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Abadie Takes Home New Revo XS Reel

Austin Abadie of Gonzales, LA won the Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus after using an Abu Garcia reel to catch the 4.29 pound Big Bass at the April 18th RAM Weekend Bass Series event at the Red River. 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, Couples Series National Championship, AFT 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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Blanchard Wins Best Western Travel Card

Drady Blanchard of Houma, LA was the winner of a $100 Best Western Travel Card at the April 18th, 2015 RAM Weekend Bass Series event at the Red River.  Blanchard 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 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 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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Abadie Wins Red River Event 

Austin Abadie of Gonzales, LA won the Louisiana South RAM Weekend Bass Series event on April 18th, 2015 at the Red River out of Grand Encore. His winning limit of 13.20 pounds contained the 4.29 pound Big Bass of the event.  Abadie won $1439 for first place, $220 for Big Bass, and $425 from the High Stakes Option Pot. He also won a new Abu Garcia Revo SX reel valued at $159.99 for using an Abu Garcia reel to catch Big Bass. "I had a pretty good day with a lot of bites. Caught all of my fish on a frog using a Falcon rod and an Abu Garcia Revo reel," said Abadie.  

Derek Hudnall of Baton Rouge, LA finished in second place with 13.11 pounds winning $733 and $255 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "I caught a lot of fish and probably had a limit within the first 15 minutes of this morning. The fish bit today and I had fun. Everything came flipping," said Hudnall.

Brett Sellers of Denham Spring, LA finished in third place with 12.37 pounds winning $497 and $170 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "I noticed oil on my lower unit this morning so I only ran to the first oxbow from the ramp and caught my fish there," said Sellers.

Randy Radar of Morgan City, LA won the co-angler side of the event with 6.13 pounds and the co-angler Big Bass weighing 2.96 pounds. Radar won $600 for first place, $65 for Big Bass, and $135 from the High Stakes Option Pot "I had my limit by 7:30 this morning and I probably caught four limits throughout the day. Missed some good fish, but I'm happy with what I had. It was a good day of fishing," said Radar.

Jeff Cox of Walker, LA finished in second on the co-angler side with 6.10 pounds winning $325 and $90 from the High Stakes Option Pot.  Cox used spinnerbaits and crankbaits for his catch.

Dustin Jumonville of French Settlement, LA finished in third place on the co-angler side with 5.81 pounds winning $200.

Complete result can be found at this link

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Misty Lewis and Rusty Satterfield Win on Melton Hill

04/18/2014

By: Kathy Smith

Athens, Al. Misty Lewis and Rusty Satterfield won the American Bass Anglers - event on out of with 9.65 pounds.

Pulling into the parking lot I was glad to be off the road. The fog was so thick at times during the early morning drive. Looking out at the lake I could see that the boat ride would be no different. 
 
The recent rains combined with the warmer temperatures made for a slow start. However, teams were able to make it to their nearest destinations and fish until the visibility was better. Cold waters from Norris had recently dropped the water temperature from 60s to low 50s. 
 
Our first place winners, Misty Lewis and Rusty Satterfield, say there was no real pattern and we just lucked up and caught good fish. This included Rusty's nice small mouth bass that also won him Men's Big Fish. With 9.65 pounds which included Rusty's 3.34 pound bass, this couple won $500!

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News - AFT

Jerry Fowler Wins D94 Tournament on the Savannah River

03/14/2015

Athens, Al - Jerry Fowler of Walterboro, SC won the American Fishing Tour South Carolina-Savannah River division 94 tournament with five fish weighing 20.59 pounds held on Savannah River on 03/14/2015.

Fowler, is one step closer to the AFT National Championship with a first place win and earned a total of $522 in the American Fishing Tour Tournament held on the Savannah River this past weekend. Fowler weighed in five bass limit, which weighed 20.59 pounds, anchored by a 7.12 pound largemouth. Second place went to Mike Holloway with a five bass limit weighing 16.53 pounds. Third place went to Joe McDonie. Fourth place went to Barry Descaro. And fifth place went to Debbie Robinson.
 
At launch time the temperatures were in the mid-50s with cloudy skies. They day continued with temperatures topping out in the low 60s and clear throughout the day. Water temperatures were in the upper 60s. 

