$5,000 Minimum Guaranteed First Place at Every Divisional Tournament
 

Rutland Wins $5,000 on Lake Mitchell

Chris Rutland Wetumpka, Alabama won the American Bass Anglers Ram Truck Open Series Alabama South tournament, held April 1st on the Lake Mitchell.

Running out of Higgins Ferry Park in Clanton, Alabama, Chris caught five bass weighing 18.06 pounds. For the Boater Division victory, took home a check for $5,000 for his win.

“They pulled water all day today out of Lay Lake dam so I fished current spots all day. I stayed out on the main lake and fished those current places all day. I probably caught twenty-five bass and I was fortunate to catch the right five. I caught a lot of spotted bass today concentrating on rocks, bluffs, rock piles, just mainly hard places. I caught fish on a spinnerbait, a zara spook, a shakey-head and a swim-bait. I caught my two bigger fish within the first thirty minutes of the day and my last big fish in the last thirty minutes of the day.” Rutland said.  

In second for the boaters, Foster “Chip” Bradley of Bessemer, Alabama landed a five-bass tournament limit going 17.28 pounds. He collected $800 for his catch.

“I fish pretty clean today. I caught one on a swim-jig early and three on a senko and one off the bed. I was fishing mid lake grass and sea-walls.” Bradley said. 

Stephen Rogers of Prattville, Alabama placed third for the boaters with five bass going 15.74 pounds. He earned $600 for his catch.

“I caught my fish on a swim-jig and a swim-bait and a deep diving crankbait. I was fishing the upper part of the lake targeting rocks with current. The morning bite was real good for me and I didn’t catch any fish after 10:00 am today.” Rogers said.

In fourth place among the boaters, Thomas Sommers of Deatsville, Alabama brought in five bass for 15.59 pounds.

Anthony Goggins of Clanton, Alabama finished in fifth place with five bass at 15.24 pounds.

The biggest bass for the boaters was caught by David Parsons of Dothan, Alabama that weighed 5.53 pounds and pocketed $500.

“I caught that big bass on a white swim-jig on a laydown on the South end of the lake. “ Parsons said.

In the Co-Angler Division, Jason Jones of Ozark, Alabama won with three bass going 10.54 pounds with a 4.32-pound kicker. He pocketed a check for $900 for his win and $135 for the big bass.

“I was fishing the South end of the lake throwing a white swim-jig and a 3/8 ounce green pumpkin jig. I caught my big bass on a white swim-jig on main lake grass. It feels great to finally win one. I want to give my boater, Tyler Crouch, a big thanks for putting me on the fish today.”  Jones said. 

Taking second for the co-anglers, Donathan Jacks of Clanton, Alabama brought in a three-bass division limit weighing 9.07 pounds. He collected $400 for the effort.

“I was fishing up river in the current with a swim-bait targeting main river rock,” Jacks said.

Justin Girdner of Wetumpka, Alabama placed third among the co-anglers with three bass going 8.82 pounds. He earned $300 for his catch.

“I was fishing up around Lay Lake dam with a shakey-head and a jig.” Girdner said.

In fourth place among the co-anglers, Donnie Perkins of Eufaula, Alabama brought in three bass for 8.52 pounds. Sam Fish of Alexander City, Alabama finished in fifth place with three bass at 8.40 pounds.

Slated for May 6th , the next tournament will be held on Lake Jordan out of Bonners Point Park in Clanton, AL. At the end of the season, the best anglers from across the nation advance the 2018 Ray Scott Championship to be held on the Red River near Shreveport, Louisiana.

For more information on this tournament, call Billy Benedetti, tournament manager, at 256-230-5632 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.ramopenseries.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 offer each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers, the Ram Truck Open Series, the American Fishing Tour or the American Couples Series, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.

