Beutjer Cashes in with Contingency
This past weekend the Alabama North Division of the Bass Pro Shops Open Series held its first event of the season launching from Goose Pond. The water level was high and most of the lake and main river channels were stained with a good current. Will Beutjer of Athens, AL made the drive to compete for his share of the over $16,000 in prize money awarded at the tournament. Will had a great day on the water landing a 5-fish limit that locked in the scales at 23.77-lbs. Will anchored his bag with a beautiful 7.52-lb largemouth, sealing his 4th place finish. All though he didn’t win the tournament, he was smart enough to be signed up for several of the great contingency programs offered by our wonderful sponsors. He is the divisions first Berkley “Cast for Cash” winner this year and credits his big fish to a Berkley Powerbait Hollow Body Swimbait in the Tennessee Shad color. Will also runs a 2018 Triton Boats 20TrX Patriot with a Mercury 250 ProXs, and for being the highest placing Triton Boat owner and being registered with Triton Gold he qualifies for even more money. I reached out to Will to get his take on his experience.
“Man, with all the rain we’ve had recently the water was muddied up really good and I was just looking for some clearer water to get into. I found a spot about mid lake in around 10 foot of water that was holding fish that were staging and getting ready to move up. I used my Garmin Panoptix to see that the fish were holding at the 5-7 foot range and I started throwing a Berkley Powerbait Hollow Body Swimbait and the Berkley Square Bull 5.5 and just started whacking ‘em, thankfully I had the TH Marine G-Force Cull System with me so I was able to not accidentally cull the wrong fish” said Will.
“Later in the day the bite slowed down so I moved up to the 6-8 feet deep range with about 3 foot of grass growing on the bottom and just kept throwing the same baits, that Panoptix allowed me to see the fish and the grass and really target them efficiently. All in all, it was a great day on the water with a great organization, I will be back to fish with the ABA again and look forward to making my mark,” concluded Will.
The next event for the Alabama North Division of the Bass Pro Shops Open Series is April 13, 2019 on lake Neely Henry. Don’t forget to sign up and come compete for your share of the highest payouts available for the weekend angler. It’s still not too late to get signed up for all the great contingency programs offered by our sponsors to increase your winnings.
About American Bass Anglers - American Bass Anglers is committed to providing low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler while offering an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers and all their bass tournament trails visit www.americanbassanglers.com.
American Bass Anglers is sponsored y: Bass Pro Shops, Triton Boats, Mercury Marine, Nitro Boats, Tracker Boats, MotorGuide, Garmin, T-H Marine, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Engel Coolers, Four Roses Bourbon, Lucas Oil, Optima Batteries, Maui Jim, and Power-Pole. Mailing address: American Bass Anglers, Inc, PO Box 475, Athens, AL 35612 PH (256) 232-0406.
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Billy Sipe Take the win on Badin Lake
Billy Sipe of Albemarle, NC is one step closer to the Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour National Championship with a first place win on Badin Lake on 03/16/2019. Sipe weighed in five bass, which weighed 16.31-pounds. Second place went to Don Sprinkle of Lexington, NC with five bass weighing 12.70-pounds. Third place went to John Orchard of Winston Salem, NC with four bass weighing in at 10.01-pounds. Fourth place went to Brent Walser of Welcome, NC with 3 bass weighing in at 8.20-pounds. Congratulations to our lucky winners.
Allen Yarborough & Sunni Glidewell win on Lay Lake
Allen Yarborough and Sunni Glidewell won the Bass Pro Shops Couples Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Central Alabama Division 1 tournament, held February 23, 2019, on Lay Lake. Running out of the Narrow’s in Shelby, AL the team caught 5 bass weighing 19.45-pounds. For the victory, they earned a check for $500.00. Allen won Man’s Big Fish with a 5.45-pound large-mouth. They caught their fish flipping grass.
Eddie Glascock Wins $5000.00 on Kerr Lake
ATHENS, Ala. – Eddie Glascock of Scottsburg, VA won the Bass Pro Shops Open Series Virginia event held on Kerr Lake on 3/16/19. Running out of Nut Bush Park in Henderson, North Carolina Glascock weighed in a five bass limit totaling 19.87-pounds. His limit was anchored by a bass weighing 5.40-pounds. He took home a check for $5000.00 for the win.
Neely Henry Rescheduled due to flooding
Athens, AL 03/05/2019 - The Bass Pro Shops Team Tour Alabama North Neely Henry tournament scheduled for Saturday 3/9/2019 has been rescheduled due to high water levels and unsafe boating conditions. The lake is currently above flood level and not expected to recede enough prior to the event to be safe. Angler safety is our number one priority and in the best interest of our anglers the tournament has been rescheduled to April 14, 2019. The rescheduled tournament will still launch from Coosa Landing. Registration will be held on site at Coosa Landing at the ABA stage trailer 4:00-6:30 with safety briefing and partner pairing at 7:00 p.m.