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ABA Offices Closed Today Due to Winter Storm

North Alabama is currently under a Winter Storm Warning and a State of Emergency has been declared by Governor Benton. Roads are extremely icy and dangerous. The ABA offices will be closed today, March 5th and opening hours may be delayed tomorrow, March 6th. Registration for ABA events is still open online at americanbassanglers.com. Please be careful if you are out in this weather today.

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Kentucky Opener Rescheduled

Due to the large amount of ice currently on Kentucky Lake and the growing chances for more snow and ice with freezing temperatures, the Kentucky division opener has been rescheduled for March 29, 2015 out of Paris Landing. At the time of this decision, we had received multiple calls from concerned anglers and below freezing temperatures were projected from Wednesday through Saturday, which will not allow the ice on the water to melt.

"I have been in contact with Moor's Resort and several Kentucky Lake anglers over the past few days. The situation is not improving and the forecast is predicting conditions to worsen over the course of the week. American Bass Anglers, Inc. will not put our anglers on the water in these conditions. Even if a large amount of ice were to melt and break up, there would be large chunks of ice floating in the main channel that could cause serious damage to angler's boats," said Kristin Malott, RAM Weekend Bass Series tournament manager.

We apologize for any inconvenience this will cause any of our Kentucky anglers. Entry fees may be transferred to the next event in the division or refunded, if needed. To transfer or refund entries, please contact ABA at (256) 232-0406. For any other questions regarding the Kentucky division events, please call Kristin Malott, tournament manager, at (256) 770-3709.  

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2015 RAM Weekend Bass Series Kickoff Event on Pickwick Lake Saturday

This weekend is the kickoff of the 2015 RAM Weekend Bass Series Alabama Northwest division on Pickwick Lake. We invite you to come out and fish this first event of the series. The event will be held out of McFarland Park this Saturday 3/07/2015. There is still time to get signed up for this kick off event.

Anglers will take advantage of the new "no linking" format along with increased payouts. First place boaters can win $3000 and first place co-anglers can win $1500 with just a 50 boat field. Payouts will increase to $5000 first place boater and $2500 first place co-angler with a 100 boat field.

At the end of the 2015 season 10 Boaters and 10 Co-anglers from the Alabama Northwest division will advance direct to the RAM Ray Scott Championship that will be held in April 2016 on Lake Hartwell in Anderson, SC. Payouts for the Ray Scott Championship will be huge at the 2016 event. Both the boater and co-angler champions will receive cash, new Triton Boats and a RAM Truck Champion Bonus! Cash, prizes and contingencies combined will total over $200,000 to the Champion.

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North Carolina Opener at Lake Wylie Saturday

The North Carolina division of the RAM Weekend Bass Series will have its first event of the season on Saturday, March 7th at Lake Wylie. North Carolina anglers will be launching from South Point Access Area for the event. Onsite registration and safety briefing will be held at South Point Access Area on Friday, March 6th. Registration will be from 4:00-6:30pm CST and the safety briefing will follow promptly at 7:00pm CST. All participating anglers must be registered by 6:30pm CST on Friday, March 7th in order to participate in this event. Anglers can register for this event online at http://www.americanbassanglers.com or by calling ABA at (256) 232-0406. More information on this event can be found at this link or by calling Rodney Michael, RAM Weekend Bass Series tournament manager, at 256-497-0967.

RAM Weekend Bass Series anglers will get to take advantage of the new "no linking" format along with increased payouts for the 2015 season. First place boaters can win $3000 and first place co-anglers can win $1500 with just a 50 boat field. Payouts will increase to $5000 first place boater and $2500 first place co-angler with a 100 boat field. Over the course of five divisional events per division, anglers will be competing for a spot in the 2016 Ray Scott Championship at Lake Hartwell. Payouts for the Ray Scott Championship will be huge at the 2016 event. Qualifying boaters will compete for a first place prize of $50,000 cash, a Triton 21TRX/Mercury package, a RAM Truck, up to $50,000 from the Triton Gold program, plus many other contingency program dollars. Qualifying co-anglers will compete for a first place prize of $25,000 cash, a Triton 19TRX/Mercury package, a RAM truck, up to $25,000 from the Triton Gold program, plus other contingency program bonuses at the 2016 Ray Scott Championship.

