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Team Edgil Wins Alabama North Couples Tour Event on Neely Henry

Dennis and Marie Edgil bested an 11 team field on November 15th, 2015 at Lake Neely Henry in Gadsden, AL with their five bass limit weighing 15.73 pounds.

All teams encountered challenging conditions at first light with temperatures near freezing. Alabama Power was running water through the dam causing the dirty water to flow down the lake most of the day. Crankbaits, plastics, and jigs were all credited by the competitors. The weights were very close for the rest of the pack, but Gary and Tina Woods landed 11.85 pounds for second place and 11.74 pounds was boated by Steve Hales and Stephanie Ensley for the final paycheck at third.

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Victoria and Dale Goff Land Clarks Hill Victory

Twenty-one teams showed up for the November 7, 2015 South Carolina American Couples Series tournament on Clarks Hill. The weather cooperated nicely as the forecasted all-day rain did not develop. There were only brief periods of rain with mild temperatures. Rain earlier in the week brought the lake level up several feet.

The changing conditions did not deter Victoria and Dale Goff from landing a solid five fish limit at 11.8 pounds. Their first place sack came down lake on points from 15 to 25 feet of water with Zoom Baby Brush Hogs.  Victoria’s three pounder was the key to their success.

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Jimbo and Pattie McClain Win on Lay Lake

Jimbo and Pattie McClain won the Division 1 Central Alabama American Couples Series tournament held November 7, 2015 on Lay Lake. Running out of Paradise Point Marina near Shelby, the team from Alexander City, AL caught five bass weighing 14.17 pounds. Jimbo won Man’s Big Fish with a 4.22-pound kicker. For the victory, they earned a check for $495.00. The McClain’s caught their fish on deeper points with a shaky head worm and in shallow grass using a swim jig.

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ABA Couples National Championship Slated for Lake Hartwell in 2016

American Bass Anglers, Inc. and Visit Anderson have announced that the 2016 American Couple Series National Championship has been scheduled for October 3-7, 2016 at Lake Hartwell. The event is being hosted by Visit Anderson and Anderson County. Launch and weigh-in for both competition days will take place at Green Pond Landing and all championship related events will take place in Anderson, SC.

"We are very excited to enjoy a continued relationship with the great folks at American Bass Anglers. Anderson County has been vital to the relationship between the Anderson community and ABA. Green Pond Landing will once again host a championship event which continues to validate Lake Hartwell as the lake, ‘Where Champions Fish!' This will be a great event for our area," said Neil Paul, Visit Anderson.

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Jeffrey and Stephanie Archie Win Couples Championship

The 2015 American Couples Series National Championship was held at Old Hickory Lake on October 8-9, 2015. There were 45 couples teams from across the country that made the trip to Gallatin, TN to compete in the national championship. The event was hosted by the Sumner County Convention and Visitors Bureau, which treated the anglers to dinner the night before the event at the Gallatin Civic Center. A great time was had by all, but there could only be one winning team.

Jeffrey and Stephanie Archie won the event with a two-day total of 19.55 pounds to win the $4,000 first place prize. The Archie's used Baja jigs for their win. "Our practice was horrible. We flipped and flipped, then cranked for a while. We developed a small pattern flipping and cranking rip rap. On Day One, we threw football jigs all day and caught six keepers. On Day Two, we cranked and flipped all day," said Jeffrey Archie.  The win also qualified Jeffrey Archie to claim Triton Gold contingency money.

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Jeffrey and Stephanie Archie Claim National Couples AOY Title

Jeffrey and Stephanie Archie claimed the 2015 American Couples Series Angler of the Year title after the onclusion of the 2015 American Couples Series National Championship at Old Hickory Lake on October 8-9, 2015. They were awarded two Abu Garcia Revo SX reels, two Abu Garcia Veritas rods, and $300 in Best Western Travel Cards for winning the AOY title. Jeffrey and Stephanie Archie operate American Couples Series Division 8 on Kentucky Lake. They are both well known in the fishing world in the Paris, TN and the Kentucky Lake area.

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Jimbo and Pattie McClain Win on Lay Lake

Jimbo and Pattie McClain won the American Couples Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Central Alabama Division 1 tournament, held September 26, 2015, on Lay Lake. Running out of Paradise Point Marina near Shelby, the team from Alexander City, AL, caught five bass weighing 13.41 pounds with a 3.20 pound kicker. For the victory, they earned a check for $630.00. The McClain's caught their fish on main river ledges using a worm.

In second among the 14 teams, Doug & Rose Marie Goodall of Wetumpka, AL, caught five bass weighing 11.05 pounds. They caught most of their fish on main river ledges and pocketed a check for $420.00. Doug won the Men's Big Fish contest with a 3.92 pound lunker that he caught on a frog in shallow grass. 

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Donna and John Branstetter Shine on Lake Greenwood

Fourteen teams showed up for South Carolina's season finale on Lake Greenwood on June 13th. Summer conditions were starting to show as temperatures hit the 90 degree mark. Only three 5-fish limits were weighed.

