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 Jason Martinelli Wins on Candlewood

Jason Martinell from Roxbury Connecticut won the RAM American Fishing Tour presented by American Bass Anglers, Connecticut Division 6 tournament, held on Candlewood Lake. 

Running out of the Lattins Cove landing near the town of Danbury, Jason caught his limit of five bass weighing 12.11 pounds.   Jason said he caught a couple of his keepers on topwater with the remaining fish being taken on plastics with a light weight in deeper water weed line edges. For the victory, Jason took home a check for $249.00.

In second among the competitors, Pete Byrnes from Long Island, NY caught a five bass weighing 10.97 pounds.  Pete didn't indicate what he caught his fish on and this is the second tournament he has finished in the money.  He pocketed a check for $94.00.

Taking third place, Tom Sweeney of Glastonbury, CT also caught five bass weighing 10.98 pounds, but unfortunately two of his fish perished and the one pound penalty cost him an overall second place finish.

In fourth place, Gary McClarran of Stafford Springs, CT caught three fish for 7.09 and one of those fish turned out to be a nice 3.87 smallmouth resulting in the big fish of tournament.

The next division 6 tournament will be held on July 11, 2015 on Lake LIllinonah near Brookfield, Connecticut.  For more information about this Division and future events visit www.americanbassanglers.com or contact the local Director for Connecticut, Tom Dupuis at 860-583-2959.

These anglers accrued valuable points toward the Divisional Angler of the Year title. The points champion from each division will compete in the annual American Bass Anglers AFT Angler of The Year Final Round at the RAM AFT Championship.  In addition, the top 500 anglers from the various divisions will earn the right to compete in the three-day ABA, RAM AFT National Championship tournament. The RAM American Fishing Tour offers low cost, close to home bass tournaments that are designed for the weekend angler. All ABA anglers fish for money and points. 

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Tripoli Wins New York West Opener

Donald Tripoli of Webster, NY won the New York West RAM Weekend Bass Series opener on June 27th, 2015 at the Chautauqua Lake, running out of Prendergrast Boat Launch. His winning limit of 16.73 pounds, including the 5.12 pound boater Big Bass, was worth $1576 for first place, $210 from the Big Bass Pot, and $390 from the High Stakes Option Pot.

Mark E. Holly of Olean, NY finished in second place with 15.35 pounds winning $803 for second place and $210 from the High Stakes Option Pot.

Brad Brodnicki of Amherst, NY finished in third place with 14.84 pounds winning $544.

Martin P. Kondrick of Sarver, PA won the co-angler side of the Chautauqua event with 9.22 pounds. Kondrick won $651 for first place.

Ronald E. Hill of Portville, NY finished in second on the co-angler side with 8.80 pounds winning $332 for second place and $210 from the High Stakes Option Pot.

Rebecca DiLuzio of North East, PA finished in third place on the co-angler side with 6.37 pounds winning $226 for third place and $140 from the High Stakes Option Pot. DiLuzio also brought in the 5.14 pound co-angler Big Bass to win $85 from the Big Bass Pot.

Complete result can be found at this link

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Cook Wins Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus

Eddie Cook of Clemmons. NC won the Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus after using an Abu Garcia reel to catch the 5.83 pound boater Big Bass at the June 27th RAM Weekend Bass Series event at High Rock Lake. He was awarded an Abu Garcia Revo SX reel valued at $159.99.

The Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus is an incentive program that applies to selected American Bass Anglers events. The Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus program applies to all RAM Weekend Bass Series events and RAM 100% Plus Team Tour events along with each competition day of the Military Team Bass Event, Couples Series National Championship, AFT National Championship, and the Ray Scott Championship. There is no fee to participate in this program. Anglers that use any model Abu Garcia reel to catch the prevailing Big Bass at qualifying American Bass Anglers events will be awarded a new Abu Garcia Revo SX reel valued at $159.99. Abu Garcia has created an incentive program without any associated fees, registrations, or claim forms to be filled out.

