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2/03/2018 Guntersville Goose Pond
3/17/2018 Wheeler Joe Wheeler State Park
4/28/2018 Neely Henry Coosa Landing
6/09/2018 Weiss Leesburg Landing
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Top 5 Boater/Co-Anglers by Place of Finish That Do Not Advance By Points Advance to the Ray Scott Championship
09/08/2018
09/09/2018
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Division News

2018 Rules
Entry Fees:
Division: $200 Boater/$100 Co-Anglers
Area Championship: $300 Boater/$150 Co-Anglers
Ray Scott Cup - No Entry Fee

Divisional News

2018 Ram Truck Open Series
Early Registration Opens October 20th

Athens, AL. Registration for the 2018 Ram Truck Open Series with a guaranteed payback at every event will open Friday 10/20/2017 at 8 am. The series offers a guaranteed $5,000 minimum to the first place to boaters at all one-day events and at the two-day Area Championships a guaranteed $10,000 minimum for first place boater and $5,000 for first place co-anglers. The 2018 season will offer 18 divisions with 81 tournaments, all in a Pro/Am style format with a path to the no entry fee Ray Scott Championship that has a payout of over $300,000 in cash and prizes.

Entry fees remain lower with Divisional entry fees for boaters at $200 and $100 for co-anglers. Area Championships entry fee is $300 for boaters and $150 for co-anglers. The Ray Scott Championship has no entry fee.

Boater and Co-Angler Package Registrations from October 20 through December 1, 2017 will each receive free a one-year membership and 2018 freedom pass, value $60.00. Anglers my register online at ramopenseries.com or call (256)232-0406

To advance to the Area Championship anglers fish either as a boater in 3-one-day events or a co-angler in 3-one day events, or a combination of 4-one day events within their region. This allows more anglers to compete for slots for both the local Area Championship and the Ray Scott Championship.

Each division will advance anglers to the Ray Scott Championship.

  • The top ten (10) Boaters and top ten (10) Co-Anglers from each division by points after the Area Championship will advance.
  • The top five (5) Boaters and top five (5) Co-Anglers at the Area Championship by place of finish, who do not advance by divisional points, will also advance.

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Steven Marshall Wins Ram Truck 
Entry Fee Sponsorship

Steven Marshall of Phillipston, Massachusetts, is the third winner of four drawn Ram Entry Fee Sponsorships. Drawn on Friday, September 22nd, Steven will receive five entry fee entries into the ABA Tour of his choice.

Two more Ram Truck owner winners will be selected this month and the final winner will be drawn this Friday, September 29th.

To be in the drawing: 

Fill out the Ram Truck Survey completely, submit it, and you will be placed in a drawing for a full season of entry fees in the Division of their choice of one of the following tours: Ram American Fishing Tour, Ram Truck Open Series, The American Couples Tour, The Ram 100% Plus Team Tour or the Military Team Bass Tournament

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Tennessee Central and Alabama North head to Lake Chickamauga for Area 1 Championship


The Ram Truck Open Series Tennessee Central Division and Alabama North Division will hold their final event of the 2017 season on September 9th -10th on Lake Chickamauga.

The competitors will launch from Dayton Boat Dock landing in Dayton, Tennessee. Anglers may begin fishing at 6:45am or safe light on days one and two. The weigh in will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. All anglers will compete both days of the event. There will NOT be a cut in the field. Registration begins at 4 p.m. on Friday September 8th at the ABA stage trailer at Dayton Boat Dock. Registration for this event ends at 6:00pm on Friday September 8th with the meeting and partner pairing starting at 6:30pm local time.  To register for this event see https://www.americanbassanglers.com/proddetail.php?prod=8796 

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Ram Truck Owners Rewards
Win a Bass Tournament Sponsorship for 2018

A Random Winner Will Be Drawn Each Friday of September Starting September 8, 2017

Fill out the Ram Truck Survey completely, submit it, and you will be placed in a drawing for a full season of entry fees in the Division of their choice of one of the following tours: Ram American Fishing Tour, Ram Truck Open Series, The American Couples Tour, The Ram 100% Plus Team Tour or the Military Team Bass Tournament.

