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8/17/2017

Jay and Shari Holsapple win on Kentucky Lake

Jay and Shari Hosapple of Kevil, KY won the American Couples Series Kentucky Lake Division tournament held on August 13th, 2017 on Kentucky Lake.  Blasting off from Big Bear ramp near Benton, KY Jay and Shari brought back a 5-fish limit locking in on the scales at 14lbs.  Jay and Shari made a run to Lake Barkley, where they fished roadbeds with jigs.  The move paid off with a 5 fish limit weighing in at 14 pounds even.  The Holsapples took home $450 in cash for their day’s work, along with a nice Championship Plaque. Their title was well deserved, as they have been consistent all year, finishing in the top five in every event!  

Cory York took 2nd place with 5 fish weighing in at 11.03 pounds.  Cory caught his fish in Pisgah Bay using Pop-Rs and big worms on points and ledges respectively.  Cory took home $275 for his efforts. 

Scott and Brandi Vanover took 3rd place with 3 fish weighing 9 pounds even.  Their sack was anchored by a very nice 5.15 pound largemouth taken by Brandi.  That fish took Ladies Big Bass honors.  They Vanovers caught their fish on main lake points with primarily square billed crankbaits.  Their payday totaled $155 for those results. 

4th Place went to Duane and Gabby Bowling with 2 fish crossing the scales at 5.26 pounds.

Jerrod Easley took 5th Place and Men’s Big Bass with a 4.75 largemouth.  He collected $55 for that catch.

11 teams came out for the final tournament of the 2017 trail, and were greeted with a beautiful day for fishing on Kentucky Lake.  Going into this event there was 5 teams in the running for claiming the Series Championship Title, but Jay and Shari Hosapple claimed the title with their second first place finish of the year.  

It was a perfect day for fishing, food and fellowship.  After this, our final 2017 event, we all gathered at the Big Bear Picnic area for a fantastic BBQ.   We had a great time and great food.  A special thank you is in order for Andrew and Kourtney Roe and Steve, Karen, and Cole Blanford for volunteering their time (all night and day) to cook/smoke the food and set up the tables for all to eat.  We had 4 smoked butts, BBQ beans, pasta salad, home-made beer cheese and drinks. 

After the feast, we gave out nearly $2,500 in prizes through random draws.  Included in the prizes were two of the BBQ Butts, several reels (Quantum, Lew’s, Shimano), Mercury oil, knives, flashlights, baits, tackle boxes and other miscellaneous items.  Every team received at least two prizes. 

We would like to send a special thank you out to Duckett Fishing for donating 10 gift coupons to be given as prizes.  Each coupon was good for 50% off any Duckett Rod or Reel.  The total value of these alone would be approximately $1250 or more.

Also, we would like to thank Robert Linton for donating approximately 50 beautiful home-made jigs for the drawing.  

We would also like to give a warm welcome to Orville and Vicki Merkel, they was their first tournament in our division, and we are glad to have them fishing with us all. 

This concludes our 2017 regular season.  We have several teams going to the National Championship in October at Lake Eufala, Alabama.  I look forward to that event and wish our teams a great safe and successful experience.

We hope to have our 2018 schedule out soon.  We hope you all return and bring another couple with you! We hope to make this Division bigger and better next year.  Everyone have a blessed and safe off-season.  

All ABA American Couples Series events involve a team format with each team composed of one man and one woman. Although many married couples compete together as teams, some teams consist of boyfriend and girlfriend combinations, parent-child combinations or just two friends. Contestants between 12 and 18 years old may participate with a parent’s written permission. 

The top angling couples from across the nation earn the right to compete in the annual American Bass Anglers Couples Series National Championship tournament.

About American Bass Anglers: American Bass Anglers is committed to providing 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, the Ram Truck Open Series, the American Fishing Tour or the American Couples Series, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.

