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Campbell Wins Best Western Travel Card

Cory Campbell of Malakoff, TX was the winner of a $100 Best Western Travel Card at the August 22-23, 2015 Ram Weekend Bass Series event at Sam Rayburn. Campbell lodged at the host Best Western hotel during the event and he was entered into the Best Western Travel Card drawing.  There is a drawing for a $100 Best Western travel card at every Ram Weekend Bass Series event that has a Best Western host hotel. Anglers must bring their Best Western hotel receipts to registration to enter the drawing.

Best Western Hotels offers an incentive reward program to ABA anglers for staying at Best Western hotels during ABA events. Drawings will be held at all Ram Weekend Bass Series events and all ABA National Championships. At registration, anglers simply need to bring a copy of their receipt from the Best Western hotel that they are lodging at during the event to be entered into the drawing. This program will continue for the entire 2015 season.

To learn how you can win a Best Western Travel Card visit this link

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Byrd Wins New Abu Garcia Revo

Matt Byrd of Kingwood, TX won the Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus after using an Abu Garcia reel to catch his 8.07 pound Big Bass at the August 22-23, 2015 Ram Weekend Bass Series event at Sam Rayburn. He was awarded an Abu Garcia Revo SX reel valued at $159.99.

The Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus is an incentive program that applies to selected American Bass Anglers events. The Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus program applies to all Ram Weekend Bass Series events and Ram 100% Plus Team Tour events along with each competition day of the Military Team Bass Event, American Couples Series National Championship, Ram American Fishing Tour National Championship, and the Ray Scott Championship. There is no fee to participate in this program. Anglers that use any model Abu Garcia reel to catch the prevailing Big Bass at qualifying American Bass Anglers events will be awarded a new Abu Garcia Revo SX reel valued at $159.99. Abu Garcia has created an incentive program without any associated fees, registrations, or claim forms to be filled out.

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Collins Wins Two-Day Championship on Sam Rayburn

Albert Collins of Nacogdoches, TX won the Texas Southeast Ram Weekend Bass Series Two-Day Championship event on August 22-23, 2015 at Sam Rayburn running. His winning two-day limit of 41.92 pounds was worth $1950. "I really didn't figure I could beat Clayton after Day One and I thought he would catch 20 plus again today. I was fishing drop-offs with a Texas rigged worm and I threw a crankbait a little. Most everything came on a Missile Baits Tomahawk worm and a Mister Twister 10 inch worm," said Collins.

Clayton Boulware of Zavalla, TX finished in second place with a two-day total of 41.60 pounds winning $994. "It was a good weekend. I had everything I weighed in on Day One by 12:15. When you're culling four pounders, you tend to quit doing that, because you know you need those fish the next day. On Day One, I had four on a frog and one on a 6XD. On Day Two, I went back and threw a frog all day and had a five pounder pretty quick. They just didn't bite near as well as they did on Day One. I had one about five pounds on a frog that just came off. I knew what I had to have and who I needed to beat and what I had wasn't enough to beat Albert. I can't complain. When you have over 40 pounds and catch most of them on a frog, what can you say?” said Boulware.

John Maddox of Lufkin, TX finished in third place with a two-day total of 35.89 pounds winning $483 and $150 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "I caught them shallow, flipping trees yesterday. Today, I went and flipped trees this morning and had 15-16 pounds early. I culled all of those out later, deep cranking," said Maddox.

Matt Byrd of Kingwood, TX weighed in the 8.07 pound boater Big Bass of the event to win $190 from the Big Bass Pot. Byrd used an Abu Garcia reel to catch his Big Bass and he was awarded an Abu Garcia Revo SX valued at $159.99 through the Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass program.

Stephen Wells of Marshall, TX on the co-angler side of the two-day Sam Rayburn event with total of 23.48 pounds and the 6.04 pound co-angler Big Bass. Wells won $1028 for first place and $70 from the Big Bass Pot. "I had two great partners and I can't complain. They kept me on the fish and around the fish. I caught most of them shallow. I caught two on a frog yesterday and the rest on a Texas rig after that. On Day Two, I caught the six pounder on a frog and the frog bite quit, so I started Texas rigging. It was a good day," said Wells.

