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

Open Series Opener On Lake Okeechobee

ATHENS, Ala. – The Florida South Division of the 2018 Open Series will open the season on January 13, 2018, on Lake Okeechobee in Clewiston, FL.

Mike Jones of Canal Point, Florida won the opening event last year (January 7, 2017) with 23.51 pounds and Michael Gonzalez of Apopka, Florida was the co-angler winner with 13.40, which is strong for a 3-fish co-angler limit. Steve Stinson of Pickering, Ontario took home big bass honors with a 9.02 pound bass cashing in on $940.

The competitors will launch at Roland Martin Marina and Resort, located at 920 E. Del Monte Ave, Clewiston, FL 33440. Anglers may begin fishing at 7:00a.m. or safe light. The weigh-in will begin at 3:00p.m. Registration begins at 4 p.m. local time at Scott Driver Park with the tournament briefing to begin at 7:00 p.m. Friday evening.

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To enter, anglers fishing the Boater Division pay $200 with co-anglers paying $100. First place is guaranteed a minimum $5,000 first place for boaters. To learn more about the payout visit www.ramopenseries.com/payout.php 

Anglers fishing the Boater Division may weigh in up to five bass, each at least 12 inches long with an exemption permit available at registration. Co-anglers may weigh in up to three bass. 

In addition to cash and prizes for top finishers, boater and co-angler competitors may also win contingency bonuses from such sponsors as Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, MotorGuide, T-H Marine, and ABU Garcia. See the manufacturer web sites for specific details on how to qualify for these bonuses.

Host Hotel (Approved locations to stay) 
Roland Martin Marina & Resort
920 E. Del Monte Ave, Clewiston, Florida 33440
800-473-6766   863-983-3151

Tournament Information: 
Limit: 5 bass for Boaters / 3 bass for Co-Anglers
Size Limit: 12" with a Signed Exemption Permits. Exemption Permits will be available at registration.
Take Off: 7:00am or Safelight
Weigh In: 3:00pm
Time Zone: Eastern
Locking is allowed EXCEPT to Kissimmee River, Caloosahatchee River and Port St. Lucie Canal.

Event Host: 
Roland Martin Marina & Resort
920 E. Del Monte Ave, Clewiston, Florida 33440
800-473-6766   863-983-3151

Registration Location: 
Roland Martin Marina & Resort
920 E. Del Monte Ave, Clewiston, Florida 33440
800-473-6766   863-983-3151

Registration and Meeting will be held on Friday, January 12, 2018, at the ABA Stage Trailer at Roland Martin Marina & Resort from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm with the meeting and partner pairing at 7:00 pm.

Additional Information: 

Host Dealers: 
Triton Dealer - Lake Placid Marine
310 US 27 SOUTH, LAKE PLACID, FL 33852
863-465-2335   863-465-9550 (fax)  www.lakeplacidmarine.com

The best Open Series anglers from across the nation can advance to the no entry fee 2019 Ray Scott Championship, location to be announced in April 2018. 

For more information on this tournament, call Billy Benedetti, tournament manager, at 256-230-5632 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.ramopenseries.com .

American Bass Anglers commitment is to provide 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 and the  American Fishing Tour, the Open Series, the Triton 100% Plus Team Tour, or the American Couples Series visit www.americanbassanglers.com.




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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




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