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. 

Michael Cooley of Woodville, TX had the day’s Co-angler Big Bass, weighing in at 4.36 pounds, to win $245 from the Big Bass Pot.

Top Five Co-anglers:

1. Eddy Gilder  8.72  $1800

2. Josh Wallace  8.66  $591

3. Brian Tolley  8.65  $394

4. John “Matt” Jacobs 7.87  $294

5. Tommy Faye 7.73  $237

There were 50 co-angler entries for this Ram Truck Open Series event.

Complete results can be found at this link

For more info on the Louisiana division of the Ram Truck Open Series visit www.ramopenseries.com call ABA tournament manager, Chris Wayand, at (256) 230-5627 or visit www.ramopenseries.com .

Ram Truck Open Series anglers can take advantage of the “no boat on boat draw” format along with huge payouts for the 2016 season. First place boaters can win a guaranteed $5000 first place, regardless of number of entries. Payouts will increase to $6000 for the first place boater with a 100 boat field. Over the course of four divisional events and the area championship, anglers will be competing for a spot in the 2017 Ray Scott Championship.

Lots of contingency money is up for grabs during the 2016 Ram Trucks Open Series Series season. Anglers participating in the Triton Gold program can earn up to $7,000 at 2016 divisional events and up to $50,000 at the 2017 Ray Scott Championship. Anglers can also take advantage of other programs such as T-H Marine Atlas Rewards, Power Pole Captain's Cash, Garmin Grand Giveaway, Livingston Lures Cash for Big Bass, Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus, Maui Jim Bonus, and Mercury/Motorguide bonus money.

American Bass Anglers, Inc. is supported by Ram Trucks, Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, Carlisle Tires, GEICO, Berkley, Abu Garcia, T-H Marine, Hydrowave, Livingston Lures, Best Western Hotels, Maui Jim, Power Pole, Dr. Dan's, Garmin, and Simms Bass.  American Bass Anglers, Inc. can be contacted at (256) 232-0406 or by visiting americanbassanglers.com. 

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