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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 Upcoming Schedule

Division     Date Lake Register Link
Georgia North 2/17/2018 Allatoona
Georgia - Blackshear 2/17/2018 Blackshear
Kansas - Big Hill 2/17/2018 Bone Creek
Oklahoma East 2/17/2018 Lake Hudson
Alabama North 2/17/2018 Guntersville
Georgia East 2/18/2018 Clarks Hill
South Carolina Northwest 2/18/2018 Hartwell
Florida - St Johns North 2/18/2018 Rodman
Florida - Toho 2/18/2018 Toho
Alabama - West 2/18/2018 Bankhead
Georgia - Westpoint 2/18/2018 West Point
Louisiana - Shreveport 2/24/2018 Hosston
Georgia - Eufaula 2/24/2018 Lake Eufaula
Texas - Houston 2/24/2018 Canyon Lake
Texas - Wichita Falls 2/24/2018 Nocona
Alabama Central 2/24/2018 Jordan
Arkansas North 2/24/2018 Maumelle
Alabama East Central 2/24/2018 Weiss Lake
South Carolina - Greenwood 2/25/2018 Murray
Texas - Houston 2/25/2018 Canyon Lake
Tennessee Central 2/25/2018 Percy Priest
DFW - Texas 2/25/2018 Grapevine
Texas - Sam Rayburn North 2/25/2018 Sam Rayburn

Plus Team Tour 2018 Schedule

Alabama

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

Tennessee/Kentucky

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

 

 

 

 

American Couples Series Winter/Spring Events

North Carolina 2/18/2018 Lake Norman McCrary Creek Access
Tennessee Northeast 3/3/2018 Ft Lound/Tellico Popler Springs
South Carolina 3/3/2018 Lake Murray Lighthouse Marina
Florida Northwest 3/10/2018 Seminole Seminole Lodge
Alabama North 3/10/2018 Guntersville Goosepond
Georgia 3/17/2018 Clarks Hill Mistletoe State Park
Tennessee Northeast 3/17/2018 Chicakamauga Dayton Ramp
Alabama Central 3/17/2018 Lake Mitchell Higgins Ferry
Georgia 3/18/2018 Clarks Hill Mistletoe State Park
North Carolina 3/18/2018 Lake Wylie Southepointe Landing
South Carolina 4/7/2018 Lake Keowee South Cove
Alabama North 4/7/2018 Guntersville Goosepond
Kentucky 4/8/2018 Kentucky Lake Big Bear
Tennessee Northeast 4/14/2018 Watts Bar Blue Springs
Florida Northwest 4/14/2018 Apalachicola River White City
North Carolina 4/15/2018 Lake James Black Bear Landing
Georgia 4/21/2018 Lanier Balus Creek Park
Alabama Central 4/21/2018 Alabama River Swift Creek
Tennessee Northeast 4/28/2018 Melton Hill Melton Hill Dam
South Carolina 4/28/2018 Lake Hartwell Greenpond
Kentucky 4/29/2018 Lake Barkley Kuttawa

Open Series 2018 Upcoming Events

Register Division_Name: Dates: Lake/Info
South Carolina 2/17/2018 Murray
Florida South 2/17/2018 Okeechobee
Virginia 2/24/2018 Kerr
Florida Central 2/24/2018 Kissimmee Chain
South East Texas 2/24/2018 Sam Rayburn
Tennesee Central 2/24/2018 Center Hill
Mississippi 3/03/2018 Columbus Pool
Georgia 3/10/2018 Seminole
Oklahoma 3/10/2018 Arkansas River
Kentucky 3/10/2018 Kentucky Lake
Florida Central 3/17/2018 Harris Chain
South Texas 3/17/2018 Lake Conroe
Alabama North 3/17/2018 Wheeler
North Carolina 3/24/2018 Hickory
Florida South 3/24/2018 Okeechobee
East Texas 3/24/2018 Lake Palestine
Tennesee Central 3/24/2018 Percy Priest
Maryland 3/31/2018 Potomac