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ATHENS, Ala. –  The 2018 Ray Scott National Championship is underway on the Red River near Shreveport & Bossier City, LA and the first day has come to a close on April 5th with a challenging day for the anglers trying to gain early positions in the event.

Angler John Anderson of McKinney, TX took the first lead over a field of 143 boaters with a total weight of 16.53 from a 5-fish bag after his first day on the water. Anderson locked down his weight with a 5.29 pound kicker, and he will be looking forward to maintaining his current lead on day two. “We had a little backwater area to ourselves with a little bit of clear water, and we just got lucky,” Anderson explained after weigh-in.

Trent Menees of Saginaw, TX. moved into second place awith 5 fish weighing a total of 14.89. Although he has a gap to cover looking to the leading position, Trent has set himself up nicely for the days ahead.

In third place is Nick LeBrun, right out of Bossier City, LA. Nick also came in with a limit bag of 5 fish weighing in at 14.40 lbs, which he is aiming to improve on for day two tomorrow.

The current top 10 on the boater side is rounded out by the following anglers:

4th –    Luke Palmer of Coalgate, OK                    - 13.32 lbs
5th –    Scott Dean of Terrell, TX                            - 12.63 lbs
6th –    Eric Silverstrim of Indian Mound, TN        - 12.50 lbs
7th –    Billy Graves of Montgomery, LA                - 11.35 lbs
8th –    Donald Tripoli of Webster, NY                   - 11.27 lbs
9th –    Tyler Rivet of Raceland, LA                       - 11.17 lbs
10th – Albert Collins of Nacogdoches, TX           - 11.01 lbs

For the coangler side of the house, Keith Whipple out of Iuka, MS is currently in control of the lead with a total weight of 8.88 lbs, held with his biggest fish at 3.68 lbs. His 3-fish limit bag gives him a reliable start going into day two. “I caught everything on a crank bait, a shaky head,” informed Whipple. “We stayed just off the river. We had a breakdown this afternoon but had a good day regardless.”

Second for the coanglers is Brandon Foard out of Rincon, GA. His 3-fish bag provided him with an overall weight of 7.88 lbs with a larger bass hitting 5.06 pounds.

In third place for the coanglers after the first day on the river is Dante Gray out of Ruther Glen, VA. His bag came to the scales with a weight of 7.28 lbs, held down with a 3.94 lbs kicker.

The current top 10 on the coangler side is rounded out by the following anglers:

4th –    Brian Lasiter of Elba, AL                             - 7.00 lbs
5th –    Jared West of Mont Belvieu, TX                - 6.99 lbs
6th –    Ike Gray of Kissimmee, FL                         - 6.89 lbs
7th –    Randy Depto of Kane, PA                          - 6.89 lbs
8th –    Michael Nantz of Ben Wheeler, TX           - 6.63 lbs
9th –    Rudy Staab of Roxbury, NY                       - 6.31 lbs
10th – Samuel Thomas of Lexington, NC            - 6.08 lbs

The largest bass of the day for the boaters was caught by Joseph Hethcoat with a weight of 5.72 lbs. “I caught my big bass back in some clear water. Everybody knows about it, but everyone was flipping and I wanted to do something different. So, I just kept cranking and finally it paid off,” stated Hethcoat

The big bass for the coanglers was brought in by Brandon Foard weighing in at 5.06 lbs. “I threw a brush hog all day, didn’t put it down all day,” Foard explained. “I had three bites, and got three fish. I had a great boater, so it worked out good.”

The field of championship anglers launched out from Red River South Marina at 6:35 am on April 5th and began checking in for weigh-in at 3pm. Look forward to another eventful day of fishing competition on the river as day 2 takes off at daybreak on April 6th.

The public is invited to attend the Ray Scott Championship daily weigh-ins at Red River Marina South starting Thursday, April 5th at 3 pm. The final weigh-in will be on Sunday, April 8th with the top 25 boater and co-anglers. Red River Marina South is located at 250 Red River South Marina Road, Bossier City, LA 71112, (318) 747-9545.

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2018 Upcoming Schedule

North Carolina Piedmont 4/21/2018 Jordan
Texas - Houston 4/21/2018 Somerville
Missouri - Stockton 4/21/2018 Stockton
DFW - Texas 4/21/2018 Lewisville
Southeast North Carolina 4/21/2018 Lake Waccamaw
Arkansas North 4/21/2018 Dardanelle
Kentucky Central 4/21/2018 Barkley
Connecticut 4/21/2018 Candlewood
Oklahoma 4/21/2018 Grand Lake
Alabama North 4/21/2018 Guntersville
Lynchburg / Roanoke VA 4/21/2018 Leesville
South Louisiana 4/21/2018 Pearl River
Pennsylvania 4/21/2018 North East River
Oklahoma North 4/21/2018 Keystone Lake
Tennessee 4/21/2018 Kentucky Lake
Georgia North 4/21/2018 Allatoona
Texas - Houston 4/22/2018 Somerville
South Carolina Northwest 4/22/2018 Hartwell
Tennessee Central 4/22/2018 Percy Priest
Texas - Wichita Falls 4/22/2018 Hubbard Creek
Massachusetts - New England 4/22/2018 Wequaquet Lake-Centerville
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

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

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

Register  Lake Date Lake/Info
South Carolina 4/21/2018 Hartwell
Alabama South 4/21/2018 Martin
Oklahoma 4/21/2018 Eufaula
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