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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Reeves Takes the win on Lake Istokpoga
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Bobby and Karen Holman win on Lake Mitchell
Bobby and Karen Holman won the Bass Pro Shops Couples Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Central Alabama Division 1 tournament, held May 16, 2020, on Lake Mitchell. Running out of Higgins Ferry boat ramp out of Clanton, AL, they caught 5 bass weighing 14.85 pounds. For the victory, they earned a check for $500.00. Bobby won the Man’s Big Fish with a 4.39-pound kicker. They caught their fish early in the morning in shallow water.
Clarks Hill Double Header
July 6, 2020, Athens, AL. July 11 and 12 ABA and Bass Pro Shops will host a doubleheader weekend on Clarks Hill Lake in McCormick, SC. The second and third tournaments for the Bass Pro Shops Open Series South Carolina Division will be held. Both events will launch from 272 Chamberlain Ferry Road McCormick, SC 29835.
In June of 2018 Daniel Howell of Prosperity, South Carolina won on Clarks Hill with 15.37 pounds and reported catching his fish
Penney and Lowe Take Home $9000 on Weiss
ATHENS, Ala. – The 2020 Bass Pro Shops Alabama Team Tour’s 3rd event was held on Weiss Lake at Little River Marina with 90 teams fishing. Finishing in 1st place with 5 fish weighing 19.38 lbs. was Hunter Penney and Charles Lowe winning a $9,000. They caught the winning string fishing topwater, swim jigs in the grass and flipping plastics in treetops.