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Victoria and Dale Goff Take First Place on Lake Murray

Forty-four teams braved the chilly conditions on Lake Murray for South Carolina’s March 3 Couples tournament.  Participation was a new high for the division.  A few 80-degree days 2 weeks prior to tournament day had the fish moving shallow.  But, a few days of near freezing temperatures with high winds made anglers adjust their approach.  135 bass were brought to the scales with all of them being released alive.  Seven bass over 5 pounds were weighed.  

Victoria and Dale Goff handled the conditions quite well with a first place 5-fish limit weighing 18.1 pounds.  Dale said the key to their success was approaching the tournament with “no practice.”  Some of their fish came shallow early in the day.  Then they moved to deeper water on secondary points to round out their limit.  Zoom’s Baby Brush Hogs continued to pay dividends for the Goffs.  This is a great start for them following their 2017 South Carolina Anglers of the Year success.

Ana and Brad Rutherford took second place with 5 fish weighing 17.4 pounds.  Their fish came on jerkbaits.

Michelle McClain and Larry Moss took third place honors with 16.2 pounds.   Their 5-fish limit was caught with a Texas rig.

Kristin and Charles Townson were in fourth place with 16.1 pounds.  Their “standard” shakey-head technique delivered this hefty 5-fish sack.








Scotty Bartley and his daughter Morgan claimed fifth place with 15.5 pounds. Scotty’s 6.8-pound Men’s Big Bass anchored their nice sack.  Another father-daughter team, Daelyn and Trad Whaley, were close behind in sixth place with 14.6 pounds.  Daelyn is also active on Abbeville High School’s fishing team.  It’s always great to see youth, especially young ladies, involved in fishing.

Jessica and Bo Price were in seventh place with 13.7 pounds. 

Missy and Tom Bancroft took eighth place with only 4 bass.  Missy’s nice 4-pound largemouth took Ladies Big Bass and put them “in the money.”  Tom and Missy managed the hot dog barbeque as weigh-in progressed.  They also provided Frito Lay chips for everyone.

Volunteers make the Couples Series work.  And this day was no exception.  Lorne and Sheri DeBord arrived early to help with parking and registration.  Sheri also handled pictures in the morning and at weigh-in.  Tammy and J.B. Wicker arrived at “zero dark thirty” to support the expected increase in registration.  The Mills helped keep the weigh-in moving.  Ana Rutherford got pictures rolling as weigh-in began.  Tom and Missy Bancroft managed to get everyone loaded with hot dogs and chips.  Kim Johnson and Donna Branstetter coordinated a fun Friday night social dinner at a nearby restaurant.  And, several more folks helped set up for weigh-in and the drawing prizes. 

Drawing prizes were available for folks that weren’t “in the money.”  Strickland Marine’s bottles of boat oil continued to be highly valued.  Yo-Zuri’s lure pack was picked up early in the drawing.  Sharp Phantom Fishing jerseys were provided through Susan and John Mills.  Hallmark prize packs were available through Tammy and J.B. Wicker.  A mug set from McWhirter, Bellinger and Associates was provided by Donna and John Branstetter.  

Twelve new teams joined the Couples Series for this March event:
   + Daelyn Whaley and her Dad Trad  -  Abbeville, SC
   + Jessica and Bo Price  -  Seneca, SC
   + Michelle and Joey Miller  -  Waterloo, SC
   + Brittin and Russ Padgett  -  Saluda, SC
   + Shelise and Johnathan Crossland  -  Chapin, SC
   + Ashley and Chris Marshall  -  Forest City, NC
   + Kate Hough and Jeffry Borne  -  Aiken, SC
   + Allie Camak and Collin Smith  -  Hodges and Honea Path, SC
   + Sarah
Mazurkewicz and TJ Keisler  -  Lexington, SC
   + Chrissy Dominick and Paul Smith  -  Greenwood and Ninety Six, SC
   + Dana and John Quarles  -  Columbia, SC
   + Robin Smith and Scott Reeves  -  Piedmont and Easley, SC

This tournament was dedicated to Janette and Charles Rogers.  The morning Safety Meeting was started by recognizing them.  They both passed away since South Carolina’s last tournament in November.  Janette and Charles were significant forces in growing the state’s Couples Series.  And, their 53 years of marriage is a model for all of us.  Jack Veal led a prayer to reflect on the wonderful team. 

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  American Fishing Tour, the  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 - 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