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Simonof Takes Home the Gold on Lake Eufaula

John Simonof of Jacksonville, AR won the American Bass Anglers Ram Truck Open Series Oklahoma Division tournament held June 10th on Lake Eufaula.  Originally, scheduled for Lake Fort Gibson, the tournament was moved to Lake Eufaula OK due to the enormous amount of rain Oklahoma recently received.  Lake Eufaula was three feet above normal pool and many areas were extremely muddy.
Running out of Peters Point in Eufaula Cove, Oklahoma, John caught five bass weighing 14.60 lbs.  For the Boater Division victory, Simonof took home a check for $5,000 plus more than $7,000 in contingency bonuses.
“We made a long run in the morning and I started with a solid 3+ lb keeper at the first stop” Simonof said.  “A mid-morning flurry gave me a solid limit and I continued to catch fish but only culled once.  We left them biting late morning because I knew we had a long run across some big water and the wind started blowing; I knew it was going to be a long rough ride.  We fished several places closer to the ramp but the areas were muddied up or blown out due to the strong winds.  I caught all my fish in 2-4 feet of water on a homemade bladed jig poured on an Owner hook with a V&M baits Baby Swamp Hog trailer thrown on a Temple Fork Outfitters 7’ 3” heavy action rod and 20lb Hi-Seas Quattro fluorocarbon line.”

In second place on the boaters’ side was Luke Palmer from Coalgate, OK. Palmer came across the scales with five fish weighing down at 13.35 pounds to lock him in to carry home a check for $1250.

“I burned a LOT OF GAS today.  I went from one end of this lake to the other. I was targeting spots where I could flip a Jig because that’s what I do here.  I covered a lot of water trying to stay in that 4-ft. range.  My last keeper came at 2:57 and I had to burn more gas to get in by 3:15.  It was worth it though.” explained Palmer.

Mark Teply out of Midwest City, OK came in just behind the second-place finisher with a weight of 12.16 pounds held down by an anchor fish of 3.69 pounds. His 3rd place finish earned him a check of $900.

 “The fishing was tough for everyone.  You had to grind it out to get the quality bites for sure.  The lake is dropping right now which always makes for a tough bite.  This event was especially difficult for me with the loss of my good friend Jimbo the other day, so this one’s for him.” Teply said.

Finishing in fourth, Justin Phillips of Cucotah, OK hauled in five for 12.10 pounds. Closing in the top five boaters is Lee Sanders of Stillwater, OK with five fish weighing a total of 11.72 pounds.

The biggest bass for the boaters was caught by Kellen Davis of Spigler, OK. Fishing with the Ram Open Series for the first time, Davis landed a 5.30-pound fish to land him a check for $660.

In the Co-Angler Division, Stan Forrester out of Westville, OK locked in first place well over the competition with a three-fish limit weighing 10.09-pounds.  Anchored with a 3.90-pound kicker, Forrester took home a check for $1200. 

“We started out on a spot not too far from here but nothing turned up so we made a run down to the damn.  I caught my first keeper down there on a crankbait.  Nothing else happened so we made another run back up the lake, I caught another keeper there.  Later in the day we went back to the damn and I finished out my limit and culled twice to bring in what I had.” Forrester said.

Coming in second place on the Co-Angler side is Shane Cashman out of Henryetta, OK. Cashman locked in his placement with a three-fish bag weighing a total of 6.87 pounds with a 2.99-pound anchor. Cashman was unavailable for interview at the end of the event, but received a check of $275 for his efforts.

Steve Roberts of Broken Arrow, OK came in third place for the day after bringing in three fishing weighing 6.76 pounds. Roberts took home a check of $225 for his third-place success.

Roberts also managed to haul in the biggest bass for the co-anglers by snagging a 4.47-pound fish around 2:00 in the afternoon. That big bass won him an additional $180 check.

“It was a grind today.  I only had 2 keepers.  We caught a lot of fish today but I bet I threw 5 or 6 back that were short.  We made a pretty good run up the lake and were up there when the wind picked up so it was a rough ride back.” Roberts stated.

