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Wright Wins High Rock Event

David J. Wright of Lexington, NC won the North Carolina Division Ram Truck Open Series event at High Rock Lake on May 7, 2016. Wright weighed in a 16.33 pound limit to win $5000. “I was fishing down a bank with a Zoom Fluke Stick in about 1-2 feet of water, really shallow,” said Wright.

Douglas Young of Salisbury, NC finished in second place with 15.92 pounds at the High Rock event winning $1351. “I was throwing a Senko in shallow water, fishing bushes and trees. The good Lord shined down on me today,” said Young.

Third place at the Badin event went to Rodney Bell of Salisbury, NC with 15.77 pounds winning $901. “Most of my fish came on a Senko in less than two feet of water,” said Bell.

Brandon Gardner of Salisbury, NC caught the 5.21 pound Boater Big Bass of the event to win total of $1065 for sixth place and the Big Bass Pot. Gardner used an Abu Garcia reel to catch his Big Bass and was awarded a new Abu Garcia Revo SX reel valued at $159.99 through the Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus program.

Top Five Boaters:

1. David Wright  16.33  $5000  

2. Douglas Young  15.92  $1351

3. Rodney Bell  15.77  $901

4. Robert Mixon  14.60  $630

5. Jason Barnes  14.25  $540

There were 63 boaters registered for this Ram Truck Open Series event.

Marvin R. Godard of Charlotte, NC was the co-angler champion of the Ram Truck Open Series event held on May 7, 2016 at High Rock Lake. Godard’s 10.96 pound limit was anchored by the day’s Co-angler Big Bass, a 5.19 pound largemouth. He won a total of $2125 for his day’s catch. “I caught my fish to day in very shallow, dirty water. I was using a jig and green pumpkin soft plastics,” said Godard.

Scott E. Plattenberger of Concord, NC finished in second place on the co-angler side with 8.67 pounds to win $614. “It was tough and I only caught three fish all day long. Everything came on soft plastics,” said Plattenberger.

Hunter C. Harwell of Hickory, NC brought in 8.16 pounds to finish in third place and win $409. “We caught our fish shallow, flipping all day in less than three feet of water with soft plastics,” said Harwell.

Top Five Co-anglers:

1. Marvin Godard  10.96  $2125

2. Scott Plattenberger  8.67  $614

3. Hunter Harwell  8.16  $409

4. Shane Sharpe  7.97 $286

5. Zachary Gooch  7.74  $245

There were 54 co-angler entries for this Ram Truck Open Series event.

Complete results can be found at this link

For more info on the North Carolina division of the Ram Truck Open Series visit www.ramopenseries.com call ABA tournament manager, Rodney Michael, at (256) 497-0967. The next event in this division is on June 4, 2016 at Lake Norman.

Ram Truck Open Series anglers can take advantage of the “no boat on boat draw” format along with huge payouts for the 2016 season. First place boaters can win a guaranteed $5000 first place, regardless of number of entries. Payouts will increase to $6000 for the first place boater with a 100 boat field. Over the course of four divisional events and the area championship, anglers will be competing for a spot in the 2017 Ray Scott Championship.

Lots of contingency money is up for grabs during the 2016 Ram Trucks Open Series Series season. Anglers participating in the Triton Gold program can earn up to $7,000 at 2016 divisional events and up to $50,000 at the 2017 Ray Scott Championship. Anglers can also take advantage of other programs such as T-H Marine Atlas Rewards, Power Pole Captain's Cash, Garmin Grand Giveaway, Livingston Lures Cash for Big Bass, Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus, Maui Jim Bonus, and Mercury/Motorguide bonus money.

American Bass Anglers, Inc. is supported by Ram Trucks, Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, Carlisle Tires, GEICO, Berkley, Abu Garcia, T-H Marine, Hydrowave, Livingston Lures, Best Western Hotels, Maui Jim, Power Pole, Dr. Dan's, Garmin, and Simms Bass.  American Bass Anglers, Inc. can be contacted at (256) 232-0406 or by visiting americanbassanglers.com. 



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