Donna and John Branstetter took first place with a 5-fish sack weighing 12.4 pounds. In the bag was Donna's 5.9 pounder. Her fish claimed the Ladies Big Bass prize and also tournament big fish honors. Their success came tossing Zoom trick worms to brush in 12 to 18 foot depths. Donna and John also mentioned their effective Abu Garcia Veritas and Villian 2.0 series rods which helped make their "perfect" fishing trip. We're sure their new Dodge Ram also helped.

Tammy and J.B. Wicker took second place with 10.6 pounds in a 4-fish sack. Tammy's 5.3 pounder was a significant contributor to their great finish. The Wickers also found their fish on brush in 18 to 20 feet. Carolina rigged Ol' Monster worms were their key.

Craig Sahms claimed Mens Big Bass with a 2.9 pounder. This fish bit a weightless worm early in the day in the shade of a seawall. Craig described seeing other nice fish cruising the wall, but he couldn't entice them to bite.

Susan and John Mills grabbed third place with 10.1 pounds. Victoria and Dale Goff took forth place with a 5-fish limit at 8.6 pounds. Ana and Brad Rutherford got fifth place with 5.6 pounds.

After weigh-in, anglers headed for a late lunch in the shade of the porch at nearby Harris Landing. Presentation of Lake Greenwood awards was followed by awards and recognition of 2015 season accomplishments.

David Ashmore was awarded a gallon of Mercury Optimax Oil for his Mens Big Bass of the Year. His hefty 7.4 pounder came early in the season on Lake Murray. The Mercury oil was contributed by Strickland Marine of Anderson and Seneca, South Carolina.

Donna Branstetter got Ladies Big Bass of the Year for her Lake Greenwood 5.9 pounder. John Mills presented Donna a crystal recognizing her accomplishment. The crystal is in memory of Donna Poteat, a cherished South Carolina angler who passed away late last year.

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South Carolina Division Couples Anglers of the Year

A third place finish in the season finale of the South Carolina division of the American Couples Series on Lake Greenwood sealed the division Anglers of the Year title for Susan and John Mills. First place finishes in March and April set them up nicely for a great year.

The Mills' accomplishment is particularly noteworthy because Susan has been dealing with medical issues this season.  Her positive attitude and determination kept their team in contention throughout the season.  This included Susan’s Ladie's Big Bass on Lake Hartwell in March. 

Susan and John were presented with a South Carolina Couples Division crystal recognizing their accomplishment.  Donna and John Branstetter secured "honorable mention" with a second place finish in the Anglers of the Year race.  Martha and Don Goodfellow were third.

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Candace and Jack Veal Claim Lake Russell Victory

Sixteen teams showed up in the early hours of May 23 to participate in the South Carolina Couples Lake Russell Tournament.   The South Carolina Division launched at Georgia's Richard B. Russell State Park.   The very warm days of the previous week gave way to a cool morning and comfortable afternoon.

Candace and Jack Veal were the clear leaders with a hefty 11.6 pound 5-fish sack.   Their home is Columbia, South Carolina.  Their fish included Jack's Men's Big Bass (5.6 pounds) and Candace's Ladies' Big Bass (2.2 pounds).  They had no fish in the livewell at 12:30 pm.   Patience paid off as they stuck to the pattern that had produced fish on their practice day.   They caught their fish in one of Lake Russell's many pockets with trees.   Their winning bait was a Zoom Magnum Shakey-Head worm worked in trees, in the 20-25 feet depths.   

Martha and Don Goodfellow (Simpsonville, SC) claimed second place with 5 fish weighing 8.3 pounds.  They culled through a dozen keepers during the day.  Their better fish came on Carolina rigs (River Runner Baits, green pumpkin 6-inch lizards) and a Yo-Zuri crankbait (a new 3DS deep diver in Tennessee Shad, closely resembles Lake Russell's Blueback Herring).  Rocky points proved to be an important part of their pattern.

Debbie and Bob Brown's 7.7 pound 5 fish sack got third place.   Debbie and Bob hail from Seneca, South Carolina.   A healthy 4-pounder late in the day secured their success.   This big bass came on a paddle-tail swim jig on a cedar tree, only 4 feet deep.  

Susan and John Mills (Leesville, SC) claimed forth place with 7.1 pounds.  The team of Judy Clark and Jason Burroughs secured fifth place with 6.0 pounds.  Jason routinely fishes ABA's Weekend Bass Series.  This was the first time that his mother, Judy, fished a tournament with Jason.

Special thanks to Strickland Marine for their continued support of the South Carolina Couples.   Their facilities in Anderson and Seneca, South Carolina, offer excellent customer service.  Three gallons of Mercury oil have been contributed for each of the 2015 tournaments.  A drawing at weigh-in allows three more teams that didn't claim top places to go home with a meaningful prize.

South Carolina Couples next event will be held June 13, 2015 on Lake Greenwood, out of One Stop Marina.   For more information, call 864-630-3183 or email sc.aba.couples@aol.com.

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