Joey Mason of Palestine, TX finished in second on the co-angler side with two-day total of 20.16 pounds winning $524 for second place and $135 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "I had a great weekend and had two great boaters. I fished shallow both days. On Day One, I had one frog fish and the rest were on Texas rigged speed worms. On Day Two, I threw a frog all day long," said Mason.  

Sammy Strong of Orange, TX finished in third place on the co-angler side with a two-day total of 19.97 pounds winning $355. "I had two great partners and they took me to the right places. Most of my fish were on an Ol' Monster," said Strong.

Complete result can be found at this link.

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Ram 100% Plus Team Tour Anglers Qualify for the 2016 Ray Scott Championship

Congratulations to our 2016 Ray Scott Championship Qualifiers from the Tennessee/Kentucky Division of the Ram 100% Plus Team Tour. These angers had to battle through five events in their division to finish in the top five of the final points standings.

Tennesse/Kentucky Qualifiers:
1. Shawn Penn-Billy Schroeder
2. Kevin Tidwell-Joel Rumsey 
3. Troy Davis-David Young 
4. Mickey Beck-John Hopkins 
5. Kelly Readhimer-Daniel Ellis

The 2016 Ray Scott Championship will take place on April 7-10, 2016 at Lake Hartwell in Anderson, SC. Boater qualifiers will compete for a first place prize worth over $180,000 and co-anglers will compete for a first place prize worth over $110,0000.

The 2016 Ray Scott Championship is hosted by Visit Anderson located in Anderson, SC.

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Phillip Anderson Wins a Tough One on Lake Greenwood

Phillip Anderson of Saluda, SC won the Ram American Fishing Tour, presented by American Bass Anglers, South Carolina Division 96 qualifier tournament, for the 2016 AFT season held August 23, 2015, on Lake Greenwood running out of Greenwood State Park near Ninety Six, SC.

This turned into one tough tournament. Five anglers failed to bring a fish to the scales and only one, our winner, brought a limit of five fish in. There were low weights which is unusual for Lake Greenwood and flipping docks seemed to be the best way to catch fish.

First place, Phillip Anderson, had five fish weighing 11.53 pounds for the win. His fish were caught flipping docks on the upper and middle parts of the lake. Phillip was the only angler in this tournament to weigh in a limit of five fish. His first place finish and option pot earned him a payback of $585.

Second place was Jason Moyer with four fish weighing 10.19 pounds, anchored by a 4.65 pound kicker. He caught his fish on the middle part of the lake flipping docks and fishing a frog. Jason earned $343 with second place and the option pot. Third place was Allen Murray with four fish weighing 9.65 pounds. Allen took home $94 for third place. Big fish winner was Will Anderson with a 5.91 pound largemouth. He caught the fish flipping a dock on the middle part of the lake. Will took home $100 from the big fish pot and is the leader for Big Fish of the 2016 season and the ALX IKOS Series Rod. 

18 anglers fished this One-Day Division 96 qualifier on Lake Greenwood out of Greenwood Park near Ninety Six, SC. Day one started out at 74 degrees, humid with a light rain and ended with the 3:00 pm weigh-in with a light rain again at 90 degrees. Mostly cloudy skies and really didn’t rain that much during the day, wind out of the NE at 5 mph. Water temps ranged from the mid to low 80’s. Water was clear on the main lake and stained a little in the backs of creeks and rivers.

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Peck Wins Division 73 Two-Day Championship on Mississippi River

Bob Peck of Montpelier, IA won the Ram American Fishing Tour District 73 Divisional Championship tournament on a windy, cold front weekend fishing in the Muscatine & New Boston Pools of the Mississippi River.  For the weekend, Peck brought in six fish for 11.75 pounds of total weight, including Big Bass of 1.86 pounds on Day One.  Big Bass on Day Two was caught by Chris Yuska and was weighed in at 3.56 pounds.  Second place for the tournament went to Bob Mindock at 9.14 pounds and 3rd place was Chris Yuska at 6.81 pounds.  

This was a tough river tournament with very low water levels and windy cold front conditions.  The anglers stayed tough and managed to bring in enough Iowa bass to have fun!  This was our last District 73 tournament of the year.  