American Bass Anglers, Inc. is supported by Ram Trucks, Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, Carlisle Tires, GEICO, Berkley, Abu Garcia, T-H Marine, Livingston Lures, Best Western Hotels, Maui Jim, Power Pole, LiT Coolers, Simms, Garmin, and Divide-It. American Bass Anglers, Inc. can be contacted at (256) 232-0406 or by visiting americanbassanglers.com

 

Twitter

Carlisle Catch of the Day Contest
Win a $250 Bass Pro Shop Gift Card

Its simple, go to Carlisle Brand Tires Facebook page and post a pic of you with a fish! Thats all there is to it! Weekly winners choosen through the month of July.

Check Out Garmin's Panoptix!
Live is Better

Upcoming Events
Tournaments By Date

New York 7/22/2017 1000 Islands
Ohio 7/29/2017 Indian
Oklahoma 8/12/2017 Grand Lake
New York 8/19/2017 Lake Champlain
Kentucky 8/26/2017 Kentucky Lake
Texas Southeast 8/26/2017 Sam Rayburn
Area 9 Championship 9/2/2017 Lake Erie
Area 1 Championship 9/9/2017 Chickamauga
Louisiana 9/9/2017 Red River
Area 8 Championship 9/9/2017 Potomac River
Area 5 Championship 9/16/2017 Okeechobee
Texas East 9/16/2017 Cedar Creek
Area 3 Championship 9/23/2017 Eufaula
Area 6 Championship 9/23/2017 Toledo Bend
Area 2 Championship 10/7/2017 Pickwick
Area 4 Championship 10/7/2017 Hartwell
Area 7 Championship 10/28/2017 Texoma

Membership Special

Get all ABA Member Benefits Plus an 
ABA Tournament Jersey! Only $99.95

Are you signed up for Atlas Awards?

 

2017 Schedules:

Tournaments By Date - 2017 Rules

Area 1 North Alabama - Central Tennessee
Area 2 Kentucky - Mississippi
Area 3 Alabama South - Georgia
Area 4 North Carolina - South Carolina
Area 5 Florida Central - Florida South
Area 6 Texas Southeast -  Louisiana
Area 7 Texas East - Oklahoma
Area 8 Virginia - Maryland
Area 9 Ohio - New York

 

 

Ram Truck Month

Check out the all new
Triton 20 TrX Patriot

 

Check out the Lastest From LiT Coolers

More News

Ohio Division Heads To Indian Lake
Seeger wins $5000 On The Ohio River
The Ram Open Series NE Heads to 1000 Islands
Tripoli wins on Cayuga Lake 
Ohio Division Heads to Tanner’s Creek
Ram Open Series NE heads to Cayuga Lake
Alfred Williams Rises to the Top on Ross Barnett
Hunter Wins Alabama South Event on Logan Martin
Lake Bob Sandlin Produces a 10+
Batson Wins on Lake Oconee
Shane Ellis Takes the Win on Lake Weiss
Alabama South Heads to Logan Martin
Choate Takes The Win on Kentucky Lake
Virginia Division Heads To Kerr Lake
Adams Tops the Field on Lake Champlain
Simonof Takes Home the Gold on Lake Eufaula
Logan Wins $5000 on Indian Lake
Georgia Division Heads to Oconee
Ram Open Series NE Region Heads to Lake Champlain
Nutter wins on the Chesapeake Bay
Sink Tops The Field On High Rock Lake
Stevens Wins on Lake Okeechobee
Florida South Returns to Lake Okeechobee
North Carolina Division Heads To High Rock Lake
Maryland heads to the Chesapeake Bay
Ohio Division Heads To Indian Lake
Parks Wins $5000.00 on Lake Russell
Smith Wins at Lake Toho
LeBrun Shines on Lake of the Pines
Troncatti Wins on the Potomac River
Florida Central Returns to Lake Toho
Bolton Takes the Title at Columbus Pool
Palmore Wins $5,000 on Lake Gaston
Robertson Takes Home Another Win on Kentucky
South Carolina Division Heads To Lake Russell
Winters Wins On Lake Wylie
Kimbrough Wins $5000 on Lake Jordan
Kilgore Take home 13K on Neely Henry
Maryland Heads to the Potomac River
Virginia Heads to Lake Gaston

 

 

Sponsors