Sponsored by Ram Trucks and American Bass Anglers

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Shane Ellis Takes the Win on Lake Weiss

Shane Ellis of Boaz, AL won the American Bass Angler Ram Truck Opens Series Alabama North tournament, held June 17, 2017 on Lake Weiss

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Kilgore Take home 13K on Neely Henry

Andy Kilgore of Kingston, GA won the American Bass Anglers Ram Truck Open Series Alabama North tournament, held May 6, 2017 at Neely Henry. 

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Robinson Goes Wire to Wire at Ray Scott Championship

ATHENS, Ala. –  Angler Tracy Robinson of Gadsden, AL dominated the field at the Ray Scott Championship on Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, to win the Championship. Robinson held an 8-pound lead over the field the final day and weighed in his third limit weighing 16.04. Tracy amassed a three-day total of 55.49 eclipsing the field by more than 15 pounds.

His day didn’t start well as he lost two big keeper fish. “I almost spun out there for a minute, I started thinking this is one of those days that guys tell horror stories about. I regrouped and got back busy with it and started catching them,” says Robinson. “I caught them on a simple white jig. There was nothing special about it, a white Choo Choo jig. Just a white swim jig with a white craw, it was just as plain as you can get”.

“It’s an unbelievable experience for me. My dad fished a lot of tournaments with Ray Scott. Ray and I were talking about it yesterday, and he gave me a little good luck charm, a patch from a 1965 tournament,” concluded Robinson.

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Robinson Stretches Lead at Ray Scott Championship

ATHENS, Ala. –  Angler Tracy Robinson of Gadsen, AL continues to lead the Ray Scott Championship with another impressive limit for Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, TN of 19.52 lbs.  Robinson holds an 8-pound lead after over second place with 39.45 lbs after two days of competition.

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Robinson Takes Lead at Ray Scott Championship

ATHENS, Ala. –  Tracy Robinson of Gadsden, AL leads the 2017 Ray Scott National Championship on Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, TN with a five-fish limit weighing 19.93.

Bryan New from Belmont, NC. Bryan is only .39 pounds behind Robinson with five-fish limit weighing 19.54 anchored with a 6.07 lbs bass.

Todd Castledine out of Nacogdoches, TX locked into third place with a limit of five-fish, with a solid weight of 18.88 lbs.

Day 1 Results (PDF)

 

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Ray Scott Championship Competitors

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Quest to Win Ray Scott Championship Begins Today

Athens, AL. – 312 Boaters and Co-Anglers who qualified through the 2016 Ram Truck Open Series will launch Friday morning on Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, TN for the first day of competition of the Ray Scott Championship.

These anglers have worked hard in the 2016 season to qualify for this event that is named for the man is credited for creating the sport of bass tournament fishing Ray Scott. These anglers will be competing in a Boater/Co-Angler format Friday and Saturday, all trying to make the final day cut to the top 25 who will compete Sunday the final day.

A massive cold front moved across the middle portion of the country Wednesday and Thursday with violent winds that forced the cancellation of and Day one of the event. Friday’s forecast is calling for cooler temps and it will still be a bit breezy as the winds will shift out of the northwest.

The Boater Champion will receive $50,000 cash, a $65,000 2017 Triton 21 TRX boat with a Mercury Marine 250 Pro XS outboard loaded with sponsor products plus a two-year lease of a new RAM Truck valued at $25,000. There is an additional $50,000 in Triton Gold Contingency Money on the line if the winning boater fishes from a Triton Boat and registered in the Triton Gold Program. The Champion Co-Angler will bank $25,000 cash and a $45,000 2017 Triton 19 TRX loaded with a Mercury Marine 200 Pro XS outboard loaded with sponsor products plus a two-year lease of a new RAM Truck valued at $25,000.

