York Takes the win on Kentucky Lake
ATHENS, Ala. – Cory York of Benton, Kentucky won the Bass Pro Shops Open Series Kentucky tournament, held March 16th on the Kentucky Lake. Running out of Kentucky Dam Marina near Gilbertsville, KY York caught four bass weighing 17.49-pounds. For the Boater Division victory, he took home a check for $1800.
“I caught my bass early in the morning north of Blood River. I was fishing between 3 and 7 feet deep. I caught my fish on a crankbait,” said York.
In second for the boaters, Chris Beaudrie of Princeton, KY landed a five-bass tournament limit weighing 14.70-pounds.
“All of my bass were caught on a stringer bait. I also fished just north of Blood River. I fished in between 2 and 10 feet of water,” Martin said.
Craig Middleton of Harrodsburg, KY took third for the boaters with four bass weighing 14.02-pounds.
“Most of my bass were caught between 4 and 9 feet of water. I caught them between the twin bridges, and I used a Stringer to catch them,” Middleton said.
In the Co-Angler Division, Tom Ballowe of Eddyville, KY won with the three bass limit at 12.65-pounds. He pocketed a check for $700 for his first place win.
“Well I caught my fish all over. I fished in about 3 to 10 foot of water. I caught my fish with digs from Cabin Bate and Tackle Shop,” Ballowe said.
Taking second for the co-anglers, Dean Hesse of Brandenburg, KY brought in two good looking bass weighing 9.55-pounds.
“I fished about 3 to 6 feet of water for my catches. I caught both of them on a swimbait. I caught them so far down south, I was in Cuba,” Hesse said.
Nick Emerson placed third for the Co-Anglers with his first entry ever in American Bass Anglers tournament. He weighed 2 fish with a total weight of 8.44 pounds.
“I fished between two bridges in about 3 to 6 feet of water. I fished with a crankbait all day,” Emerson said.
The biggest bass for the boaters was caught by Charlie Craycraft, pictured on the left, that weighed a whopping 8.03-pounds. The biggest bass for the Co-Anglers was caught by Dean Hesse, pictured on the right, that weighed in at 5.73-lbs.
Slated for April 20th, the next tournament will be held on the Lake Barkley out of Kuttawa Lyon County in Kuttawa, KY.
At the end of the season, the best anglers from across the nation advance the 2020 Ray Scott Championship to be held at Lake Hartwell in April, 2020.
For more information on this tournament, call Shelby McElyea, tournament manager, at 256-230-5633 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com
About American Bass Anglers: American Bass Anglers is committed to providing low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler while offering an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers and their bass tournament trails visit www.americanbassanglers.com.
American Bass Anglers is sponsored by Bass Pro Shops, Triton Boats, Mercury Marine, Nitro Boats, Tracker Boats, Motorguide, Garmin, T-H Marine, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Engel Coolers, Four Roses Bourbon, Lucas Oil, Maui Jim, Power Pole and Optima Batteries. Mailing address: American Bass Anglers, Inc. PO box 475 Athens, AL. 35612. Phone (256) 232-0406.
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New Schedule and Directors for Kansas Division 58
Athens, AL January 22, 2020. Today American Bass Anglers announce new directors for American Fishing Tour Division 58 located in southeastern Kansas. Becky Minor and Mark Moody. Becky Minor has been running events in Kansas for over 20 years.
The division will center around Big Hill Lake which is one of the interesting lakes in Kansas. Located in Labette County about 5 miles east of Cherryvale, Kansas, Big Hill is known as one of the cleanest and clearest lakes in Kansas. It has a max depth of 60 and holds a good population of both Large and quality Smallmouth bass.
The first event of the season for Division 58 is
North GA Couples kicks off 2021 season with double header on Lake Lanier.
October 3 brought post frontal winds and bluebird skies, starting the day off with waning harvest moon. With some fall transition it made for some challenging fishing but beautiful weather to be on the lake. With 8 teams fishing there was only one limit brought to the scales but all others had at least one keeper to weigh, with exception of one team who had to leave lake early due to boat problems.
Bass Pro Shops Open Series Coming To Lake Okeechobee
Athens, AL - The south Florida division of the Bass Pro Shops Open Series will hold their first tournament of the season on Lake Okeechobee. On Saturday, January 23, 2021, the tournament will be out of Clewiston, FL, launching out of the framed Roland Martin Marina and Resort.
It will be interesting to see how much Okeechobee has changed since last January. On this same weekend last year, Scott Kirsch of Edgewater, FL, won the boater side of the event with a five-fish limit of 18 pounds. Mason Meder won the Co-Angler side of the event with a three-fish limit of 10.91 pounds.
Team Tour Championship Postponed
Out of an overabundance of caution The Team Tour Championship that was scheduled for 10/10-11/2020 on Wheeler Lake has be postponed. The National Weather Service is forecasting winds of 10-20 mph with gust up to 35mph for Saturday, and winds of 10-15 mph with gust up to 20 mph Sunday. The safety of our anglers is the number on concern and factor when making the tough decisions on postponing a tournament. The new dates for the Team Tour Championship will be November 21-22 on Wheeler Lak