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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.

Derek Remitz of Grant, AL finished in second place with 25.45 pounds and brought in the boater Big Bass, weighing 8.18 pounds, to win $2631. “I caught all of my fish cranking today. You just have to keep looking around and when something comes open, you have to take advantage of it. I didn't catch a whole lot today, but I was able to cull a few times. The way Guntersville has been fishing, it was kind of a grind,” said Remitz.

Gregory Buie of Athens, AL finished in third place with 24.78 pounds winning $1174. “I caught my fish off of ledges using a red shad colored worm in about 12-14 feet of water. I had a good day and I was able to land every fish that bit my bait which allowed me to cull about seven times,” said Buie.

Top Five Boaters:

1. Jesse Rigsby  25.70  $5825

2. Derek Remitz(Big Bass)  25.45  $2631 

3. Gregory Buie  24.78  $1174

4. Randy Tolbert Jr.  23.58  $822

5. (tie) Shane Dick  21.01  $675

5. (tie) James Smith  21.01  $675

There were 96 boaters registered for this Ram Truck Open Series event.

Jody Jordan of Silver Creek, GA was the co-angler champion of the Ram Truck Open Series event held on May 14, 2016 at Lake Guntersville. He brought in a 13.27 pound limit that was worth $1760. “I used a shaky head with a green pumpkin trailer. I only caught three fish all day. It was a grind, but I was lucky enough to catch the right three fish,” said Jordan.

Joey Wayne Garner of Sherwood, TN finished in second place on the co-angler side with 13.04 pounds to win $579. “First off, I had a good partner to start with and we were doing pretty well until the wind picked up. I caught most of my fish using a Carolina rig with a green pumpkin colored Zoom Brush Hog. The depth varied on where my fish came from and I was lucky enough to cull a few times,” said Garner.

Mark T. Denney Jr of Bonaire, GA brought in 12.79 pounds that included the 6.49 pound co-angler Big Bass to finish in third place and win a total of $636. “I caught all of my fish using a Texas rigged green pumpkin worm in about 12 feet of water. I only got six bites today, but I was able to cull a few times to get to the weight I had, as well as, catch the big bass,” said Denney Jr.

Top Five Co-anglers:

1. Jody Jordan  13.27  $1760

2. Joey Wayne Garner  13.04  $579

3. Mark Denney Jr(Big Bass)  12.79  $636

4. Nathan Martin  12.39  $271 

5. Noah Willis  11.49  $232

There were 51 co-angler entries for this Ram Truck Open Series event.

Complete results can be found at this link

Points standings for the Alabama North division can be found at this link.

For more info on the Alabama North division of the Ram Truck Open Series visit www.ramopenseries.com or call ABA tournament manager, Kristin Malott, at (256) 771-3709. The next event in the Alabama North division event is on July 9th at Lake Weiss.

Ram Truck Open Series anglers can take advantage of the “no boat on boat draw” format along with huge payouts for the 2016 season. First place boaters can win a guaranteed $5000 first place, regardless of number of entries. Payouts will increase to $6000 for the first place boater with a 100 boat field. Over the course of four divisional events and the area championship, anglers will be competing for a spot in the 2017 Ray Scott Championship.

Lots of contingency money is up for grabs during the 2016 Ram Truck Open Series Series season. Anglers participating in the Triton Gold program can earn up to $7,000 at 2016 divisional events and up to $50,000 at the 2017 Ray Scott Championship. Anglers can also take advantage of other programs such as T-H Marine Atlas Rewards, Power Pole Captain's Cash, Garmin Grand Giveaway, Livingston Lures Cash for Big Bass, Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus, Maui Jim Bonus, and Mercury/Motorguide bonus money.

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