In fourth place among the co-anglers, Patrick Weir from Broken Arrow, OK brought in three bass for 6.75.  Dick Hindman of Sapulpa, OK finished in fifth place with two bass at 6.48 pounds.

Slated for August 12th, the next divisional tournament will be held on Grand Lake out of Wolf Creek near Grove, OK.  At the end of the season, the best anglers from across the nation advance the 2018 Ray Scott Championship, slated for 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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2018 Upcoming Schedule

Louisiana - Toledo Bend South 3/24/2018 Toledo Bend
Virginia 3/24/2018 Chickahominy River
Georgia Central 3/24/2018 Sinclair
Georgia - Eufaula 3/24/2018 Lake Eufaula
Texas - Wichita Falls 3/24/2018 Ray Roberts
Missouri 3/24/2018 Lake Ozark
Kentucky Central 3/24/2018 Kentucky Lake
Florida Harris Chain 3/24/2018 Harris Chain
Oklahoma East 3/24/2018 Fort Gibson
Alabama East Central 3/24/2018 Neely Henry
Louisiana - Toledo Bend South 3/25/2018 Toledo Bend
North Carolina East 3/25/2018 Neuse/Trent River
South Carolina Northwest 3/25/2018 Clarks Hill
Tennessee Central 3/25/2018 Old Hickory
DFW - Texas 3/25/2018 Ray Roberts
North Carolina Piedmont 3/31/2018 Gaston
North Carolina Charlotte 3/31/2018 Lake Norman
New Mexico 3/31/2018 Elephant Butte
North Carolina Central 3/31/2018 Roanoke
Virginia - Western 3/31/2018 Kerr Lake
Alabama Central 3/31/2018 Alabama River
Alabama Northwest 3/31/2018 Wheeler Lake (Open Event)
Texas - Sam Rayburn North 3/31/2018 Sam Rayburn
Southeast North Carolina 3/31/2018 Northeast Cape Fear River
Tennessee - West 3/31/2018 Kentucky Lake
Kansas - Big Hill 3/31/2018 Big Hill
Louisiana Central 3/31/2018 Bisteneau
Alabama North 3/31/2018 Guntersville
New Mexico 4/01/2018 Elephant Butte
South Carolina - Savannah River 4/07/2018 Savannah River
Virginia 4/07/2018 Kerr
New Jersey 4/07/2018 Hopatcong
North Central Louisiana 4/07/2018 D'Arbonne
Georgia North 4/07/2018 Allatoona
Arkansas 4/07/2018 Maumelle
Georgia - Blackshear 4/07/2018 Blackshear
DFW - Texas 4/07/2018 Bridgeport
Missouri 4/07/2018 Lake Ozark
Tennessee - West 4/07/2018 Kentucky Lake
Florida - West 4/07/2018 Toho
Florida Harris Chain 4/07/2018 Harris Chain
Oklahoma 4/07/2018 Grand Lake
Pennsylvania 4/07/2018 Delaware River
South Carolina - Greenwood 4/08/2018 Greenwood
Tennessee Central 4/08/2018 Old Hickory
Florida - Seminole 4/08/2018 Seminole
Texas - Sam Rayburn North 4/08/2018 Sam Rayburn
Kansas South 4/08/2018 El Dorado
KY Lake 4/08/2018 Kentucky Lake
Florida - Toho 4/08/2018 Toho
Massachusetts - Western 4/08/2018 Wickaboag Pond
Massachusetts - New England 4/08/2018 South Watuppa-Fall River
New Jersey 4/13/2018 Hopatcong
Louisiana - Toledo Bend South 4/14/2018 Toledo Bend
North Carolina East 4/14/2018 Tar/Pamlico River
Mississippi Gulf Coast 4/14/2018 Back Bay
North Carolina Charlotte 4/14/2018 Tuckertown Lake
Georiga Central 4/14/2018 Oconee
Alabama - Mobile 4/14/2018 Tensaw
Georgia East 4/14/2018 Clarks Hill
Florida - Istokpoga South 4/14/2018 Lake Istokpoga
North Carolina Central 4/14/2018 Lake Gaston
Texas - Wichita Falls 4/14/2018 Hubbard Creek
Texas - Central 4/14/2018 Lake Waco
Maryland 4/14/2018 Potomac
Alabama Lay Lake - Logan Martin 4/14/2018 Logan Martin
Ohio-Central 4/14/2018 Buckeye Lake
Oklahoma East 4/14/2018 Lake Hudson
Georgia - Westpoint 4/14/2018 West Point
Alabama East Central 4/14/2018 Weiss Lake
North Carolina Charlotte 4/15/2018 Badin Lake
Florida - St Johns North 4/15/2018 Santa Fe
Illinois North 4/15/2018 Braidwood
Alabama West 4/15/2018 Bankhead
Massachusetts - Western 4/15/2018 Longpond

