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
Ram Owners Rewards
Take Survey Win Sponsorship
One of 4 Sponsorships - Next Drawing 9/22
All ABA Members
Take Survey Win a Sponsorship
Check Out Garmin's Panoptix!
Live is Better
Tournaments By Date
|Area 5 Championship||Okeechobee (rescheduled)|
|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|
Get all ABA Member Benefits Plus an
ABA Tournament Jersey! Only $99.95
Are you signed up for Atlas Awards?
|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
|John Simonof Joins SiriusXM Marine Weather Pro Staff Team|
|Russell Lee Takes the win on Cedar Creek|
|David Hendrick Wins Ram Truck Entry Fee Sponsorship|
|Michael Nutter wins Area 8 Championship on the Potomac|
|Eric Silverstrim wins Area 1 Championship on Chickamauga|
|Georgia and Alabama South head to Lake Eufaula for Area 3 Championship|
|Tripoli wins on Area Championship on Lake Erie|
|Tennessee Central and Alabama North head to Lake Chickamauga for Area 1 Championship|
|Maryland and Virginia Head to the Potomac River for two-day Championship|
|Ram Truck Owners - Win one of 4 Tour Sponsorships|
|Ram Open Series NE Heads to Lake Erie for 2 Day Championship|
|TX SE Reschedule|
|Drew Boggs Takes the win on Kentucky Lake|
|Thompson wins on Lake Champlain|
|The Ram Open Series NE heads to Lake Champlain Ticonderoga|
|Harmon Davis Wins on Grand|
|Kentucky Division Heads to Kentucky Lake|
|Manson wins on 1000 Islands|
|Gallagher Wins on Indian Lake|
|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|