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Posted By The Bass Hog

Royal Purple pro Albert Collins of Nacogdoches, TX hangs on t o the lead after day three of the Ray Scott Championship. Co llins brought in 14.40 pounds today bringing his three day tot al to 41.84 pounds. He currently holds a 5.44 pound lead over second place. "It was slower for me today, but I did get m y five pound kicker that I needed. I didn't get my limit until around 10:30 this morning. I'm sticking with my same pattern tomorrow. I feel good and I think I can do it one more time tomorrow," said Collins.

Second place after day three belongs to Sam Boss of Paducah, KY wit h a three day total of 36.40 pounds. He has been super super consistent this week weighing in bags around the 11 and 12 pound mark each day.  If the leader's pattern holds, Boss will need a big bag to take the lead on the final day.

George Baucom of Charlotte, NC held on to the co-angler lead after the third day.  His three day total of 26.43 pounds has him ahead of second place by over six pounds. "I had a super boater today and he took me where I wanted to go. The fish didn't bite like yesterday and it was cold and windy all day. I'm looking forward to fishing with Albert Collins tomorrow," said Baucom.

The second place co-angler spot on Day Three belongs to Harry Peyton of Decatur, AL with a total of 20.36 pounds. I found some good fish and I'm hoping that my boater might take me to them at some point tomorrow. I will head out tomorrow and swing for the fences," said Peyton.

Complete Day Three results can be found at this link.

The weigh ins will be held each afternoon at 3pm. Live coverage will be available online for the final three days of competition. Thursday - Saturday. Visit www.americanbassanglers.com for a link to live video feed starting Thursday at 3pm.

Vendors from around the country will be making their way to participate in the Ray Scott Championship Expo at Ingalls Harbor Pavilion on Friday 10:00 am & 8:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am & 6:00 pm. The free admission, indoor expo will include such companies as Triton Boats, Carlisle Tire and Wheel, Odyssey Batteries, Royal Purple Lubricants, Garmin Electronics, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Livingston Lures, Navionics, Hammer Rods, Strikezone Lures, Bill Lewis Lures, Duckett Fishing, Gamma Fishing Line, and Luck E Strike Lures. Many vendors will have special deals and door prizes that expo attendees can take advantage of.

The Weekend Bass Series Championship was renamed the Ray Scott Championship in honor of B.A.S.S. founder and fishing icon, Ray Scott. The week long event includes four competition days, a $100,000 top prize, and a two day outdoors expo.

Ray Scott Championship anglers can cash in on contingency programs such as Triton Gold, Atlas Awards, Garmin Grand Giveaway, and Mercury/Motorguide bonus money during this event.

Courtesy of American Bass Anglers/David Hagood.           


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

(Athens, AL) Championship anglers launched from Ingalls Harbor on Wheeler Lake in Decatur, Alabama this morning and were met with a big change in temperature. At safe light the tempature was 34 degrees with a wind chill of 30 degrees, a major change from a comfortable 70 degrees yesterday.

The anglers are competing for a$100,000 first place prize at the inaugural Ray Scott Championship. Ray Scott spoke to the anglers last night at the pairing and safety briefing and encouraged them to compete like champions.

The field is made up of anglers from all over the country and represent 20 different divisions.

The weigh ins will be held each afternoon at 3pm. Live coverage will be available online for the final three days of competition. Thursday – Saturday. Visit www.americanbassanglers.com for a link to live video feed starting Thursday at 3pm.

The 2014 Ray Scott Championship is hosted by the Decatur-Morgan Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Vendors from around the country will be making their way to participate in the Ray Scott Championship Expo at Ingalls Harbor Pavilion on Friday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm. The free admission, indoor expo will include such companies as Triton Boats, Carlisle Tire and Wheel, Odyssey Batteries, Royal Purple Lubricants, Garmin Electronics, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Livingston Lures, Navionics, Hammer Rods, Strikezone Lures, Bill Lewis Lures, Duckett Fishing, Gamma Fishing Line, and Luck E Strike Lures. Many vendors will have special deals and door prizes that expo attendees can take advantage of.

Special guests of the expo include: Bill Dance, Ray Scott, Elite Series pros Boyd Duckett, David Mullins, and Brandon Card, and FLW pro Casey Martin.

The Weekend Bass Series Championship was renamed the Ray Scott Championship in honor of B.A.S.S. founder and fishing icon, Ray Scott. The weeklong event includes four competition days, a $100,000 top prize, and a two day outdoors expo.