American Bass Anglers, Inc. is supported by Ram Trucks, Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, Carlisle Tires, GEICO, Berkley, Abu Garcia, T-H Marine, Livingston Lures, Best Western Hotels, Maui Jim, Power Pole, LiT Coolers, Simms, Garmin, and Divide-It. American Bass Anglers, Inc. can be contacted at (256) 232-0406 or by visiting americanbassanglers.com

 

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2018 Season Fall Schedule

South Carolina - Savannah River 11/18/2017 Savannah River
Alabama Lay Lake - Logan Martin 11/18/2017 Lay Lake
DFW - Texas 11/18/2017 Ray Roberts
Georgia Central 11/18/2017 Sinclair
North Central Louisiana 11/18/2017 D'Arbonne
Alabama North 11/18/2017 Guntersville
Louisiana - Shreveport 11/18/2017 Caddo
North Carolina Central 11/18/2017 Lake Gaston
Georgia - Eufaula 11/18/2017 Lake Eufaula
Pennsylvania 11/18/2017 North East River
Georgia North 11/18/2017 Allatoona
Alabama Central 11/18/2017 Mitchell
Alabama East Central 11/18/2017 Weiss
Georgia - Blackshear 11/18/2017 Blackshear
Southeast North Carolina 11/18/2017 Northeast Cape Fear River
Northeast Tennessee 11/18/2017 Cherokee
Kansas - Big Hill 11/18/2017 Big Hill
Arkansas River 11/18/2017 Arkansas/Pine Bluff
Arkansas North 11/18/2017 Maumelle
Georgia East 11/19/2017 Clarks Hill
South Carolina Northwest 11/19/2017 Russel
Kansas South 11/19/2017 El Dorado
Georgia Central 11/25/2017 Oconee
Alabama Northwest 11/25/2017 Wheeler Lake
North Carolina East 12/02/2017 Neuse/Trent River (Open)
Mississippi - Ross Barnett 12/02/2017 Ross Barnett
Texas - Houston 12/02/2017 Sam Rayburn
Texas - Wichita Falls 12/02/2017 Graham
Georgia - West Point 12/02/2017 West Point
Arkansas 12/02/2017 Maumelle
Northeast Tennessee 12/02/2017 Cherokee
Florida - West 12/02/2017 Toho
Kansas - Big Hill 12/02/2017 Big Hill
South Carolina - Greenwood 12/03/2017 Greenwood
Texas - Houston 12/03/2017 Sam Rayburn
Florida - Seminole 12/03/2017 Seminole
DFW - Texas 12/09/2017 Lake Lewisville
Louisiana - Toledo Bend South 12/09/2017 Toledo Bend
Mississippi Gulf Coast 12/09/2017 Jordan
Alabama - Mobile 12/09/2017 Tensaw
Florida - Istokpoga South 12/09/2017 Lake Istokpoga
Georgia - Eufaula 12/09/2017 Lake Eufaula
Missouri - Stockton 12/09/2017 Stockton
Georgia North 12/09/2017 Allatoona
Virginia - Western 12/09/2017 Kerr Lake
Alabama East Central 12/09/2017 Neely Henry
Alabama Northwest 12/09/2017 Pickwick Lake
Georgia East 12/10/2017 Clarks Hill
Alabama West 12/10/2017 Bankhead
Mississippi - Ross Barnett 12/15/2017 Ross Barnett
South Carolina - Savannah River 12/16/2017 Savannah River
Alabama Lay Lake - Logan Martin 12/16/2017 Logan Martin
Georgia Central 12/16/2017 Sinclair
Alabama North 12/16/2017 Guntersville
Louisiana - Shreveport 12/16/2017 Caddo
Arkansas 12/16/2017 Ouachita
Georgia - Blackshear 12/16/2017 Blackshear
Northeast Tennessee 12/16/2017 Norris
Arkansas North 12/16/2017 Dardanelle
South Carolina Northwest 12/17/2017 Clarks Hill
Florida - St Johns North 12/17/2017 St. Johns
Kansas South 12/17/2017 Coffey Co. SFL
Alabama Northwest 12/23/2017 Wilson Lake
Alabama Central 12/30/2017 Martin
Northeast Tennessee 12/30/2017 Cherokee

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Dates Lake/Info Register
2/11/2018 Guntersville
3/04/2018 Neely Henry
5/20/2018 Wheeler
7/01/2018 Weiss

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2/18/2018 Kentucky
4/22/2018 Kentucky
5/13/2018 Old Hickory
9/23/2018 Kentucky

 

 

American Couples Series Fall/Winter Events

Georgia 11/18/2017 Hartwell
Florida Northwest 11/18/2017 Apalachicola River
Georgia 11/19/2017 Hartwell
Alabama North 12/2/2017 Weiss
Florida Northwest 12/2/2017 Choctawhatchee River
Alabama Central 12/2/2017 Lake Mitchell
Georgia 12/9/2017 Jackson

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Florida Central 1/20/2018 Toho
South Carolina 1/27/2018 Keowee
     

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