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Prowant Wins $10,000 in Area 5 Championship on Lake Okeechobee

ATHENS, Ala. – Brian Prowant of Moore Haven, FL won the American Bass Anglers Ram Truck Open Series Area 5 Championship tournament, held December 16TH & 17TH, 2017 on Lake Okeechobee.  Running out of Scott Driver Park in Okeechobee, FL Prowant caught five bass on day one weighing 18.97 pounds. On day two, Prowant weighed in another five-bass limit that weighed 19.43 pounds and that sealed the deal for his victory by a slim half-pound margin with a total weight of 38.40 pounds. For the Boater Division victory, Prowant took home a check for $10,000.

“I caught all my fish flipping both days. I had about seven bites each day. I was fishing grass mats that have blown up in different areas and I would go back and forth hitting those mats. I was flipping a Gambler Ugly Otter. I lost one fish each day that would have padded my lead,” said Prowant.  

In second for the boaters, Brian Divito of Seminole, FL landed a total of nine bass for a two-day total weight of 37.88 pounds. He collected $1300 for his catch.

“I caught my fish each day flipping heavy mats with a 1½ oz. weight and a craw bait. I lost a twelve incher and a four pounder that would have helped me. I stayed on the north end. On day one around 12:00pm, I only had one fish so I went flipping and it worked out for me,” said Divito. 

Jim Hurlock Jr. of West Palm Beach, FL placed third for the boaters with two five-bass tournament limits totaling 37.59 pounds. He earned $900 for his catch.

“I caught my fish pitching and casting on the north end of the lake. I caught lots of fish each day.”  Hurlock Jr. said.

The big bass award for the boaters went to Logan Murphy of St. Cloud, FL with a big bass that weighed 8.45 pounds caught on day one. Murphy collected $760 for his catch.

“I caught that fish around 12:30pm flipping grass mats and reeds.” Murphy said.

In fourth place among the boaters, Jared McMillan of Belle Glade, FL brought in two five-bass limits totaling 36.88 pounds. Ron Yentz of Fort Lauderdale, FL finished in fifth place with two five-bass limits totaling 35.85 pounds.

In the Co-Angler Division, Adam Sangster of Lake Mary, FL won with a two-day total of six bass that weighed 23.31 pounds with a 8.30-pound kicker that was caught on day two. He pocketed a check for $5,000 for his win and $360 for the big bass.

“This was my first tournament win and I’m glad it was this one. I caught most of my fish on a Senko, but the bigger fish came on a chatter-bait. I caught the 8.30 pounder on a chatter-bait about five minutes before we left to come to weigh-in. On day one we were fishing Grassy and then went to Kings Bar and on day two we fished Harney Pond. I want to thank my two boaters Rick Sasina and Kazuki Kitajima.” Sangster said. 

Taking second for the co-anglers, General Johnson II of Fort Myers, FL brought in a total of five bass totaling 20.29 pounds for two-days. He collected $700 for the effort.

“I caught my fish on day one flipping and I only had two bites, but one was 8.17 pounds. And on day two I caught my fish on a worm. I’m just thanking God I was able to catch fish and thankful to cash a check.”  Johnson II said. “ 

Moses Wilson of Clewiston, FL placed third among the co-anglers with two three-bass limits totaling 18.72 pounds. He earned $425 for his catch.

“I caught my fish on day one fishing a wacky-rig in a ditch. On day two, I fished with Jared McMillan, so I knew I was going to be around fish.”  Wilson said. 

In fourth place among the co-anglers, Ernie Johnson of Okeechobee, FL brought in two three- bass limits totaling 17.76 pounds. Eric Andrews of Davenport, FL finished in fifth place with two three-bass limits totaling 17.33 pounds.

The next tournament will be the Ray Scott Championship. 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 near Shreveport, Louisiana.

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.

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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

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

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