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Ken Thompson wins Again on the Chesapeake Bay

ATHENS, Ala. – Ken W. Thompson won his second tournament with the American Bass Anglers Open Series NE, Maryland Division, held June 2nd on the Chesapeake Bay. Running out of Anchor Boats Marina in North East Maryland, the Roaring Spring Pa angler caught five bass weighing 23.00 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 5.24-pound kicker. For the Boater Division victory, He also had the big bass for the boaters at 5.24 lbs. Thompson took home a check totaling $5500.

“I threw a swim jig all day,” Thompson said. “I fished some grass that I found a couple of days ago.  I threw a 3/8 oz. black swim jig all day. I only had about 8 bites, but they were the right ones.”

In second for the boaters, Steve Allender of Rosedale, MD landed a five-bass tournament limit going 19.00 pounds with a 4.16-pound kicker. 

“I threw a chatter bait all day,” Allender said. “I stayed on the grass flats and fished one area. I threw a chatter bait (he would not divulge the color or weight).”

Barton Wines of Marshall, Va took third for the boaters with five bass going 18.86 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 5.23-pound kicker.

“I dragged a shaky head around all day. It was all Luck! I just stayed on the grass flats and dragged a green brush hog with a chartreuse dipped tail,” said Wines.

Finishing fourth, Timothy A. Reams of Oakland, MD, landed a five-bass limit for 17.87 pounds including a 3.84-pound kicker. Michael V. Piccolo of Croydon, PA rounded out the top five boaters with five bass at 16.10 pounds.

In the Co-Angler Division, Danny Moffat Jr from White Plains, MD. won with a three bass limit going 14.09 pounds. He sealed his victory with a 6.86-pound kicker, which was the big bass for the tournament. Total he pocketed a check for $1500 for the win, $250 for the big bass and he received a Abu Garcia Revo reel valued at $159. 

“We were not on the flats, we moved around all day. I only got 3 bites all day but they were the right ones. I caught them in 3 different spots. We fished 3-5 foot of water.  I used a shaky head with a purple worm for all of my fish,” said Moffat.

Taking second for the co-anglers, Larry Wigmore of Smyrna, DE, brought in a three bass division limit weighing 13.37 pounds including a 4.83-pound kicker. 

“I threw a 3/8 oz swim jig in black and blue. We stayed on the grass flats and moved around. I have to thank my boater Ken Thompson he put us where we needed to be,” said Wigmore.

David L. Wilt of Lititz, PA, placed third among the co-anglers with three bass going 12.86 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 4.27-pound kicker.

 “I have to thank Steve Allender my boater. We stayed in one place all day away from any other boats. We just kept chucking baits. What we threw I can’t say with respect to Steve,” said Wilt.

In fourth place among the co-anglers, Karl K. Wynn of Millersville, MD, brought in three bass for 12.05 pounds including a 5.05-pound kicker. Dante Gray of Ruther Glen, VA finished in fifth place with three bass at 11.10 pounds topped by a 4.58-pound kicker.

Slated for September 22nd and 23rd, the next divisional tournament will be the2 day championship held on the Kerr lake out of Nutbush. At the end of the season, the best anglers from across the nation advance the 2018 Ray Scott Championship, slated for 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, Best Western Hotels, Garmin, Maui Jim, Power Pole, Sirius XM, Optima Batteries and GEICO.

American Bass Anglers, Inc. can be contacted @ (256)232-0406 or visit www.AmercanBassAnglers.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
Florida - Toho 8/18/2018 Toho
Alabama East Central 8/18/2018 Neely Henry/Weiss
KY Lake 8/18/2018 Kentucky Lake
Kansas South 8/19/2018 Eureka
Maryland 8/19/2018 Potomac
New York North 8/25/2018 Oneida
Illinois North 8/25/2018 Mississippi River Pool 12
Louisiana Central 8/25/2018 Cross
Ohio-Central 8/25/2018 Delaware Reservoir
Arkansas River 8/25/2018 Maumelle Pool
Lynchburg / Roanoke VA 8/25/2018 Smith Mountain
South Louisiana 8/25/2018 Pearl River
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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Dates Lake/Info Register


9/23/2018 Kentucky





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Oklahoma 9/8/2018 Hudson


Open Series 2018 Upcoming Events

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
East Texas 9/08/2018 Toledo Bend
South East Texas 9/15/2018 Sam Rayburn
Area 8 Championship 9/22/2018 Kerr
Area 9 Championship 9/29/2018 Chautauqua
Area 5 Championship 9/29/2018 Kissimmee Chain
Area 7 Championship 10/06/2018 Lake Texoma
Area 1 Championship 10/06/2018 Pickwick
Area 4 Championship 10/06/2018 Norman
Area 2 Championship 10/13/2018 Kentucky Lake
Area 6 Championship 10/20/2018 Toledo Bend