Wild Weekend on Ross Barnett

ATHENS, Ala. – Larry Rochelle of Canton, MS won the American Bass Anglers Open Series Mississippi Division, held April 15th on Ross Barnett. Running out of Tommy’s Trading Post and originally scheduled for Saturday, the tournament had been postponed due to severe weather. Gusting winds, heavy rain and tornadoes threatened the area, so the event was postponed, and everyone took cover. The storms turned out to be as bad as forecasted then cleared out of the area to open up the next day for the tournament.  An extreme drop in temperature Sunday morning with post front conditions made it difficult on the anglers but we still had some nice fish brought in.  At the end of the day there were 5 boaters able to break 16 lbs.

Larry Rochelle caught a solid five-fish limit weighing 18.78 lbs with a 5-fish limit and a 5.25 lb kicker.  For the boater division victory, Eddie took home a check for $5000.00

“I stayed up river all day just running spots I knew.  I hit probably 20 different places. I caught several on jig, some on a swimbait, and some on a chatterbait.  I think all together I had 12-14 keepers.  From 12:00-3:30 I didn’t catch another fish. I had a 2.5 lber I was trying to cull but wasn’t able to.” Said Larry.

In second for the boaters, Andy Coy of Brandon, MS brought in a five-bass limit weighing 16.71 lbs and a 6.13 kicker.  He collected a check for $1050.

“I ran down south today.  I had 7 bites.  I ran all the way down to the bay.  It was a rough ride back but down there it was protected.  I caught them on a swim jig and a chatterbait.  I never culled because the other 2 were pretty short.  Just the 5 keepers was all.” Said Andy

Ramey Harrell of Brandon, MS and Justin Leet of Bartlett, TN managed to tie for 3rd place for the boaters with a limit of five bass weighing 16.59 lbs and each took home a check for $675.00

“I threw a spinnerbait all day.  I didn’t want to fight the wind so I stayed up north.  I caught 7 fish total, all keepers.  I caught them off and on all day and didn’t have a hot part of the day but my bite stayed consistent.”  Said Ramey

“I stayed up river all day too.  I threw a black and blue chatterbait all day.  I had 4 fish at 11:30 and I didn’t get my 5th keeper until 2:45. I didn’t cull a single time.  I had 5 keeper fish and that’s all it was. Said Justin.

In fifth place was Lynn Watts of Pelahatchie, MS with a 5-fish limit weighing 16.44 lbs and a 6.41 lb kicker.  Lynn took home a check for $500.00

The biggest bass for the boaters was caught by John Anderson of Bay Springs weighing in at 6.51 lbs for $640.00 and the Abu Garcia big bass winner as well, earning him a brand new Abu Garcia Revo X.   


In the Co-AnglerDivision it was brutally tough…  Not one of them managed a 3-fish limit.  It was just a matter of getting the bites.  Shane Cade of Clinton MS topped the list with 2 fish weighing in at 6.05 lbs.  His performance filled his pocket with a check for $700.00 on the win. 

“It was tough, cold, and windy.  I caught one in the morning and one this afternoon.  We stayed up north too.  I don’t think many of the guys went south today but those were the only 2 bites I had.  I’m just glad they were both keepers” Said Shane.

Taking second for the co-anglers Clint Horton of Ripley, MS brought only 1 fish to the scales, but it was a good one weighing in at 5.41 lbs and was also the co-angler big bass.  His placement earned him a check for $400.00 and a big bass check for $75.00.

“It’s a short story.  I caught 1.  We flipped everything in sight.  Bushes, grass, trees, whatever we could find.  I just got lucky and got the one good bite.” Stated Clint

Rustin Beaudette of Bogalusa, LA placed third among the co-anglers with just 2 fish, for a total weight of 4.29 lbs to earn a check for $200.00.

“It was tough, all tough.  I had 4 bites all day.  I lost one good fish about 3.5 to 4 lbs and it would have mad a big difference.  A day like today there really isn’t much to talk about. But it worked out.” Stated Rustin

In fourth place among the co-anglers, Ricko Roberts of Newton, MS had 2 fish for 3.95 lbs.  Lance Jackson of Starkville, MS brought in two bass for 2.86 lbs.

Slated for May 5th, the next divisional tournament will be held on Ross Barnett Reservoir launching from Tommy’s Trading Post.  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 http://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.

American Bass Anglers, Inc. is supported by Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, Hydrowave, T-H Marine, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Livingston Lures, Best Western Hotels, Garmin, Maui Jim, Power Pole, Optima Batteries and GEICO.  American Bass Anglers, Inc. can be contacted at (256) 232-0406 or visit AmericanBassAnglers.com.
 

American Fishing Tour - Latest News


Tom Ondras wins D39 Two-Day

Tom Ondras of New Lenox, IL, won the Bass Pro Shops American Fishing Tour D39 championship presented by American Bass Anglers.  Launching from the Savanna Marina near Savanna, IL Tom brought back a five-fish limit both days for a total weight of 26.44-lbs.

