Donald & Robin Poteat Take the win on Lake Murray
Well, we weren’t sure it was going to happen this season. But we finally got to hold our tournament on Lake Murray. We had beautiful weather, rough seas and a field of 26 boats. Lake Murray and Covid-19 made fishing a bit different this year. The governor’s order for boats to remain underway unless fishing, made the lake rough from all the boat traffic. Despite this we hope everyone enjoyed their time on the water. We are challenged in these times to hold an event and observe the socially conscience orders from the governor. Enough about Covid-19.Siesta Cove was a gracious host for our event. They provided parking escorts, discounted ramp fees, opened the store early, and even provided freezer pops at weigh-in. We would like to thank them for their hospitality.
Don & Robin Poteat took first place with a winning limit of five fish weighing 17.87 lbs. Don is a returning angler after many years away. And this was Robin Poteat’s very first tournament. What a way to get started! Welcome back Don! It’s was great seeing you again and meeting Robin.
Joe Anders & Shianne Parker are doing well this season with another top five finish. They had five fish weighing 15.29 lbs. to give them second place on Lake Murray.
John & Susan Mills move from 5th to 1st place in the South Carolina Anglers of the Year standings with their third-place finish today. Their five fish limit weighed in at 13.82 lbs.
Brad & Ana Rutherford had a good day today (if you don’t take someone hitting their trailer into consideration, ouch). They weighed 5 fish for 13.18 lbs to take fourth place.
The brand new team of Andy Wicker and Kennedy Winkler round out the top five on Lake Murray with a five fish limit weighing 12.99 lbs. Welcome to the group guys!
Ladies Big Bass went to Ashley Sutton with a 2.95 lb bass.
Men’s Big Bass went to Don Poteat with a 5.12 lb bass.
John & Donna Branstetter earned $50 for the Smallest Five Fish Limit Award compliments of Berkeley Outdoors Marine.
Our next event will be May 16th on Santee Cooper out of Black’s Fish Camp. Contact Black’s for onsite lodging at (843) 753-2231. Let them know you are fishing the South Carolina ABA Couples trail.
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New Schedule and Directors for Kansas Division 58
Athens, AL January 22, 2020. Today American Bass Anglers announce new directors for American Fishing Tour Division 58 located in southeastern Kansas. Becky Minor and Mark Moody. Becky Minor has been running events in Kansas for over 20 years.
The division will center around Big Hill Lake which is one of the interesting lakes in Kansas. Located in Labette County about 5 miles east of Cherryvale, Kansas, Big Hill is known as one of the cleanest and clearest lakes in Kansas. It has a max depth of 60 and holds a good population of both Large and quality Smallmouth bass.
The first event of the season for Division 58 is
North GA Couples kicks off 2021 season with double header on Lake Lanier.
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Bass Pro Shops Open Series Coming To Lake Okeechobee
Athens, AL - The south Florida division of the Bass Pro Shops Open Series will hold their first tournament of the season on Lake Okeechobee. On Saturday, January 23, 2021, the tournament will be out of Clewiston, FL, launching out of the framed Roland Martin Marina and Resort.
It will be interesting to see how much Okeechobee has changed since last January. On this same weekend last year, Scott Kirsch of Edgewater, FL, won the boater side of the event with a five-fish limit of 18 pounds. Mason Meder won the Co-Angler side of the event with a three-fish limit of 10.91 pounds.
Team Tour Championship Postponed
Out of an overabundance of caution The Team Tour Championship that was scheduled for 10/10-11/2020 on Wheeler Lake has be postponed. The National Weather Service is forecasting winds of 10-20 mph with gust up to 35mph for Saturday, and winds of 10-15 mph with gust up to 20 mph Sunday. The safety of our anglers is the number on concern and factor when making the tough decisions on postponing a tournament. The new dates for the Team Tour Championship will be November 21-22 on Wheeler Lak