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Mizell Wins Florida South Event on Lake Okeechobee

ATHENS, Ala. – Jessie Mizell of Sarasota, FL won the American Bass Anglers Open Series Florida South tournament, held February 17th on Lake Okeechobee. Running out of Scott Driver Park in Okeechobee, FL Jessie caught five bass weighing 22.89 pounds including a 7.00-pound kicker. For the Boater Division victory, took home a check for $5000 for his win.

“I first ran down to the Harney Pond area of the lake and I was targeting isolated stick-ups, pitching a black and blue Gambler Fat Ace at them. Yesterday in practice I shook off several giants between six to eight pounds. So today I went back to the same area and lost every one of them. I kept on grinding at it and was lucky enough to catch a few good fish.”  Mizell said.  

In second for the boaters, Kevin Clark of Leesburg, FL landed a five-bass tournament limit going 22.20 pounds. He collected $1575 for the effort.

“I caught my fish on a big 10” worm, trying to do something different than everyone else.” Clark said. 

 James R. Stephens III of Osprey, FL took third for the boaters with five bass going 21.74 pounds. He earned $1050 for his catch.

“I culled the wrong fish and had one dead fish penalty that will haunt me. I was also fishing the Harney Pond area pitching isolated buggy-whips with a senko. We caught fish all day, it was fun.” Stephens said.

The largest bass of the tournament for the boaters was caught by Robert Beatty of Clermont, FL that weighed 7.62 pounds. Beatty pocketed a check for $830 for his catch and an Abu Garcia Revo SX spinning reel for that big bass.

“I caught that fish early this morning in the Harney Pond area. There were lots of other boats in the same area that I was fishing today, so lots of competition in the area today.” Beatty said.

Finishing fourth, Trevor Fitzgerald of Belleview, FL landed a five-bass limit for 21.08 pounds. Neil Nix of Okeechobee, FL rounded out the top five boaters with five bass at 20.85 pounds topped by a 5.83-pound kicker.

In the Co-Angler Division, Eddie Scaturro of Orlando, FL won by a slim .06-pound margin with three bass going 14.39 pounds including a 5.53-pound kicker. He pocketed a check for $1700 for his win.

“I was fishing a Gambler Fat Ace all day and caught fish all day as well. I want to thank my boater for putting me on fish today. It has been a while since I have won one of these events and it feels great.”  Scaturro said. 

Taking second for the co-anglers, Omar Jaimes of Davenport, FL brought in a three-bass division limit weighing 14.33 pounds with a 7.04-pound kicker. He collected $650 for the effort. 

“I caught my fish flipping and throwing a worm at reeds and cattails. I didn’t lose any fish today that would’ve helped me. I also want to thank my boater for putting me on the fish.”  Jaimes said. 

Eric Andrews of Davenport, FL placed third among the co-anglers with three bass going 12.60 pounds. He earned $450 for his catch.

“I was fishing in the Monkey Box area of the lake and I threw a speed worm all day. “Andrews said. 

In fourth place among the co-anglers, Evan Faulk of Okeechobee, FL brought in three bass for 12.30 pounds including a big bass that weighed 7.53 pounds. Faulk pocketed a check for $300 for his finish and an additional $295 for that big bass.

“I caught that big bass on a big mega-fluke early in the morning.” Faulk said.

Keith Farrell of Tampa, FL finished in fifth place with three bass at 11.58 pounds.

Slated for March 24th, the next tournament will be held on Lake Okeechobee out of Scott Driver Park in Okeechobee, FL. At the end of the season, the best anglers from across the nation advance the 2019 Ray Scott Championship to be held at Lake Eufaula in Eufaula, Alabama, April 2019.

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.abaopenseries.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 ABA Open Series, the American Fishing Tour or the American Couples Series, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.

American Bass Anglers, Inc. is supported by Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, Hydrowave, T-H Marine, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Livingston Lures, Best Western Hotels, Garmin, Maui Jim, Power Pole, Optima Batteries and GEICO.  American Bass Anglers, Inc. can be contacted at (256) 232-0406 or visit 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