Adam Wagner Wins on Center Hill
Athens, Al -- Adam Wagner the 2013 Ray Scott Champion from Cookeville, Tennessee won the American Bass Anglers Open Series Tennessee Central tournament held February 24, 2018 at Center Hill. Running out of Edgar Evins State Park in Silver Point, Tennessee. Adam caught five bass tournament limit weighing 23.26 pounds with an 8.01-pound kicker. For his effort he took home $5000 for his win plus $670 big bass honors.“I had one specific spot, I was lucky to get to it because it is a community hole. I threw a jig for 20 minutes without a bite. I would get a little peck here and there. I went through everything I had on the deck except for one bait and it was a DT6. I picked it up and I got the school fired up and absolutely blistered them for an hour. I caught everything making the exact same cast.” stated Wagner. Second place for the boaters was Matt Stanley of Alexandria, Tennessee. He landed five fish weighing in at 21.19 pounds and took home $1,250 for his catch. “I caught 75 fish at least. Had 11 keeper smallmouth, 12 largemouth, and the rest were spotted bass. I caught them on spinnerbait, crankbait, and a jig.” said Stanley. Jason Dies of Lebanon, Tennessee took third place with a five-fish limit that weighed 20.63 pounds. His bag included a nice 4.64-pound smallmouth bass. Dies took home a check for $900 for his fish. “I caught all my fish flipping a submerged island right off the river channel with a jig. Went back there about 1 o’clock and caught my two-big fish and culled up. I had a pretty good day.” said Dies. In fourth place for the boaters, Jason Locke from Woodbury, Tennessee weighed in five bass for 19.47 pounds including a 4.81 pounder. Rounding out the top five was Barry Johnson from Walling, Tennessee with 18.23 pounds.
Top 20 Boaters Place Name/Profile Fish Big Bass Total Points 1 Adam M. Wagner 5 8.01 23.26 250 2 Matt R. Stanley 5 0.00 21.19 249 3 Jason Dies 5 4.64 20.63 248 4 Jason S. Locke 5 4.81 19.47 247 5 Barry L. Johnson 5 0.00 18.23 246 6 Chris R. Tramel 5 0.00 17.99 245 7 Charlie Caplinger 5 3.94 17.04 244 8 Jayson A. Johnson 5 5.00 16.79 243 9 Matthew C. Bouldin 5 0.00 16.68 242 10 Tony Eckler 5 5.84 16.00 241 11 Christopher Wooten 5 0.00 15.67 240 12 Tim C. Messer 5 0.00 15.20 239 13 Josh B. Tramel 5 0.00 15.02 238 14 Anthony W. Nash 5 0.00 14.81 237 15 Steve E. Caudell 5 4.06 14.01 236 16 Shane Thompson 5 0.00 13.75 235 17 Terry Steele 5 0.00 13.41 234 18 Tim Staley 5 0.00 13.14 233 19 Brandon C. Edel 5 0.00 13.02 232 20 Daniel D. Johnson 5 0.00 12.74 231In the Co-Angler division, Craig Allen from Kingston Springs, Tennessee took the win with a three-fish tournament limit that weighed 9.02 pounds. Allen also had the biggest fish among the co-anglers which was a 3.73-pound bass. He earned $900 for the win along with the Big Bass award of $135. “I had a limit by 8 o’clock and decided I was going to change what I was doing and up-size. I culled two fish and I caught the good smallmouth. Only caught five keepers today but I had a good day.” said Allen.Taking second for the co-anglers was Kenny Anderson from Sparta, Tennessee. Anderson brought three bass to the stage that weighed 8.87 pounds. His three-fish earned him a check for $400. “I didn’t lose a fish so that was a good thing. Got them all in the boat so it was just one of those days. Needed that big bite but didn’t get it.” said Anderson.Ryan Harpe from Cookeville, Tennessee came in third with three bass weighing 6.99 pounds. “We had a pretty good morning this morning. Starting right off the bat, we caught all our fish. We had everything that we had by about 9:30. Caught my biggest fish on a jig and the other two came on a rattletrap.” said Harpe.In fourth place among the co-anglers, Randy Griffin of Murfreesboro, Tennessee weighed in three bass that weighed 6.98 pounds. Rounding out the top five was Herbert Hall of Harrison, Tennessee who had a three-fish bag weighing 5.78 pounds.
Top 10 Co-Anglers Place Name/Profile Fish Big Bass Total Points 1 Craig Allen 3 3.73 9.02 250 2 Kenny Anderson 3 0.00 8.87 249 3 Ryan Harpe 3 0.00 6.99 248 4 Randy Griffin 3 3.31 6.98 247 5 Herbert Hall 3 0.00 5.78 246 6 Justin M. Clark 2 0.00 5.23 245 7 Roy Yother 2 0.00 5.02 244 8 Greg Whittaker 3 0.00 4.84 243 9 Ethan T. Wheeler 3 0.00 4.51 242 10 Jake J. Short 3 0.00 4.46 241The next Tennessee Central tournament is slated for March 24, 2018 on Percy Priest going out of Fate Sanders Marina in Smyrna, Tennessee.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 Open Series, the American Fishing Tour or the American Couples Series, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.American Bass Anglers Inc. is supported by Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, Geico, Berkley, ABU Garcia, T-H Marine, Livingston Lures, Maui Jim, Garmin, Optima Batteries and Sirius XM Marine weather. American Bass Anglers can be contacted at (256) 232-0406 or by visiting americanbassanglers.com
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2019 American Fishing Tour
Athens, AL. American Bass Anglers (ABA) announced today the 2019 season for the American Fishing Tour (AFT). The tour is a draw format that offers more than seventy divisions with 600-900 tournaments per season across the eastern half of the United States. Members of ABA qualify for the year-end national championship by competing locally in a minimum of four one-day divisional qualifying events and a Divisional two-day championship.
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.
Berkley® Launches Cast for Cash 2019 Bait Contingency Program
Eligible members can win from $100 to $2,000 in over 500 sanctioned tournaments
COLUMBIA, S.C. (December 10, 2018) – Berkley® is excited to announce a new 2019 bait contingency program that will provide cash rewards for loyal weekend tournament and semi-professional tournament anglers.
To participate anglers must become a member of the Berkley Cast for Cash program. Memberships are $29.99 and include a pro pack of Berkley PowerBait, Powerbait MaxScent, hard baits, hat and decal with a MSRP of $47.95.
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