2015 District 73 points standings should end up as follows (top 4 tournaments plus divisional):
1.  Bob Peck
2.  Bob Mindock
3.  Brad Entsminger (tie)
3.  Chris Yuska (tie)

For more information about District 73 events, call director, Chris Yuska at (563) 388-1050 or call ABA at (256) 232-0646. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.

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John Simonof Wins District 42 Two-Day Divisional Championship on the Arkansas River

Story by John Simonof

The Ram American Fishing Tour Division 42 contested its Two-Day Divisional Championship of the 2015 season on the Arkansas River/Little Rock Pool on August, 22-23, 2015.  Angling pressure was heavy over the weekend as multiple tournaments were also held on the small pool.  Constantly changing weather conditions and fluctuations in the water level and river flow throughout the weekend required anglers to continuously adapt their strategies to catch fish.

John Simonof topped the field with a five fish limit both days for a total weight of 21.31 pounds.  John relied on Temple Fork Outfitter rods and Lew's reels spooled up with Hi-Seas braided and Quattro Fluorocarbon line to catch his fish on a Spro popping frog and homemade football jigs poured on OWNER hooks.

Rob Stone hauled in eight fish over the weekend for a total weight on 15.80 pounds.  Rob relied on a Berkley Pit Boss and trick worms to catch his fish.

Rounding out the top three was Amsoil pro Sean Ingalls.  Sean relied on crankbaits to sack up seven fish over the weekend for a total weight of 13.27 pounds.

Big Bass on Day One caught by Sean Ingalls weighed 2.71 pounds.  Big Bass caught on Day Two, a 3.19 pound fish was weighed in by Steve Smith.

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RAM 100% Plus Team Tour Event to be Aired 
on North American Fisherman TV

Athens, AL. - American Bass Anglers announces the filming of the first Ram 100% Plus Team Tour event of the 2016 season at Lake Guntersville on February 20th, 2016. Working with North American Fisherman and Scout.com, the show will cover the weekend bass anglers fishing this Ram 100% Plus Team Tour event. Tyler Kapela, host of North American Fisherman TV show, will be the host commentator and compete in the event. 
 
"We are excited to give much needed recognition to the weekend bass angler through national TV coverage by partnering with North American Fisherman," said Morris Sheehan, President of American Bass Anglers. "Finally the spot light will be put on the anglers who make up over 90% of this sport. The interesting question is; Who will emerge as the next super star from these weekend anglers?"
 
"I'm intrigued with fishing and filming this event. The weekend anglers are the backbone of the industry and need recognition," said Tyler Kapela, host of North American Fisherman TV. "This will be a fun and exciting challenge to take on the weekend anglers of North Alabama. I really look forward to fishing Lake Guntersville and seeing if I can compete against this group of anglers." 
 
 
The schedule for airing will be released in the first quarter of 2016. ABA will also intensify its online coverage of the Ram 100% Plus Team Tour in 2016 through both social media and the americanbassanlers.com website. 
 
The Ram 100% Plus Team Tour offers a $250 team entry fee with 100% plus payback at every event, including the top five teams of each division advancing to the 2017 Ray Scott Championship. To learn more about the Ram 100% Plus Team Tour visit www.teamtrail.com or call ABA at (256)232-0406.
 

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Tim Brecht Wins Division 97 Two-Day Championship

Tim Brecht won the American Bass Anglers Ram American Fishing Tour Division 97 Two-Day Championship held August 15-16, 2015 on the Connecticut River in Massachusetts. After Day One, Tim was in fourth place, 5.52 pounds behind the leader. Day Two brought some changes in the leader board with the Day One leader not bringing any fish to the scales, while Tim managed a solid five fish limit that included a 5.97 pound kicker that allowed Tim to weigh 4.64 more pounds than the Day Two second place angler. Tim's Two Day weight was 20.38 pounds. For his efforts, Tim took home a check for $752, as well as, the title of Division 97 Angler of the Year.  

This was Tim’s fifth win of the 2015 season, tying the division's record for most wins in a season.

Second place went to Mark Schultz who took home a check for $326 for his 18.65 pounds of bass.

Both days were hot and humid with little wind and plenty of pleasure boat traffic.  Tim's fish were all caught in five feet of water or less on a weightless Senko.