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Alabama South at Lake Martin Saturday

The Alabama South division of the RAM Weekend Bass Series will have its second event of the season on Saturday, March 7th at Lake Martin. Alabama South anglers will be launching from Wind Creek State Park for the event. Onsite registration and safety briefing will be held at Wind Creek State Park on Friday, March 6th. Registration will be from 4:00-6:30pm CST and the safety briefing will follow promptly at 7:00pm CST. All participating anglers must be registered by 6:30pm CST on Friday, March 7th in order to participate in this event. Anglers can register for this event online at http://www.americanbassanglers.com or by calling ABA at (256) 232-0406. More information on this event can be found at this link or by calling tournament manager, Billy Benedetti at (256) 230-5632.

RAM Weekend Bass Series anglers will get to take advantage of the new "no linking" format along with increased payouts for the 2015 season. First place boaters can win $3000 and first place co-anglers can win $1500 with just a 50 boat field. Payouts will increase to $5000 first place boater and $2500 first place co-angler with a 100 boat field. Over the course of five divisional events per division, anglers will be competing for a spot in the 2016 Ray Scott Championship at Lake Hartwell. Payouts for the Ray Scot Championship will be huge at the 2016 event. Qualifying boaters will compete for a first place prize of $50,000 cash, a Triton 21TRX/Mercury package, a RAM Truck, up to $50,000 from the Triton Gold program, plus many other contingency program dollars. Qualifying co-anglers will compete for a first place prize of $25,000 cash, a Triton 19TRX/Mercury package, a RAM truck, up to $25,000 from the Triton Gold program, plus other contingency program bonuses at the 2016 Ray Scott Championship.

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Kentucky Division Opener This Weekend

The Kentucky division of the RAM Weekend Bass Series will have its season opener on Saturday, March 7th at Kentucky Lake. Kentucky anglers will be launching from Moor's Resort for the event. Onsite registration and safety briefing will be held at Moor's Resort on Friday, March 6th. Registration will be from 4:00-6:30pm CST and the safety briefing will follow promptly at 7:00pm CST. All participating anglers must be registered by 6:30pm CST on Friday, March 7th in order to participate in this event. Anglers can register for this event online at http://www.americanbassanglers.com or by calling ABA at (256) 232-0406. More information on this event can be found at this link or by calling tournament manager, Kristin Malott at (256) 771-3709.

"There have been some concerns over the weather in Kentucky this week, but it looks like we will be ok to move forward. I have been in contact with Moor's Resort and they have their heaters ready to use this weekend to melt any ice on the ramps if needed. I think we will have a good turnout for the opener despite the cold weather," said Kristin Malott, RAM Weekend Bass Series tournament manager.

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Taylor Wins South Carolina Opener

Brock Taylor of Pendleton, SC won the South Carolina opener of the RAM Weekend Bass Series on Lake Murray yesterday, Feb. 28th, 2015. He brought in the winning limit weighing 19.12 pounds. The first place finish yielded Taylor a check for $2086. He procured his winning catch in the mid lake area using jigging spoons and blade runners early in the day and moving to docks with an undisclosed bait after the sun came up. His jigging spoon fish were hanging near the bottom of a drop in 25 to 35 feet of water. "You just know when it is your day. I'm just happy and tickled to death over my win," said Taylor.

Second place in the South Carolina opener went to Sean Anderson of Leesville, SC for bringing in an 18.78 pound limit worth $1056 and $400 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "I only had five bites all day and caught them all cranking shallow rocks," said Anderson. He was using a small Shad Rap type crankbait.

Rounding out the top three for the day was Todd Pearson of Anderson, SC. Pearson caught a limit weighing 16.28 pounds worth $712. Pearson caught his fish mid lake around staging areas with a jerkbait. "I had a pretty good morning bite and caught a few throughout the day. Most of my fish came before 10:00 am. I had a couple pull off, but not sure if they would have helped me or not," said Pearson.

Boater Big Bass of the event went to Harvey Price of Seneca, SC after catching a 6.52 pound largemouth. Price had already left the weigh in site prior to the awards presentation so we were unable to find out how he caught his "Lake Murray Monster".

Christopher Chavis of Rincon, GA won the co-angler side of the Lake Murray event with a three fish limit weighing 12.08 pounds. His first place catch netted him check for $903. Chavis caught his fish on a jerkbait and a jig. "We fished right around this area here. I broke one off that I think may have helped me a little. This is the first tournament that I have fished in the RAM Weekend Bass Series and I really enjoyed the event and had a great partner for the day," said Chavis.

