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Jay Bennett Wins on Sam Rayburn

ATHENS, Ala. – Jay Bennett of Lufkin, TX won the Open Series Texas East Division, held February 24th at Sam Rayburn. Jay caught a five-fish limit of 21.71 lbs and took home a check for $6000.00

Running out of Brookeland, TX, the field dealt with overcast skies and a threat of rain.  However, the rain held up for most of the day and turned to a little sunshine just minutes after weigh in started.  



“I caught all of them on a 3XD throwing down ditches and drains in the back of creeks, but I was way up the lake.  I quit fishing at 1:30 just wanting to make sure I could get back on time.  I left them biting when I started to head back, and I was catching 3 and 4 lb fish still.  I bet I had 30-40 of them.  I knew there was a chance the wind could get up pretty high and I want to give myself a couple hours to get back.  Once I started making the run I was pleasantly surprised to see it was not near as bad as the forecast.  It made the ride that much better.  I didn’t win by much, but a win is a win.” Said Bennett.

In second for the boaters, James Davis of Ferriday, LA brought in a five-bass limit weighing 21.32 lbs. and collected a check for $1800.

“Man did I need this…  I had a very rough weekend last week.  I fished another tournament, put in the practice time, located some fish, and things just didn’t work out.  I was ready to give it all up.  On my way home decided to sell everything I had.  Tackle, rods, reels, boat, all of it.  I didn’t have any expectations for this tournament, so I didn’t do anything.  I came out here and just went fishing.  I had no idea where I was going to go this morning when you called my boat number, but I knew I was going to enjoy it and look what happened.  I had a great day.  I enjoyed myself.  Sometimes you just have to step back and slow down and that what I did, now I’m going home with a smile on my face!” Said Davis

Danny “DJ” Cherry of Kirbyville, TX, placed third for the boaters with a limit of five bass weighing 20.09 lbs and took home $1200.00

“I fished a ridge all day long.  I was throwing a jig, and event thought the water had come up a couple feet and flooded some new structure on the banks, the fish I had found were still in the same area and had not pulled up.  These fish are ready to spawn but not quite yet.  I caught fish throughout the entire day and managed to get the right bites to be in contention but fell just a little short.  It was a good day.”  Said Cherry.

In fourth, AJ Johnson of Shreveport, LA had a solid bag for 20.82 lbs, and Shane Howell of Franklin, TX came in just behind AJ with another solid bag of 20.64 lbs to take the fifth-place honors.  The top 5 boaters were all so close in weight that one nite could have mixed things up completely.

In the Co-Angler Division, Lat Nichols of Deport, TX topped the field with a 3-fish limit at 12.70 lbs, anchored by his monster bass of 8.47 lbs.  His performance filled his pocket with a check for $1800 on the win with an additional $315.00 for big bass. 

“I caught a good one today.  It started out right because the 8.47 was the first fish I put in the boat.  One heck of a way to start.  Get the big one out of the way and add to it.  I got the other 2 to finish out my limit and culled a little but that was about it.  I made sure she was good and lively all day but being that we were on Sam Rayburn I didn’t think my overall weight would hold up.  I hoped it would and I lucked out.  You just have to roll with what Mother Nature throws at you.” Said Nichols.

Taking second for the co-anglers, James Curtis of Denham Springs, LA came in weighing a 3-fish limit for 11.75 lbs. His placement earned him a check for $650.

“Man I caught fish all day long.  Everywhere we went.  I threw so many baits and caught fish on all of them I couldn’t tell you if there was a pattern to them or not.  I like fishing deeper water so that’s what I did.  My boater Michael and I had a great time and I can’t wait to get back at it again in April.” Stated Jimmy.

Beau Buchhaus of Sulphur, LA placed third among the co-anglers. He had three fish weighing in at 11.63 lbs to earn a check for $450

“My day started off pretty good, but I didn’t finish out my limit until the last 2 hours of the day.  We stayed with the same pattern all day but found the right spot in the afternoon and slugged it out.  We were up shallow, and they finally started biting.” Stated Beau.

