Richey and Martin Win on Kentucky Lake
Date: May 21, 2023. The ABA Couples Series event on Kentucky Lake witnessed favorable weather conditions on Sunday, May 21, with 11 Teams. All eleven teams experienced successful outings, managing to reel in an impressive combined catch of 31 fish, weighing a total of 65.09 pounds. Demonstrating their commitment to conservation, all 31 fish were released alive, ensuring their survival for future endeavors. The event paid out a total of $825 in prizes, with an additional $105 awarded for the Men's and Ladies' Big Bass categories.
Picture from Earlier this Season
Leading the competition were Travis Richey and Dana Martin, who secured the top spot with a five-fish limit weighing 13.18 pounds. Dana attributed her success to the effective use of deep diving crankbaits along main lake points. Travis' fishing tactics remained undisclosed, leaving the question of his contribution unanswered. The duo earned a noteworthy $450 for their remarkable performance, while Dana added an extra $50 to her winnings for landing the Ladies' Big Fish, weighing in at 3.80 pounds.
Securing second place were Coleton and Taylor Jennings, whose five-fish limit tipped the scales at 11.39 pounds. Coleton revealed his winning strategy, employing livescoping techniques with a tube rigged on a Jenko trick tube head and a Jenko 3.25-inch booty shaker on a ¼ ounce head. Most of their catches were made offshore in schools, with a few found on random points. Taylor, playfully accusing Coleton of monopolizing the fish, jokingly suggested the need for an additional livescope for the back of the boat. The Jennings received a commendable $275 for their second-place finish, bringing them closer to their livescope savings goal.
Scott and Brandi Vanover rounded out the top three, impressively weighing in a five-fish limit totaling 9.93 pounds. The Vanovers effectively utilized worms and tubes on main lake points and secondary points with pea gravel to secure their catch. Their remarkable performance earned them a well-deserved $100 prize.
Troy and Tammy Courtney claimed fourth place with three fish weighing 5.53 pounds, closely followed by Danny and Dee Baggett, who secured fifth place with three fish weighing 5.52 pounds.
Joey McCuiston distinguished himself by landing the Men's Big Fish, weighing in at an impressive 2.91 pounds, earning him an additional $55 prize.
The organizers expressed their gratitude towards sponsors Jenko Fishing and Duckett Fishing, acknowledging their support and generous donations of fishing products throughout the year. These contributions not only enhance the events but also serve as prizes during the year-end banquet. The organizers extend their heartfelt appreciation to Jenko Fishing and Duckett Fishing for their gracious generosity.
The event organizers expressed their gratitude to all participants for their enthusiastic presence, making the day a resounding success. The upcoming event is scheduled to take place on June 4th at Kentucky Lake's Kentucky Dam Village. Participants can anticipate a 6:00 AM launch time, with the weigh-in set for 2:00 PM. Boat check and late registrations will be available at the ramp starting from 5:00 AM.
The ABA Couples Series on Kentucky Lake continues to provide exciting angling opportunities, and participants eagerly look forward to the next event.
In 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.
The teams compete in several regional or state divisions throughout the year. Once a pair forms a team, however, the two must fish together as a team throughout the season to be eligible to accumulate points and qualify for the annual national championship.
The entry fee for the American Couples Series one-day events is $100, and the top teams are invited to compete in the championship each fall.
American Bass Anglers is sponsored by Caymas Boats, Mercury Marine, T-H Marine, RT Outdoors, Atlas Hydraulic Jackplate, Power Pole, Optima Batteries, HotelPlanner.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
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