Bryan Barker of Seneca, SC finished in the second place spot with 9.49 pounds and the day's Big Bass weighing 5.26 pounds. Barker received a second place check for $459 and $130 for Big Bass. He caught his limit cranking a Shad Rap around shallow rock near the dam. "It all happened real early and it was pretty much over after that. I had three bites and put three fish in the boat," said Barker.

Finishing third was Sam Naib of Atlanta, GA with 9.39 pounds worth $311. His fish all came on a Shakey Head. "I only had three bites for three fish and I really enjoyed my boater today," said Naib.

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Curtis Sanders Takes Division 94 Win on the Savannah River

02/21/2015

Athens, Al - Curtis Sanders won the American Fishing Tour South Carolina-Savannah River division 94 tournament with five fish weighing 8.67 pounds held on Savannah River on 02/21/2015.

Curtis Sanders, is one step closer to the American Fishing Tour National Championship with a first place win on the Savannah River this past weekend. Sanders weighed in five bass limit, which weighed 8.67 pounds. Second place went to Bradwell Sampey with a five bass limit weighing 8.53 pounds. Third place went to Jason Brown with five bass weighing in at 7.48 pounds. Fourth place went to Travis Malphrus with five bass weighing 7.08 pounds. 
 

 

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Jason Moyer Takes the Win on Lake Greenwood

02/22/2015

Athens, Al - Jason Moyer of Greenwood, SC won the American Fishing Tour South Carolina - Greenwood division 96 tournament with five fish weighing 20.29 pounds held on Greenwood on 02/22/2015.

Moyer's limit included two fish over six pounds, with one being the 6.51 pound big fish of the tournament. His fish were caught on a Chatter Bait and a crankbait.

Curtis Temples finished second with five fish weighing 17.45 pounds. Curtis was fishing crank baits in creeks on the middle part of the lake. He was able to get on some schooling fish early to fill a limit.
 
Third place went to Franklin Ramey of Abbeville, SC with five fish at 13.82 pounds. In fourth place was Brad Fowler of Pendleton, SC with 5 fish at 13.37 pounds.

 

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Navy Reserve Celebrates Its Centennial
March 3rd Marks the Celebration of U.S. Navy Reserve’s 100th Anniversary

Washington DC, – The Navy Reserve will mark its centennial anniversary on Tuesday, March 3rd with a series of events starting in Washington DC and continuing at installations around the country during the year. The events will highlight the history of the Navy Reserve and the remarkable contributions Reserve Sailors have made to the nation’s security.

“Our Centennial commemoration is a truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to highlight the Reserve Sailors for their service, and that of their families, to America.” said, Vice Admiral Robin Braun. “We want to recognize our rich history and heritage with all of our Sailors, both past and present.”

For 100 years Navy Reserve Sailors have answered our nation’s call in times of war and peace.  From communities across America, young men and women left their homes and jobs, trading out civilian clothes for Navy uniforms. From its earliest days, the Navy Reserve has reflected the face of the nation, welcoming members from every race, color, creed and gender to strengthen our Force.

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Ram Becomes Title Sponsor for ABA Tours

Athens, Ala. (February 20, 2015) - American Bass Anglers (ABA) announced today that the Ram Truck brand has signed a sponsorship agreement with American Bass Anglers. Ram will be the official and exclusive truck partner of American Bass Anglers and title sponsor of the Ram Weekend Bass Series, Ram American Fishing Tour and the Ram 100% Plus Team Tour.

“The ABA takes great pride in working with premium American brands and the Ram Truck brand is as iconic as it is true Americana,” said Morris Sheehan, President of American Bass Anglers. “ABA Members are very passionate about their sport and a glimpse of that passion can been seen in the pride they have for their trucks and bass boats. These members work hard and play even harder and they now have the hardest working truck brand on the planet behind them. We are excited to partner with Ram who has great passion for our sport.”

As part of this sponsorship Ram will be integrated into the sponsorship platforms and footprint at Ram Weekend Bass Series events, Ram American Fishing Tour Championship, Ram 100% Plus Team Tour events, American Couples Series Championship and Military Team Event.

“Bass anglers are passionate about their trucks,” said Bob Hegbloom, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ram Brand, FCA - North America. “An angler’s truck is as essential as his or her boat, rod or tackle. Ram builds trucks that meet the demanding needs of fishermen and other outdoorsmen, and offer features found nowhere else. Ram’s partnership with American Bass Anglers is a great opportunity to reinforce our involvement in this great outdoor pursuit.”

