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Arens wins on Potomac River

ATHENS, Ala. – Thomas Arens won the first event of the Maryland Division ABA Open Series March 31, 2018. Running out of Smallwood State park near Marbury Maryland, the Purcellville Va angler caught five bass weighing 21.87 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 6.16-pound kicker and took home a check for $5000.

“We stayed right in Mattawoman creek all day,” Arens said. “We fished shallow all day. I threw a lipless crankbait in craw color and a spybait in white bone color”

In second for the boaters, Ricky T Windsor of Huntingtown  Md landed a five-bass tournament limit going 20.35 pounds with a 5.98-pound kicker. He collected $1630 for the effort.

“It aint no secret, I fished in Belmont with a black and blue chatter bait, that’s all I throw here,  in the grass, ”Windsor said“

Mike A. Moran of Ruffs Dale PA took third for the boaters with five bass going 19.52 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 4.96-pound kicker to earn  $1090.

“All I did was throw a red squarebill crankbait in about 10’ of water,” Moran said. “

Finishing fourth, Danny Rodriguez of Monkton Md, landed a five-bass limit for 19.49 pounds including a 5.07-pound kicker. Ryan Ingalls of Fairfax Va rounded out the top five boaters with five bass at 18.98 pounds topped by a 6.50-pound kicker.

The biggest bass for the boaters was caught by: Timothy Reams of Morgantown Wv that weighed 6.77 lbs. and Reams pocketed $850.


In the Co-Angler Division, Robert Halter of Upper Marlboro MD won with three bass going 11.86 pounds. He sealed his victory with a 4.72-pound kicker to pocket a check for $1800.

“I threw a red chilly craw colored rattle trap. I just wripped it threw the grass,”Halter said.

Taking second for the co-anglers, Larry Wigmore of Smyrna Md brought in a three-bass division limit weighing 10.77 pounds including a 5.82-pound kicker. He collected $$650 for the effort.

“I fished 5’ of water with a white/chartruse spinnerbait with gold blades. I also Fished in 11’ of water up by the bridge with a dropshot  with a ringworm in green pumpkin.,”Wigmore said. “

Roland L Gittings of  Perryville Md placed third among the co-anglers with three bass going 10.63 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 3.82-pound kicker to earn $450.

“I fished shallow with a black chatterbait. I caught about 10 fish all day,”Gittings said. “

In fourth place among the co-anglers, Joseph Wald of California Md brought in three bass for 9.59 pounds including a 3.33-pound kicker. Michael Messick of Mechanicsville Md finished in fifth place with three bass at 9.55 pounds topped by a 3.68-pound kicker.

The biggest bass for the co-anglers was caught by: Gregory Ebel from Davidsonville Md that weighed 6.94 lbs., He caught it on his Revo SX reel,  Ebel pocketed $320 and a Revo SX reel valued at $169.

The top 5 boaters and co-anglers also received Sirius XM neck gators from Sirius XM.






At this event American Bass anglers and Sirius XM also gave away a Sirius Xm Weather Receiver to Danny Moffat Jr. to be installed on his boat to bring him Live weather right on his GPS. It is valued at $699.

Slated for April 14th, the next divisional tournament will be held on the Chesapeake bay out of Anchor Boats Marina near North East Md.  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, April 2019.

For more information on this tournament, call Jeff Randall, tournament manager, at 256-777-6152 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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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

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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