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4/12/2018

Rainy Day Win for Shianne Parker and Joe Anders
Lake Keowee

Thirty-two teams ignored the all-day forecast for rain.  They showed up for South Carolina Couple’s April 7 tournament on Lake Keowee.  132 fish were brought to the scales and released healthy and happy to be caught another day.

Shianne Parker and Joe Anders claimed first place with a 5-fish sack weighing 15.4 pounds.  Joe said they caught fish on a topwater frog and a Senko.  Their hefty sack was pretty clear evidence that the fish don’t care that it’s raining.

Amanda and Vince Smith took second place honors with a 14.7 pound five-fish limit.  They said they caught fish early, as deep as 25 feet with a shakey-head.  Then, they shifted their approach to bed fishing late in the morning.  Vince’s bedding 4.8-pounder was the Men’s Big Bass.

Ana and Brad Rutherford had third place with 5 fish weighing 13.3 pounds.  They caught their fish in 8-12 feet with a shakey-head, sporting a Berkley “General” Power Bait.

Victoria and Dale Goff stuck to their Texas rigged Baby Brush Hog approach and took fourth place.  Their 5-fish weighed 12.5 pounds and were caught in the 18-foot depth range.

Michelle and David Ashmore’s limit captured fifth place at 12.4 pounds.  A shakey-head lizard technique worked well for them.  Their better fish came on a drop-shot rig in 35-40 feet of water.  Their success is also evidence that several patterns and depth ranges were working for the anglers on this day.

Susan and John Mills were in sixth place with five fish at 12.3 pounds.  They caught one nice fish on a bed.  The rest were caught with a variety of baits and techniques.  Susan’s pair of bass approaching 3 pounds each went a long way to boosting the weight of their sack.

Candace Veal had the honors for Ladies Big Bass.  Her 4.5 pounder was caught with a Carolina Rig.  She noted that her husband and partner Jack had the first chance at the fish and missed it.  But, she followed up and got the fish to bite her bait! 

Several drawing prizes were available for those teams that weren’t “in the money.” Phantom Outdoors offered two handsome shirts and two hats for this tournament. Their products got the attention of South Carolina’s Couples as evidenced by many anglers “modeling” their great Phantom jersey’s, hoodies and hats at weigh-in.  Strickland Marina provided three prizes of a gallon of Mercury oil.  A Yo-Zuri lure pack was again available.  Scotty Bartley contributed two Weeble Lure prize packs.   

Amanda and Vince Smith and Debbie and Bob Brown hosted a feast of chili and cornbread at weigh-in.  Vince’s parents coordinated the set-up and serving.  The meal was a real treat for a crowd of hungry tournament bass anglers.

The fellowship and integrity of the Couples Series was further characterized by at least two incidents during the day.  Missy and Tom Bancroft released a hefty bass during the day because it was hooked outside the mouth while bed fishing.  That fish would have made a big difference in their eighth place finish.  And Bill Cain found a significant “wad” of cash that had dropped from someone’s pocket in the parking lot during the dark and rainy early morning Safety Meeting.  Bill made sure it was returned to the rightful owner.  

Sixteen anglers had a Friday evening out for dinner at the local Seneca Applebees restaurant.  A fun time was had by all!

The next South Carolina Couples tournament is scheduled for April 28, 2018 on Lake Hartwell.

For more information on this or any future event in this division contact Don Goodfellow and Martha Goodfellow sc.aba.couples@aol.com - 864-630-3183

All ABA American Couples Series events involve a team format with each team composed of one man and one woman.  Contestants between the ages of 14 and 16 years old may participate with a parent’s written permission.

The top angling couples from across the nation earn the right to compete in the annual American Bass Anglers Couples Series National Championship Tournament.

American Bass Anglers commitment is to provide 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  American Fishing Tour, the  Weekend Bass Series, or the American Couples Series, visit www.abacouples.com

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American Fishing Tour Upcoming Events

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

Alabama

Dates Lake/Info Register
5/20/2018 Wheeler
7/01/2018 Weiss

Tennessee/Kentucky

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

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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