 

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Schroeder Wins New Leer Cover

Billy Schroeder of Paducah, KY won a certificate for a new Leer Truck Cap or Tonneau, valued at $1750, on August 22, 2015 at the Ram 100% Plus Team Tour event on Kentucky Lake. Leer, the leading manufacturer of truck caps and tonneau covers, is a sponsor of the 2015 Ram 100% Plus Team Tour. The $500 Leer Big Bass Award has been provided by Leer at each of the 2015 Ram 100% Plus Team Tour events. Leer has also provided a certificate good for a new Leer Truck Cap or Tonneau to be raffled to one lucky angler at the final event of each division of the Ram 100% Plus Team Tour.

Leer Truck Cap and Tonneau owners can also take advantage of the Leer Cover Cash program that has rewards for both the Ram 100% Plus Team Tour and the Ram Weekend Bass Series. If you own a LEER Truck Cap or Tonneau you need to check out http://leercovercash.com or call (918) 742-6424 and Kristie will sign you up.

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Gettys Wins Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus

Ed Gettys of Buchanan, TN won the Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus after using an Abu Garcia reel to catch the 7.26 pound Leer Big Bass at the August 22, 2015 Ram 100% Plus Team Tour event at Kentucky Lake. He was awarded an Abu Garcia Revo SX reel valued at $159.99.

The Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus is an incentive program that applies to selected American Bass Anglers events. The Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus program applies to all Ram Weekend Bass Series events and Ram 100% Plus Team Tour events along with each competition day of the Military Team Bass Event, American Couples Series National Championship, Ram American Fishing Tour National Championship, and the Ray Scott Championship. There is no fee to participate in this program. Anglers that use any model Abu Garcia reel to catch the prevailing Big Bass at qualifying American Bass Anglers events will be awarded a new Abu Garcia Revo SX reel valued at $159.99. Abu Garcia has created an incentive program without any associated fees, registrations, or claim forms to be filled out.

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Brown & Kell Win Kentucky Lake Team Event

The team of Damon Brown and Brad Kell won the final Tennessee/Kentucky Ram 100% Team Tour event of the year on August 22, 2015 at Kentucky Lake. Brown and Kell caught the winning limit weighing 27.32 pounds to win a 2015 Triton 17TX with a Mercury 60hp four stroke outboard, Garmin Echomap units, Odyssey Batteries, Motorguide trolling motor, Power Pole, and a host of T-H Marine products valued at $22,000 along with $1200 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "We caught them on a gold colored swimbait throughout the day," said Kell.

Brent Anderson and Ed Gettys finished in second place with 25.50 pounds and the 7.26 pound Leer Big Bass winning $2600 for second place, along with $600 from the High Stakes Option Pot, and the $500 Leer Big Bass award. Gettys used an Abu Garcia reel to catch the Leer Big Bass and was awarded an Abu Garcia Revo SX reel valued at $159.99 through the Abu Garcia Big Bass Bonus program. They Texas rigged plum worms to catch their second place limit. "I had a terrible practice yesterday," said Anderson. "We both went out and looked at different stuff yesterday and ended up going back to places we caught them 10 days ago," said Gettys.

Third place went to the team of Shawn Penn and Billy Schroeder with 24.53 pounds winning $1750 for third place and $400 from the High Stakes Option Pot. The team used jigs and 3/4 ounce spinnerbaits in 10-15 feet of water.

Complete results from this event can be found at this link

This event wraps up the season for the Tennessee/Kentucky division of the Ram 100% Plus Team Tour. Final points standings from the 2016 season can be found at this link.

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Fristik Claims Victory on St. Lawrence River

Henry Fristik of Chester, MA won the New York division Ram Weekend Bass Series event on August 15th, 2015 at the St. Lawrence River launching from Cape Vincent Town Ramp. Fristik's winning limit of 20.75 pounds, which included the 6.27 pound Boater Big Bass, was worth $1620 for first place, $220 from the Big Bass Pot, and $300 from the High Stakes Option Pot. He used an Abu Garcia reel to catch his Big Bass and he was awarded a new Abu Garcia Revo XS reel valued at $159.99 from the Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus. "I only caught about nine fish today. My weight makes it sound like I had a phenomenal day, but it really wasn't. I caught one fish on the first cast. It was almost six pounds and I went about an hour after that without a fish. We went to another spot and I caught four in12 or 13 minutes. One of those was the big one. I lost a bigger fish than that. Then, I didn't catch anything for about four hours and I rounded out my day with a largemouth. The smallies all came out of around 30 feet of water and the largemouth came flipping. They all came from the main river channel," said Fristik.

