McNeal Wins $6000 at Maryland Division Opener
Dennis McNeal of Stafford, VA won the Maryland Division Ram Truck Open Series opener at the Potomac River on March 26, 2016. McNeal brought in a 19.57 pound limit to win $6000. “I stayed in one mid-lake area all day, throwing a Green Craw colored Bandit crankbait. I was sitting in about 12 feet of water, casting to the bank. The fish seemed to be in 6-7 feet of water. Some of them just engulfed the bait,” said McNeal.
Jason Ober of Everett, PA finished in second place with 18.60 winning $1816.
Brandon Pyles of Middletown, MD finished in third place with 18.50 pounds worth $1211. “I went north first thing this morning and caught most of them in the first 45 minutes. They came on a moving bait in about a foot of water,” said Pyles.
There was a tie for boater Big Bass at the Potomac event. Ken "Bummy" Baumgardner of Monomgahela, PA and Pat Loewy of Bowie, MD both weighed in a 5.72 largemouth bass, splitting $900 from the Big Bass Pot.
Top Five Boaters:
1. Dennis McNeal 19.57 $6000
2. Jason Ober 18.60 $1816
3. Brandon Pyles 18.50 $1211
4. Brad Weese 18.14 $848
5. Michael Pastor 17.94 $727
There were 98 boaters registered for this Ram Truck Open Series event.
Complete results can be found at this link.
For more info on the Maryland division of the Ram Truck Open Series visit www.ramopenseries.com call ABA tournament manager, Jeff Randall, at (256) 777-6152. The next Maryland event is on April 23, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay.
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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