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News - WBS

Walser Wins at High Rock

Robert Walser of Lexington, NC won the North Carolina RAM Weekend Bass Series event at High Rock Lake on June 27th, 2015. Walser weighed in a 15.45 pound limit, including the 4.12 pound boater Big Bass, to win $1150 for first place, $160 from the Big Bass Pot, and $300 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "I used a buzzbait, a Zoom Baby Brush Hog, and a Zoom Z-3 to catch my fish. All were around 10 feet deep," said Walser.

Travis Williams of Salisbury, NC finished in second place with 14.59 pounds winning $512 for second place and $200 from the High Stakes Option Pot. Williams used a Shakey Head with a watermelon candy colored bait on points in 4-5 feet of water.

Michael Stephens of Gastonia, NC finished in third place with 13.38 pounds winning $325.

Eddie Cook of Clemens, NC was the co-angler champion of the High Rock event with 12.38 pounds, along with the co-angler Big Bass weighing 5.83 pounds, winning $575 for first place, $187 from the High Stakes Option Pot, and $90 from the Big Bass Pot. This makes two wins in a row for Cook. He also won the June 16th event at High Rock. Cook used a green pumpkin Zoom Baby Brush Hog around shallow wood for his win.

Todd Sosebee of Bessemer City, NC finished in second place on the co-angler side with 8.11 pounds winning $263.

Chris Odom of Charlotte, NC finished in third place on the co-angler side with 7.14 pounds winning $163 for third place and $112 from the High Stakes Option Pot.

Complete result can be found at this link

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News - WBS

Roux Wins New Abu Garcia Revo SX Reel

Raymond W. Roux of Ephrata, PA won the Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus after using an Abu Garcia reel to catch the 6.61 pound boater Big Bass at the June 20th RAM Weekend Bass Series event at the Potomac. He was awarded an Abu Garcia Revo SX reel valued at $159.99.

The Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus is an incentive program that applies to selected American Bass Anglers events. The Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus program applies to all RAM Weekend Bass Series events and RAM 100% Plus Team Tour events along with each competition day of the Military Team Bass Event, Couples Series National Championship, AFT National Championship, and the Ray Scott Championship. There is no fee to participate in this program. Anglers that use any model Abu Garcia reel to catch the prevailing Big Bass at qualifying American Bass Anglers events will be awarded a new Abu Garcia Revo SX reel valued at $159.99. Abu Garcia has created an incentive program without any associated fees, registrations, or claim forms to be filled out.

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Hughes Wins at Potomac

Jesepth R. Hughes of Stafford, VA won the Maryland RAM Weekend Bass Series event on June 20th, 2015 at the Potomac River out of Smallwood State Park. His winning limit of 16.59 pounds was worth $1938.

Philip T. Hornsby of Hughesville, MD finished in second place with 14.52 pounds winning $982.

Michael Roselle of Laplata, MD finished in third place with 14.10 pounds winning $663.

Raymond W. Roux of Ephrata, PA brought in the boater Big Bass of the event weighing 6.61 pounds winning $320 from the Big Bass Pot. Roux was also awarded a new Abu Garcia Revo SX reel valued at $159.99 through the Abu Garcia Big Bass Bonus program for using an Abu Garcia reel to catch his Big Bass.

Cort W. Gardner of Jessup, MD won the co-angler side of the Potomac event with 8.05 pounds. Gardner won $969 for first place and $200 from the High Stakes Option Pot.

David M. Page of Worthington, PA finished in second on the co-angler side with 7.67 pounds winning $491.

Robert N. Bidniuk of Chambersburg, PA finished in third place on the co-angler side with 7.57 pounds winning $332.

Hart Hall of Alexandria, VA brought in the 3.51 pound co-angler Big Bass to win $145 from the Big Bass Pot.

Complete result can be found at this link

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Walsh Wins Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus

JoJo Walsh of Bon Aqua, TN won the Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus after using an Abu Garcia reel to catch the 6.23 pound co-angler Big Bass at the June 28th RAM Weekend Bass Series event at Kentucky Lake. He was awarded an Abu Garcia Revo SX reel valued at $159.99.

The Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus is an incentive program that applies to selected American Bass Anglers events. The Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus program applies to all RAM Weekend Bass Series events and RAM 100% Plus Team Tour events along with each competition day of the Military Team Bass Event, Couples Series National Championship, AFT National Championship, and the Ray Scott Championship. There is no fee to participate in this program. Anglers that use any model Abu Garcia reel to catch the prevailing Big Bass at qualifying American Bass Anglers events will be awarded a new Abu Garcia Revo SX reel valued at $159.99. Abu Garcia has created an incentive program without any associated fees, registrations, or claim forms to be filled out.

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News - WBS

Perkins Claims Victory at Kentucky Lake

Brandon Perkins of Counce, TN won the Kentucky Division RAM Weekend Bass Series event at Kentucky Lake on June 28th, 2015. Perkins weighed in 23.65 pounds and the 5.18 pound boater Big Bass to take home $1439 for first place, $360 from the High Stakes Option Pot, and $200 from the Big Bass Pot. "All of the the fish that I weighed in were caught on a Strike King 10XD crankbait in 18-22 feet of water. I also caught a few on a Strike King football jig throughout the day," said Perkins.

Matthew T. Robertson of Central City, KY finished in second place with 20.62 pounds winning $733 for second place and $240 from the High Stakes Option Pot. Robertson was using a big worm and a Z Boss 25 crankbait.

Brian Horton of Buchanan, TN finished in third place with 20.10 pounds winning $497. Horton used a plum worm and a homemade green pumpkin jig on tops of ledges in 10-12 feet of water

Cory C. Fitzgerald of Sikeston, MO was the co-angler champion of the Kentucky event. Fitzgerald had 12.25 pounds winning $719. "They all came on a Shakey Head," said Fitzgerald.

JoJo Walsh of Bon Aqua, TN finished in second place on the co-angler side with 12.06 pounds and caught the 6.23 pound co-angler Big Bass winning $366 for second place, $95 for Big Bass, and $195 from the High Stakes Option Pot. Walsh also used an Abu Garcia reel to catch his Big Bass earning himself a new Abu Garcia Revo SX reel valued at $159.99 through the Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus program. "I used three different types of soft plastics. Each of my keepers came on a different bait. I caught my Big Bass with a Zoom Mag Trick Worm using an Abu Garcia Veritas rod and a Revo S reel. Most of my fish came pretty deep," said Walsh.

EJ Gunter of Bon Aqua, TN was the third place co-angler with 10.92 pounds winning $248 for third place and $130 from the High Stakes Option Pot. Gunter used a Wobble Head with a 10" plum worm.

Complete results can be found at this link

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Marlin Wins New Abu Garcia Revo Reel at Pickwick

Michael Marlin of Nesbit, MS won the Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus after using an Abu Garcia reel to catch the 5.80 pound co-angler Big Bass at the June 27th RAM Weekend Bass Series event at Pickwick Lake. He was awarded an Abu Garcia Revo SX reel valued at $159.99.

The Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus is an incentive program that applies to selected American Bass Anglers events. The Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus program applies to all RAM Weekend Bass Series events and RAM 100% Plus Team Tour events along with each competition day of the Military Team Bass Event, Couples Series National Championship, AFT National Championship, and the Ray Scott Championship. There is no fee to participate in this program. Anglers that use any model Abu Garcia reel to catch the prevailing Big Bass at qualifying American Bass Anglers events will be awarded a new Abu Garcia Revo SX reel valued at $159.99. Abu Garcia has created an incentive program without any associated fees, registrations, or claim forms to be filled out.

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Mason Wins Again at Pickwick

Jimmy Mason of Rogersville, AL won his second Alabama West RAM Weekend Bass Series event of the year at Pickwick Lake on June 27th, 2015. Mason weighed in a 20.91 pound limit to win $1050 for first place and $140 from the Big Bass Pot for having the boater Big Bass weighing 5.48 pounds. "I fished deep all day using a green pumpkin Yum Mighty Worm on a Yum Pumpkin Head jighead and a 3/4 ounce green pumpkin Booyah football jig with a Yum Christie Craw. I just covered a lot of water, fishing about 18 different spots and catching 10 keepers all day. My better fish came on the Yum Mighty Worm," said Mason.

