2018 Military Team Bass Tournament - Old Hickory, TN
Army Team Beck/Anderson Won the 2018 Military Team Tournament
The Military Team Tournament is an annual team event where prior and active military meet to spend time with friends for a little healthy competition. This three-day event is not just for fun and fellowship, it’s also a big cash event and winners get a years’ worth of bragging rights. The Military Team Tournament was held on Old Hickory Lake launching out of Sanders Ferry Park in Hendersonville, Tennessee on May 9-11.
Brad Fuller and Aaron Commons Leads After Day One
May 9th, 2018 kicked off the Annual American Bass Anglers Military Team Bass Tournament, it turned out to be a beautiful day on the water for our guys. The field of 65 boats took off from Sanders Ferry Park near Hendersonville, TN in the search of some big fish to bring back to the scales.
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.
|1||Mickey Beck-Patrick Anderson||15||15||35.64|
|2||Jason Forsgren-Theo Corcoran||15||15||33.09|
|3||Brad Fuller-Aaron Commons||13||13||6.35||32.98|
|5||Mark Denney Jr-Mark Denney Sr||15||15||4.41||32.09|
|6||Mitchell Oldnettle-Len Lindahl||14||14||5.14||32.03|
|7||Jonathan Lee-Travis Hummel||15||15||4.31||30.95|
|8||Gary Perrine-Jeremy Stoute||15||15||29.85|
|9||Chad Ardis-Eddie Bryant||15||13||28.67|
|10||Bobby Robinson-Hiram Robinson||13||13||3.52||28.05|
|11||Jeremy Easterwood-Vern Baldwin||14||14||27.67|
|12||Dion Fernau-Arnie Hanson||14||14||3.71||27.41|
|13||James Melton-Ronald Udart||12||12||26.53|
|14||Gregg Grodner-Michael Nawrocki||11||10||4.82||26.51|
|15||George Kunkle III-Clifton Holt||13||13||4.12||26.44|
|16||Deacon Collins-Chris Sanders||15||15||26.00|
|17||David Gunderman-Clarence Woodham||12||12||2.94||25.13|
|18||Steve O Connell-Jeff Hall||9||9||6.70||24.97|
|19||Robert Armbruster-Shawn Taylor||11||11||24.74|
|20||Bill Stines-Harold Troutt||13||12||24.32|
|21||Jason Reinke-Mark Sullivan||13||12||24.02|
|22||Glenn Foss-Elvis Frazier||12||12||23.83|
|23||Tim Onusko-Jason Graning||10||10||3.99||22.53|
|24||Jeffery Phipps-Michael Phipps||10||10||4.64||22.22|
|25||Chris Melton-Robert Campbell||9||9||3.53||22.04|
|26||Randy Bell-Vernon Story||11||11||2.23||21.23|
|27||Torrey Aiken-Craig Fagan||10||10||20.30|
|28||Richard Clark-Michael Lemley||11||11||4.27||20.21|
|29||William Pitts-William Eddy||9||9||4.70||20.12|
|30||BJ Boothe-Kevin Regas||10||10||1.82||19.14|
|31||Jared Albright-Bryan McNeal||7||7||1.67||18.63|
|32||Kyle Kolthoff-Damon Denzin||10||10||18.36|
|33||Eric Lochner-Robert Holley||10||10||17.86|
|34||Tommy Cooper-James Dudley||10||10||17.81|
|36||Shane Miller-Travis Crowell||8||8||4.62||16.92|
|37||James Sheehan-Rollin Willmon||8||7||1.46||16.83|
|39||Mathew Campbell-Brian Campbell||10||10||1.49||16.13|
|40||Eric Turner-Mike Lawrence||10||10||16.11|
|41||Kyle Winn-Zachary Cain||9||9||15.99|
|42||Rodney Ryan-Joshua Migues||9||9||15.91|
|43||Kevin Oleen-Kyle Oleen||10||10||15.49|
|44||Bradley Garrett-Jacob Robinson||9||9||1.44||15.47|
|45||Vernon Ward-Eddie Wofford||8||8||14.82|
|46||Marvin Howard-Thomas Allman||9||9||14.33|
|47||Paul Govensky-Hector Vasquez||10||10||6.12||14.16|
|48||Jeffrey Knight-Randy Jones||8||8||2.64||14.12|
|49||William Roberson Jr-Gerald Powe||9||5||14.01|
|50||Bart Vigo-Julio Candelario||7||7||12.81|