Official Practice – May 6-8, 2018 - Tournament Days – May 9-11, 2018
Lake – Old Hickory, TN - Marina/Launch Site - Sanders Ferry Park,
513 Sanders Ferry Rd, Hendersonville, TN 37075
Plan now to attend the 2018 Military Team Event
by George Kunkle III
Last year I may have been a little remiss in not getting an article out prior to the 2017 Military Team Bass Tournament. Although, I am very appreciative of the compliments and the number of members that actually enjoy reading these pieces, I certainly heard about it at the registration and safety brief at the Farmers Market in Anderson.
The 2017 Military Team Bass Tournament was held on Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina May 10-12. This is an annual team event where prior and active military get together each season to spend a with friends for a little fun competition. It’s a three-day event so don’t think this is just for fun, it’s also for cash and a year of bragging rights.
The teams start showing up on the weekend before the event and start practicing on Sunday. The practice days are Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. After a day of practice, there are cookouts, hanging out with brothers they haven’t seen in a year and a lot of fish stories.
We reached out to a few of the top teams to have them, in their own words, tell is us more about their experience.
2018 Military Team Bass Tournament Scheduled for Old Hickory Lake
ATHENS, Ala. – The 2018 Military Team Bass Tournament, presented by American Bass Anglers, will be hosted by Sumner County Tourism and will take place May 6-11, 2018 at Sanders Ferry Park in Hendersonville, TN. The onsite registration and dinner will take place on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.
“We are so excited to host the military fishing event on Old Hickory Lake here in Sumner County,” said Barry Young, Executive Director of Sumner County Tourism. “With our central location near Nashville and our proximity to Fort Campbell, we are hoping for a great turnout.”
Lee & Hummel Take Win at Military Team Event
Jonathan Lee & Travis Hummel had another solid day on Lake Hartwell. The pair brought in 12.34 pounds today to make for a three-day total of 39.21 pounds, less than a pound ahead of the Day Two leaders Kevin & Kyle Oleen. Their win was worth $4000 while winning an additional $720 for Day Two Big Bass. Additionally, the team is eligible for $7000 in Triton Gold cash, as well as, contingency cash from Mercury and T-H Marine Atlas Awards. “During practice, we were losing fish. We changed out our hooks to KVD 2X Short Mustad Triple Grip trebles on the Strike King 2.5 square bills we were using in Sexy Shad color, targeting shallow points. Tuesday was a great practice day and we came off of the water by 9:00 AM to keep from burning through our fish. We were blessed, we had a great time, and we’re glad we won,” said Lee.
Oleen & Oleen Move up to Lead Spot at Military Team Event
Kevin Oleen & Kyle Oleen are in first place with 30.64 pounds after Day Two of the ABA Military Team Bass Tournament at Lake Hartwell. They head into the final day with a 3.77 pound lead. “We appreciate ABA hosting this event. We’ve fished it for the past 15 years and this is the first time we’ve led it. We would prefer sunshine instead of clouds going into tomorrow. Our fish seem to like it sunny versus overcast and we are using multiple baits throughout the day to catch our fish,” said Kevin Oleen.
Jarrett & Schnupp Take Early Lead at Military Team Event
Steve Jarrett & Michael Schnupp hold the first place spot after weighing in 17.69 pounds on Day One of the ABA Military Team Bass Tournament at Lake Hartwell. “We fished similar types of water that we fish in Florida in these same conditions, minus the grass of course. We were very fortunate to have such a good day after a terrible practice,” said Schnupp.
Registration for the 2017 Military Team Bass Tournament
May 9-12, 2017 on Lake Hartwell in Anderson, SC
2017 Military Team Bass Tournament Location Announced
ATHENS, Ala. – The 2017 Military Team Bass Tournament, presented by American Bass Anglers, will be hosted by the Anderson Convention & Visitors Bureau and will take place May 9-12, 2017 at Green Pond Landing and Event Center on Lake Hartwell in Anderson, SC. The onsite registration and dinner will take place on Tuesday, May 9, 2017.
