ABA COUPLES SERIES
The Kentucky Lake Division of the ABA Couples Series completed its last tournament of 2018 on August 5th. We had 14 teams launch at safelight from the Big Bear Ramp. It was warm, humid, and clear. It was another tough day, as it seems to have been all year on our great lake. Ten of the fourteen teams weighed in a total of 18bass for 59.03 pounds. All bass were all released alive and well. We paid out three places for a total of $1,190.00, which included big bass for both men and women.
Larry Bailey and Tammy Hoffner caught the days’ only limit of 5-bass weighing in 11.78-pounds. Their limit was anchored by a nice 4.59-pound largemouth. This couple caught their fish fishing shallow and flipping docks. They earned a $550 payday for their effort.
Second place went to Eddie and Tammy Barclay. They had two very nice bass totaling 7.20-pounds. They caught their fish on Carolina rigs and jigs. They took home $325 for their hard work.
Cory and Meagan York finished third with two fish weighing 6.77-pounds. One of those fish was a very healthy 4.82-pound largemouth that took the Men’s Big Bass pot for the day. They took home a total of $245.
Fourth place went to Scott and Brandi Vanover with two bass weighing 6.08-lbs.
Finishing up the top 5 was Buddy and Natasha Hopkins with two bass tipping the scales at 5.99 pounds.
Finally, Dee Baggett took Ladies’ Big Bass honors with a 4.64-pound lunker, earning her $70 for the day.
Our Anglers of the Year plaque went to Jay and Shari Holsapple. It was an extremely tight race for that honor. Six teams were mathematically within reach at the beginning of the day. Bob and Cindy Linton were second only 2 points behind. Scott and Brandi Vanover were 11 points back in third place, while Danny and Dee Baggett finished fourth overall only 15 points back. Rounding out the top five were the Barclay’s, Eddie and Tammy only 20 points out of first. One more or one less fish by any of these teams would have changed the entire standings. Congratulations to all these teams for there year-long effort.
After the weigh-in, we had our season ending cookout. Everyone present enjoyed a great meal of BBQ, potato salad, baked beans and slaw. Gordon Summers volunteered to smoke the pork overnight. A big thank you to him. The Steele’s donated some potato salad and Angela Gordon made several delicious desserts which everyone enjoyed. We gave out over $2000 worth of prizes. A special thank you goes out to DUCKETT FISHING for donating several 50% off coupons for the event. Everyone present walked away with at least two gifts.
Donna and I are privileged to be a part of such this truly great group of people, all of whom have become close personal friends. We are incredibly blessed and humbled by the gift we received at the cookout. We want to give everyone a very heartfelt thank you for that gesture!
We will be posting the 2019 schedule soon. In the meantime, we hope all of you have the opportunity to attend the National Championship in September at Lake Hartwell.
Again, thank you all for a great year. See you soon. God Bless!
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Dustin Wood wins on Lake Eufaula
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.