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McDonald Wins $5000.00 In Season Opener
 On Kerr Lake

ATHENS, Ala. – Mike McDonald of Randleman North Carolina won the American Bass Anglers Open Series event held 2/24/2018 on Kerr Lake. Running out of Nutbush park located in Henderson, North Carolina Mike weighed in a five-bass limit weighing 18.19 pounds. For the win he took home a check for $5000.00.  

“I found little schools of fish around hard cover. I caught probably 20 bass all on a jerk bait in 6-8 feet of water,” said McDonald.

In second for the boaters Brad Weese of Petersburg, West Virginia landed a five-bass limit weighing 18.07 pounds. Brad took home a check for $1630.00 for the effort. Also, for being in the Triton Gold program Weese qualified as the highest Triton Owner for an additional $500.00 in Triton monies. He also qualifies for an additional $500.00 from Mercury Bonus Bucks.

“I caught probably 30 fish today. I caught fish on crankbaits, jerk baits and spinnerbaits anywhere from 1-10 feet,” said Weese. 

Rick Chenoweth from Fredericksburg, Virginia took third for the boaters with a five-bass limit weighing 17.45 pounds. Chenoweth’s limit was anchored by a bass that weighed in at 7.03 pounds. Chenoweth earned $1090.00 for his catch. Also, for having the biggest bass weighed in for the boaters Chenoweth earned an additional $820.00. Chenoweth was using an ABU Garcia Revo reel to land the big bass of the tournament. This qualified him to also receive a new ABU Garcia Revo reel valued at $160.00.  

“I caught everything I weighed in by 8:30 on a Kietech swimbait in 8-12 feet. I caught probably 30 fish throughout the day but could not upgrade what I already had,” said Chenoweth. 

In fourth place for the boaters Ray Griffin of Greensboro, North Carolina weighed in a five-bass limit for 16.81 pounds and rounding out the top five Brian Calloway of Danville, Virginia weighed in a five-bass limit for 16.00 pounds. 

In the Co-Angler Division Jason Hinger of Timberlake, North Carolina weighed in a three-bass limit weighing 9.67 pounds anchored by a bass that weighed 4.67 pounds. Jason took home a check for $1200.00 for the win. He also collected an additional $185.00 for weighing in the largest bass caught by a co-angler.

“My boater had found little schools of fish in the 6-8-foot range. I caught about 8 fish on crankbaits and spinnerbaits,” said Hinger.

Taking second for the co-anglers, Danny Towe of Salem, Virginia brought in a three-bass co-angler limit weighing 8.01 pounds. He collected $400.00 for the effort.

“I caught three bass today. They came on a spinnerbait and jerk bait on windblown points,” said Towe.

Kenneth Crespo of Durham, North Carolina placed third among the co-anglers with three-bass weighing 7.38 pounds. He earned $350.00 for the effort.

“I Caught three keepers today on a jerk bait and a square bill shallow,” said Crespo.

In fourth among the co-anglers Matthew Noraas from Pamplin, Virginia weighed in a three-bass limit weighing 7.23 pounds and rounding out the top five was Donald West of Cary, North Carolina with three bass weighing 6.85 pounds.

Slated for April 14, 2018 the next Virginia Division tournament will be held on Lake Gaston out of Holly Grove Marina in Bracey, Virginia. 

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

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American Bass Anglers 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