Bryan Dowdy of Florence, AL finished in second place with 19.99 pounds winning $480.

Don Cox of Russellville, AL finished in third place with 16.87 pounds winning $300.

Mike McDaniel of Florence, AL was the co-angler champion of the Pickwick event. McDaniel had 14.99 pounds earning $525. "First of all, I had a great partner. We fished ledges all day and I used 7/16 and 3/4 ounce green pumpkin Profound jigs with Strike King Rage Tail Craw trailers," said McDaniel.

Michael Marlin of Nesbit, MS finished in second place on the co-angler side with 13.38 pounds and the 5.80 pound co-angler Big Bass winning $240 for second place and $45 from the Big Bass Pot. Martin was also awarded an Abu Garcia Revo SX reel valued at $159.99 through the Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus program for using an Abu Garcia reel to catch his Big Bass.

Nathan Martin of Golden, MS was the third place co-angler with 11.87 winning $150.

Complete results can be found at this link

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Doherty Wins Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus

Homer E. Doherty of Ennis, TX won the Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus after using an Abu Garcia reel to catch the 5.44 pound Big Bass at the June 20th RAM Weekend Bass Series event at Lake Tyler. He was awarded an Abu Garcia Revo SX reel valued at $159.99.

The Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus is an incentive program that applies to selected American Bass Anglers events. The Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus program applies to all RAM Weekend Bass Series events and RAM 100% Plus Team Tour events along with each competition day of the Military Team Bass Event, Couples Series National Championship, AFT National Championship, and the Ray Scott Championship. There is no fee to participate in this program. Anglers that use any model Abu Garcia reel to catch the prevailing Big Bass at qualifying American Bass Anglers events will be awarded a new Abu Garcia Revo SX reel valued at $159.99. Abu Garcia has created an incentive program without any associated fees, registrations, or claim forms to be filled out.

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Meunier & Heckel Win Tennessee RAM 100% Plus Team Tour Event

The team of Kevin Meunier and Kenneth Heckel won the third Tennessee RAM 100% Team Tour event on June 27th, 2015 at Kentucky Lake, launching from Paris Landing. Meunier and Heckel caught the winning limit weighing 26.48 pounds to win a 2015 Triton 17TX with a Mercury 60hp four stroke outboard, Garmin Echomap units, Odyssey Batteries, Motorguide trolling motor, Power Pole, and a host of T-H Marine products valued at $22,000, along with $1660 from the High Stakes Option Pot. Their pattern consisted of using a Strike King 10XD and a green pumpkin Strike King football jig on ledges.

Brian Horton and Barry Burton finished in second place with 23.14 pounds winning $3270 along with $840 from the High Stakes Option Pot. Horton and Burton fished ledges in 10-15 feet of water using plum colored Zoom worms and a homemade ¾ ounce football jig. They estimate that they culled 15-20 times throughout the day.

Third place went to the team of Larry Frazier and Barry Arnold with 22.37 pounds winning $2200. Frazier and Arnold fished grass and ledges in 8-12 feet of water using a Strike King 10" Thumper worm, a Strike King 5XD crankbait, and a Strike King Pro Model jig. The pair culled numerous times and the majority of their catch came between 9:00 and 2:00.

The team of Tim Messer and Roger Allen took home the $500 Leer Big Bass award for bringing in a 7.57 pound largemouth.

Complete result can be found at this link

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McCarty Wins at Lake Tyler

Scott McCarty of Van, TX won the East Texas RAM Weekend Bass Series event on June 20th, 2015 at Lake Tyler running out of Lake Tyler Marina. His winning limit of 14.89 pounds was worth $1558 and $523 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "My day was real good. They actually bit better when it rained a little bit. I was flipping a craw in the grass," said McCarty.

