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Pelfrey Wins on Chickamauga

Dale Pelfrey of Rockwood, Tennessee won the American Bass Anglers Ram Truck Open Series TN East tournament, held August 20, 2016 on Chickamauga. Running out of Dayton Boat Dock in Dayton, Tennessee, Pelfrey caught five bass weighing 21.63 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 5.73-pound kicker. He took home $5,000 for his victory, $500 from Mercury contingency, $500 from Triton Gold, and a new Simms Challenger rain suit valued at $400.

“I caught a few fish today deep on a worm. I was able to catch a 4-pound with about 19 minutes punching grass which helped get me to my winning weight,” stated Pelfrey.

In second for the Boaters, Jeff Knight of Cleveland, Tennessee landed a five-bass tournament limit weighing 19.61 pounds with an 8.50-pound kicker. He collected $1,377 for his effort as well as $380 for the Big Fish of the event and a new Abu Garcia Revo.

“I used green pumpkin jigs and shackyheads all day to catch my fish. It was a good day, I caught fish all day long. I caught my big fish early today using an Abu Garcia reel." 

Jason Yelverton of Rogersville, Alabama took third for the Boaters with five bass weighing 17.73 pounds earning $620. “I was fishing crash in 8-10 feet of water. I caught some using topwater and some using a jig. I caught most of my fish this morning, they were scattered out,” said Yelverton. 

Finishing fourth, Steve Barnes of Harrison, Tennessee landed a five-bass limit weighing 17.38 pounds.

Thomas Helton rounded out the top five Boaters with five bass weighing 15.16 pounds, topped by a 4.02-pound kicker.

In the Co-Angler Division, David Perron of Dayton, Tennessee won with three bass weighing 13.85 pounds. He sealed his victory with a 7.25-pound kicker to pocket a check for $1,350 as well as $185 and is also taking home a Simms Challenger rainsuit.

“I probably caught ten keepers all day. I threw a little bit of everything from a chatterbait to a swimbait. I caught the big fish today on a 1.5 squarebill right at the boat,” said Perron. 

Taking second for the Co-Anglers, Triston Crowder of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee brought in a three-bass limit weighing 8.54 pounds topped off by a 3.36-pound kicker collecting $465 for the effort. “I caught my fish today using a 3/8 flipping jig targeting wood. It was a grind, I caught a one fish here and one fish there to get my limit,” stated Crowder.

Daniel Crockett placed third among the Co-Anglers with three bass weighing 6.95 pounds to earn $310. “It was a tough day, I didn’t have a keeper in the boat until 2 o’clock. I started flipping an Okeechobee Crawl color beaver into the grass and was able to catch my three keepers,” Crockett said. 

In fourth place among the Co-Anglers, Roy Yother of Red Bank, Tennessee brought in three bass weighing 6.47 pounds.

Jared Sullivan of Hixson, Tennessee finished in fifth place with two bass weighing 6.43 pounds. 

Daniel Crockett of Old Hickory, TN was the winner of a $100 Best Western Travel Card at the August 20, 2016 Ram Truck Open Series event at Chickamauga. Crockett 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.

Slated for October 1-2, the next divisional tournament will be held on Lake Guntersville out of Guntersville State Park in Guntersville, Alabama. At the end of the season, the best anglers from across the nation advance the 2017 Ray Scott Championship, slated for Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, TN in April of 2017. 