Ray Scott Championship anglers can cash in on contingency programs such as Triton Gold, Atlas Awards, Garmin Grand Giveaway, and Mercury/Motorguide bonus money during this event.

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 Weekend Bass Series, the American Fishing Tour, the American Couples Series, the Military Team Bass Tournament, and the 100% Plus Team Tour visit www.americanbassanglers.com.

American Bass Anglers, Inc. is supported by Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, Royal Purple Lubricants, Carlisle Tires, Odyssey Batteries, Dolphinite, Wicked Pissah Lures, T-H Marine, Livingston Lures, Best Western Hotels, Simms Clothing, Garmin, North American Fishing Club, Maui Jim, and Power Pole.


  Courtesy of American Bass Anglers/David Hagood.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

After an unfortunate turn of events first thing this morning, Dustin Smith of Mt. Dora, FL still managed to lead Day One with a 14.30 pound limit along with the 5.99 pound Big Bass. A broken throttle cable on his initial run changed Smith's plan completely.  "After I broke down, I immediately started searching for some aggressive fish, while trying to figure out how to make it back to weigh in.  Thankfully, the ABA staff was able to help get me in to weigh in around 12:30 today and The Boat House in Athens was able to get my boat repaired.  I'm ready for tomorrow and I think I can still catch them on Day Two.  I would like to give a huge thank you to ABA and The Boat House for all of their help," said Smith.

Second place on Day One belongs to Chad Hicks of Rockville, VA with 14.10 pounds.

Jeff Loach of Chickamauga, GA is leading the co-angler side with 10.54 pounds.  Loach did not want to talk about his main bait or pattern on Day One.  "I had a great partner today.  I think I have the bait, but I just don't know if I can catch the same size fish tomorrow," said Loach.

The 6.02 pound co-angler Big Bass was caught by Clyde Whiteside of Forrest City, NC.  Whiteside is sitting in second place with 9.20 pounds.

Complete Day One results can be found at this link.

The weigh ins will be held each afternoon at 3pm. Live coverage will be available online for the final three days of competition. Thursday – Saturday. Visit www.americanbassanglers.com for a link to live video feed starting Thursday at 3pm.

The 2014 Ray Scott Championship is hosted by the Decatur-Morgan Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Vendors from around the country will be making their way to participate in the Ray Scott Championship Expo at Ingalls Harbor Pavilion on Friday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm. The free admission, indoor expo will include such companies as Triton Boats, Carlisle Tire and Wheel, Odyssey Batteries, Royal Purple Lubricants, Garmin Electronics, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Livingston Lures, Navionics, Hammer Rods, Strikezone Lures, Bill Lewis Lures, Duckett Fishing, Gamma Fishing Line, and Luck E Strike Lures. Many vendors will have special deals and door prizes that expo attendees can take advantage of.

Special guests of the expo include: Bill Dance, Ray Scott, Elite Series pros Boyd Duckett, David Mullins, and Brandon Card, and FLW pro Casey Martin.

The Weekend Bass Series Championship was renamed the Ray Scott Championship in honor of B.A.S.S. founder and fishing icon, Ray Scott. The week long event includes four competition days, a $100,000 top prize, and a two day outdoors expo.

Ray Scott Championship anglers can cash in on contingency programs such as Triton Gold, Atlas Awards, Garmin Grand Giveaway, and Mercury/Motorguide bonus money during this event.

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 Weekend Bass Series, the American Fishing Tour, the American Couples Series, the Military Team Bass Tournament, and the 100% Plus Team Tour visit www.americanbassanglers.com.

PDF link to day one results:  http://www.americanbassanglers.com/BWS/RSCDay1.pdf

Courtesy of American Bass Anglers/David Hagood.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

MONROE, La. — Jennifer Carden of Calera, Ala., likes to see her husband in first place. And when she comes to Coby Carden’s events, she usually gets exactly that.
 
Jennifer surprised Coby by driving all day a couple of years ago with their two kids in tow to the 2013 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Southern Divisional, and he not only led each day, but he also won the event. Jennifer and the kids showed up again last night — unexpectedly — and Coby now has the Day 1 lead of the 2014 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Championship on Louisiana’s Ouachita River.
 
“She likes surprises,” said Coby with a laugh after the first weigh-in of the event. “Let’s hope it works out again this time.”
 
Coby Carden has had a pretty great run the last two years. He won the 2013 divisional, went on to win his division last year at the championship, competed in the 2014 GEICO Bassmaster Classic and finished in the top half of the field, and then won his state again this year at the 2014 divisional. He wants to get back to the Classic again, but that’s not all: He wants to win it.
 
