Bass Pro Shops Open Series
Director: Chris Wayand
2019 Season Schedule
||Ouachita||Mt Harbor Resort|
||Greers Ferry||Devils Fork Rec||Photos|
||Greer's Ferry||Devils Fork Rec|
|Ouachita||Crystal Springs Resort||Photos|
|Division 13 Points Top 25|
|2||George John D47-AOY Simonof||5||18||1440|
|8||Justin Bacon Nowlin||5||7||842|
|19||Rodney Wayne Richards||1||9||486|
|20||Joey Joey Brannon||2||6||484|
|25||Richard Greg Bentley||2||7||479|
|16||Harold Marrs Jr||1||2||478|
|18||Joseph Joe Stikeleather||1||3||474|
|22||Joseph Joey Watson||1||1||466|
|23||William Bill Wiles||1||1||464|
Double Header At Greer's Ferry
ATHENS, Ala. – The Arkansas Division of the 2019 Bass Pro Shops Open Series presented by American Bass Anglers will fish a doubleheader this weekend at Greer’s Ferry. High water caused an earlier seasonal event to be postponed so anglers can compete in two tournaments this weekend. One tournament will be held on Saturday July 27 and the second on Sunday July 28, 2019.
Lake Ouachita Tamed by Simonof
ATHENS, Ala. –John Simonof of Jacksonville, AR won the Bass Pro Shops Open Series Arkansas tournament, held June 15th on Lake Ouachita. Running out of Mountain Harbor Resort, Simonof caught five-bass weighing 13.94-pounds. Summertime fishing blues… a tough bite, warm water, lots of fish caught but the big girls just didn’t want to play. The entire field struggled to get keepers in the boat, so the weights were low for this one, but someone always finishes at the top.
Lake Hamilton, Arkansas Season Opener
ATHENS, Ala. – The Arkansas Division of the 2019 Bass Pro Shops Open Series presented by American Bass Anglers will open the season on April, 27th, 2019 at Lake Hamilton outside of Hot Springs. The competitors will launch at the Fish Hatchery Ramp, located at 350 Fish Hatchery Road Hot Springs, AR 71913. Anglers will begin fishing at safe light (Set by the tournament director) and the weigh-in will begin at 3:00 PM.
Season Opener - Getting Ready For Greers Ferry
The Bass Pro Shops Open Series operated by American Bass Anglers will host the Arkansas Divisions season opener on the 40,500-acre Greers Ferry Lake March 9th, 2019. The pro/am event boasts a $5000 1st place payout to the winning boater on 60 boats or more and will pay out 20% of the field with a 75-80% payback at the ramp. Located in North Central Arkansas, and just 40 minutes north of Little Rock, Greers Ferry’s 460 miles of shoreline is within easy reach of many anglers
Carpenter Takes First at Black Lake
Brent Carpenter of Winnfield, La won the American Bass Anglers Ram Truck Open Series Louisiana tournament, held April 29th on Black Lake.
Cooper Tames Bayou Black
Justin “Coop” Cooper of Pelican, Louisiana won the American Bass Anglers Ram Truck Open Series Louisiana division tournament, held March 11th on Bayou Black.
Louisiana Heads to Bayou Black
ATHENS, Ala. – The Louisiana of the Ram Truck Open Series will hold its next event of the season on March 11th, 2017, on Bayou Black near Gibson, LA.
The competitors will launch at Bob’s Bayou Black, located at 164 Marina Dr, Gibson, LA. 70356. Anglers may begin fishing at safe light. The weigh-in will begin at 3 p.m. Registration begins at 4 p.m. Friday March 10th the Morgan City Auditorium.
To enter, anglers fishing the Boater division pay $200 with Co-Anglers paying $100. First place is guaranteed a minimum $5,000 first place for Boaters. To learn more about the payout visit www.ramopenseries.com/payout.php
Fitts Wins on Toledo Bend
Alan Fitts of Hemphill, Texas won the American Bass Anglers Ram Truck Open Series Louisiana tournament, held February 25th on Toledo Bend Reservoir.
Running out of Cypress Bend Park near Many, Louisiana, Alan caught an astonishing five fish limit weighing 28.88 pounds anchored by a beautiful 9.79 pound bass. For the Boater division victory, Fitts took home a check for $5000.
Louisiana Heads to Toledo Bend
ATHENS, Ala. – The Louisiana of the Ram Truck Open Series will hold its next event of the season on Feb 25, 2017, on Toledo Bend near Many, Louisiana.
