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What is the Ram Truck Open Series?

Welcome to the Ram Truck Series 2016 Season. We look forward to seeing you on the tournament trail for some exciting fishing and tournament action. This Angler’s Guide is to assist you with information you will need as you compete on the tour.

The Ram Open Series offers the best payout ever in a series of this format. Payouts are the largest in weekend angler tournament history!

  • $5,000 1st place Boater guaranteed regardless of the number of entries

The first place payout increases based on the number of boaters and co-anglers

Example Payouts Divisional

  • 1- 50 Boats - $5,000
  • 100 Boats - $6,000
  • 150 Boats - $8,500
  • 200 Boats - $11,000

If you add contingency awards, first place can pay up to $20,000 which is a record for the weekend angler at a $200 entry fee!

Area Championships:

$10,000 1st Place Boater Payout regardless of the number of entries
The first place payout increases based on the number of boaters and co-anglers

Example Area Championship Payouts

  • 1- 50 Boats - $10,000
  • 100 Boats - $10,800
  • 150 Boats - $15,500
  • 200 Boats - $20,000

What is the Ram Open Series?

It is a Boater/Co-Angler series. This format pairs boaters and co-anglers together to fish from the same boat however, boaters are not competing with their co-angler partners. Boaters compete against boaters and co-anglers compete against the other co-anglers in the tournament. Boaters and Co-Anglers pay different entry fees and the boaters are competing for the prize money created for the boaters and co-anglers for the prize money created for the co-anglers.

Divisions: Ram Open Series will have 18 divisions of the Ram Open Series. Each of these divisions will hold 4 one-day qualifying events. Each with a $5,000 first place guaranteed payout for boaters.

At the end of each divisional season the anglers from each division will be invited to compete in a local Area Championship.

Area Championships: Two divisions will make up an Area. An example of an Area would be Kentucky Division and Central Tennessee Division. (See Schedule)

All anglers from each division who fish 3 events within their home division or 4 events in combination of divisions within their area will be invited to the Area Championship.

Each of the 9 Area Championships will have a $10,000 for boaters first place guaranteed payout.

The top 20 boaters and top 20 Co-Anglers from each Area Championship? Area Championship will advance to the no entry fee 2017 Ram Truck’s Ray Scott Championship.  Provisional Points Slot: The top anglers (Boater and Co-Angler) by points from each division, after the Area Championship, who did not finish in the top 20 in the event but and have fished all 5 divisional qualifying events will be invited to the Ray Scott Championship. 

Area Championships will be held on a lake that both division compete on, a neutral lake, or in some cases the location will be flipped between the two divisions within an area annually. The location will be chosen to level the playing field as much as possible for the anglers while reducing travel for the anglers.

All anglers that fish a minimum of three events within a division or four events in combination of two area divisions will automatically advance to an Area Championship.

Area Division 1 Division 2 Area Championship
1 North Alabama Tennessee Central Chickamaga
2 Kentucky Mississippi Pickwick
3 Georgia South Alabama Lake Eufaula
4 North Carolina South Carolina Lake Hartwell
5 Central Florida South Florida Okeechobee
6 South Texas Louisiana Toledo Bend
7 Central Texas Oklahoma Texoma
8 Maryland Virginia Potomac River
9 New York Ohio Lake Erie

Entry Fees

- Boaters/Co-Anglers $200/$100 Divisional Qualifiers
- Boaters/Co-Anglers $300/$150 Area Championship
- Ram Truck’s Ray Scott Championship - No Entry Fee

Linking - Linking will be allowed for Co-Anglers. Co-Anglers may link with a boater which guarantees the Co-Angler will have a slot in the event.

Ray Scott Championship - The Ray Scott Championship will be held in spring of 2018 (Red River).

Package Registration - A package registration is when anglers sign up for all 5 events within a division. Boaters and Co-Anglers submitting a package registration will be given priority slots in events over anglers signing up for single events. Those submitting a package registration will be guaranteed priority slots.

Fish Care - ABA only recommends the use of T-H Marine’s G-Juice for live well treatment.

Order of Priority of Boater/Co-Angler Assignments
• Package Pre-Registrations
• All Others by date and time of registration

Package Registration: Is registering for all events within a division. Provides guaranteed priority status.

Freedom Pass: Allows those who cannot attend the onsite registration meeting prior to an event to send a representative in their place. ($25 annually)

To compete in the Ram Open Series:
- You must be a current member of American Bass Anglers
- To join the ABA, call (256) 232-0406 or visit www.RamOpenSeries.com