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4/18/2017

Beckley Wins on Kentucky Lake

Don Beckley of Paducah, KY won the American Bass Anglers Ram Truck Open Series Kentucky tournament, held April 1, 2017 at Lake Kentucky Lake. Running out of Moors Resort in Gilbertsville, KY, Beckley caught five bass weighing 19.04 pounds with a 6.04-pound kicker. He took home $5,000 for his efforts. 

“It was a painstakingly slow day of fishing. I caught my biggest fish on the third cast of the day.  I was fishing in 15-18 feet of water fishing with finesse jigs and Zoom trick worms,” Beckley said.  

In second for the boaters, Billy Levan of Clarksville, TN. He landed a five-bass tournament limit going 18.26 pounds. He collected $600 for the effort. 

“It was a slow day for me. I didn’t catch many fish until that afternoon. I was using buzz baits and was fishing in about a foot of water. I was able to cull up a few times throughout the afternoon,” said Levan.

Michael Riggs of Panama, IL took third for the boaters with five bass going 17.17 pounds with a 6.27 pound kicker taking home $475.

“It was a great day. I caught fish all day long. I was using a white swim jig all day throwing it in about a foot of water,” Riggs said. 
  
Mickey Beck of Lebanon, TN took fourth place with a weight of 16.74 pounds.

David Carroll of Manitou, KY took fifth with a five bass limit going 16.30 pounds. He also had the biggest bass of the tournament that weight 6.41 pounds. He collected $370 from the big bass pot as well as a new ABU Garcia Revo Spinning Reel valued at $160 for catching his bass using and ABU Garcia reel.

In the Co-Angler Division, Jarred Seasor won with three bass going 11.03pounds. He sealed his victory with a 4.93-pound kicker to pocket a check for $1,200.

“I caught all his fish on a homemade swim jig, it is a replica of the Bass Pro XPS swim bait. We were fishing shallow all day and caught fish all day allowing me to cull several times,” stated Seasor.
    
Taking second for the co-anglers, Mike Blumer of Louisville, KY brought in a three-bass division limit weighing 8.54 pounds. He collected $400 for the effort.

“I caught my fish early in the day. I was using brush hogs and beavers flipping and pitching docks,” said Blumer.

Tim Rampaul of Burns, TN placed third among the co-anglers with three bass going 8.39 pounds and earned $350.

“I caught most of my fish on one bank in about two foot of water or less with a vibrating jig,” said Rampaul.

In fourth place among the co-anglers, Daniel Crockett of Old Hickory, TN brought in three bass for 8.32 pounds.

David Widman of Mount Washington, KY finished in fifth place with three bass at 8.19 pounds.

The biggest bass for the co-anglers was caught by Blake Balent that weighed 5.14 pounds and pocketed $185.

Slated for May 13, 2017 the next divisional tournament will be held on Kentucky Lake launching out of Moors Resort in Gilbertsville, KY. 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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Division Date Lake  
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
Georgia - Blackshear 12/16/2017 Blackshear
Northeast Tennessee 12/16/2017 Norris
South Carolina Northwest 12/17/2017 Clarks Hill
Florida - St Johns North 12/17/2017 St. Johns
Kansas South 12/17/2017 Coffey Co. SFL
Alabama Northwest 12/23/2017 Wilson Lake
Alabama Central 12/30/2017 Martin
Northeast Tennessee 12/30/2017 Cherokee
Texas - Central 1/06/2018 Lake Waco
Florida - West 1/06/2018 Toho
Florida Harris Chain 1/06/2018 Harris Chain
South Carolina - Greenwood 1/07/2018 Clarks Hill
Florida - Seminole 1/07/2018 Seminole
South Carolina - Savannah River 1/13/2018 Savannah River
Louisiana - Toledo Bend South 1/13/2018 Toledo Bend
Mississippi Gulf Coast 1/13/2018 Back Bay
Georgia Central 1/13/2018 Oconee
Alabama - Mobile 1/13/2018 Tensaw
Alabama North 1/13/2018 Guntersville
Florida - Istokpoga South 1/13/2018 Lake Istokpoga
Arkansas 1/13/2018 Hamilton
Alabama Northwest 1/13/2018 Wheeler Lake
Northeast Tennessee 1/13/2018 Norris
Florida - St Johns North 1/14/2018 Santa Fe
Louisiana - Shreveport 1/17/2018 Cross
North Central Louisiana 1/20/2018 Claiborne
Texas - Houston 1/20/2018 Conroe
Georgia - Blackshear 1/20/2018 Blackshear
Arkansas North 1/20/2018 Greers Ferry
Texas - Sam Rayburn North 1/21/2018 Sam Rayburn
Florida - Toho 1/21/2018 Toho
Alabama Lay Lake - Logan Martin 1/27/2018 Lay Lake
Georgia Central 1/27/2018 Sinclair
Georgia North 1/27/2018 Allatoona
Alabama Central 1/27/2018 Martin
Georgia East 1/28/2018 Clarks Hill

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3/04/2018 Neely Henry
5/20/2018 Wheeler
7/01/2018 Weiss

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2/18/2018 Kentucky
4/22/2018 Kentucky
5/13/2018 Old Hickory
9/23/2018 Kentucky

 

 

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