Jackie W. Jayroe of Royse City, TX finished in second place with 13.60 pounds and had the 5.29 pound boater Big Bass winning $791 for second place, $267 from the High Stakes Option Pot, and $260 from the Big Bass Pot. "It was slow. I only caught five keepers. I caught the Big Bass early on a Pop-R and flipped the rest of the day," said Jayroe.

Bruce "Boot" Anderson of Sherman, TX finished in third place with 12.19 pounds winning $536 and $181 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "Just throwing frogs all day," said Anderson.

Joey Mason of Palestine, TX won the co-angler side with 8.29 pounds. Mason won $841 for first place and $200 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "It was a fun day.  We were around fish all day. We just couldn't get a lot of big bites. I caught my fish on three different baits: a topwater early, a frog, and a wacky worm," said Mason.

Thomas "Tom" Brouillette of Garland, TX finished in second on the co-angler side with 7.46 pounds winning $427. "We caught quite a few fish today. My biggest fish came from a brush pile," said Brouilette.

Cory Campbell of Malakoff, TX finished in third place on the co-angler side with 7.31 pounds winning $289 and $120 from the High Stakes Option Pot.  Campbell caught his fish dragging a wacky worm behind the boat.

Homer E. Doherty of Ennis, TX brought in the 5.44 pound co-angler Big Bass winning $125 from the Big Bass Pot. Doherty used and Abu Garcia reel to catch his Big Bass and he was awarded a new Abu Garcia Revo SX reel valued at $159.99 through the Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass bonus program.

Complete result can be found at this link

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Lamb Takes Victory at Chickamauga

Haden Lamb of Birchwood, TN won the Tennessee East Division RAM Weekend Bass Series event at Lake Chickamauga on June 20th, 2015. Lamb weighed in a total of 21.79 pounds to win $1745. "I mainly fished the main lake region and fished a lot of different water depths. The main key was the top of ledges in 12-14 feet. I fished the grass and caught a few, but the main thing was the tops of the ledges right on the break. The wind hurt today with waves crashing over the bow of the boat. It was brutal," said Lamb.

Rogne Brown of Hixson, TN finished in second place with 21.57 pounds winning $886 and $450 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "I started down lake. The first place I came to that I wanted to fish, it was pouring down rain and I caught my biggest fish of the day. I caught three of the fish that I weighed in on a jig and the other two on a swimbait. I caught quite a few fish today and lost one big one. That's just the way it goes," said Brown.

Jeff A. Knight of Cleveland, TN finished in third place with 20.88 pounds winning $600 and $250 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "I lost a five pounder on the first cast of the morning and another five pounder on the third cast. I was fishing up in Hiwassee and stayed there all day. It was protected from the wind by the mountain so I could flip the trees and stuff on the south side without a problem," said Knight.

Rod Huff of Monterey, TN brought in the boater Big Bass weighing 7.29 pounds to win $260 from the Big Bass Pot. "I caught the Big Bass in the middle of the day on a jig in about 12-14 feet of water," said Monterey.

Paul E. Palmer of Madisonville, TN was the co-angler champion of the event with 12.39 pounds. Palmer won $779. "We fished mid-lake down and the wind was horrible for me. I caught my fish on a worm and a couple on a crankbait," said Palmer.

Roy Yother of Red Bank, TN finished in second place on the co-angler side with 11.11 pounds and the co-angler Big Bass weighing 5.43 pounds to win $360 for second place, $125 from the Big Bass Pot, and $225 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "We fished mid-river. I caught most of my fish on a Carolina rig early. About 1:00 the wind got so bad that we had to go to the deep banks and flipped out a couple of good fish. That's where the Big Bass came from on a jig," said Yother.

Jared Sullivan of Hixson TN was the third place co-angler with 9.62 pounds winning $268 and $125 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "We were fishing above the Route 60 bridge almost all day and the first fish came on a crankbait. Then I was able to get a couple of culls with a drop shot," Sullivan.

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