ABA COUPLES SERIES
It was a hot, humid and at times stormy summer day on Kentucky Lake for the July 15 ABA Couples Series event. I think those conditions kept many competitors home as we had our lowest turnout of the year. Only 10 teams launched at 5:30 AM. Five of the ten boats weighed in a total of 12 bass for 37.43 pounds. We paid out two places for a total of $850.00, including big bass for both men and women.
Brandi and Scott Vanover had no problem with the extreme conditions and brought in a limit of bass weighing 14.97 pounds. The couple reported catching their fish on main lake secondary ledges and humps using primarily jigs. They collected a nice winning paycheck of $500 for their day’s work. This paycheck included $50 for Brandi’s Big Bass for the Ladies of 3.97 pounds. This is their first win within our Division; however, they have been very close many times in the past. Congratulations Brandi and Scott!
Second place went to Nancy Orren and Bill Bruce. They had two bass, which included in those was Bill’s Men’s Big Bass trophy of 5.19 pounds. Bill said he caught that fish in 5 feet or less of water on plastic! Nancy and Bill’s total weight was 8.76 pounds. They took home $350 for their hard work.
Dee and Danny Baggett finished third with three fish weighing 7.39 pounds. Two of the three were very nice smallmouths caught on the main lake.
Fourth place went to Cindy and Bob Linton with Cindy’s 3.35 pounder.
Finishing up the top 5 was Paula Keller and David Bowman with a nice 2.96 bass.
As always, some prizes were awarded by drawing two teams that did not finish in the money.
Our final tournament will be held on Kentucky Lake at the Big Bear Ramp near Benton on August 5. We will launch at 5:30 AM and weigh-in at 1:30 PM. Remember to register early if possible. In addition, the new Kentucky tax law is now in effect and our entry fees, for tournaments at Kentucky ramps, will have a 6% tax levied on them. Our entry will now be $106 for those tournaments. We will be at the ramp for boat check and late registrations at 4:30 AM.
We will have our season ending cookout immediately following the weigh-in. There will be lots of food and several prizes to be presented through drawings. The Anglers of the Year Award will also be presented. Anglers of the Year will come down to this last tournament!
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 the American Bass Anglers and the American Fishing Tour, the Open Series, the 100% Plus Team Tour, or the American Couples Series visit www.AmericanBassAnglers.com .
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Fifty-six Anglers took to the water on Lake Eufaula this past Saturday to fish the 9 February 2019 Bass Pro Shop AFT Division 12 One Day Qualifier. Dustin Wood set the standard by taking first place with 28.27 lbs., anchored by a chunky 8.24lb kicker. Bobby Padgett placed 2nd with 21.26 lbs., followed by Robert Enke (Co Angler) with 20.45 lbs. Enke had the big fish of the tournament weighing in at 8.25 lbs. A total of nine Anglers received checks for their efforts. Three bass over 8 lbs. were weighed in. The lake was heavily stained and the water temperature was in the 50’s. Fish were caught in both shallow and deep patterns on a variety of baits ranging from plastics, blades and crankbaits. The next tournament on Lake Eufaula is scheduled for 3 March and the lake should be on fire. Will it take 30 lbs to win and will there be a nine pounder caught, we’ll just have to wait and see!
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.
South Carolina Heads to Lake Murray
ATHENS, Ala. – The South Carolina Division of the Bass Pro Shops Open Series presented by American Bass Anglers will hold its second event of the season on Lake Murray on February 23, 2019.
The competitors will launch from Dreher Island State Park located at 3677 State Park Road Prosperity South Carolina 29127. Anglers will begin fishing at 7:00 am or safe light on Saturday February 23rd with the weigh-in to start at 3:00 pm. Registration begins at 4:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Friday 2/22/2019 local time at the ABA stage trailer at Dreher Island State park, with the pairings meeting to follow at 7:00 p.m.
Mason and Walker win new Triton boat at Guntersville
Saturday, February 9, 2019 the Bass Pro Shops Team Tour operated by American Bass Anglers held its first tournament of the regular season that launched from Goosepond Bait and Tackle on Guntersville Lake located in Scottsboro, Alabama. Ninety-three teams went to battle in cold weather conditions to try and win the 2019 Triton 17TX powered by a 60HP Mercury four-stroke with Garmin Echo-map plus 63CV valued at 20K. With a 5-pound lead over 2nd place Jimmy Mason and Lance Walker took the victory weighing in 5 fish for a total weight of 33.82-pounds. The team also earned a check for $900 for taking 1st place in the High Stakes Option Pot.