Team Mangham Takes Title at Couples Championship
LEESBURG, ALA. - In an interesting turn of events during the concluding moments, Team Mangham emerged triumphant at the 2-day American Bass Anglers American Couples Series Championship, proudly Presented by Caymas Boats, on Oct. 26-27, 2023, at Weiss Lake.
Initiating their campaign from Leesburg Landing & RV Park, Rod, and Hope Mangham showcased consistent performance by reaching two consecutive 5-bass daily limits. Their diligent efforts resulted in a weight of 11.50 pounds on the first day and 9.00 pounds the following day. With an aggregate of 20.50 pounds, which included a significant 4.47-pound catch, they narrowly secured the title by a margin of 1.27 pounds. This notable victory earned them a commendable prize of $1918.
Reflecting on their strategy, Mangham detailed, “Our approach was consistent. Commencing each day with a buzzbait, we strategically fished around a bridge, specifically targeting the rip rap and bridge pilings. When that seemed less fruitful, we shifted our focus. Hope's adeptness with a shaky-head black trick-worm proved invaluable. Consequently, we shifted to docks and eventually discovered a promising point filled with fish. Our strategy remained consistent over both days.”
In a commendable effort, the pair of Jim Windham and Beth Lamb ascended from fifth place on the inaugural day, despite having just three bass weighing 10.55 pounds, to second place. Their second-day haul of three bass, weighing 8.68-pounds, bolstered their total to 19.23 pounds, anchored by a 4.60-pound catch. Windham shared, “Our primary tools were a spinnerbait and a magnum beaver. Regrettably, we missed a few opportunities on day one which might have augmented our scores.”
Roger and JoAnn White clinched the third position with a comprehensive haul of ten bass over two days, weighing 18.93 pounds. Their accolades didn't stop there; the duo also bagged the 'Couples Anglers of the Year' award. Commenting on their approach and the unexpected honor, White mentioned, “Our primary tools were a Rat-L-Trap and shaky-head, especially around bluff walls. Winning the 'Anglers of the Year' was a delightful surprise.”
The resilience of Benny and Joyce Howell was on full display. Despite motor malfunctions on the first day, which restricted them to only a trolling motor, they secured the fourth spot among the 46 participating couples. Their tenacity was rewarded with a total of 18.69 pounds over the championship.
Chase McClain and Brittany Dodd rounded off the top five spots with a consistent performance over the two days, bringing in a combined weight of 18.41 pounds.
The title for the heaviest bass of the event was clinched by Thomas Bancroft with a catch weighing 4.92 pounds.
Additionally, Thomas and Missy Bancroft won the King of the Hill Award for being the top couple directors for the 2023 season.
The American Couples Series provides a platform for angling pairs. Although most pairs are spouses, the series welcomes diverse team formations – from dating couples to parent-child duos. Throughout the year, teams compete in various regional or state divisions. However, the same team must consistently participate together throughout the season to accrue points and be eligible for the national championship.
The Top 20 Teams
PL Angler Fish Penalty Big Bass Total Points Payout 1 Rod Mangham-Hope Mangham 10 4.47 20.50 2000 1918 2 Jim Windham-Beth Lamb 6 4.60 19.23 1995 959 3 Roger White-JoAnn White 10 3.57 18.93 1990 677 4 Benny Howell-Joyce Howell 10 18.69 1985 564 5 Chase McClain-Brittany Dodd 10 3.50 18.41 1980 508 6 Kerry Wilson-Heather Wilson 8 3.16 18.26 1975 338 7 Freddy Hunt-Billie Hunt 9 16.83 1970 282 8 Sean Capes-Kathy Capes 10 16.81 1965 226 9 James Collins Sr-Julie Collins 10 15.81 1960 169 10 Thomas Bancroft-Melissa Bancroft 7 4.92 15.59 1955 11 Michael Garlen-Rhonda Ford 10 15.28 1950 12 Chris Fields-Genevra Fields 10 15.04 1945 13 Larry Bailey-Tammy Hoffner 10 3.22 13.10 1940 14 Jeff Maddox-Amanda Maddox 10 12.26 1935 15 Steve Hales-Andrea Caylor 9 12.22 1930 16 Don Goodfellow-Martha Goodfellow 9 11.85 1925 16 Conery Williams-Quanda Taylor-Williams 7 11.85 1925 18 Darren Taylor-Amy Taylor 10 3.01 11.83 1915 19 Jeff Breeden-Pam Breeden 9 2.05 10.91 1910 20 Roger Lovvorn-Deanna Lovvorn 10 10.29 1905
The stage for the 2024 ABA American Couples Series Championship, Presented by Caymas Boats, is set at Santee Cooper in South Carolina.
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.
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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, including the American Fishing Tour, American Couples Series, annual Military Team Bass Tournament, Professional League, ABA Team Series, and Top 150 Solo Tour, all proudly presented by Caymas Boats, please visit www.americanbassanglers.com or call (256) 232-0406.
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