Weiss Lake Named As Couples Series Championship Venue
ATHENS, Ala. – American Bass Anglers announced that Weiss Lake in northern Alabama will be the venue for the 2023 ABA American Couples Series Championship tournament, Presented by Caymas Boats.
“We are looking forward to another great year of tournament competition in our Couples Series as well as all the other trails under the ABA umbrella,” said Morris Sheehan, Owner of American Bass Anglers. “Weiss Lake is a great venue for such a tournament. The people of that area are always very supportive of our events. It’s always great to see so many couples come out to participate and spend time together on the water. I look forward to rewarding a new championship team in 2023 and wish all the competitors the best of luck throughout the year.”
The tournament will be held on Oct. 21-27, 2023, and will run out of Leesburg Landing, located 100 Riverside Street in Leesburg, Ala. Registration costs $150 per team.
“We are always excited to have American Bass Anglers visit us and hold their tournaments on Weiss Lake,” remarked Theresa Hulgan, Executive Director for the hosting Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism in Centre, Ala. “They contribute a lot to our local economy and have always been good stewards of the lake. We have a lot of great supporters in this area who come out to watch the anglers during the tournaments. October is a great month for bass fishing on Weiss Lake.”
During the American Couples Series, anglers pair up for a team effort. Most teams consist of a husband and a wife, but that’s not a rule. Teams can consist of a boyfriend and girlfriend combination, a father and daughter duo, or any combination of one male and one female angler.
The teams compete in several state divisions and regional events throughout the year. Once a pair forms a team, however, those two must fish together as a team throughout the season to be eligible to accumulate points and qualify for the 2023 ABA American Couples Series Championship tournament, Presented by Caymas Boats.
Teams will have an official practice period of Saturday through Wednesday, October 21-25 and the tournament days will be Thursday and Friday, October 26 and 27.
Weiss Lake, a hydroelectric power company reservoir, covers about 30,200 acres on the Coosa, Chattooga, and Little Rivers in northeastern Alabama near the Georgia line. Part of the lake extends into Georgia.
The lake offers anglers 447 shoreline miles and numerous shallow flats, drop-offs, points and coves where they can find bass. Fed by the three rivers, the lake contains numerous tributaries that create places where bass hunt. The converging rivers also carve numerous deep channels. Although the lake drops to 62 feet deep in places, much of it remains shallow and stumpy.
More known as an outstanding crappie destination, Weiss Lake can produce good catches of largemouth and spotted bass. Many bass range from one to three pounds, but the lake also produces some sowbellies in the 5- to 8-pound range or bigger. Some of the best fishing occurs in the fall when bass gorge themselves on shad to fatten up before winter. The lake holds an abundant shad population and many other forage species.
In addition to cash prizes based on participation, anglers could qualify for bonus money offered by tournament sponsors. See each manufacturer’s website for details, rules and qualifications for more information on their contingency programs.
American Bass Anglers is sponsored by Caymas Boats, Mercury Marine, MotorGuide, T-H Marine, Power Pole, RT Outdoors, Optima Batteries, Hotel Planner.com, and LurePartsOnline.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, offering each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression.
For more information about American Bass Anglers, the Open Series, the American Fishing Tour, the American Couples Series, the annual Military Team Bass Tournament, and the Top 150 Solo Tour, all presented by Caymas Boats, visit www.americanbassanglers.com or call (256) 232-0406.
This story was written by ABA staff writer John N. Felsher. To submit articles of interest email email@example.com.
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