Read More

Couples Series - Latest News


Kentucky Lake Division August 4, 2019

The ABA Bass Pro Shops Couples Tour, Kentucky Lake Division completed their final tournament of 2019 this Sunday.  The weather was nearly perfect right up to the weigh-in, at which time Mother Nature dropped high winds and heavy rains for about an hour.  Fifteen teams participated today out of the Big Bear ramp.  Teams fought a very tough bite all day.  A total of 23 bass were brought to the scales for a combined weight of 64.98 pounds.   We paid out a total of $1,275.  

Read More

Open Series - Latest News


T-H MARINE INTRODUCES REDESIGNED HYDRAULIC STEERING LOCK

Huntsville, AL – August 6, 2019 – T-H Marine Supplies, Inc., of Huntsville, Alabama, announces the complete redesign and reintroduction of their STEER STOP® Outboard Hydraulic Steering Lock. Using two stabilizer clips that attach to an outboard motor's hydraulic steering rams, STEER STOP® works by keeping the engine centered and preventing damage that occurs when a motor swings left and right during transport. The new and improved STEER STOP® is now available online and will also be available through a variety of retailers.

“The original STEER STOP® paved the way, but it was time to make improvements so it could be even more reliable, more durable, and easier to use,” said T-H Marine President and CEO, Jeff Huntley. “Now boaters will notice several ways the new STEER STOP® stands apart from imitation and performs better than any other hydraulic steering lock on the market.”

Read More

Team Events - Latest News


Davis and Butler win a new Triton boat on Lake Guntersville

Sunday, May 5th, 2019 the ABA Triton 100% Plus Team Tour held its second tournament of the regular season that launched from Goosepond Bait and Tackle on Lake Guntersville located in Scottsboro, AL. Eighty-three teams went head to head, on a sunny but windy day, to try and win the 2019 Triton 17TX powered by a 60HP Mercury four-stroke with Garmin Echo-map plus 93SV valued at 20K. With a massive six-and-a-half-pound lead over 2nd place, Seth Davis and Brent Butler took the victory weighing in 5 fish for a whopping weight of 29.69 pounds.

Read More

 

 

 

 

American Fishing Tour - Latest News


Tom Ondras wins D39 Two-Day

Tom Ondras of New Lenox, IL, won the Bass Pro Shops American Fishing Tour D39 championship presented by American Bass Anglers.  Launching from the Savanna Marina near Savanna, IL Tom brought back a five-fish limit both days for a total weight of 26.44-lbs.

Read More

Couples Series - Latest News


Kentucky Lake Division August 4, 2019

The ABA Bass Pro Shops Couples Tour, Kentucky Lake Division completed their final tournament of 2019 this Sunday.  The weather was nearly perfect right up to the weigh-in, at which time Mother Nature dropped high winds and heavy rains for about an hour.  Fifteen teams participated today out of the Big Bear ramp.  Teams fought a very tough bite all day.  A total of 23 bass were brought to the scales for a combined weight of 64.98 pounds.   We paid out a total of $1,275.  

Read More

Open Series - Latest News


T-H MARINE INTRODUCES REDESIGNED HYDRAULIC STEERING LOCK

Huntsville, AL – August 6, 2019 – T-H Marine Supplies, Inc., of Huntsville, Alabama, announces the complete redesign and reintroduction of their STEER STOP® Outboard Hydraulic Steering Lock. Using two stabilizer clips that attach to an outboard motor's hydraulic steering rams, STEER STOP® works by keeping the engine centered and preventing damage that occurs when a motor swings left and right during transport. The new and improved STEER STOP® is now available online and will also be available through a variety of retailers.

“The original STEER STOP® paved the way, but it was time to make improvements so it could be even more reliable, more durable, and easier to use,” said T-H Marine President and CEO, Jeff Huntley. “Now boaters will notice several ways the new STEER STOP® stands apart from imitation and performs better than any other hydraulic steering lock on the market.”

Read More

Team Events - Latest News


Davis and Butler win a new Triton boat on Lake Guntersville

Sunday, May 5th, 2019 the ABA Triton 100% Plus Team Tour held its second tournament of the regular season that launched from Goosepond Bait and Tackle on Lake Guntersville located in Scottsboro, AL. Eighty-three teams went head to head, on a sunny but windy day, to try and win the 2019 Triton 17TX powered by a 60HP Mercury four-stroke with Garmin Echo-map plus 93SV valued at 20K. With a massive six-and-a-half-pound lead over 2nd place, Seth Davis and Brent Butler took the victory weighing in 5 fish for a whopping weight of 29.69 pounds.

Read More


Advertising Contact Privacy Terms of Use
Home Find Divisions Event Finder

© 2018 American Bass Anglers MBAA Since 1975 - All Rights Reserved American Bass Anglers, Inc Logos and other data within this website is the property of American Bass Anglers, Inc and may not be copied or reproduced without express permission of American Bass Anglers, Inc. American Bass Anglers, Inc PO Box 475 Athens, AL 35612 email: call us 256-232-0406. This web site is provided by ABA and resides on a server with 99.99% up time.

© 2018 American Bass Anglers MBAA Since 1975 - All Rights Reserved American Bass Anglers, Inc Logos and other data within this website is the property of American Bass Anglers, Inc and may not be copied or reproduced without express permission of American Bass Anglers, Inc. American Bass Anglers, Inc PO Box 475 Athens, AL 35612 email: call us 256-232-0406. This web site is provided by ABA and resides on a server with 99.99% up time.