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New Mexico Region

Elephant Butte 4/21/2018

Tournament Article 

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This was the 2nd event of the 2018 season for the New Mexico region!  This event was held on 4/14/2018 at Lake Elephant Butte / Marina Del Sur.  All of the teams were anxious to see how this second event would shake up the early season points standings.  Along with the daily payback at each event, these tournaments earn teams points to qualify for the 2018 American Bass/Ranger Boats Team Classics!  There are three American Bass/Ranger Boats team championships held each year by American Bass.  The South Team Classic will be held at Lake Havasu, AZ on 9/21/18-9/22/18, the Northwest Team Classic will be on Lake Roosevelt, WA on 10/19/18-10/20/18 and the North Team Classic will be held on Shasta on 11/2/18-11/3/18.

Each exciting American Bass/Ranger Boats Team Classic’s awards a new Ranger/Mercury/Lowrance boat package to the winning team.  These events are invitation only events.  Teams earn an invitation by qualifying in one of the many American Bass team regions.  First place at each of the Team Classic’s will receive a Ranger/Mercury boat package no matter the number of boats competing!  The Team Classics feature a $200 basic entry fee (plus mandatory event fees) with a 100% payback of the entry fee to second place through the 20% of field.  Examples; if there are 100 boats in the Team Classic, there would be $20,000 cash awarded to 2nd-20th places.  If there are 80 boats in the Team Classic, there would be $16,000 cash awarded to 2nd16th places.  The $200 entry is required, teams may also choose to enter additional options for a chance to win even more cash!  If you have never qualified, you need to make this your year!

The Co-Sponsor of this Lake Elephant Butte / Marina Del Sur qualifier was Pro Tek Contractors & Whitehead Chevrolet. A huge thank-you to Pro Tek Contractors & Whitehead Chevrolet  for their awesome support! 

Earning the championship at Elephant Butte / Marina Del Surwas the team of Steve Bell of Elephant Butte, NM and to Bennie Paschall K. of Elephant Butte, NM. They had 5 Bass that weighed 14.10lbs!  They received $475.00 CASH and two great plaques! Congratulations on a great victory!  Steve is a member of the Cedar Cove RV Park and S B E Inc. teams. 

The runner-up position at Elephant Butte / Marina Del Surwent to the team of Richard Sainz & William Skip Ward.  They had 5 Bass weighing 12.17lbs.  They received $375.00 CASH and a pair of 2nd place plaques!  Richard is a member of the Pro Tek Contractor Inc., Whitehead Auto, and SPS Employers Risk Manag teams.  Great job!

Coming in 3rd place we had the team of John Brown & Jim Brown.  They weighed 5 Bass going 9.83lbs! Nice going guys!

The team that took home the 4th place plaques at Elephant Butte / Marina Del Sur was Randell Bell & Mike Liska.  They weighed in 5 Bass for a total weight of 9.11lbs! Randell is a member of the Gambler Boats, Cedar Cove RV Park, Electric Connections, Steve Bell Construction, Strictly Fishing, and Butte General Store teams.  A strong 4th place Finish!

Rounding out the top 5 was the team of Donald Peters & Matt Peters.  They had 5 Bass weighing 8.44lbs.    Great job, a top 5 finish!  

The biggest Bass of the day was weighed in by the team of Richard Sainz & William Skip Ward.  Their big fish weighed 7.47 pounds!

To see the full results and photos from this event, please visit the New Mexico Region page on the AmericanBass.com website.  Click on the “TOURNAMENT DATES & RESULTS” menu and work your way to the New Mexico Region page.  The results of every American Bass event since 1998 are found on our main website, AmericanBass.com!  There are full results of more than 4,000 events available for you to see.  There are also more than 40,000 unique photos!  There are also lots of articles and videos to read and watch.

The New Mexico Region offers American Bass angler's some of the best fishing in the West!  To qualify from any region, you need to compete in a minimum of 5 events.  Jump in at the next tournament if you missed this event.    All of you Traveler's players should take a look at some of the events in this region, it will be a lot of fun!  The next team event in the New Mexico region will be on 5/5/2018 at Conchas Lake. For additional information please call Randell & Tawny Bell at (505) 412-1647 or call the American Bass office at (714) 423-4532.


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