What is the Open Series?

What is the Open Series?

It is a Boater/Co-Angler series. This format pairs boaters and co-anglers together to fish from the same boat however, boaters are not competing with their co-angler partners. Boaters compete against boaters and co-anglers compete against the other co-anglers in the tournament. Boaters and Co-Anglers pay different entry fees and the boaters are competing for the prize money created for the boaters and co-anglers for the prize money created for the co-anglers.

Divisions: Open Series will have 18 divisions of the Open Series. Each of these divisions will hold 4 one-day qualifying events. 

At the end of each divisional season the anglers from each division will be invited to compete in a local Area Championship.

Area Championships: Two divisions will make up an Area. An example of an Area would be Kentucky Division and Central Tennessee Division. (See Schedule)

All anglers from each division who fish 3 events within their home division or 4 events in combination of divisions within their area will be invited to the Area Championship.

Each division will advance anglers to the Ray Scott Championship.

  • The top ten (10) Boaters and top ten (10) Co-Anglers from each division by points after the Area Championship will advance.
  • The top five (5) Boaters and top five (5) Co-Anglers at the Area Championship by place of finish, who do not advance by divisional points, will also advance.

Divisional points are awarded to each angler who competes in events within a division including the Area Championship. Anglers of the year for each division receive their entry fees for the 2019 season, an automatic berth into the Ray Scott Championship plus the ABA Diamond Elite Membership status in the ABA Buyer’s Club. Total points accumulated from one day events within a division plus Area championship determines the Divisional angler of the year.

Area Championships will be held on a lake that both division compete on, a neutral lake, or in some cases the location will be flipped between the two divisions within an area annually. The location will be chosen to level the playing field as much as possible for the anglers while reducing travel for the anglers.

All anglers that fish a minimum of three events within a division or four events in combination of two area divisions will automatically advance to an Area Championship.

Area Division 1 Division 2 Area Championship
1 Alabama North East TN         Guntersville
2 Kentucky Tennessee Central Kentucky Lake
3 South Alabama Mississippi Logan Martin
4 Georgia South Carolina Lake Hartwell
5 Florida Central Florida South Okeechobee
6 Texas Southeast Texas East Toledo Bend
7 Oklahoma Arkansas Dardanelle
8 North Carolina Virginia Kerr Lake
9 Maryland New York Hudson River

Linking - Linking will be allowed for Co-Anglers. Co-Anglers may link with a boater which guarantees the Co-Angler will have a slot in the event.

Ray Scott Championship - The Ray Scott Championship will be held in spring of 2020.

Package Registration - A package registration is when anglers sign up for all 5 events within a division. Boaters and Co-Anglers submitting a package registration will be given priority slots in events over anglers signing up for single events. Those submitting a package registration will be guaranteed priority slots.

Fish Care - ABA only recommends the use of T-H Marine’s G-Juice for live well treatment.

Package Registration: Is registering for all events within a division. Provides guaranteed priority status.

Freedom Pass: Allows those who cannot attend the onsite registration meeting prior to an event to send a representative in their place. ($25 annually)

To compete in the Open Series:
- You must be a current member of American Bass Anglers
- To join the ABA, call (256) 232-0406 or visit www.ABAOpenSeries.com