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
American Fishing Tour - Latest News
Rickie Bonner Takes the Win on the Tensaw River
December 8, 2018, Mobile, AL. Rickie Bonner of Mobile, Alabama won the American Fishing Tour Division 41 tournament presented by American Bass Anglers. Running out of Live Oak Landing near Stockton, Alabama Bonner brought back five-fish that locked in the scales at 11.76-lbs anchored by a 3.23-pound kicker. For the victory, Bonner took home a check for $376.
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.
Bass Pro Shops Partners with American Bass Anglers
Athens, AL (December 13, 2018) - Bass Pro Shops and American Bass Anglers announced today a multiyear partnership to provide more avenues for weekend anglers across the country. Bass Pro Shops will become the Title Sponsor of American Bass Anglers and will support a new 150hp bass tournament trail. As North America’s premier outdoor and conservation company, Bass Pro Shops is a recognized leader in supporting grassroots weekend anglers and growing the sport of fishing and attracting new audiences to enjoy the outdoors.
Galbraith and Mason win the Triton 100% Plus Team Tour Championship
The team of Roy Galbraith of Guin, Alabama and Richard Mason of Athens, Alabama took home the win in the American Bass Anglers Triton Plus 100% Team Tour Championship, held on Pickwick Lake November 3rd and 4th, 2018. Launching out of McFarland Park in Florence, Alabama, the team of Galbraith and Mason caught a five-bass limit on day one weighing 17.28-pounds