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Dates Lake/Info Register
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7/01/2018 Weiss


3/11/2018 (Being Recheduled) Kentucky  
4/22/2018 Kentucky
5/13/2018 Old Hickory
9/23/2018 Kentucky





American Couples Series Winter/Spring Events

South Carolina 4/7/2018 Lake Keowee South Cove
Alabama North 4/7/2018 Guntersville Goosepond
Kentucky 4/8/2018 Kentucky Lake Big Bear
Tennessee Northeast 4/14/2018 Watts Bar Blue Springs
Florida Northwest 4/14/2018 Seminole (UPDATED) Seminole Lodge
North Carolina 4/15/2018 Lake James Black Bear Landing
Georgia 4/21/2018 Lanier Balus Creek Park
Alabama Central 4/21/2018 Alabama River Swift Creek
Oklahoma 4/21/2018 Tenkiller Sizemore Landing
Tennessee Northeast 4/28/2018 Melton Hill Melton Hill Dam
South Carolina 4/28/2018 Lake Hartwell Greenpond
Kentucky 4/29/2018 Lake Barkley Kuttawa
Florida Northwest 5/12/2018 Choctawhatchee River Black Creek Lodge
Alabama North 5/12/2018 Guntersville Goosepond
Oklahoma 5/12/2018 Grand Grand Lake RV Ramp
Georgia 5/19/2018 West Point Highland Marina
Tennessee Northeast 5/19/2018 Douglas Dam
South Carolina 5/19/2018 Lake Russell Russell B Richard State Park
Alabama Central 5/19/2018 Lay Lake Narrows Boat Ramp
Kentucky 5/20/2018 Kentucky Lake Ken Lake State Park
North Carolina 5/20/2018 TBA TBA


Open Series 2018 Upcoming Events

North Carolina 3/24/2018 Hickory Wittenburg
Florida South 3/24/2018 Okeechobee Scott Driver
East Texas 3/24/2018 Lake Palestine Villages Marina
Tennesee Central 3/24/2018 Percy Priest Fate Sanders
Maryland 3/31/2018 Potomac Smallwood
Virginia 4/14/2018 Gaston Holly Grove Marina
Maryland 4/14/2018 Chesapeake Bay Anchor Boats Marina
Mississippi 4/14/2018 Ross Barnett Tommys Trading Post
Kentucky 4/14/2018 Kentucky Lake Paris Landing State Park
South Carolina 4/21/2018 Hartwell Green Pond
Alabama South 4/21/2018 Martin Wind Creek State Park
Oklahoma 4/21/2018 Eufaula South Cove
North Carolina 4/28/2018 Kerr Nutbush
Georgia 4/28/2018 Sinclair Little River Park
South East Texas 4/28/2018 Sam Rayburn Umphrey Pavilion
Alabama North 4/28/2018 Neely Henry Coosa Landing
Florida Central 5/05/2018 Toho Lakefront Park
Mississippi 5/05/2018 Ross Barnett Tommys Trading Post
Tennesee Central 5/05/2018 Old Hickory Sanders Ferry
Ohio 5/12/2018 Indian Moundwood State Park
Maryland 5/12/2018 Potomac Smallwood
Florida South 5/12/2018 Okeechobee Roland Martin Marina & Resort
Oklahoma 5/12/2018 Grand Lake Wolf Creek
North Carolina 5/19/2018 High Rock Tamarac Marina
Alabama South 5/19/2018 Jordan Bonners Landing
South Texas 5/19/2018 Lake Conroe Lakeview Marina