In fourth place among the co-anglers, Alan Grissom of Houston, TX brought in three bass for 11.57 lbs.  Judah Morris of Forrest Hill, LA finished in fifth place with three bass at 10.76 lbs.

The biggest bass for the boaters was caught by Rusty Traylor of Broadus, TX weighing in at 9.04 lbs for $1000.00.  Well done to all!  

Slated for April 27th, the next divisional tournament will be held again on Sam Rayburn launching from the Umphrey Pavilion.  At the end of the season, the best anglers from across the nation advance to the 2019 Ray Scott Championship, slated for the first week of April 2019 on Lake Eufaula, AL.

For more information on this tournament, call Chris Wayand, tournament manager, at 256-230-5627 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.abaopenseries.com/ .

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.



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2018 Upcoming Schedule

Louisiana - Toledo Bend South 3/24/2018 Toledo Bend
Virginia 3/24/2018 Chickahominy River
Georgia Central 3/24/2018 Sinclair
Georgia - Eufaula 3/24/2018 Lake Eufaula
Texas - Wichita Falls 3/24/2018 Ray Roberts
Missouri 3/24/2018 Lake Ozark
Kentucky Central 3/24/2018 Kentucky Lake
Florida Harris Chain 3/24/2018 Harris Chain
Oklahoma East 3/24/2018 Fort Gibson
Alabama East Central 3/24/2018 Neely Henry
Louisiana - Toledo Bend South 3/25/2018 Toledo Bend
North Carolina East 3/25/2018 Neuse/Trent River
South Carolina Northwest 3/25/2018 Clarks Hill
Tennessee Central 3/25/2018 Old Hickory
DFW - Texas 3/25/2018 Ray Roberts
North Carolina Piedmont 3/31/2018 Gaston
North Carolina Charlotte 3/31/2018 Lake Norman
New Mexico 3/31/2018 Elephant Butte
North Carolina Central 3/31/2018 Roanoke
Virginia - Western 3/31/2018 Kerr Lake
Alabama Central 3/31/2018 Alabama River
Alabama Northwest 3/31/2018 Wheeler Lake (Open Event)
Texas - Sam Rayburn North 3/31/2018 Sam Rayburn
Southeast North Carolina 3/31/2018 Northeast Cape Fear River
Tennessee - West 3/31/2018 Kentucky Lake
Kansas - Big Hill 3/31/2018 Big Hill
Louisiana Central 3/31/2018 Bisteneau
Alabama North 3/31/2018 Guntersville
New Mexico 4/01/2018 Elephant Butte
South Carolina - Savannah River 4/07/2018 Savannah River
Virginia 4/07/2018 Kerr
New Jersey 4/07/2018 Hopatcong
North Central Louisiana 4/07/2018 D'Arbonne
Georgia North 4/07/2018 Allatoona
Arkansas 4/07/2018 Maumelle
Georgia - Blackshear 4/07/2018 Blackshear
DFW - Texas 4/07/2018 Bridgeport
Missouri 4/07/2018 Lake Ozark
Tennessee - West 4/07/2018 Kentucky Lake
Florida - West 4/07/2018 Toho
Florida Harris Chain 4/07/2018 Harris Chain
Oklahoma 4/07/2018 Grand Lake
Pennsylvania 4/07/2018 Delaware River
South Carolina - Greenwood 4/08/2018 Greenwood
Tennessee Central 4/08/2018 Old Hickory
Florida - Seminole 4/08/2018 Seminole
Texas - Sam Rayburn North 4/08/2018 Sam Rayburn
Kansas South 4/08/2018 El Dorado
KY Lake 4/08/2018 Kentucky Lake
Florida - Toho 4/08/2018 Toho
Massachusetts - Western 4/08/2018 Wickaboag Pond
Massachusetts - New England 4/08/2018 South Watuppa-Fall River
New Jersey 4/13/2018 Hopatcong
Louisiana - Toledo Bend South 4/14/2018 Toledo Bend
North Carolina East 4/14/2018 Tar/Pamlico River
Mississippi Gulf Coast 4/14/2018 Back Bay
North Carolina Charlotte 4/14/2018 Tuckertown Lake
Georiga Central 4/14/2018 Oconee
Alabama - Mobile 4/14/2018 Tensaw
Georgia East 4/14/2018 Clarks Hill
Florida - Istokpoga South 4/14/2018 Lake Istokpoga
North Carolina Central 4/14/2018 Lake Gaston
Texas - Wichita Falls 4/14/2018 Hubbard Creek
Texas - Central 4/14/2018 Lake Waco
Maryland 4/14/2018 Potomac
Alabama Lay Lake - Logan Martin 4/14/2018 Logan Martin
Ohio-Central 4/14/2018 Buckeye Lake
Oklahoma East 4/14/2018 Lake Hudson
Georgia - Westpoint 4/14/2018 West Point
Alabama East Central 4/14/2018 Weiss Lake
North Carolina Charlotte 4/15/2018 Badin Lake
Florida - St Johns North 4/15/2018 Santa Fe
Illinois North 4/15/2018 Braidwood
Alabama West 4/15/2018 Bankhead
Massachusetts - Western 4/15/2018 Longpond