“That’s just the competitor in me,” said Carden, a member of the LA Po Boys club in Alabama. “I want to win.”
 
But he has two more days of tough competition before a Classic win is even a possibility — a fact that has not escaped him.
 
“I got lucky today,” said Carden. “I had one big bite. Without it, I would have only had 6 pounds and change.”
 
Carden is referring to the 4-pound, 10-ounce bass he brought to the scales on Day 1, the biggest bass of the day by far and currently the leader in the Carhartt Big Bass competition. His total sack for the day was 11 pounds, 8 ounces, a pound heavier than second place Levi McNeill of Utah.
 
“I caught the big one flipping my Missile D Bomb in wood,” said Carden. “I had caught a big one in that same area in pre-fish a couple of weeks ago. The tough part will be staying in the lead for the next two days.”
 
McNeill, who is fishing 1,500 miles from his Utah home, led for a while on Day 1 with his catch of 10 pounds, 8 ounces. He had a slow morning, but he found one laydown that appealed to him, and he ended up pulling three keepers from the spot in the span of only 20 minutes.
 
McNeill’s weight was not typical, but his experience was. Many anglers said they had dry spells that lasted hours with no bites — or if they had bites, the fish were short.
 
“There were lots of 11 and 99/100-inch fish,” said Troy Diede of South Dakota, regarding the 12-inch minimum length each bass must meet before being brought to the scales. “There were so many that just didn’t measure.”
 
“I drove 1,250 miles to get here,” said Scott Sheldon of Colorado, “and the fish here have the same problem the bass in Colorado do: Their heads are too close to their tails!”
 
The ones that met the length requirement were not very heavy, either. The average size of the bass wasn’t even 1 1/2 pounds.
 
Still, only three anglers zeroed, and half the field weighed in limits — which is significant in a fishery this tough.
 
With weights this small, though, it’s still anyone’s game. One 4-pounder can move an angler up 15 to 20 places, so there’s plenty of room for movement on the leaderboard.
 
Only six anglers will advance to the 2015 GEICO Bassmaster Classic.
 
 Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog
Callaghan wins co-angler title
 
FLORENCE, Ala. (Nov. 1, 2014) – Zack Birge of Blanchard, Oklahoma, brought the second-largest stringer of the tournament to the scale Saturday – a five-bass limit weighing 19 pounds even to win the Rayovac FLW Series Championship at Wheeler Lake with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 47 pounds even. For his victory, Birge took home $50,000, plus a berth in the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup.
 
“It was an awesome day and I’m very blessed,” said Birge, who started the day in third place, yet won by 7 pounds. “On the last day of practice I ran into some fish and it completely changed my mood and my game plan.
 
“I only caught 11 pounds on day one, but I knew they were there. I just didn’t get any big bites,” Birge said. “I went back Friday and had a good day, and thankfully they bit again today.”
 
Birge said his primary area featured big log jams on shallow sandbars with deep water channels nearby.
 
“It reminds me a lot of Grand Lake,” the Oklahoma angler said of his area. “Where I found my fish was absolutely identical to the places I find the fish back home.
 
“The first couple of days I was just throwing a spinnerbait up to the logs,” Birge continued. “They pulled current in the morning and I was able to get some good bites. Today, I was also slow-rolling my spinnerbait on the bottom. You had to really crawl it along. If you thought you were reeling slow enough, you had to slow down.”
 
Birge said that he averaged 8 to 12 keeper bass per day, and threw two shad-colored spinnerbaits – one a 3/4-ounce Santone Lures spinnerbait and the other a 1/2-ounce River2Sea Ish Monroe Bling Spinnerbait.
 
Additionally, Thrift, Peek, Kapiton, McCall and Yelas also qualified for the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup as they were the five highest finishing anglers after the division leaders were removed.
 
Overall there were 40 bass weighing 98 pounds, 2 ounces caught by boaters Saturday. The catch included five five-bass limits.
 
James Callaghan of DeBerry, Texas, won the co-angler division and a Ranger Z117C with an Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 24 pounds, 3 ounces, followed by Justin Sward of Birmingham, Alabama, in second place with 13 bass weighing 22-11, worth $9,000.
 
Additionally, Gardner, Smith, Rachal, Bray and Bechtel also qualified for the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup as they were the five highest finishing co-anglers after the division leaders were removed.
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.