The competitors will launch at Cypress Bend Park, located at 3462 Cypress Bend Drive, Many, LA. 71449. Anglers may begin fishing at safe light. The weigh-in will begin at 3 p.m. Registration begins at 4 p.m. Friday Feb 24th at Cypress Bend Park. To register for this tournament, see us at the stage trailer by the pavilion.
Couch Walks Away Winner on Atchafalaya
Wilson Couch of Donaldsville, Louisiana won the American Bass Anglers Ram Truck Open Series Texas East Division tournament, held August 6, 2016 on the Atchafalaya Basin.
Sparks Drops Hammer on the Red River
Kylie Sparks of Denham Springs, Louisiana won the American Bass Anglers Ram Truck Open Series Louisiana tournament, held June 25th on the Red River.
Gagnard Takes Home Over $5000 at Toledo Bend
Zack Gagnard of Pineville, LA won the Louisiana Division Ram Truck Open Series opener at Toledo Bend on February 27, 2016. Gagnard weighed in a 21.04 pound limit of bass to win $5325. “I started down south in Housin Bay, flipping a ½ ounce black/blue V&M Pacemaker jig and caught three. I moved out deep in the mouth of White Oak and switched to a ¾ ounce V&M jig to limit out and cull up. Then, I stopped in Pirate’s Cove and caught a five pounder off of a bed for my last cull. I had a decent day catching about 20 to 25 fish and culling about 10 times. On Thursday, I had around 26 pounds with one of them pushing 10 pounds. Today was a lot different. High pressure really changed the bite, but weather was beautiful. This tournament was ran very smoothly and the entire ABA staff did a great job, especially with take-off this morning,” said Ganard.
Gilder Wins Top Co-angler Prize at Louisiana Opener
Eddy Gilder of Sulphur, LA was the co-angler champion of the Ram Truck Open Series event held on February 27, 2016 at Toledo bend. Gilder’s 8.72 pound win was worth $1800. “We were way up on the north end of the lake and stayed up there all day. We pretty much only fished two spots and targeted cypress trees in about three feet of water the entire day. I caught my first keeper on a Chatterbait, the second keeper on a Sweet Beaver, and the third keeper on a wacky rigged Senko. The third keeper was my biggest. I had four bites all day. My boater had a pretty good day catching 10-12 fish, but one of them stands out to me. He set the hook on one flipping a jig and it broke off. Not thinking she would bite again, I pitched my Chatterbait up to the tree and she bit. I got her in the boat and his jig was still stuck in her jaw. I apologized to him for catching it and he said it was fine, but wanted his jig back,” said Gilder.
Gilchrist Wins New Abu Garcia Revo
Eric M. Gilchrist of Plaquemine, LA won the Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus after using an Abu Garcia reel to catch his 4.87 pound Big Bass at the August 1st & 2nd, 2015 Ram Weekend Bass Series event at Toledo Bend. 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, American Couples Series National Championship, Ram American Fishing Tour 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.
Porto Finishes on Top at Louisiana South Event
Chad Porto of Donaldsonville, LA won the Louisiana South RAM Weekend Bass Series event on May 30th, 2015 at the Atchafalaya Basin out of Doiron's Landing. His winning limit of 14.01 pounds was worth $1200 for first place and $330 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "I was worried for a minute. My co-angler had a limit before I even had a keeper. I was flipping cypress trees," said Porto.
Tyler Rivet of Raceland, LA finished in second place with 12.02 pounds and had the 4.94 pound boater Big Bass winning $565 and $160 for Big Bass. "It sucked at the beginning. I didn't think that I was going to do anything and then at 1:00, it turned around after I changed baits. I caught the Big Bass on a crankbait in a cut," said Rivet.
Duane Pittman of Prairieville, LA finished in third place with 10.75 pounds winning $350.
Chad Concienne of Franklin LA won the co-angler side with 8.09 pounds. Concienne won $575 for first place and $165 from the High Stakes Option Pot. Concienne used a spinnerbait to catch four bass during the day.
Leroy Keating of Ponchatoula LA finished in second on the co-angler side with 7.97 pounds and the 5.24 pound co-angler Big Bass winning $263 for second place and $75 for Big Bass. Keating was also awarded a new Abu Garcia Revo SX reel valued at $159.99 through the Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus program after using an Abu Garcia to catch the Big Bass of the event. "It was tough. We did a lot of punching. Basically slow, real slow. I had four keepers all day," said Keating.
Alan Yedor of Gretna LA finished in third place on the co-angler side with 7.43 pounds winning $163.
Complete result can be found at this link.