Roe's Prevail in Hard-Fought Tournament
Cadiz, KY, July 9, 2023 - Under ideal weather conditions—overcast with a slight breeze—bass anglers gathered for a highly competitive tournament on Kentucky Lake. In line with conservation efforts, the tournament organizers maintained a three fish limit for this midsummer event. Despite the vacation season drawing some contenders away, eight teams showcased their angling skills, resulting in a total catch of 20 fish weighing 53.07 pounds. The tournament boasted a generous prize pool of $600, with additional rewards of $40 each for the Men's and Ladies' Big Bass categories. All fish were successfully released back into the water, ensuring their continued survival and the sustainability of the fishery.
Mike and Donna Roe emerged as the victorious duo, exhibiting exceptional angling prowess with a three fish limit weighing 10.63 pounds. Throughout the day, the Roes remained in shallow waters, targeting the back of Jonathan Creek, where depths did not exceed 4 feet. Employing Carolina rigged brown pumpkin Bizzbait Cutter Craws, they skillfully enticed the bass to strike. The Roes culled several times, catching approximately 20 fish. Their last cull, with only 30 minutes remaining, yielded a significant 4.20-pound bass, propelling them to victory and earning Mike the Men's Big Bass title. The Roes claimed a well-deserved cash prize of $400, with $360 awarded for their first-place finish and an additional $40 for Mike's noteworthy catch.
Securing the second-place position were Larry Bailey and Tammy Hoffner, whose three fish limit weighed 10.36 pounds, anchored by Tammy's impressive 4.36-pound largemouth bass. Bailey and Hoffner employed a different strategy, venturing farther south on the lake to explore points and docks. Their arsenal included crankbaits and jigs, which proved effective in enticing the bass to bite. The team earned a total prize of $280, with $240 awarded for their second-place finish and an additional $40 for Tammy's achievement as the Ladies' Big Bass winner.
Wes Dunn and Sydnie Swinford claimed the third-place spot with their strategic choice of fishing locations. Opting for the northern part of the lake, they focused on ledges, employing jigs and soft plastics to tempt the bass. Their three fish limit weighed an impressive 9.55 pounds.
Jerrod and Tammy Easley secured the fourth position with a three fish limit weighing 7.53 pounds, while Troy and Tammy Courtney claimed fifth place with three fish totaling 6.35 pounds.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the division sponsors, Jenko Fishing, Duckett Fishing, and FISH:30 Apparel, for their unwavering support. These esteemed companies not only provide exceptional fishing products but also generously contribute prizes throughout the year, culminating in a grand celebration at our annual banquet. Once again, we express our sincere appreciation to Jenko Fishing, Duckett Fishing, and FISH:30 Apparel for their invaluable contributions, which we hold in the highest regard.
We would like to thank all the participants who joined us for the tournament, and we eagerly anticipate our next event scheduled for July 23rd at the Lyon County Ramp in Kuttawa on Lake Barkley. The tournament will commence with a 6:00 AM launch, and the official weigh-in will take place at 2:00 PM. Participants are advised to arrive at the ramp for boat check and late registrations no later than 5:00 AM.
The upcoming tournament promises another thrilling day of competitive angling as participants gather to showcase their skills on the esteemed Lake Barkley. With its abundant fish population and picturesque surroundings, the Lyon County Ramp provides the perfect setting for a captivating tournament.
Anglers are encouraged to come prepared with their preferred fishing techniques and equipment as they navigate the vast waters of Lake Barkley in pursuit of their elusive targets. The tournament organizers remain committed to promoting responsible fishing practices, emphasizing the importance of conservation and sustainable angling efforts.
As the excitement builds for the forthcoming event, participants can expect intense competition, camaraderie, and the opportunity to witness remarkable displays of angling expertise. The American Couples Series tournaments continue to be highly anticipated fixtures on the fishing calendar, attracting seasoned anglers and enthusiastic newcomers alike.
Mark your calendars and join us on July 23rd for an unforgettable day of fishing excellence at the Lyon County Ramp. Whether you are a dedicated angler or simply enjoy the thrill of competitive sportsmanship, this tournament promises an experience that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression. We look forward to seeing you there!
Top 5 Teams PL Angler Fish Big Bass Total Points Payout 1 Michael Roe-Donna Roe 3 4.20 10.63 188 360 2 Larry Bailey-Tammy Hoffner 3 3.40 10.36 187 240 3 Wes Dunn-Sydnie Swinford 3 3.31 9.55 186 4 Jerrod Easley-Tammy Easley 3 7.53 185 5 Troy Courtney-Tammy Courtney 3 2.80 6.35 184
In the American Couples Series, anglers pair up for a team effort. Most teams consist of a husband and a wife, but that’s not a rule. Teams can consist of a boyfriend and girlfriend combination, a father and daughter duo, or any combination of one male and one female.
The teams compete in several regional or state divisions throughout the year. Once a pair forms a team, however, the two must fish together as a team throughout the season to be eligible to accumulate points and qualify for the annual national championship.
The entry fee for the American Couples Series one-day events is $100, and the top teams are invited to compete in the championship each fall.
American Bass Anglers is sponsored by Caymas Boats, Mercury Marine, T-H Marine, RT Outdoors, Atlas Hydraulic Jackplate, Power Pole, Optima Batteries, HotelPlanner.com, and LurePartsOnline.com.
About American Bass Anglers: American Bass Anglers is committed to providing low-cost, close-to-home tournaments for the weekend angler and, at the same time, offering each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression.
For more information about American Bass Anglers, the Open Series, the American Fishing Tour, the American Couples Series, the annual Military Team Bass Tournament, and the Top 150 Solo Tour, all presented by Caymas Boats, visit www.americanbassanglers.com or call (256) 232-0406
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