 

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Joe McDonie Wins D94 Tournament on the Savannah

04/18/2015

Athens, Al - McDonie, is one step closer to the ABA National Championship with a first place win and earned a total of $543, in the American Fishing Tournament held on the Savannah River this past weekend. McDonie weighed in five bass limit, which weighed 16.28 pounds and anchored by a 5.61 pound largemouth. Second place went to Nitro Team Member Joe Toth with a five bass limit weighing 15.96 pounds. Third place went to Sean Murphy with a five bass limit weighing 14.00 pounds. Fourth place went to Curtis Sanders with a five bass limit weighing 11.48 pounds and fifth place went to Wayne Ackerman with a five bass limit weighing 10.42 pounds.

 

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Victory for Tramel at Center Hill

Josh Tramel of Smithville, TN won the Tennessee Central RAM Weekend Bass Series event at Center Hill Lake on April 18th, 2015. He weighed in a 16.62 pound limit to win $1558 for first place and $450 from the High Stakes Option Pot. Tramel was flipping green pumpkin colored jigs and plastics for his victory. "I caught fish all day long," said Tramel.

Barry Johnson of Walling, TN finished in second place with 13.80 pounds winning $791 and $270 from the High Stakes Option Pot. Johnson used a Texas rigged Netbait Paca Craw for his day's catch.

Billy Shrum of Gallatin, TN finished in third place with 13.55 pounds winning $537 and $180 from the High Stakes Option pot. Shrum caught his limit early in the day with a green pumpkin jig.

Brandon Eddings of Nashville, TN brought in the boater Big Bass of the day, a 4.03 pound largemouth worth $240. Eddings caught his Big Bass on a shad pattern jerkbait.

Dane Gamble was the co-angler champion of the Center Hill event. Gamble had 8.99 pounds and the 4.00 pound co-angler Big Bass earning $700 for first place, $65 for Big Bass, and $250 from the High Stakes Option Pot. He caught his fish winning limit on a jerkbait early in the day. "Last fish I caught was at 7:30 this morning," said Gamble.

John Wilkerson of Nashville, TN finished in second place on the co-angler side with 8.69 pounds winning $375.

Charlie Caplinger of Smithville, TN was the third place co-angler with 6.16 winning $200. Caplinger used a handmade jig and a Zara Spook Jr. for his catch.

Complete result can be found at this link

The next Tennessee Central RAM Weekend Bass Series event will be held on May 9th, 2015 at Old Hickoy, launching from Sanders Ferry Park. More info on this upcoming event can be found at this link or by calling ABA tournament manager, Kristin Malott, at (256) 771-3709.

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Winslett Claims New Revo XS Reel

Steve Winslett of Opelika won the Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus after using an Abu Garcia reel to catch the 6.37 pound Big Bass at the April 18th RAM Weekend Bass Series event on Lake Eufaula. 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, Couples Series National Championship, AFT 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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Ray Wins Again at Eufaula

Chandler Ray of Arlington, GA won his second RAM Weekend Bass Series event of 2015 at Lake Eufaula. This time Ray won the April 18th event of the Alabama South RAM Weekend Bass Series division with 18.14 pounds earning $2035 for first place and $547 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "I ran to the south end first thing and caught a limit with a 5" Big Bite Fighting Frog. With about an hour left, I pulled up to a ledge holding a big school of fish and I caught my better fish with a Strike King 10XD crankbait. The water was moving and the current really turns those big schools of fish on," said Ray.

Cole Phillips of Phenix City, AL finished in second place with 18.00 pounds winning $1030 and $279 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "I started out near Lakepoint, but the morning bite was not good, so I headed south and fished ledges for the rest of the day," said Phillips.

Michael Lee Cavender of Phenix City, AL finished in third place with 17.52 pounds winning $695 and $189 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "I fished from Rood Creek to White Oak trying to find a shad spawn bite that didn't happen. I went out to some ledges that I found yesterday and caught my limit on a 10XD and a football jig," said Cavender.