Aaron Stone of Rome, NY finished in second place with 18.84 pounds winning $823. Stone used a brown jig in 4-5 feet of water.

Tom Tarasoff of Ontario, Canada finished in third place with 17.16 pounds to win $557 for third place and $200 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "I was drop shotting. We caught them in 40 feet of water, 25, 10, all over. I caught eight fish and culled three times. I spent a lot of the day netting fish and positioning the boat so that my co-angler, Brian Depto, could win again. It slowed down for us in the afternoon. The morning was busier," said Tarasoff.

Brian Depto of Kane, PA won the co-angler side of the St. Lawrence event with 13.59 pounds and the 4.70 pound Co-Angler Big Bass. Depto won $810 for first place and $115 from the Big Bass Pot. "I caught all of my fish early on a drop shot, one shallow and the rest deep. I never culled all day," said Depto.

Danny Bush of Peekskill, NY finished in second place on the co-angler side with 11.54 pounds winning $412 for second place and $212 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "I had a long wet ride. We went out to the lake and I caught all of my fish shallow, throwing jigs. I got three bites," said Bush.

John Scipione of Brewerton, NY finished in third place on the co-angler side with 10.23 pounds winning $279 for third place and $127 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "We caught fish all day. My boater, Andy, put me on fish, so I caught them on a drop shot. We were in the lake. There were some big ones that took a long time to get in and some small ones that were really fighting hard. You think you have a six pounder on and it comes in to be a two, but that's just the fish swimming in the current. It's definitely different from Oneida, where I'm from. It was an all-around good day. It's the toughest time of the year to catch them and I was surprised to catch them all day. The bite was on," said Scipione.

Complete result can be found at this link

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Conant Wins New Abu Garcia Revo

Eric Conant of Lakeland, FL won the Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus after using an Abu Garcia reel to catch his "monster" 9.62 pound Big Bass at the August 15th-16th, 2015 Ram Weekend Bass Series event at Lake Toho. He was awarded an Abu Garcia Revo SX reel valued at $159.99.

The Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus is an incentive program that applies to selected American Bass Anglers events. The Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus program applies to all Ram Weekend Bass Series events and Ram 100% Plus Team Tour events along with each competition day of the Military Team Bass Event, American Couples Series National Championship, Ram American Fishing Tour National Championship, and the Ray Scott Championship. There is no fee to participate in this program. Anglers that use any model Abu Garcia reel to catch the prevailing Big Bass at qualifying American Bass Anglers events will be awarded a new Abu Garcia Revo SX reel valued at $159.99. Abu Garcia has created an incentive program without any associated fees, registrations, or claim forms to be filled out.

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Morris Sheehan Receives Davy Crockett Trailblazer Award

Morris Sheehan, owner of American Bass Anglers Inc., was honored with the Davy Crockett Trailblazer award at the 2015 Legends of the Outdoors Banquet in Nashville, TN on August 15th, 2015. Sheehan was chosen for the award for his dedication to creating a national platform for weekend anglers to compete across the country through American Bass Anglers.

American Bass Anglers (ABA) was formed in 2000 after Sheehan purchased the Military Bass Angler's Association (MBAA). Sheehan, a retired US Army Major, competed in MBAA for many years. He had seen the participation in MBAA shrink as the number of active military in the US shrank equivalently. His idea was to open up MBAA to weekend angler outside the military to increase participation. The result was the American Fishing Tour (AFT). Since its inception in the 2000, AFT has grown dramatically across the country. There are currently 85 divisions of the AFT.

Part of Sheehan's plan was to have a huge championship each year, equivalent to a professional level event, but only open to amateur weekend anglers. Proof of his accomplishment can be seen at the 2015 Ram AFT National Championship, presented by ABA, at Lake Hartwell in October. AFT anglers will be competing for two new Triton Boat/Mercury Outboard packages and a Ram Truck package, as well as cash and other prizes. The Anglers of the Year (AOY) from each AFT division across the country will also be competing for a new Triton Boat/Mercury Outboard and Ram Truck package during the event.

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