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Dorsett Wins on Logan Martin

ATHENS, Ala. –  Kyle Dorsett of Odenville, Al won the American Bass Open Series Alabama South Division tournament, held June 16TH on Logan Martin. Running out of Pell City Park in Pell City, AL Kyle caught five-bass weighing 15.29 pounds. For the Boater Division victory, he took home a check for $5000 for his win.

“I fished mid-lake and caught them on docks and brush. I caught one off a shallow dock and a few off deep docks, but they had to have brush on them. I was fishing a shakey-head and a jig, just keeping it simple. We probably caught 40 fish today.” Dorsett said.  

In second for the boaters, Josh Butler of Hayden, AL landed a five-bass tournament limit going 14.68 pounds. He collected $1500 for his catch.

“I caught my fish on a crankbait, shakey-head, and a jig. They were biting funny today and I lost several 3-pounders that would’ve helped me today. I was fishing around six to ten feet deep.” Butler said. 

  Stephen Rogers of Prattville, AL finished third for the boaters with five-bass going 14.67 pounds including a 4.26-pound kicker. He earned $ for his catch and an additional $730 for the big bass.

“I was up-river flipping grass today. I caught that big bass around 11:00 am in the grass.” Rogers said.

Finishing fourth, Jeremy Gurley of Pell City, AL landed a five-bass limit for 14.58 pounds. Rounding out the top five was Josh Mims of Harpersville, AL with a five-bass limit for 13.75 pounds.  

In the Co-Angler Division, Barry Jones of Verbena, AL won with three bass going 8.27-pounds with a 4.94-pound kicker. He pocketed a check for $1400 for his win and an additional $220 for the big bass. 

“This is my first ABA Open Series win in 8 years. I caught my fish today on a shakey-head today around brush and docks. My big fish came around 10:45 am in about 20 feet of water off the edge of a deep dock. I caught that big fish on a shakey-head with a big worm. Roll Tide.” Jones said. 

Taking second for the co-anglers, David McMurphy of Wilsonville, AL brought in a three-bass division limit weighing 8.06 pounds. He collected $500 for the effort.

“I was fishing with Kyle Dorsett today and we fished docks and brush. I fished where he fished. He left me plenty of fish. “McMurphy said. 

 Dale Norred of McCalla, AL placed third among the co-anglers with three-bass going 7.52 pounds. He earned $350 for his catch.

“I caught my fish down-river on a Texas-rig and I caught fish all day.” Norred said. 

In fourth place among the co-anglers, Gregory Nunnelly of Ohatchee, AL brought in three-bass for 7.21 pounds. Donnie Perkins of Eufaula, AL finished in fifth place with three-bass at 7.15 pounds.

Slated for September 8TH & 9TH, the next tournament will be the Area 3 Championship two-day event to be held on Lake Eufaula out of Lakepoint Resort State Park in Eufaula, AL. At the end of the season, the best anglers from across the nation advance the 2019 Ray Scott Championship to be held on Lake Eufaula in April 2019.

For more information on this tournament, call Billy Benedetti, tournament manager, at 256-230-5632 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 American Bass Anglers Open Series, the American Fishing Tour or the American Couples Series, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.

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