$5,000 Minimum Guaranteed First Place at Every Divisional Tournament

Harrell Wins On Lake Gaston

Ryan Harrell of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina won the American Bass Anglers Ram Truck Open Series Virginia division tournament held 4/01/2017 on Lake Gaston.

Running out of Americamps in Bracey Virginia, Ryan caught five bass weighing 20.94 pounds including a big bass that weighed 6.87 pounds. For the Boater Division victory, Harrell took home a check for $5,000 for the win and an additional $650 for the boater big bass. Also for having the biggest bass of the tournament Harrell walked away with a new Abu Garcia Revo SX spinning reel valued at $160.

"I caught my fish off of docks with a jig," said Harrell.

In second for the boaters, Brian Calloway of Danville, Virginia landed a five bass tournament limit going 17.91 pounds. He collected $1,250 for the effort.

"I caught my fish today off of docks with a jig," said Calloway. 

JT Palmore of Blackstone, Virginia took third for the boaters with five bass weighing 16.54 pounds. His limit earned him $900. 

"I caught my fish today on a spinnerbait," said Palmore.  

Finishing fourth, Ray Griffin of Greensboro, North Carolina landed a five bass limit for 16.07 pounds. 
Bo Grosvenor of Forest, Virginia rounded out the top five with five bass weighing 15.54 pounds.

In the Co-Angler division, Derek Sewell of Forest, Virginia won with three bass weighing 10.69 pounds. He sealed his victory with a 4.08 pound kicker to pocket a check for $850.

"It was a pretty slow day. I had five bites but they were the right ones. My fish came off a jig," said Sewell. 

Taking second for the co-anglers, Robert Green from Sedalia, North Carolina brought in a three-bass division limit weighing 7.24 pounds. Robert anchored his catch with a 4.12 pound bass. He collected $250 and an additional $105 for the co-angler big bass.

"I caught my fish today off a black and blue jig," said Green.

Greg Dawson of Rustburg, Virginia placed third among the co-anglers with three bass weighing 6.32 pounds. He earned $200 for his catch. 

"I caught my fish today on a shakey head with a green pumpkin trick worm around docks," said Dawson.

In fourth place among the co-anglers, Tim Gardner of Greensboro, North Carolina weighed in three bass weighing 5.74 pounds.

Randy Ruffin of Norfolk, Virginia finished in fifth place with three bass at 4.78 pounds.

Slated for 4/22/2017 the next divisional tournament will be held on Kerr Lake out of Nutbush Park near Henderson North Carolina. At the end of the season, the best anglers from across the nation advance the 2018 Ray Scott Championship, slated for the Red River in Shreveport-Bossier Louisiana in April 2018. 

For more information on this tournament, call Rodney Michael, tournament manager, at (256)497-0967 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, 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.

American Bass Anglers, Inc. is supported by Ram Trucks, Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, Carlisle Tires, GEICO, Berkley, Abu Garcia, T-H Marine, Livingston Lures, Best Western Hotels, Maui Jim, Power Pole, LiT Coolers, Simms, Garmin, and Divide-It. American Bass Anglers, Inc. can be contacted at (256) 232-0406 or by visiting americanbassanglers.com



ABA - (256)232-0406
Upcoming 2018 Early Schedules
Registration Now Open - Select Your Tournament
$5,000 First Place!

Register Division Date Lake
North Carolina 3/24/2018 Hickory
Florida South 3/24/2018 Okeechobee
East Texas 3/24/2018 Lake Palestine
Tennesee Central 3/24/2018 Percy Priest
Maryland 3/31/2018 Potomac
Virginia 4/14/2018 Gaston
Maryland 4/14/2018 Chesapeake Bay
Mississippi 4/14/2018 Ross Barnett
Kentucky 4/14/2018 Kentucky Lake
South Carolina 4/21/2018 Hartwell
Alabama South 4/21/2018 Martin
Oklahoma 4/21/2018 Eufaula
North Carolina 4/28/2018 Kerr
Georgia 4/28/2018 Sinclair
South East Texas 4/28/2018 Sam Rayburn
Alabama North 4/28/2018 Neely Henry




Membership Special

Get all ABA Member Benefits Plus an 
ABA Tournament Jersey! Only $99.95

Check out the Lastest T-H Marine


Check Out Garmin's Panoptix!
Live is Better

More News

Mickey Beck Joins SiriusXM Team
Maryland Open Series Kick off March 31
Bozman Wins on Harris Chain
Lake Conroe Shows Off Again
Beck Dominates at Wheeler Lake
North Carolina Heads to Lake Hickory
Florida South Returns to Lake Okeechobee
Round 2 For East TX Division 11
Oklahoma Opener on the Arkansas River
Prough Wins on Lake Seminole
Florida Central Heads to Harris Chain
Houston, TX Division 18 Your Time Is Now!
Alabama North Division Heads to  Wheeler Lake
Georgia Division Heads to Lake Seminole
Kentucky Lake Open Series Rescheduled
Division 14 Begins on Arkansas River
Mississippi Anglers Take on Columbus Pool
Maui Jim PEAHI Polarized Wrap Sunglasses
McDonald Wins $5000.00 In Season Opener  On Kerr Lake
Robert Beatty Bust 36 Pounds on Kissimmee
Adam Wagner Wins on Center Hill
Jay Bennett Wins on Sam Rayburn
ABA Open Series Mississippi Division Goes to Columbus Pool
Center Hill Tournament Relocated to Edgar Evins State Park
Mizell Wins Florida South Event on Lake Okeechobee
 Mollohan Wins $5000.00 On Lake Murray
Big Bags Predicted for Kissimmee Chain Saturday
OPTIMA® Batteries Joins American Bass Anglers Inc.
    Virginia Division Opens on Kerr Lake
American Bass Anglers Head to the Red River for the Ray Scott Championship
Division 10 Starts at Big Sam Rayburn
Powell Pockets $5,000 plus $7,000 Triton Gold in the Georgia Division Opener on Lake Eufaula
Doug Easton Takes Home $6530.00 In North Carolina Season Opener on Lake Norman
South Carolina Heads To Lake Murray
Florida South Returns to Lake Okeechobee
Lamb Wins Alabama North Season Opener on Lake Guntersville
New York/Ohio Area 9 Championship Date Change
North Carolina Opens On Lake Norman
Smith Wins Alabama South Season Opener on Lake Eufaula
Georgia Opens at Lake Eufaula