Since opening in December 2014, Green Pond Landing has hosted the ABA Ray Scott Championship, the ABA American Fishing Tour National Championship, the GEICO Bassmaster Classic as well as the Wal-Mart FLW Tour. The Anderson community provides a multitude of excellent lodging and dining options close to Green Pond Landing for the competitors, as well as many activities for the families and participating anglers. The competitors will fish Lake Hartwell, the 56,000 acre reservoir along the Savannah and Tugaloo Rivers, which spans part of the South Carolina-Georgia border.
Aul & Aul Seal the Deal at ABA Military Team Event
Paul and Jeffrey Aul have won the 2016 ABA Military Team Bass Tournament at Lake Eufaula with a three-day total of 45.55 pounds. The father and son duo took home $3300 for their win. This makes the third year in a row that Aul & Aul have won this event. Their pattern consisted of using topwater baits while chasing the shad spawn on Day One. On Day Two, the water began falling and Aul & Aul had to move to offshore structure using a Strikezone Lures Mega Worm and crankbaits for the remainder of the event. They focused on areas from Cowikee Creek to the dam.
Aul & Aul Stay Consistent to Lead Day Two of ABA Military Team Event
Paul and Jeffrey Aul are sitting in first place with a two-day total of 33.42 pounds at the end of Day Two of the ABA Military Team Bass Tournament at Lake Eufaula. “We threw topwater yesterday chasing the shad spawn first thing and continued using topwater all day with only a few bites, but good ones. Today, with falling water, we were forced to move offshore with jigs and big worms. We fished almost everything we knew today from the dam to Cowikee Creek,” said Paul Aul.
|1||Jeffrey Knight - Randy Jones|
|2||Bill Stines - Harold Troutt|
|3||David Gunderman - Clarence Woodham|
|4||Jacob Vogt III - Tim Walters|
|5||Joe Angelone- Mark Mothersell|
|6||Jason Kenney - Steven White|
|7||Bart Vigo - Julio Candelario|
|8||Paul Govensky- Hector Vasquez|
|9||Mitchell Oldnettle - Len Lindahl|
|10||Rodney Ryan - Joshua Migues|
|11||Robert Armbruster - Shawn Taylor|
|12||Gary Perrine - Jeremy Stoute|
|13||Eric Simpson - Ronald Mosley|
|15||John Morgan - Michael Seely|
|16||Kyle Winn - Zachary Cain|
|17||David Walley - Marvin Walley|
|18||Shane Miller - Travis Crowell|
|19||BJ Boothe - Kevin Regas|
|20||Roy West - Chris West|
|21||Jared Albright- Bryan McNeal|
|22||Eric Turner - Mike Lawrence|
Gregg Grodner - Chris Mason
|24||Gregory Alexander-Jeffery York|
|25||George Kunkle III-Clifton Holt|
|26||Randy Bell-Vernon Story|
|28||Vernon Ward-Eddie Wofford|
|29||Torrey Aiken-Craig Fagan|
|30||Jeremy Easterwood-Vern Baldwin|
|31||Kevin Oleen-Kyle Oleen|
|32||Mathew Campbell-Brian Campbell|
|33||Chris Melton-Robert Campbell|
|34||Clifton Madden-John Dycus|
|35||James Sheehan-Rollin Willmon|
|36||Jeffery Phipps-Michael Phipps|
|37||Jonathan Lee-Travis Hummel|
|38||Dion Fernau-Arnie Hanson|
|39||William Roberson Jr-Gerald Powe|
|40||Steve O'Connell-Jeff Hall|
|41||Tim Onusko-Jason Graning|
|42||Brandon King-Robert King|
|43||Jason Reinke - Mark Sullivan|
|44||William Pitts - William Eddy|
|45||Deacon Collins - Chris Sanders|
|46||Tris Alexander - TBD|
|47||Richard Clark - Michael Lemley|
|48||Tommy Cooper - James Dudley|
|49||Bradley Garrett - TBD|
|50||Bobby Robinson - Hiram Robinson|
|51||Chad Ardis - Eddie Bryant|
|52||Jay Perkins - Chris Gren|
|53||Kyle Kolthoff - Damon Denzin|