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Bozman Wins on Harris Chain

ATHENS, Ala. – Bruce Bozman won the American Bass Anglers Open Series Florida Central tournament, held March 17th on the Harris Chain of Lakes.

Running out of Hickory Point Recreational Facility in Tavares, FL the Saint Cloud, FL angler caught five bass weighing 20.59 pounds including a 5.33-pound kicker. Bozman took home $5000 for his efforts.

“I caught most of my fish on a worm and a chatter-bait. We had about an hour run this morning to get to the fish. I lost one fish this morning but came back later in the day and caught it” stated Bozman,   

In second for the boaters was Eric Conant of Lakeland, FL. He landed a five-bass tournament limit going 20.21 pounds. He collected $1500 for the effort.

“I caught my fish throwing a Yo-Zuri rattling vibe trap in chome/black all day through eel grass. I was fishing Lake Eustis and I lost one fish that was probably 6 or 7 pounds and one fish that was about 5 pounds earlier in the day. I culled out my smaller fish with a Gambler Bait Why-Not in black/blue with a glitter blue tail flipping holes in Kissimmee grass in Lake Eustis” Conant said.

Justin Neal of West Melbourne, FL took third for the boaters with five bass going 19.77 pounds. He earned $1000 for his catch.

“I also had a long drive this morning. I caught my fish on a chatter-bait and a swim-jig. I lost one fish about 5 pounds in the last hour that would have helped me. It was a grind out there today” Neal said.

Finishing fourth, John Kremer of Sanford, FL landed a five-bass limit for 19.62 pounds.  Ed Tucker of Deland, FL rounded out the top five boaters with five bass at 17.98 pounds topped by a -pound kicker.

The largest bass of the tournament for the boaters was caught by Gino Losi of Clermont, FL that weighed 8.44 pounds. Losi pocketed a check for $750 for his catch and was awarded an Abu Garcia Revo X reel for the big bass award.

In the Co-Angler Division, Adam Sangster of Sanford, FL won with three bass going 12.45 pounds. He pocketed a check for $2100 for his win.

“I was fishing a jerk-bait and a speed worm in offshore grass on Lake Griffin. I only caught five fish today and I was able to cull up once today”  Sangster said.  

Taking second for the co-anglers was Eric Andrews of Davenport, FL. He brought in a three-bass division limit weighing 12.16 pounds with a 5.67-pound kicker. He collected $750 for the effort.

“I caught my fish on a chatter-bait in about 10ft to 12ft of water. I think I caught about seven fish today” Andrews said. “

Jeremy Whitmer of Thonotosassa, FL placed third among the co-anglers with three bass going 11.99 pounds. He earned $475 for his catch.

“This was my first time fishing the Harris Chain of Lakes. I caught my fish flipping buggy-whips and Kissimmee grass. “ Whitmer said.

In fourth place among the co-anglers, Wes Whitfield of Davenport, FL brought in three bass for 10.91 pounds. John Smith of Orlando, FL finished in fifth place with three bass at 10.86 pounds that included the largest bass of the tournament for the co-anglers that weighed 6.96 pounds. Smith pocketed a check for $300 for his catch and an additional $380 for the big bass.

Slated for May 5th, the next tournament will be held on Lake Toho out of Kissimmee Lakefront Park in Kissimmee, 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.

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



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2018 Upcoming Schedule

Virginia 4/28/2018 Gaston
North Carolina Charlotte 4/28/2018 High Rock
Georgia Central 4/28/2018 Jackson
North Central Louisiana 4/28/2018 Claiborne
Florida - Istokpoga South 4/28/2018 Lake Istokpoga
Louisiana - Shreveport 4/28/2018 Cross
North Carolina Central 4/28/2018 Chowan
New Mexico 4/28/2018 Ute
Ohio-Central 4/28/2018 Buckeye Lake
Texas - Wichita Falls 4/28/2018 Possum Kingdom
Alabama Central 4/28/2018 Lake Mitchell
Missouri 4/28/2018 Truman
Tennessee - West 4/28/2018 Kentucky Lake
Kansas - Big Hill 4/28/2018 Big Hill
Pennsylvania 4/28/2018 North East River
New Mexico 4/29/2018 Ute
KY Lake 4/29/2018 Kentucky Lake
Kansas South 4/29/2018 El Dorado
Maryland 4/29/2018 Potomac
Florida - Toho 4/29/2018 Toho
Alabama West 4/29/2018 Bankhead
New Hampshire 4/29/2018 Winnipesaukee
South Carolina - Savannah River 5/05/2018 Savannah River
North Carolina Piedmont 5/05/2018 Kerr
North Carolina East 5/05/2018 Neuse/Trent River
Georgia - Eufaula 5/05/2018 Lake Eufaula
Texas - Houston 5/05/2018 Coleto Creek
Georgia North 5/05/2018 Allatoona
Missouri 5/05/2018 Pomme de Terre
Maryland 5/05/2018 Potomac
Florida - West 5/05/2018 Toho
Arkansas River 5/05/2018 Maumelle Pool
Florida Harris Chain 5/05/2018 Harris Chain
Connecticut 5/05/2018 Gardner Lake
Oklahoma 5/05/2018 Grand Lake
  5/05/2018 Kentucky Lake
Tennessee Central 5/06/2018 Old Hickory
Texas - Wichita Falls 5/06/2018 Arrowhead
Maryland 5/06/2018 Potomac
Georgia - Westpoint 5/06/2018 West Point
Massachusetts - New England 5/06/2018 Mashpee-Wakeby-Mashpee
Massachusetts-Central New England 5/06/2018 Quinsigamond
Louisiana - Toledo Bend South 5/12/2018 Toledo Bend
Virginia 5/12/2018 Chickahominy River
North Carolina Charlotte 5/12/2018 Lake Norman
North Carolina Central 5/12/2018 Roanoke River
Ohio-Central 5/12/2018 Delaware Reservoir
Missouri - Stockton 5/12/2018 Stockton
Texas - Sam Rayburn North 5/12/2018 Sam Rayburn
Tennessee - West 5/12/2018 Kentucky Lake
Kentucky Central 5/12/2018 Kentucky Lake
Lynchburg / Roanoke VA 5/12/2018 Smith Mountain
South Louisiana 5/12/2018 False River
New Hampshire 5/13/2018 Pawtuckaway

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7/01/2018 Weiss


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





American Couples Series Winter/Spring Events

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

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North Carolina 4/28/2018 Kerr
Georgia 4/28/2018 Sinclair
South East Texas 4/28/2018 Sam Rayburn
Alabama North 4/28/2018 Neely Henry
Florida Central 5/05/2018 Toho
Mississippi 5/05/2018 Ross Barnett
Tennesee Central 5/05/2018 Old Hickory
Ohio 5/12/2018 Indian
Maryland 5/12/2018 Potomac
Florida South 5/12/2018 Okeechobee
Oklahoma 5/12/2018 Grand Lake
North Carolina 5/19/2018 High Rock
Alabama South 5/19/2018 Jordan
South Texas 5/19/2018 Lake Conroe