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Batson Wins on Lake Oconee

Aaron Batson of Oxford, GA won the American Bass Anglers Ram Truck Open Series Georgia Division tournament, held June 17th on Lake Oconee.

Running out of Sugar Creek Marina in Buckhead, GA Batson caught five bass weighing 16.34 pounds including a 4.98-pound kicker. For the Boater Division victory, took home a check for $5000 for his win.

“I was fishing mid-lake and I only caught seven fish all day. It was a grind for me. I was junk fishing today. I was fishing docks and scattered wood that I knew about in eight to ten feet of water.”   Batson said.  

In second for the boaters, Kim Carver of Milledgeville, GA landed a five-bass tournament limit going 15.49 pounds. He collected $1250 for his catch.

“I caught my fish today on a Zoom Brush Hog on a 1/16oz sinker around docks.”  Carver said. 

Larry Cason of Newborn, GA caught five bass going 14.98 pounds. He collected $900 for his catch. 

“I caught ten keepers all day. All but one came on docks with the biggest one on a rock pile. It was a good morning bite and then late in the day the fish turned on again.” Cason said.

Finishing fourth, Dylan Peppers of Good Hope, GA landed a five-bass limit for 13.18 pounds. 

Buster Slocumb of Juliette, GA rounded out the top five boaters with five bass at 12.66 pounds.

The boater big bass award went to Kyle Welcher of Opelika, AL for a 5.38-pounder. Welcher collected $660 for that catch.

“I caught that fish in a brush pile off a main lake dock on the South end of the lake. It was around 10:30am and I was fishing a shaky-head and when she hit, she slacked the line.” Welcher said.

In the Co-Angler Division, James E Walden of Newnan, GA won with three bass going 8.42 pounds. For the Co-Angler Division victory, took home a check for $1000 for his win.

“I caught my fish dragging a big worm mid-lake. The fish bit scattered throughout the day. I probably had five keepers today. I want to thank my boater, David Lowery, I had a good time.” Walden said. 

Taking second for the co-anglers, Robert Enke of Columbus, GA brought in a three-bass division limit weighing 8.20 pounds. He collected $400 for the effort.

“I caught my fish within sight of the marina today. If not for a dead fish penalty, I would have won. It cost me.”   Enke said. “ 

Joseph Ellington of Statesboro, GA placed third among the co-anglers with three bass going 7.89 pounds. He earned $300 for his catch.

“I caught my fish on top-water first thing this morning and then it was tough. I lost one fish that would have helped me today but it happens.” Ellington said. 

In fourth place among the co-anglers, Michael Mincey of Zebulon, GA brought in three bass for 5.68 pounds. 

Timothy Woods of Midville, GA finished in fifth place with two bass at 5.38 pounds. 

The co-angler big bass award went to Ray Holloway of Eatonton, GA for a 4.84-pounder. Holloway collected $145 for that catch.

“I caught that fish on a 3/16oz shaky-head with a Zoom Trick worm fishing a shallow mid-lake dock around 8:30am.” Holloway said.

Slated for September 23rd & 24th, the next tournament will be the Area 3 Championship to be held on Lake Eufaula out of Lakepoint Resort State Park in Eufaula, AL. At the end of the season, the best anglers from across the nation advance the 2018 Ray Scott Championship, to be held on the Red River in Bossier City, LA.

For more information on this tournament, call Billy Benedetti, tournament manager, at 256-230-5632 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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American Fishing Tour Upcoming Events

2018 Upcoming Schedule

Division Date Lake Register
Texas - Houston 3/17/2018 Lake Livingston
Missouri - Stockton 3/17/2018 Stockton
DFW - Texas 3/17/2018 Ray Hubbard
Alabama Lay Lake - Logan Martin 3/17/2018 Lay Lake
Arkansas North 3/17/2018 Greers Ferry
Lynchburg / Roanoke VA 3/17/2018 Smith Mountain(Open Event)
South Carolina - Greenwood 3/18/2018 Clarks Hill
Florida - St Johns North 3/18/2018 St Johns
Kansas South 3/18/2018 Coffey Co. SFL
Florida - Toho 3/18/2018 Toho
Alabama West 3/18/2018 Bankhead
Georgia - Westpoint 3/18/2018 West Point
Louisiana - Toledo Bend South 3/24/2018 Toledo Bend
North Carolina East 3/24/2018 Neuse/Trent River
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
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

Plus Team Tour 2018 Schedule


Dates Lake/Info Register
5/20/2018 Wheeler
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

Georgia 3/17/2018 Clarks Hill Mistletoe State Park
Tennessee Northeast 3/17/2018 Chicakamauga Dayton Ramp
Alabama Central 3/17/2018 Lake Mitchell Higgins Ferry
Georgia 3/18/2018 Clarks Hill Mistletoe State Park
North Carolina 3/18/2018 Lake Wylie Southepointe Landing
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 Apalachicola River White City
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
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

Open Series 2018 Upcoming Events

Register Division_Name: Dates: Lake/Info
Florida Central 3/17/2018 Harris Chain
South Texas 3/17/2018 Lake Conroe
Alabama North 3/17/2018 Wheeler
North Carolina 3/24/2018 Hickory
Florida South 3/24/2018 Okeechobee
East Texas 3/24/2018 Lake Palestine
Tennesee Central 3/24/2018 Percy Priest
Maryland 3/31/2018 Potomac