Okeechobee Anglers Get Early Christmas Wish
Athens, AL. Anglers fishing the Ram Truck Open Series Area Championship on Lake Okeechobee next weekend will fish the highest water on Okeechobee in Ten Years.
The 8-10” of rain from Hurricanes this summer brought the lake up to 16.3 feet above sea level and today stands at 15.90 (source http://w3.saj.usace.army.mil/h2o/currentLL.shtml ). The local anglers know this has a big impact on fish movement and the east shore is a hot area with high water.
Topwater becomes a favorite method in December. However, with the high-water, flipping could dominate the tournament. With the high-water, bass and the anglers will be in areas they haven’t been able to reach in years.
In December, Okeechobee is known for giving up some real monster bass. Last December a 10lb 10 ounce was recorded in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Trophy Catch program with a lot the catches in the eight-pound class.
The current weather forecast for the event couldn't be any better with a midday high forecast at 80 degrees with lightly cloudy skies and light winds.
With ABA anglers being some of the top anglers in the country, it will be interesting to see if they can set some records.
The event held out of Scott Driver park will offer a $10,000 first place to the winning boater and $5,000 to the winning Co-Angler. The anglers competing must have qualified through fishing qualifying events in Central and South Florida.
For more information on this event go to:
Qualified anglers can register online at http://www.RamOpenSeries.com or by calling (256)232-0406
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Dustin Wood wins on Lake Eufaula
Fifty-six Anglers took to the water on Lake Eufaula this past Saturday to fish the 9 February 2019 Bass Pro Shop AFT Division 12 One Day Qualifier. Dustin Wood set the standard by taking first place with 28.27 lbs., anchored by a chunky 8.24lb kicker. Bobby Padgett placed 2nd with 21.26 lbs., followed by Robert Enke (Co Angler) with 20.45 lbs. Enke had the big fish of the tournament weighing in at 8.25 lbs. A total of nine Anglers received checks for their efforts. Three bass over 8 lbs. were weighed in. The lake was heavily stained and the water temperature was in the 50’s. Fish were caught in both shallow and deep patterns on a variety of baits ranging from plastics, blades and crankbaits. The next tournament on Lake Eufaula is scheduled for 3 March and the lake should be on fire. Will it take 30 lbs to win and will there be a nine pounder caught, we’ll just have to wait and see!
South Carolina Couples Cancels 12/8 Tournament
The South Carolina Couples Division 11 has canceled the 12/8 tournament scheduled for Lake Wateree. This decision has been made due to falling lake levels, the ramp and the launch site is inaccessible. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused and look forward to seeing you all at the next tournament.
South Carolina Heads to Lake Murray
ATHENS, Ala. – The South Carolina Division of the Bass Pro Shops Open Series presented by American Bass Anglers will hold its second event of the season on Lake Murray on February 23, 2019.
The competitors will launch from Dreher Island State Park located at 3677 State Park Road Prosperity South Carolina 29127. Anglers will begin fishing at 7:00 am or safe light on Saturday February 23rd with the weigh-in to start at 3:00 pm. Registration begins at 4:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Friday 2/22/2019 local time at the ABA stage trailer at Dreher Island State park, with the pairings meeting to follow at 7:00 p.m.
Mason and Walker win new Triton boat at Guntersville
Saturday, February 9, 2019 the Bass Pro Shops Team Tour operated by American Bass Anglers held its first tournament of the regular season that launched from Goosepond Bait and Tackle on Guntersville Lake located in Scottsboro, Alabama. Ninety-three teams went to battle in cold weather conditions to try and win the 2019 Triton 17TX powered by a 60HP Mercury four-stroke with Garmin Echo-map plus 63CV valued at 20K. With a 5-pound lead over 2nd place Jimmy Mason and Lance Walker took the victory weighing in 5 fish for a total weight of 33.82-pounds. The team also earned a check for $900 for taking 1st place in the High Stakes Option Pot.