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O’Bryant Wins on Lake Barkley

Tom O’Bryant of Cedar Grove, Tennessee won the American Bass Anglers Ram Truck Open Series Kentucky Division running out of Kuttawa/Lyon County Boat Ramp in Kuttawa, KY on June 18, 2016.

Tom caught five bass weighing 21.33 pounds. O’Bryant took home $5,000 for first place and also pocketed $380 for winning the Boater Big Fish weighing 5.79. “I actually caught all of my fish shallow flipping a jig with a Rage Crawl on it. I was in 3-10 feet of water. It was a great day, I caught about 40 keepers all day long,” said O’Bryant.

In second for the Boaters, David Gnewikow of Mount Juliet, Tennessee landed a five bass limit weighing 20.32 pounds with a 5.55 pound kicker. He collected $1,005 for his effort. “I caught my fish on a ¾ ounce Green Pumpkin Strike King Jig with an Okeechobee Crawl Rage Tail and a Strike King 6XD Crank Bait. I fished a lot of different depths today with most of my fish coming from 12-15 feet of water. I was targeting ledges,” said Gnewikow. 

Craig Hipshire of Benton, Kentucky took third for the Boaters with five bass weighing 19.21 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 5.19 pound kicker to earn $670. “I went over to Kentucky first thing this morning and I had all my fish caught by 8. I caught all my fish throwing Strike King XD8 crank bait in 12-15 feet of water,” said Hipshire.

Finishing fourth was Don Beckly Jr of Paducah, Kentucky. He landed a five bass limit weighing 17.78 pounds including a 5.22 pound kicker. 

Travis Cockburn of Johnson City, Illinois rounded out the top five Boaters with five bass weighing 17.48 pounds topped by a 4.86 pound kicker.

In the Co-Angler division, Justin English of Owensboro, Kentucky won with three bass weighing 13.08 pounds. He sealed his victory with a 6.24 pound kicker to pocket a check for $1,500 and $185 for the Co-Angler Big Fish.

“I caught my fish using a BAJA Jig. The skirt color is one that I make with a little green pumpkin and some purple in it. I caught my fish in about 15-20 feet of water. I caught fish pretty much all day and was able to cull a few times,” English said. 

Taking second for the Co-Anglers, Josh Hoy of Woodland, Illinois brought in a three-bass limit weighing 12.00 pounds including a 4.49 pound kicker. He collected $502 for the effort. “My boater today targeted ledges in about 20-25 feet of water. I was throwing a ¾ ounce water melon jig,” Hoy stated.

William Walsh of Bon Aqua, Tennessee placed third among the Co-Anglers with three bass weighing 11.33 pounds anchoring his catch with a 5.00 pound kicker to earn $335. “It was a tough day, but I managed to catch some fish flipping a green pumpkin jig and on a spinner bait,” said Walsh.

In fourth place among the Co-Anglers, Nathan Smith of Clarksville, Tennessee brought in three bass weighing 10.80 pounds including a 5.19 pound kicker. 

Ethan Wheeler of Mayfield, Kentucky finished in fifth place with three bass weighing 10.44 pounds.

Slated for July 23, 2016, the next divisional tournament will be held on Barkley Lake out of Kuttawa/Lyon County Boat Ramp in Kuttawa, KY. At the end of the season, the best anglers from across the nation advance the 2017 Ray Scott Championship, slated for Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, TN in April of 2017. 

For more information on this tournament, call Kristin Malott, tournament manager, at (256)771-3709 or ABA at (256)232-0406. Online, see www.ramopenseries.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 offer each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers, the Ram Truck Open Series, the American Fishing Tour or the American Couples Series, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.



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