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Day One of the Ray Scott Championship Cancelled

Due to the National Weather Service issuing a Wind Advisory for Thursday, TODAY’S COMPETITION HAS BEEN CANCELLED. THE TOURNAMENT WATERS ARE OFF LIMITS UNTIL LAUNCH FRIDAY MORNING. "WIND ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM CDT THIS EVENING... * WINDS... SUSTAINED BREEZY WINDS OF 15 TO 25 MPH... WITH GUSTS OF 40 TO 45 MPH POSSIBLE *.

The tournament will launch Friday Morning. 

 

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McMahan Takes Home $5,000 on Guntersville

Kevin McMahan of Guntersville, Alabama won the American Bass Anglers Ram Truck Open Series Alabama North tournament, held March 5, 2017 at Lake Guntersville. Running out of Goose Pond in Scottsboro, Alabama, Martin caught five bass weighing 27.43 pounds. He had a 7.46 pound kicker to anchor his bag and took home $5,000 for his efforts.

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Alabama North Heads to Lake Guntersville

ATHENS, Ala. – The AL North of the Ram Truck Open Series will hold its second tournament in the division on March 5, 2017 on Lake Guntersville in Scottsboro, AL.

The competitors will launch at Goose Pond located in Scottsboro, AL. Anglers may begin fishing at 6:00 a.m. or safe light. The weigh-in will begin at 3 p.m. CST. Registration begins at 4 p.m. at The Bait Tackle and Grill at Goose Pond in Scottsboro, AL. To register for this tournament, see Kristin Malott.

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Martin is Victorious at Guntersville

Casey Martin of New Hope, Alabama won the American Bass Anglers Ram Truck Open Series Alabama North tournament, held February 11, 2017 at Lake Guntersville. Running out of Goose Pond in Scottsboro, Alabama, Martin caught five bass weighing 21 pounds. He took home $6,300 for his efforts.

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Alabama North Heads to Lake Guntersville

ATHENS, Ala. – The AL North of the Ram Truck Open Series will hold its season opener on February 11, 2017, on Lake Guntersville in Scottsboro, Al.

The competitors will launch at Goose Pond located in Scottsboro, AL. Anglers may begin fishing at 6:45 a.m. or safe light. The weigh-in will begin at 3 p.m. CST. Registration begins at 4 p.m. at the Comfort Inn & Suites Banquet Room in Scottsboro, AL. To register for this tournament, see Kristin Malott.

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Carlstar Group Renews with American Bass Anglers

Athens, Ala. (December 1, 2016) - American Bass Anglers (ABA) announced today that The Carlstar Group has renewed their sponsorship agreement with American Bass Anglers to market their Carlisle branded tires as the official tire of the ABA. Headquartered in Franklin, Tennessee The Carlstar Group is a global leader in original equipment and aftermarket specialty tires and wheels for the agriculture, construction, lawn and garden, ATV and UTV, and specialty trailer markets. 

“The Carlstar Group has been a sponsor with American Bass Anglers since 2009 and in that time, it has been great to see the acceptance and use of their Carlisle branded trailer tires and their wheels in the boating industry. Many major boat manufactures deliver their custom boat trailers on Carlisle branded tires. Their support of the weekend bass angler shows their commitment to this industry with premium products.” said Morris Sheehan, President of American Bass Anglers, Inc.

As part of this sponsorship, The Carlstar Group will promote their Radial TrailHD premium trailer tire and their full line of ATV and UTV tires and wheels for any off-road adventure. The Carlstar products will be integrated into the Ram Trucks Open Series events, Ram Trucks American Fishing Tour Championship, Ram Trucks 100% Plus Team Trail events, American Couples Series Championship and Military Team Event. 

“We are proud to be the official tire of the ABA and to partner with a tremendous organization that allows us the opportunity to help Bass Anglers across the country enjoy what they love to do the most by offering protection for their most precious cargo,” said John Salvatore, Chief Executive Officer of The Carlstar Group. 

