2020 Bass Pro Shop Open Series Kick Off Event
December 2, 2019, Athens, AL. The first Bass Pro Shop Open Series event is only 41 days away. The 2020 Kick off event will be on Lake Toho. The event will lauch out of Lakefront Park located in Kissimmee, FL on January 11, 2020.
At the 2019 kick off event Eric Panzironi of Longwood, FL weight a big sack of bass of 26.67 pounds to win $5,600 for first place. “I stayed on Toho all day. I found a big school of fish last weekend, and they stayed in the same area. I pulled up to that spot and was done by 9:30 am. Last week they were smaller, but the bigger fish moved up to that area. It feels great to start the season with a win,” Panzironi said.
James Stephens III of Osprey, FL weighed a 8.38-pound monster and pocketed over $1,000 for big bass! Keith Farrell of Tampa, FL was the winning co-angler with a three fish limit that weighed 13.25 pounds and cashed a $2,000 check.
January is the right time to hit Toho and no matter where you live in the US it would be well worth the drive.
The Bass Pro Shops Open Series is a Pro/Am format with 78 tournaments scheduled throughout 17 divisions that provides a path to the 2021 Ray Scott Championship where the winning boater will be awarded $50,000 cash and a new Triton/Mercury Boat package valued over $70,000. The winning co-angler at the Ray Scott Championship will win $25,000 cash and a new Triton/Mercury Boat package valued over $48,000.
Entry fees for the divisional one-day events are $210 for boaters and $105 for co-anglers, for the area championships entry fees are $310 for boaters and $155 for co-anglers. Ray Scott Championship entry fees will be $310 for boaters and $155 for co-anglers.
The Payout for all events will be based on number of entries, for one-day divisional events a guaranteed $5000 will go the winning boater based on a minimum of 60 boats, for each 2-day Area Championship a guaranteed $10,000 for boaters and $5,000 for co-anglers based on 100 boats.
Contingency programs will be offered by sponsors at each event including; Triton Gold, Mercury Marine, Motor Guide, T-H Marine Atlas Rewards, Power Pole Captain's Cash and Berkley’s Cast for Cash.
More information can be viewed on the ABAOpenSeries.com website including payouts, schedules, and additional information. Registrations can be done online at ABAOpenSeries.com or by phone at (256)232-0406. 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, Optima Batteries, Maui Jim and Power-Pole. For more information visit www.americanbassanglers.com or call (256) 232-0406.
To Register for 2020 season events go https://www.americanbassanglers.com click on "All Tournaments Click Here" Select Open Series and select the division you are interested in competing in. You may also register by phone at call (256) 232-0406.
Area 1 Area 2
Alabama North Mississippi Tennessee Central East Tennessee
02/29 Guntersville 02/15 Ross Barnett 03/21 Percy Priest 03/14 Cherokee
05/02 Neely Henry 03/21 Ross Barnett 05/16 Center Hill 03/28 Chickamauga
06/06 Weiss 05/09 Ross Barnett 06/20 Old Hickory 06/13 Watts Bar
07/18 Pickwick 06/27 Ross Barnett 07/25 Old Hickory 07/11 Douglas
Area 1 Championship 09/26-27 Pickwick Area 2 Championship 09/12-13 Percy Priest
Area 3 Area 4
Alabama South Georgia North Carolina South Carolina
02/08 Eufaula 02/22 Eufaula 03/14 Norman 02/29 Keowee
03/21 Jordan 03/14 Oconee 05/09 Badin 04/25 Clarks Hill
04/18 Eufaula 04/25 Sinclair 05/30 Norman 07/11 Clarks Hill
06/27 Logan Martin 06/13 Oconee 06/20 High Rock 07/25 Murray
Area 3 Championship 10/10-11 Eufaula Area 4 Championship 09/26-27 Wylie
Area5 Area 6
Florida Central Florida South Southeast Texas East Texas
01/11 Toho 01/25 Okeechobee 01/18 Sam Rayburn 02/02 Palestine
02/01 Harris Chain 03/07 Okeechobee 03/28 Sam Rayburn 02/23 Texoma
02/29 Toho 03/28 Okeechobee 05/02 Sam Rayburn 06/13 Bob Sandlin
05/02 Harris Chain 05/16 Okeechobee 06/20 Sam Rayburn 09/19 Lake of the Pines
Area 5 Championship 10/03-04 Toho Area 6 Championship 10/24-25 Toledo Bend
Area 7 Area 8
Arkansas Oklahoma Virginia Maryland
02/28 Ouachita 02/29 Tenkiller 03/21 Kerr 03/28 Potomac River
03/07 Dardanelle 03/14 Ft Gibson 05/02 Gaston 04/18 Chesapeake Bay
04/25 Hamilton 04/18 Grand 06/27 Kerr 05/16 Chesapeake Bay
06/06 Greers Ferry 05/16 Eufaula 08/08 Potomac River 08/01 Potomac River
Area 7 Championship 09/26-27 Arkansas River Area 8 Championship 09/12-13 Potomac River
07/11 1000 Islands
Area 9 Championship 09/26-27 Champlain
American Fishing Tour - Latest News
Kail Stevens Wins on Lake Okeechobee
January 18, 2020, Okeechobee, FL. Kail Stevens from Boynton Beach, FL wins the Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour Division 104 tournament held on the Okeechobee Saturday, January 18, 2020.
Mike Blalock & Deanna Phillips win on Lake Russell
Mike & Deanna are making a strong run for the points this year with their second first place finish. They were just one of the 29 teams that braved the cold and wind of December to compete on Lake Russell. The following round out the top 5 teams who earned a placement check along with Men’s Big Fish, Ladies Big Fish and Berkeley’s Smallest 5 Five Fish Limit:
Sam Rayburn, The King of Texas
David Beason of Evans, LA won the Bass Pro Shops Open Series South Texas tournament, held January 18th on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Running out of Cassel’s Boykin Park, David caught five-bass weighing 29.90 lbs. With 74 anglers in the field, David took home a check for $5200.00
Raining for almost the entire week, the lake level was on the rise, but the weather was warm. Spotty showers on Saturday morning for take-off with an approaching cold front set the tone for a potentially good day.
John Rice and Paul Arnold Take Home Two New Tritons at Chickamauga
John Rice of Huntsville, Al and Paul Arnold of Woodville, Al. won the Bass Pro Shops Team Tour Championship, held October 5th and 6th on Lake Chickamauga. Launching out of Dayton Boat Dock and Grill. John and Paul went straight to work and caught a two-day limit of 10 bass weighing 36.51 pounds. For their victory, the team took home 2 Triton TX-17 boats equipped with 60 HP Mercury outboards and Garmin electronics valued at $40,000.