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Curtis Sanders wins on the Savannah River 

Curtis Sanders, is one step closer to the RAM ABA National Championship with a 1st place win and earned a total of $579.00, in the American Fishing Tournament held on the Savannah River this past weekend. Sanders weighed in five bass limit, which weighed 8.67 lbs. 2nd place went to Bradwell Sampey with a five bass limit weighing 8.53 lbs, 3rd place went to Jason Brown with five bass weighing in at 7.48 lbs, 4th place went to Travis Malphrus with five bass weighing 7.08 lbs. Big bass honors went to Joe McDonie who caught a 3.38 pound largemouth.

These anglers are acquiring valuable points in an attempt to insure their birth in the RAM ABA National Championship for the 2015 season. 

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T-H Marine’s Founder - Bill Huntley
Enters the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame
 
Huntsville, Alabama, For Immediate Release – February 18, 2015: 

William F. “Bill” Huntley, of Athens, Alabama, is being inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame this week at the BASSMASTER Classic.  Bill was born January 25, 1933, in Lawrence County, Tennessee.  He grew up fishing with his father in small streams of southern Tennessee and northern Alabama.   He started making Tennessee River memories in the early 1940s, when, as a 10-year old, he accompanied his father on trips to Pickwick Lake. There they fished below the Wheeler Lake dam for both smallmouth and largemouth in a 14-foot boat his father had made from poplar planks, and powered by a two-cylinder, 7 1/2-horsepower Johnson outboard. With his father, he developed a great love and respect for the smallmouth bass.  BASSMASTER Magazine once touted him as one of the top 3 anglers in the world at catching big smallmouth bass, including several weighing over 9 pounds.

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Chickamauga Weekend Bass Series Event Rescheduled

East Tennessee Division Weekend Bass Series event Saturday February 21 -- Due to projected weather issues, water levels and the new boat ramp at Dayton Boat Dock under construction, the Weekend Bass Series event scheduled for February 21, 2015 has been cancelled and rescheduled for July 18, 2015. The new opening event for the East Tennessee Division will be April 11th at Lake Guntersville out of Goose Pond on Lake Guntersville. With Lake Chickamauga being held at winter pool, there is not an alternative ramp adequate to launch boats without damage to equipment. The safety and well being of our anglers is our utmost concern.

"The City of Dayton has been working with TWRA and TVA to upgrade the facilities and winter launching capabilities on Chickamauga Lake. In late January 2015, the City of Dayton received grants to upgrade the ramp and courtesy docking at the Dayton Boat Dock. We knew that it was a very tight timeline to accomplish the renovations before our first scheduled event. Due to unforeseen weather delays and temperatures that prevent concrete pouring, the renovations are running behind schedule. We know that these renovations are greatly needed and will be a plus for the tournament angler for many years to come. These new facilities will also be handicap accessible to meet the any needs of the public as well. We will be working with tournament directors to help accommodate their future needs. We apologize for any inconvenience," said Dennis Tumlin, Executive Director of Rhea Economic and Tourism Council.

We want to thank Dennis Tumlin with Rhea Economic and Tourism Council for all of his help and keeping us apprised of the situation. He and Dayton Mayor, Gary Louallen have always been a tremendous help to us at American Bass Anglers, Inc. in the past. For more information on transfers and/or refunds, contact ABA at (256) 232-0406, or Billy Benedetti, Tournament Manager, at (256) 230-5632.

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Coleman Takes Co Angler Win at Sinclair

Sean Coleman of Ball Ground, GA won the co-angler side of the Georgia division event at Lake Sinclair this weekend. He caught a three fish limit weighing 9.24 pounds to take the win and collect a check for $1023. "We fished rip rap from the north end to the south end. I caught everything on a DT-6 crankbait, just cranking the rocks," said Coleman.

Second place and co-angler Big Bass went to Matthew Bulloch of Pelham, GA after weighing in an 8.64 pound limit containing a 5.82 pound kicker. He won $518 for second place and $160 for his 5.82 pound Big Bass. "We were on the north end of the lake. I caught the Big Bass out of a blowdown about 11:00 on a spinnerbait. I only caught three fish all day. The Big Bass was my first fish and that got me going for the day. I had a great boater and a good day," said Bulloch.

Ray Holloway of Eatonton, GA finished in the third place spot with 6.27 pounds worth $350. "We never got out of sight of this weigh in stage. We fished rip rap all day and caught everything on 1/8 ounce Shakey Heads. I was just going for points today, but it paid off," said Holloway.

Timothy "Tim" Adams of Powder Springs, GA is on top of the points lead for the co-angler side after this event.

Complete result can be found at this link

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