Additionally, The Carlstar Group will have three pro-staffers through the American Bass Anglers managed Pro Staff program.

For more information about The Carlstar Group and their line of products visit your tire and wheel retailer or visit www.carlstargroup.com 

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Butler Takes Home Victory at Guntersville

Josh Butler of Hayden, Alabama won the American Bass Anglers Ram Truck Open Series Area 1 Championship, held October 1st & 2nd on Lake Guntersville. Running out of Guntersville State Park, Butler caught ten bass weighing 36.60 pounds with a 4.92 pound kicker to take home a check for $10,000 as well as taking home a Simms Challenger rain suit.

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Hartley Wins on Neely Henry

Joe Hartley of Alexandria, Alabama won the American Bass Anglers Ram Truck Open Series AL North tournament, held August 13, 2016 on Neely Henry. Running out of Coosa Landing in Gadsden, Hartley caught five bass weighing 16.01 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 4.26-pound kicker. “I caught all of my fish today flipping a ½ ounce black and blue jig around docks. I was able to cull a little today but had all of my weight caught by 11 o’clock,” stated Hartley. He took home $5,000 for his victory, $1,000 from Mercury contingency, and a new Simms Challenger rain suit values at $400.

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Kilgore Takes Home Victory on Weiss 

Andy Kilgore of Kingston, Georgia won the American Bass Anglers Ram Truck Open Series on Lake Weiss. Running out of Little River Marina in Centre, Alabama, Kilgore caught five bass weighing 17.80 pounds. “I threw a 6 XD crankbait on rocks most of the day to catch my fish. It was a grind, I caught one fish early in the morning and my other fish came after 1” stated Kilgore. Kilgore took home $5,000 for his efforts today as well as a $7,000 for Triton Gold, and $1,000 for Mercury Marine.

 

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Alabama North Heads to Weiss Lake

ATHENS, Ala. – The AL North Division of the Ram Truck Open Series will hold its next event of the season on July 9, 2016, on Weiss Lake in Cedar Bluff, AL.

The competitors will launch at Little River Marina, located at 1780 CR 102 Cedar Bluff, AL 35959. Anglers may begin fishing at 5 a.m. or safe light. The weigh-in will begin at 1 p.m. Registration begins at 4 p.m. Little River Marina at the stage trailer. To register for this tournament, see Kristin Malott.

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Rigsby Wins Alabama North Event at Guntersville

Jesse Rigsby of Old Hickory, TN won the Alabama North division Ram Truck Open Series event at Lake Guntersville on May 714, 2016. Rigsby caught a 25.70 pound limit to win $5825. “I caught my fish using a green pumpkin/blue colored jig, sitting in 18 feet of water and throwing into 6-8 feet of water. I found a school of fish moving out of a creek channel heading into the main lake. I sat there just working my jig down in the rocks. It was a great day and I had my original limit by 6:30, before moving to my secondary spot and culling three times. I found the school on Wednesday while practicing and I was able to stay with that same school,” said Rigsby.

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Hall Wins Best Western Travel Card

Herbert Hall of Harrison, TN was the winner of a $100 Best Western Travel Card at the April 2, 2016 Ram Truck Open Series event at Neely Henry Lake. Hall lodged at the host Best Western hotel during the event and he was entered into the Best Western Travel Card drawing.  There is a drawing for a $100 Best Western travel card at every Ram Truck Open Series event that has a Best Western host hotel. Anglers must bring their Best Western hotel receipts to registration to enter the drawing.

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Long Wins $6300 at Alabama North Opener

Chris C. Long of Decherd, TN won the Alabama North division Ram Truck Open Series opener at Neely Henry Lake on April 2, 2016. Long had a 21.89 pound limit to take home a check for $6300. “I caught most of my fish flipping a jig. I was fishing very shallow. My trolling motor was kicking up mud the entire time. I stayed off of the river away from everyone else and I was able to cull about eight times to get to my winning weight,” said Long.

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