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11/07/2017

Scotty Bartley Claims First Place on Clarks Hill

Thirty teams turned out for South Carolina Couple’s 2018 season opener on November 4.  The Clarks Hill tournament launched from the excellent Dorn facility. The weather was comfortable as the predicted scattered showers did not develop.  Half of the field weighed solid 5-fish limits.

Scotty Bartley took first place honors weighing 5 fish at 12.7 pounds.  He said he caught his fish with a “Whopper Plopper” early over main lake points with grass. He transitioned to a “Rattle Trap” as the sun came up.  Scotty and his daughter Morgan have been progressively improving their Couples Series team successes over the last few years.  Morgan had a previous commitment that interfered with her ability to fish with her dad in this event.

Jennifer and Dennis Parks got second place with 5 fish weighing 11.2 pounds. Dennis’ 5-pounder anchored their hefty sack.  This also yielded the tournament big bass and the Men’s Big Bass award.  Their fish came largely on jigs on rocky banks.

Michelle McLean and Larry Moss took third place with a 10.3 pound limit.  Michelle said her fish were caught on worms.  Larry said his fish were on a jig.  His biggest, a 3.5 pounder was caught 20 feet deep! 

Kate Hough and John Gutierrez claimed fourth place honors with 5 fish weighing 9.7 pounds.  Kate’s 2.9 pounder anchored their hefty sack.  It also took the Lady’s Big Bass award.  Their fish were caught over grass with a “whacky rig.”

Kris and Charles Townson had fifth place with a 9.2 pound limit.  Medium depth crankbaits over and around grass were the key to their success.

Julie and Jim Collins rounded out the top 20 percent of the field.  Their sixth place 5-fish sack weighed in at 9.1 pounds.   Their fish came on crankbaits in a variety of depths and colors on deep banks.

Welcome to seven teams new to the South Carolina Division Couples Series:
- Kate Hough and John Gutierrez  -  Aiken and Spartanburg, SC
- Kris and Charles Townson  -  Seneca, SC
- Vickie and Joey Hix  -  Anderson, SC
- Morgan Wright and Wil Collins  -  West Union and Townville, SC
- Angel and Travis Weathers  -  Seneca, SC
- Rhonda Berryman and Brad Smith  -  Norwood, GA and N. Augusta, SC
- Jennifer and Dennis Parks  -  Lincolnton, GA

There were several drawing prizes available at weigh-in.  These prizes were available to those teams not getting a cash prize.  Prizes included a Starbucks gift pack, a security lock-box from Cabela’s, two Weeble Lure gift packs (a t-shirt and 3 custom jigs), and two 50% off certificates for Costa sunglasses.

Susan and John Mills were recognized for their Angler of the Year accomplishment at the National Couples Championship last month.  Also recognized were the 3 South Carolina teams that were in the top 10 in the Championship:  Susan and John Mills, Missy and Tom Bancroft, and Sherri McGee and her son Jaris. 

A dinner was attended by 8 teams at the Hickory Knob State Park restaurant on Friday evening.  It appeared everyone was enjoying renewing friendships and meeting new folks.  There seemed plenty of traction for South Carolina’s theme of “Fun ~ Family ~ Friends.”  This theme has been borrowed from the creative North Carolina Couples Division.

The next South Carolina Couples tournament is scheduled for Lake Murray on March 3, 2018.

For more information on this or any future event in this division contact Don Goodfellow and Martha Goodfellow sc.aba.couples@aol.com - 864-630-3183

All ABA American Couples Series events involve a team format with each team composed of one man and one woman.  Contestants between the ages of 14 and 16 years old may participate with a parent’s written permission.

The top angling couples from across the nation earn the right to compete in the annual American Bass Anglers Couples Series National Championship Tournament.

American Bass Anglers commitment is to provide 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 American Fishing Tour, the Ram Weekend Bass Series, or the American Couples Series, visit www.abacouples.com

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American Fishing Tour Upcoming Events

2018 Upcoming Schedule

Louisiana - Shreveport 2/24/2018 Hosston
Georgia - Eufaula 2/24/2018 Lake Eufaula
Alabama Central 2/24/2018 Jordan
Arkansas North 2/24/2018 Maumelle
Alabama East Central 2/24/2018 Weiss Lake
Oklahoma North 2/24/2018 Sooner Lake
South Carolina - Greenwood 2/25/2018 Murray
Tennessee Central 2/25/2018 Percy Priest
Texas - Wichita Falls 2/25/2018 Nocona
DFW - Texas 2/25/2018 Grapevine
Texas - Sam Rayburn North 2/25/2018 Sam Rayburn
North Carolina Charlotte 3/03/2018 Badin Lake
Texas - Central 3/03/2018 Belton Lake
Tennessee - West 3/03/2018 Kentucky Lake
Florida - West 3/03/2018 Toho
Florida Harris Chain 3/03/2018 Harris Chain
oklahoma 3/03/2018 Grand Lake
Florida - Seminole 3/04/2018 Seminole
KY Lake 3/04/2018 Kentucky Lake
Florida - Toho 3/04/2018 Toho
South Carolina - Savannah River 3/10/2018 Savannah River
North Carolina Piedmont 3/10/2018 Falls (Open Event)
Mississippi Gulf Coast 3/10/2018 Pearl River
Georgia Central 3/10/2018 Oconee
North Central Louisiana 3/10/2018 Claiborne
Alabama - Mobile 3/10/2018 Tensaw
Florida - Istokpoga South 3/10/2018 Lake Istokpoga
North Carolina Central 3/10/2018 Chowan
Georgia North 3/10/2018 Allatoona
Virginia - Western 3/10/2018 Kerr Lake
Texas - Wichita Falls 3/10/2018 Amon Carter
Southeast North Carolina 3/10/2018 Waccamaw River (Open Event)
Oklahoma East 3/10/2018 Lake Hudson
Oklahoma North 3/10/2018 Sooner Lake
Georgia East 3/11/2018 Clarks Hill
South Carolina Northwest 3/11/2018 Russel
Tennessee Central 3/11/2018 Old Hickory
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

Alabama

Dates Lake/Info Register
3/04/2018 Neely Henry
5/20/2018 Wheeler
7/01/2018 Weiss

Tennessee/Kentucky

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

 

 

 

 

American Couples Series Winter/Spring Events

Tennessee Northeast 3/3/2018 Ft Lound/Tellico Popler Springs
South Carolina 3/3/2018 Lake Murray Lighthouse Marina
Florida Northwest 3/10/2018 Seminole Seminole Lodge
Alabama North 3/10/2018 Guntersville Goosepond
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
Virginia 2/24/2018 Kerr
Florida Central 2/24/2018 Kissimmee Chain
South East Texas 2/24/2018 Sam Rayburn
Tennesee Central 2/24/2018 Center Hill
Mississippi 3/03/2018 Columbus Pool
Georgia 3/10/2018 Seminole
Oklahoma 3/10/2018 Arkansas River
Kentucky 3/10/2018 Kentucky Lake
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