Jones Takes Co-angler Victory at Okeechobee
Bryan Jones of Zephyrhills, FL was the co-angler champion of the Florida South Ram Truck Open Series opener held on February 20, 2016 at Lake Okeechobee. His 12.72 pound limit that included the 6.57 co-angler Big bass was worth a total of $2135. “We were up here on the north end. All of my fish came on a “Senko” type worm. I was just throwing it into hydrilla and working it really slow. We tried to flip for a little bit, but the flipping bite just wasn’t on today. I caught my Big Bass around 11:30. It was a really good day,” said Jones.
David Sullivan of Johnston, SC finished in second place on the co-angler side with 12.05 pounds to win $614. “I lost one about four and a half pounds that I saw jump off. I was throwing a swimbait right behind my boater all day,” said Sullivan.
The third place spot went to Ernie Johnson of Okeechobee, FL. Johnson had 10.77 pounds worth $410. “We were over on the west side and caught them all on a weightless Fluke,” said Johnson.
Top Five Co-anglers:
1. Bryan Jones 12.72 $2135
2. David Sullivan 12.05 $614
3. Ernie Johnson 10.77 $410
4. General Johnson II 9.73 $287
5. Kenneth Amos 9.43 $246
There were 53 co-angler entries for this Ram Truck Open Series event.
Complete results can be found at this link.
For more info on the Florida South division of the Ram Truck Open Series call ABA tournament manager, Billy Benedetti, at (256) 230-5632.
Ram Truck Open Series anglers can take advantage of the “no boat on boat draw” format along with huge payouts for the 2016 season. First place boaters can win a guaranteed $5000 first place, regardless of number of entries. Payouts will increase to $6000 for the first place boater with a 100 boat field. Over the course of four divisional events and the area championship, anglers will be competing for a spot in the 2017 Ray Scott Championship.
Lots of contingency money is up for grabs during the 2016 Ram Trucks Open Series Series season. Anglers participating in the Triton Gold program can earn up to $7,000 at 2016 divisional events and up to $50,000 at the 2017 Ray Scott Championship. Anglers can also take advantage of other programs such as T-H Marine Atlas Rewards, Power Pole Captain's Cash, Garmin Grand Giveaway, Livingston Lures Cash for Big Bass, Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus, Maui Jim Bonus, and Mercury/Motorguide bonus money.
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