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Carper Takes the Win at Percy Priest

Brian Carper of Murfreesboro, Tennessee won the second event of the Tennessee Central Open Series.  Running out of Fate Sanders Marina, Carper won the tournament with five bass that weighed 20.07 pounds and took home the $5000 prize for his win.

“I come out here a lot and a lot of days don’t go this well. We had almost a limit in an hour and a half.  We didn’t smash them all day but we got the right bites.  I didn’t lose and fish and didn’t miss any really.” stated Carper.

Second place for the boaters was Ben Ballou from Lafayette, Tennessee.  He landed five fish weighing in at 19.02 pounds.  Weaver was awarded $1,250 for his catch.

“It was a grind all day, I only had three fish by 1:30.  I probably had the fish on to win it but they just came off.  Live with a crankbait, die with a crankbait.” said Ballou

Mickey Beck from Lebanon, Tennessee took third place with a five-fish limit that weighed 17.36 pounds.  Beck took home a check for $900 for his fish.
“Got to the first spot and jerk, jerk, jerk, and nothing happened so I picked up Hoppy’s half ounce shell cracker and we started smoking them.  A little later I picked up a Hoppy’s ¾ ounce spinner bait and no lie, started catching them there as well. I had about three and a half limits today.  It was an awesome day to be out there.”  said Beck.

In fourth place for the boaters, Noel Smith from Portland, Tennessee weighed in five bass for 17.33 pounds including a nice 6.31 pound largemouth.  Rounding out the top five was John Hopkins from Hendersonville, Tennessee.  Hopkins had five fish that weighed 16.78 pounds.

Big Bass among the Boaters was brought in by Ryan Haykal of Mount Juliet, Tennessee.  Haykal finished the tournament in eighth place with four fish that weighed 14.85 pounds but his6.52 pound bass won him the Big Bass honors and a check for $670.

In the Co-Angler division, Monte Escue of Murfreesboro, Tennessee took the win with a three-fish tournament limit that weighed 14.73 pounds with a 6.72 pound kicker.  Escue earned $1,200 for the win along with an additional $190 for Co-angler Big Bass.

“It was a grind today.  Threw a crankbait and fished shallow aboutmid lake all day.  Didn’t lose any.  Five bites, five fish.” said Escue.

Taking second place among the co-anglers was Daniel Brown of Smyrna, Tennessee.  Brown brought three bass to the stage that weighed 10.85 pounds.  His three fish earned him a check for $400.

“I just tried to stay off the bank and not hung up all day.  Lucky enough to fish with a great guy and enjoyed every minute of it.  Can’t wait to do another one.” said Brown.

Dane Gamble of Nashville, Tennesee came in third with threebass weighing 10.75 pounds.  Gamble took home a check for $350 for his fish.

“We fished the whole lake today.  I just stuck with a jig and kept my line wet.  The bite kind of slowed down around ten o’clock.  I caught my biggest fish around two o’clock.” said Gamble.

In fourth place among the co-anglers, Tom Skelton of Mount Juliet, Tennessee had threebass that weighed 9.64 pounds.  Rounding out the top five was Ben Smith of Levern, Tennessee who had a three-fish bag weighing 6.69 pounds.

The third Tennessee Central Division tournament of the season is scheduled for May 5th at Old Hickory.  We will fish out of Sanders Ferry Park in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

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American Fishing Tour Upcoming Events

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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Dates Lake/Info Register
5/20/2018 Wheeler
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

Register  Lake Date Lake/Info
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