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Lake Conroe Shows Off Again

ATHENS, Ala. – Taylor Robbins of Conroe, TX won the American Bass Anglers Open Series for Division 18, held March 17th on Lake Conroe

Running out of Lakeview Marina Taylor weighed in a solid five-fish limit with a kicker of 8.90, topping the scales with a total weight at 23.88 lbs. For the boater division victory, Taylor took home a check for $5000.00

“We started off shore and went shallow in the afternoon.  I found some fish I wanted to hit first thing in the morning and caught a couple there.  I culled 3 or 4 times.” Said Taylor.  He did the opposite of what most anglers do.  “I caught my biggest fish mid-day, around 12:30 and came in with what I had from there” stated Taylor

In second for the boaters, Ronnie Wagner of Houston, TX brought in a five-bass limit weighing 20.81 lbs.  He collected a check for $500.

“I was up shallow all day, I did a lot of sight fishing today.  These fish are relating to beds and I could see 80% of the ones I was after.  I was flipping to them and occasionally throwing a moving bait and catching them as well.” Said Ronnie

James Nitschke of Conroe, TX placed third for the boaters with a limit of five bass weighing 16.72 lbs and took home a check for $300.00

“I caught them about like I thought I would, flipping.  I didn’t lose anything today, so I was very fortunate for that.  I fished clean and made each bite count so I’m happy to have had a clean tournament.  I did cull twice.  The was good for me.  I caught fish all day and didn’t really go through any dry spells.” Said James

In fourth, Sean Hoernke of Willis, TX had a limit for 18.19 lbs, and Kris Wilson of Montgomery, TX finished in 5th place, as close as you can get with 18.18 lbs.

In the Co-Angler Division Chris Cain of Onalaska, TX had the right bite to take him to the top of the leaderboard.  Having only 2 fish, one which broke the 9 lb mark, (9.06 lbs) for a total of 12.17.  His performance filled his pocket with a check for $1000.00 on the win, and $145.00 for big bass.

“We went up North and fished the buck brush and I bet we broke a dozen fish off.  We would set the hook and instead of coming out, they would go sideways and wrap us around all the trees.  I thought that just having 2 fish wasn’t going to cut it today, but I got lucky with one good bite.  One this lake anything can change it up real fast, but it worked out for me.” Said Chris

Taking second for the co-anglers was Curt McCauley of Willis, TX.  Curt had 3 fish for 9.58 lbs and held the top spot for a bit.  His placement earned him a check for $400.00

“Well my boater took me to his house and gave me one of his pets!  That’s basically where we caught them at.  He lives on the lake and I caught one not far from his dock.  After that we fished a lot of bulk heads, moved around and ended out off shore and finished out the day there.  It was a lot of fun.” Stated Curt.

Finishing in third, again a top 3 angler with only 2 fish was Tyler Forrest of Crosby, TX.  He placed third less than 1 lb back with 8.74 lbs. to earn a check for $300.00

“We just stayed mainly on the south end of the lake, throwing spinner baits against the bulk head.  The bite was a little slow at first little bit until the wind started blowing and the sun came up. It pushed the shad up and we started catch them.  We were catching short fish after short fish at 15.5 inches and we moved to some mid lake structure.  I pitched a brush hog out there and caught a 5.70.  We went back to the bulk heads and picked up some more keepers.” Stated Tyler.

In fourth place among the co-anglers, Elton Brock of New Caney TX had only one bite, but it was a beauty weighing in at 8.70 lbs to take 4th place.  Bryan Tolley of Katy, TX had 3 fish for 7.85 lbs for 5th place.

The biggest bass for the boaters was caught by Aaron Freeman and he didn’t waste any time getting to the scales.  Aaron was the first angler on stage and showed off a 9.79 lb monster he caught and earned $330.00.  Aarons fish also won a bonus of a brand new Revo X from Abu Garcia.

Slated for May 19th, the next divisional tournament will be held on Lake Conroe launching from Lakeview Marina.  At the end of the season, the best anglers from across the nation advance to the 2019 Ray Scott Championship, slated for the first week of April 2019 on Lake Eufaula, AL.

For more information on this tournament, call Chris Wayand, tournament manager, at 256-230-5627 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 Open Series, the American Fishing Tour or the American Couples Series, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.



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