For more information on this tournament, call Kristin  Malott, tournament manager, at (256)771-3709 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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Pennsylvania 10/13/2018 Delaware River
Louisiana Central 10/13/2018 Caddo
South Carolina- Savannah River 10/13/2018 Savannah River
Mississippi- Ross Barnett 10/13/2018 Ross Barnett
Alabama Lay Lake- Logan Martin 10/13/2018 Lay Lake
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Georgia Central 10/13/2018 Oconee
Virginia 10/13/2018 Kerr
Louisiana- North Central 10/13/2018 Ouachita River
Texas- Wichita Falls 10/13/2018 Amon Carter
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Massachusetts- Western 10/14/2018 Congamond
South Carolina-Greenwood 10/17/2018 Murray
Georgia North 10/20/2018 Allatoona
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Alabama- West 10/21/2018 Bankhead
Alabama Central 10/27/2018 Jordan
Texas- Sam Rayburn- North 10/27/2018 Toledo Bend
Pennsylvania 11/03/2018 North East River
Louisiana Central 11/03/2018 Cross
Florida Harris Chain 11/03/2018 Harris Chain
Texas- Central 11/03/2018 Waco
Mississippi- Ross Barnett 11/03/2018 Ross Barnett
Georgia- Jackson Lake 11/03/2018 Jackson
Massachusetts- Western 11/04/2018 Oxbow
North Carolina East 11/10/2018 Neuse River
North Carolina Charlotte 11/10/2018 High Rock
Mississippi- Ross Barnett 11/10/2018 Ross Barnett
Mississippi Gulf Coast 11/10/2018 Jordan
Georgia Central 11/10/2018 Oconee
Virginia- Western 11/10/2018 Kerr
Virginia 11/10/2018 Chickahominy River
Louisiana- Toledo Bend South 11/10/2018 Toledo Bend
Louisiana- North Central 11/10/2018 Bayou Bartholomew
Texas- Wichita Falls 11/10/2018 Texoma
Florida-Istokpoga South 11/11/2018 Istokpoga
Texas- Sam Rayburn- North 11/11/2018 Sam Rayburn
South Carolina- Northwest 11/11/2018 Clarks Hill
Dallas Fort Worth Texas 11/11/2018 Amon Carter
Louisiana- Toledo Bend South 11/11/2018 Toledo Bend
Alabama-Wheeler Lake 11/14/2018 Wheeler Lake
North Carolina Piedmont 11/17/2018 Kerr
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Alabama-Mobile 11/17/2018 Tensaw River
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Georgia North 11/17/2018 Allatoona
Dallas Fort Worth Texas 11/17/2018 Ray Roberts
Alabama Lay Lake- Logan Martin 11/17/2018 Logan Martin
South Carolina Central 11/17/2018 Murray
Missouri 11/17/2018 Lake Ozark
Florida- Harris Chain- Venetian Gardens 11/18/2018 Harris Chain
South Carolina- Savannah River 11/18/2018 Savannah River
Alabama- West 11/18/2018 Bankhead
Florida- St Johns North 11/18/2018 Rodman
North Carolina Southeast 11/24/2018 NE Cape Fear River (Open)
Georgia Central 11/24/2018 Oconee
South Carolina-Greenwood 11/25/2018 Russell
North Carolina Piedmont 12/01/2018 Jordan
Florida Harris Chain 12/01/2018 Harris Chain
Georgia North 12/01/2018 Allatoona
Texas- Central 12/01/2018 Stillhouse
Mississippi- Ross Barnett 12/01/2018 Ross Barnett
Georgia Central 12/01/2018 Sinclair
Louisiana- Toledo Bend South 12/01/2018 Toledo Bend
Texas- Wichita Falls 12/01/2018 Graham
Alabama-Mobile 12/08/2018 Tensaw River
Louisiana Central 12/08/2018 Hosston
North Carolina East 12/08/2018 Tar River
Dallas Fort Worth Texas 12/08/2018 Texoma
Alabama Lay Lake- Logan Martin 12/08/2018 Lay Lake
Mississippi Gulf Coast 12/08/2018 Pearl River
Virginia- Western 12/08/2018 Kerr
Florida-Istokpoga South 12/09/2018 Istokpoga
South Carolina- Northwest 12/09/2018 Hartwell
Alabama-Wheeler Lake 12/12/2018 Wheeler Lake
Mississippi- Ross Barnett 12/14/2018 Ross Barnett
North Carolina Southeast 12/15/2018 Elwell Ferry
Texas- Sam Rayburn- North 12/15/2018 Toledo Bend
South Carolina- Savannah River 12/15/2018 Savannah River
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