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Winters Wins On Lake Wylie

David Winters of Rock Hill, South Carolina won the American Bass Anglers Ram Truck Open Series North Carolina Division tournament held 5/06/2017 on Lake Wylie.

Running out of South Point landing in Belmont, North Carolina David weighed in five bass for 14.90 pounds. He anchored his catch with a bass that weighed 3.65 pounds. For the Boater Division victory, Winters took home a check for $5000.00.

"I started out shallow and caught 25-30 fish within the first hour. I then went deeper and caught another 25-30 throughout the day. I figure I culled about 9 times. I caught some of my early fish on a spinnerbait, but most of my fish came on a Brian’s Bee’s ditch digger. I especially want to thank K9 fishing for making such a great fishing line. All of my reels are only spooled up with K9 line." Said Winters.

In second for the boaters, Reid McGinn of Fort Mill, South Carolina weighed in a five bass limit weighing 14.10 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 3.19 pound largemouth. He collected $600.00 for the effort.

"I caught my fish today on spinnerbaits and crankbaits mostly early. Later in the day I slowed down and covered a lot of water. I culled up 3-4 times." said McGinn. 

Maurice Freeze of Concord, North Carolina took third for the boaters with five bass weighing 13.88 pounds. His limit earned him $475.00  

"I caught most of my fish early on a spinnerbait said Freeze. I found them suspended in 10-12 feet of water around poles. I culled up about 4 times. Later in the day it got really tough but I was able to cull up one more time."  Said Freeze.   

Finishing fourth, Adam Fillmore of Lake Wylie, South Carolina weighed in a five bass limit weighing 13.05 pounds.

Rounding out the top five Charles Bowman II of Kernersville, North Carolina weighed in a five bass limit weighing 12.79 pounds.

Richard Bradford of Hoffman, North Carolina weighed in the big bass on the boater side. Richard collected $400.00 for a bass that weighed in at 5.18 pounds. Also because Richard caught his fish on an ABU Garcia reel he was presented a new ABU Garcia Revo SX spinning reel valued at $160.00.

For his top 10 finish Scott Hamrick of Denver, North Carolina won $500.00 for being a Triton Gold member.

In the Co-Angler Division, Ronnie Brown of Cherryville, North Carolina won with three bass weighing 8.15 pounds. He sealed his victory with a 3.25 pound kicker to pocket a check for $900.00. Also Brown Pocketed an additional $145.00 for weighing in the biggest bass on the co angler side. 

"I caught all of my fish today on a three bladed spinnerbait. I probably caught around 15 fish today mostly early. I was able to cull up for the final time about five minutes before weigh in."  Said Brown.   

Taking second for the co-anglers, James Salloum of Waxhaw, North Carolina weighed in a co angler limit of three bass weighing in at 7.11 pounds. He anchored his catch with a bass that weighed in at 2.66 pounds. Salloum collected $400.00 for his catch.

"I caught a total of four fish today.  They all came on a beaver and a crankbait."  Said Salloum.

Placing third on the co angler side was Anthony Goins of Denton, North Carolina. Goins weighed in three bass that weighed  7.10 pounds. Goins collected $300.00 for his catch. 

"This was my first tournament. I was paired up with the winning boater and he gave me a couple of baits to try. I caught three fish today and two of them I caught late in the day on a spinnerbait in 20-25 feet of water."  Said Goins.  

In fourth place among the co-anglers, Martin Rushing of Midland, North Carolina weighed in three bass weighing 7.02 pounds.

Rounding out the top five, John Harris of Lexington North Carolina weighed in three bass weighing 6.74 pounds.

Slated for June 3rd 2017 the next North Carolina Divisional tournament will be on High Rock Lake out of Tamarac Marina in Salisbury, 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.

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