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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

North Carolina Piedmont 5/19/2018 Gaston
Mississippi Gulf Coast 5/19/2018 Pearl/ Pascagoula
North Central Louisiana 5/19/2018 Ouachita River
New Mexico 5/19/2018 Conchas
South Carolina Northwest 5/19/2018 Russel
Virginia - Western 5/19/2018 Kerr Lake
Texas - Wichita Falls 5/19/2018 Amon Carter
Florida - Seminole 5/19/2018 Seminole
Missouri 5/19/2018 Truman
Southeast North Carolina 5/19/2018 Sutton Lake
Tennessee - West 5/19/2018 Kentucky Lake
Arkansas North 5/19/2018 Greers Ferry
Connecticut 5/19/2018 Lillinonah
Oklahoma 5/19/2018 Grand Lake
Alabama North 5/19/2018 Guntersville
Pennsylvania 5/19/2018 North East River
Oklahoma North 5/19/2018 Sooner Lake
South Carolina - Greenwood 5/20/2018 Clarks Hill
New Mexico 5/20/2018 Conchas
Tennessee Central 5/20/2018 Old Hickory
Florida - St Johns North 5/20/2018 Rodman
Kansas South 5/20/2018 El Dorado
Illinois North 5/20/2018 Cal Sag/Lake Michigan
Florida - Toho 5/20/2018 Toho
Alabama West 5/20/2018 Bankhead
Massachusetts - New England 5/20/2018 Long Pond-Harwich
Massachusetts-Central New England 5/20/2018 Manchaug

Plus Team Tour 2018 Schedule


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5/20/2018 Wheeler
7/01/2018 Weiss


5/13/2018 Old Hickory
9/23/2018 Kentucky





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Georgia 5/19/2018 West Point
Tennessee Northeast 5/19/2018 Douglas
South Carolina 5/19/2018 Lake Russell
Alabama Central 5/19/2018 Lay Lake
Kentucky 5/20/2018 Kentucky Lake
North Carolina 5/20/2018 TBA
Alabama Central 6/02/2018 Logan Martin
Oklahoma 6/02/2018 Ft Gibson
Kentucky 6/03/2018 Kentucky Lake
Oklahoma 6/03/2018 Ft Gibson
Tennessee Northeast 6/09/2018 Watts Bar
Florida Northwest 6/09/2018 Seminole
South Carolina 6/09/2018 Lake Greenwood
North Carolina 6/10/2018 Lake Hickory
Alabama North 6/16/2018 Guntersville
Georgia 6/23/2018 Sinclair
Tennessee Northeast 6/23/2018 Chickamauga
Alabama North 6/23/2018 Guntersville
Kentucky 6/24/2018 Kentucky Lake


Open Series 2018 Upcoming Events

North Carolina 5/19/2018 High Rock
Alabama South 5/19/2018 Jordan
South Texas 5/19/2018 Lake Conroe
Ohio 6/02/2018 St. Mary's
Maryland 6/02/2018 Chesapeake Bay
South Carolina 6/09/2018 Clark's Hill
Georgia 6/09/2018 Oconee
South East Texas 6/09/2018 Sam Rayburn
Alabama North 6/10/2018 Weiss
New York 6/16/2018 Lake Champlain
Alabama South 6/16/2018 Logan Martin
Oklahoma 6/16/2018 Ft Gibson
Tennesee Central 6/16/2018 Old Hickory
Virginia 6/23/2018 Kerr
South Texas 6/23/2018 Lake Conroe
Kentucky 6/23/2018 Kentucky Lake
North Carolina 6/30/2018 Hickory
East Texas 6/30/2018 Lake of the Pines