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9/24/2018

Florida Central and Florida South Head to Kissimmee Chain for Area 5 Championship 

The ABA Open Series Florida Central Division and Florida South Division Area 5 Championship will be held September 29th -30th on the Kissimmee Chain.
The competitors will launch from Camp Mack in Lake Wales, Florida. Anglers may begin fishing at
7:00am or safe light on days one and two. The weigh in will begin at 3:00 p.m. each day. All anglers will compete both days of the event. There will NOT be a cut in the field. Registration begins at 4 p.m. on Friday September 28th at the ABA stage trailer at Camp Mack. Registration for this event ends at 6:30pm on Friday September 28th with the meeting and partner pairing starting at 7:00pm local time.  

All anglers are required to have a Florida freshwater fishing license.
Anglers fishing the Boater 
division may weigh in up to 5 bass each day at least 12 inches in length with an exemption permit available at registration. Co-anglers may weigh in up to 3 bass each day at least 12 inches in length with an exemption permit available at registration. 

To qualify Anglers must have fished a total of three events within a division or a combination of four events within the two divisions.  To enter anglers fishing the Boater division pay $300.00 and Co-anglers pay $150.00. 

First place boater is guaranteed a minimum of $10,000. First place Co-angler is guaranteed a minimum of $5,000.

Also, the top 10 boaters and the top 10 co-anglers in points from each division after the two day is completed as well as the top 5 boaters and top 5 co-anglers by place of finish at the two-day event (that haven’t already qualified by points) will qualify for the Ray Scott Championship on Lake Eufaula in April 2019.

In addition to cash and prizes for top finishes, boaters and co-anglers fishing this tournament and ABA Open Series events throughout the season may also win contingency bonuses from such sponsors as Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, Motorguide, T-H Marine, Abu Garcia, and Maui Jim. See the manufacture websites for specific details on how to qualify for these bonuses

Tournament Information:
Limit: 5
bass for Boaters / 3 bass for Co-Anglers
Size Limit: 12" with a Signed Exemption Permit. Exemption Permits will be available at registration.

Co-anglers are asked to park behind the storage buildings near the Liars Lodge on tournament days. They will be using golf carts to shuttle anglers down to the ramp area. Co-anglers please DO NOT park down by the ramp area, that is for truck and trailer parking only.

Host Hotel (Approved locations to stay) 
Liars Lodge at Camp Mack Resort
14900 Camp Mack Road
Lake Wales FL 33898

Toll Free: 800.243.8013
Phone: (863) 696-1108
Fax: 863.696.1500
Please contact the Liars Lodge directly at the number above and reference the ABA Open Series event for a 10% discount on your room rate.

Tournament Information:
ALL ANGLERS MUST HAVE QUALIFIED IN ORDER TO COMPETE IN THIS EVENT. PLEASE SEE THE 2018 RULES FOR ELIGIBILITY INFO.
ALL ANGLERS WILL 
COMPETE BOTH DAYS OF THIS EVENT, THERE IS NOT A CUT AFTER THE FIRST DAY.

Take Off:7:00am or Safelight
Weigh In: 3:00pm
Time Zone: Eastern
Locking is allowed but NO locking south of Hwy 60 bridge.

Event Host: 
Camp Mack's River Resort
14900 Camp Mack Road 
Lake Wales, FL 03898 
(863) 696-1108 
(800) 243-8013
www.campmack.com

Registration Location: 
Camp Mack's River Resort
14900 Camp Mack Road 
Lake Wales, FL 03898 
(863) 696-1108 
(800) 243-8013
www.campmack.com

Registration and Meeting will be held at the ABA Stage Trailer on Friday September 28, 2018 from 4:00pm to 6:30pm with the meeting and partner pairing starting at 7:00pm.


Additional Information: 

Host Dealers: 
Toho Marine
1621 13th St.
St Cloud, FL 34769
407-892-3200
407-892-3226
http://www.tohomarine.com/

License Information: 
All anglers are required to have in their possession a valid FL Freshwater Fishing License. Florida licenses may be purchased by phone by calling (888) 347-4356.

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 .

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 and the American Fishing Tour, the ABA Open Series, the ABA 100% Plus Team Tour, or the American Couples Series visit www.americanbassanglers.com.

ABA is sponsored by: Triton Boats, Mercury Marine, GEICO, Garmin, Power-Pole, T-H Marine, Hydrowave, Maui Jim, Abu Garcia, MotorGuide, Sirius XM Marine, and Optima Batteries.

Tournament Manager: Billy Benedetti 256-230-5632, TM Email: wbenedetti@americanbassanglers.com
 

 

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American Fishing Tour Upcoming Events (2018 Season)

 

       
Massachusetts - New England 10/14/2018 Long Pond-Harwich

American Fishing Tour 2019 Upcoming Events

       
Alabama Northwest 10/13/2018 Wilson Lake
Pennsylvania 10/13/2018 Delaware River
Louisiana Central 10/13/2018 Caddo
South Carolina- Savannah River 10/13/2018 Savannah River
Mississippi- Ross Barnett 10/13/2018 Ross Barnett
Alabama Lay Lake- Logan Martin 10/13/2018 Lay Lake
Mississippi Gulf Coast 10/13/2018 Back Bay
Georgia Central 10/13/2018 Oconee
Virginia 10/13/2018 Kerr
Louisiana- North Central 10/13/2018 D'Arbonne
Texas- Wichita Falls 10/13/2018 Amon Carter
New Mexico 10/13/2018 Brantley
Arkansas 10/13/2018 Maumelle Pool
South Carolina- Northwest 10/14/2018 Russell
Dallas Fort Worth Texas 10/14/2018 Lewisville
Massachusetts- Western 10/14/2018 Congamond
New Mexico 10/14/2018 Brantley
Georgia North 10/20/2018 Allatoona
South Carolina Central 10/20/2018 Wylie
Alabama North 10/20/2018 Guntersville
Alabama- West 10/21/2018 Bankhead
Alabama Central 10/27/2018 Jordan
Texas- Sam Rayburn- North 10/27/2018 Toledo Bend

Plus Team Tour 2018 Schedule

Tennessee/Kentucky

     
9/23/2018 Kentucky

 

 

 

 

American Couples Series

     
Oklahoma 9/8/2018 Hudson

 

Open Series 2018 Upcoming Events

       
Area 2 Championship 10/13/2018 Kentucky Lake
Area 6 Championship 10/20/2018 Toledo Bend