Brad Benfield Takes the Win on Lake Russell
ATHENS, Al. – Brad Benfield of Demorest GA, won the South Carolina Division of the American Bass Anglers Open Series held on Lake Russell on April 4th. Launching out of the Hwy 72 park in Elberton GA, Benfield weighed in a five bass limit weighing 14.46lbs. “I was fishing a wacky rig bait on throwing at different types of structure in the 15-foot depth,” said Benfield.
Taking second for the boaters was Steve DeBord of Grovetown GA, weighing in a five bass limit weighing 13.26lbs. His limit was anchored by the big bass for the tournament weighing 4.23 lbs. “I caught all of my fish on a jig in the 8–15-foot range,” said DeBord.
Rounding out the top five was Phillip Johnston of Jefferson GA in third with a five bass weighing 11.04lbs and Kerry Partain of Elverton GA in fourth place with 10.11lbs. Richard Phillips of Asheville NC took fifth place with 9.65lbs.
In the co-angler division Robert Slaton of Marietta GA, weighed in three bass weighing 6.71lbs to take the win. “I caught a bunch of fish today on a variety of baits, but my best ones came on a crankbait in the 6–10-foot range,” said Slaton.
In second place for the co-anglers was Robert Parton of Townville SC, weighed in a three bass limit weighing 6.26lbs. “I caught my fish today on a wacky rigged bait and a dropshot,” said Parton.
Taking third was Zachary Hudson of Liberty SC, weighed in three bass weighing 6.03lbs with fourth going to Charles Ellington of Cumming GA, who weighed 5.95lbs. Rounding out the top five, Arnold Hall of Hendersonville NC, weighed in three bass weighing 5.70lbs.
The third event for the Couth Carolina division will be held on June 6th on Lake Hartwell going out of Green Pond landing in Anderson SC.
For more information or questions on this event text or call Rodney Michael tournament manager at 259-497-0967 or ABA at 256-232-0406. Online visit www.americanbassanglers.com
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January 8, 2022, Clanton, AL. Thirty-three anglers launched from Higgins Ferry Park Ramp near Clanton, AL. Twenty-four of those anglers brought back five-fish limits to the scales, but when the scales closed Michael M. Smith of Andalusia, AL took the victory with 14.71 pounds. For the victory Smith took home $723 in prize money.
Tom and Missy take the win and the GLine Battery $100 Bounty on Cooper River
We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day on the Cooper River with mild temperatures and sunny skies! We had eight teams come out to compete with every team bringing fish to the scales. Several teams commented on how clear the water was and how many big bass they watched swimming but couldn’t get to bite. It seems that the most productive bite was on crank baits and worms.
Tom and Missy Bancroft took First Place with 5 largemouth bass weighing 8.15 lbs. earning $360. We caught our bass on crankbaits in the morning and shaky head worms in the afternoon.
Florida South Division To Open On Okeechobee
ATHENS, Ala. – The Florida South Division 7 of the American Bass Anglers Open Series, Presented by Caymas Boats, begins its new season on Jan. 22, 2022, on Lake Okeechobee.
The anglers will run out of Roland and Mary Ann Martin's Marina Resort, located at 920 E. Del Monte Avenue in the town of Clewiston, Fla. Anglers can fish anywhere in the massive lake but cannot lock into the Kissimmee River, Caloosahatchee River, or the Port St. Lucie Canal.
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