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Ken Thompson wins on the Chesapeake Bay

ATHENS, Ala. – Ken W. Thompson won the American Bass Anglers Ram Truck Open Series NE tournament, held Date on the Chesapeake Bay. Running out of Anchor Boats Marina in North East, Maryland, the Roaring Spring, Pa angler caught five bass weighing 25.54 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 6.08-pound kicker. For the Boater Division victory, Thompson took home a check for $5000.

“I threw a swim jig all day,” Thompson said. “I fished a 200 yard stretch of grass that normally you would move away from. I threw a 3/8 oz. black swim jig and the bites kept coming.  I probably threw back 19 lbs.

In second for the boaters, Duane Essick of Townsend, Delaware landed a five-bass tournament limit going 25.03 pounds with a 5.92-pound kicker. He collected $1000 for the effort.

“I tried a jig, and a net rig with no luck,” Essick said. “Finally, I picked up a shaky head and went to docks. I used an 1/8 oz shaky head with a green pumpkin worm.

Joe Thompson of Coatesville, Pa took third for the boaters with five bass going 22.85 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 5.96-pound kicker to earn $650.

“I caught all my fish flipping docks, real slow, with a green pumpkin brush hog,” Thompson said. 

Finishing fourth, Travis Manson of Conshohocken, PA landed a five-bass limit for 21.78 pounds including a 6.44-pound kicker. Greg DiPalma of Millville, NJ rounded out the top five boaters with five bass at 19.37 pounds topped by a 4.19-pound kicker.

The biggest bass for the boaters was caught by: Michael A. Phillips of Clayton, DE that weighed 7.04 lbs. and Michael pocketed $550.

In the Co-Angler Division, Duke Nave of Oxford, PA won with a three bass limit going 15.94 pounds. He sealed his victory with a 5.44-pound kicker, which was the big bass for the Co-Anglers. Total he pocketed a check for $1400 for the win and $240 for the big bass. 

“I just sold my boat if I knew that’s what I had do to win I would have sold it a long time ago. This is the first tournament from the back of the boat,” Nave said. “Thanks, has to go to John Vanore my boater, we fished real slow and that was the trick.”

Taking second for the co-anglers, David Lewis of Townsend, DE brought in a three bass division limit weighing 14.17 pounds including a 5.42-pound kicker. He collected $500 for the effort.

“I threw a shaky head in green pumpkin. Also, a little bit of crank bait action too,” Lewis said. 

Michael Duarte of Middle River, MD placed third among the co-anglers with three bass going 12.93 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 4.38-pound kicker to earn $350.Duarte was not available for comment 

In fourth place among the co-anglers, Andre R. Sturkey of Baltimore, MD brought in three bass for 12.73 pounds including a 5.00-pound kicker. Roland Gittings from Perryville, MD finished in fifth place with three bass at 11.43 pounds topped by a 4.55-pound kicker.

Slated for May 12th, the next divisional tournament will be held on the Potomac River out of Smallwood State park near Marbury,MD.  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 Jeff Randall, tournament manager, at 256-777-6152 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.abaopenseries.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 ABA Open Series, the American Fishing Tour or the American Couples Series, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.

American Bass Anglers, Inc. is supported by Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, Hydrowave, T-H Marine, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Livingston Lures, Best Western Hotels, Garmin, Maui Jim, Power Pole, Optima Batteries and GEICO.  American Bass Anglers, Inc. can be contacted at (256) 232-0406 or visit AmericanBassAnglers.com.



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American Fishing Tour Upcoming Events (2018 Season)


Virginia 8/18/2018 Kerr
New Jersey 8/18/2018 Greenwood/Hopatcong
Missouri 8/18/2018 Lake Ozark/Truman
Southeast North Carolina 8/18/2018 Northeast Cape Fear River
Kentucky Central 8/18/2018 Kentucky Lake
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Lynchburg / Roanoke VA 8/25/2018 Smith Mountain
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Oklahoma North 8/25/2018 TBD
New Hampshire 8/25/2018 Ossipee/Conway
New York North 8/26/2018 Fairhaven
Virginia 9/08/2018 Chickahominy River
Kansas South 9/08/2018 TBA
New Mexico 9/15/2018 Ute
Maryland 9/15/2018 Potomac
South Louisiana 9/15/2018 Blind River
Minnesota 9/15/2018 White Bear/Big Marine
New York North 9/15/2018 Black Lake
New Mexico 9/16/2018 Ute
Massachusetts - New England 9/16/2018 Wequaquet Lake-Centerville
Lynchburg / Roanoke VA 9/22/2018 Smith Mountain
South Louisiana 10/06/2018 Pearl River
Massachusetts - New England 10/14/2018 Long Pond-Harwich

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Oklahoma 9/8/2018 Hudson


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New York 8/18/2018 Lake Champlain
Mississippi 8/18/2018 Pickwick
South Texas 8/25/2018 Lake Conroe
Kentucky 8/25/2018 Kentucky Lake
Area 3 Championship 9/08/2018 Eufaula
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Area 7 Championship 10/06/2018 Lake Texoma
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Area 4 Championship 10/06/2018 Norman
Area 2 Championship 10/13/2018 Kentucky Lake
Area 6 Championship 10/20/2018 Toledo Bend