Texas finished in fifth place with two bass at 4.47 pounds. Both anglers are from Farmerville, Louisiana.

The biggest bass for the Co-Anglers was caught by Martin Montfort at 4.73-pounds. Marty took home another check for $185 for his fish.

Slated for May 20th, the next divisional tournament will be held on Lake O’ The Pines, launching from Johnson Creek Ramp, near Avinger, TX. At the end of the season, the best anglers from across the nation advance to the Ray Scott Championship, slated for April of 2018 on the Red River in Bossier City, LA. 

For more information on this tournament, call Chris Wayand, tournament manager, at (256)230-5627 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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Mississippi Gulf Coast 4/08/2017 Back Bay
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Florida Harris Chain 4/08/2017 Harris Chain
Tennessee West 4/08/2017 Kentucky Lake
Virginia 4/08/2017 Kerr
Texas - Wichita Falls 4/08/2017 Lake Arrowhead
Indiana Central 4/08/2017 Hamilton Lake
North Central Louisiana 4/08/2017 Lake Claiborne
South Carolina - Savannah 4/08/2017 Savannah River
Arkansas River 4/08/2017 AR River/Maumelle
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 4/22/2017 Chesapeake Bay
Oklahoma 4/22/2017 Arkansas River
Virginia 4/22/2017 Kerr
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Georgia 4/29/2017 Sinclair
Louisiana 4/29/2017 Black Lake Campti
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