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2/09/2018

Florida South Returns to Lake Okeechobee

ATHENS, Ala. – The Florida South Division of the Open Series will return for the second event of the 2018 season February 17, 2018, on Lake Okeechobee in Okeechobee, FL.

The competitors will launch at Scott Driver Park, located at 10100 W Hwy 78, Okeechobee, FL 34974. Anglers may begin fishing at 6:45a.m. or safe light. The weigh-in will begin at 3:00p.m. Registration begins at 4 p.m. local time at Scott Driver Park with the tournament briefing to begin at 7:00 p.m. Friday evening. To register for this tournament, click here 

To enter, anglers fishing the Boater Division pay $200 with co-anglers paying $100. First place is guaranteed a minimum $5,000 first place for boaters. To learn more about the payout visit www.abaopenseries.com/payout.php 

Anglers fishing the Boater Division may weigh in up to five bass, each at least 12 inches long with an exemption permit available at registration. Co-anglers may weigh in up to three bass. 

In addition to cash and prizes for top finishers, boater and co-angler competitors fishing this tournament and Ram Truck Open Series events throughout the season may also win contingency bonuses from such sponsors as Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, MotorGuide, T-H Marine, and ABU Garcia. See the manufacturer web sites for specific details on how to qualify for these bonuses.

Tournament Information: 
Limit: 5 bass for Boaters / 3 bass for Co-Anglers
Size Limit: 12" with a Signed Exemption Permits. Exemption Permits will be available at registration.
Take Off: 6:45am or Safe Light
Weigh In: 3:00pm
Time Zone: Eastern
Locking is allowed EXCEPT to Kissimmee River, Caloosahatchee River and Port St. Lucie Canal.

Host Hotel 
BEST WESTERN Lake Okeechobee
3975 Highway 441 S, Okeechobee, FL, 34974
863/357-7100

Event Host: 
Okeechobee County Tourism Department Council
499 Northwest 5th Avenue
Okeechobee FL 34972
Phone: (863) 763-3959
Fax: (863) 763-5785

Registration Location: 
C. Scott Driver Park
10100 West Highway 78
Okeechobee FL 34972
Phone: (863) 763-3959
Fax: (863) 763-5785
 
Registration will be held on Friday February 16, 2018 at the ABA Stage Trailer under the pavilion at Scott Driver Park from 4:00pm to 6:30pm with the meeting and partner pairing at 7:00pm.

Additional Information: 

Host Dealers: 

Lake Placid Marine
310 US 27 SOUTH
LAKE PLACID, FL 33852
863-465-2335
863-465-9550 (fax)
www.lakeplacidmarine.com

License Information: 
All anglers are required to have in their possession a valid FL Freshwater Fishing License. Florida licenses may be purchased by phone by calling (888) 347-4356.

The best Open Series anglers from across the nation can advance to the no entry fee 2019 Ray Scott Championship. 

For more information on this tournament, call Billy Benedetti, tournament manager, at 256-230-5632 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.abaopenseries.com .

American Bass Anglers commitment is to provide 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 and the American Fishing Tour, the  Open Series, the Triton 100% Plus Team Tour, or the American Couples Series visit www.americanbassanglers.com.

ABA is sponsored by: Triton Boats, Mercury Marine, Sirius XM Marine Weather, Best Western Hotels, Livingston Lures, Garmin, Power-Pole, T-H Marine, Hydrowave, Maui Jim, Abu Garcia, Berkley, and MotorGuide.
 

 

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American Fishing Tour Upcoming Events (2018 Season)

 

       
New York North 8/25/2018 Oneida
Illinois North 8/25/2018 Mississippi River Pool 12
Louisiana Central 8/25/2018 Cross
Ohio-Central 8/25/2018 Delaware Reservoir
Arkansas River 8/25/2018 Maumelle Pool
Lynchburg / Roanoke VA 8/25/2018 Smith Mountain
South Louisiana 8/25/2018 Pearl River
Oklahoma North 8/25/2018 TBD
New Hampshire 8/25/2018 Ossipee/Conway
New York North 8/26/2018 Fairhaven
Virginia 9/08/2018 Chickahominy River
Kansas South 9/08/2018 TBA
New Mexico 9/15/2018 Ute
Maryland 9/15/2018 Potomac
South Louisiana 9/15/2018 Blind River
Minnesota 9/15/2018 White Bear/Big Marine
New York North 9/15/2018 Black Lake
New Mexico 9/16/2018 Ute
Massachusetts - New England 9/16/2018 Wequaquet Lake-Centerville
Lynchburg / Roanoke VA 9/22/2018 Smith Mountain
South Louisiana 10/06/2018 Pearl River
Massachusetts - New England 10/14/2018 Long Pond-Harwich

Plus Team Tour 2018 Schedule

Tennessee/Kentucky

     
9/23/2018 Kentucky

 

 

 

 

American Couples Series

     
Oklahoma 9/8/2018 Hudson

 

Open Series 2018 Upcoming Events

       
Kentucky 8/25/2018 Kentucky Lake
Area 3 Championship 9/08/2018 Eufaula
East Texas 9/08/2018 Toledo Bend
South East Texas 9/15/2018 Sam Rayburn
Area 8 Championship 9/22/2018 Kerr
Area 9 Championship 9/29/2018 Chautauqua
Area 5 Championship 9/29/2018 Kissimmee Chain
Area 7 Championship 10/06/2018 Lake Texoma
Area 1 Championship 10/06/2018 Pickwick
Area 4 Championship 10/06/2018 Norman
Area 2 Championship 10/13/2018 Kentucky Lake
Area 6 Championship 10/20/2018 Toledo Bend