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American Couples Series Winter/Spring Events

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 Seminole (UPDATED) Seminole Lodge
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
Oklahoma 4/21/2018 Tenkiller Sizemore Landing
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
Florida Northwest 5/12/2018 Choctawhatchee River Black Creek Lodge
Alabama North 5/12/2018 Guntersville Goosepond
Oklahoma 5/12/2018 Grand Grand Lake RV Ramp
Georgia 5/19/2018 West Point Highland Marina
Tennessee Northeast 5/19/2018 Douglas Dam
South Carolina 5/19/2018 Lake Russell Russell B Richard State Park
Alabama Central 5/19/2018 Lay Lake Narrows Boat Ramp
Kentucky 5/20/2018 Kentucky Lake Ken Lake State Park
North Carolina 5/20/2018 TBA TBA


Open Series 2018 Upcoming Events

North Carolina 3/24/2018 Hickory Wittenburg
Florida South 3/24/2018 Okeechobee Scott Driver
East Texas 3/24/2018 Lake Palestine Villages Marina
Tennesee Central 3/24/2018 Percy Priest Fate Sanders
Maryland 3/31/2018 Potomac Smallwood
Virginia 4/14/2018 Gaston Holly Grove Marina
Maryland 4/14/2018 Chesapeake Bay Anchor Boats Marina
Mississippi 4/14/2018 Ross Barnett Tommys Trading Post
Kentucky 4/14/2018 Kentucky Lake Paris Landing State Park
South Carolina 4/21/2018 Hartwell Green Pond
Alabama South 4/21/2018 Martin Wind Creek State Park
Oklahoma 4/21/2018 Eufaula South Cove
North Carolina 4/28/2018 Kerr Nutbush
Georgia 4/28/2018 Sinclair Little River Park
South East Texas 4/28/2018 Sam Rayburn Umphrey Pavilion
Alabama North 4/28/2018 Neely Henry Coosa Landing
Florida Central 5/05/2018 Toho Lakefront Park
Mississippi 5/05/2018 Ross Barnett Tommys Trading Post
Tennesee Central 5/05/2018 Old Hickory Sanders Ferry
Ohio 5/12/2018 Indian Moundwood State Park
Maryland 5/12/2018 Potomac Smallwood
Florida South 5/12/2018 Okeechobee Roland Martin Marina & Resort
Oklahoma 5/12/2018 Grand Lake Wolf Creek
North Carolina 5/19/2018 High Rock Tamarac Marina
Alabama South 5/19/2018 Jordan Bonners Landing
South Texas 5/19/2018 Lake Conroe Lakeview Marina