Steve Winslett of Opelika, AL had the 6.37 pound boater Big Bass of the event worth $370. Winslett caught his Big Bass about 10:00 on a Booyah popping frog in the grass. He used an Abu Garcia reel to catch his Big Bass and was awarded a new Revo SX reel valued at $159.99 from the Abu Garcia Big Bass Bonus program.

Justin Fortune of Phenix City, AL was the co-angler champion of the Eufaula event with 9.90 pounds and the 4.81 pound co-angler Big Bass of the event winning $780 for first place, $115 for co-angler Big Bass, and $250 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "I caught my fish on a jig with a Big Bite trailer. My Big Bass came within my first 10 casts this morning fishing the grass," said Fortune.

Wesley Rushing of Elba, AL finished in second place on the co-angler side with 8.40 pounds winning $401 and $125 from the High Stakes Option Pot. Rushing fished timber on a ledge near Thomas Mill Creek with a Shakey Head and a green pumpkin trick worm.

Morris Nix of Merietta, GA was the third place co-angler with 8.14 pounds winning $272 for third place and $50 from the High Stakes Option Pot. Nix used a spinner bait and a Texas rig for his catch.

Complete result can be found at this link

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Second TN/KY RAM 100% Plus Team Tour This Saturday

The TN/KY division of Ram Trucks 100% Plus Team Tour second event of the season is this Saturday, April 25th on Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, TN.

Don't miss out on an opportunity to win a Triton Boats 17TX/ Mercury Marine 60 four stroke outboard package loaded with new Garmin Echomap units, ODYSSEY Batteries, T-H Marine products, MotorGuide trolling motor, Power-Pole® Shallow Water Anchor, and Carlisle Tires. Raffle prizes from Maui Jim, Simms Fishing Products, T-H Marine, and more to be given away at the safety briefing! Don't miss out on all of this for an entry fee of only $250. No late fees!

Onsite Check In and registration will be held Friday, April 24th at Gallatin Civic Center - 4:30pm - 6:30pm - 210 Albert Gallatin Rd, Gallatin, TN 37066. Teams may enter until 5pm Wednesday online at: (LINK) or by contacting American Bass Anglers at (256) 232-0406 (8am - 5pm CST).

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Mercury Marine encourages all boaters to make safety their No. 1 concern as the weather warms and boats hit the water this summer. Mercury, the world leader in marine propulsion technology, recently collaborated with Capt. Mike Genoun, host of Florida Sport Fishing TV and editor-in-chief of Florida Sport Fishing Magazine, to create a video that promotes boating safety through the use of Mercury’s new and improved safety lanyard.

Watch the video here: www.fishingworld.com/extreme-angler-tv?tubepress_video=j5iCHJ4jmMw&tubepress_page=1.

The safety lanyard, which can be attached to a personal flotation device or around the boat driver’s wrist, also connects to an engine-shutoff switch. If the boat driver falls overboard or to the deck of the boat, the engine-shutoff switch will be activated by the lanyard clip, stopping the engine and significantly reducing the risk of bodily harm.

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Donald Fuller  wins the weekly drawing "Show your ABA Decal"
 
Donald Fuller of Fort Drum, NY wins the weekly drawing for the "Show your ABA Decal" program. Don wins his choice of an ABA T-Shirt or Cap and will be entered into the grand prize drawing of a fishing adventure at Ray Scott's Trophy Bass Retreat.
 
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Weekly - ABA Cap or T-Shirt (Your Choice)
 
Monthly Winners - A Cap or T-Shirt (Your Choice), a Livingston Lure, G-Juice, and a Gift from Carlisle Tire
 
Grand Prize Drawing: Win a trip to Ray Scott's Trophy Bass Retreat. Grand Prize drawing will be held December 18, 2015
 

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Eric Turner Wins the Division 47 Two-Day Championship

04/18/2015

Story by John Simonof

Athens, Al - Eric Turner won the American Fishing Tour Arkansas division 47 tournament with ten fish totaling 25.79 pounds held on Lake Ouachita on 04/18/2015.

The American Fishing Tour, Division 47 of American Bass Anglers contested its two-day Divisional Championship of the 2015 season on Lake Ouachita 18-19 Apr 2015. The bass were scattered with many roaming the banks. A few stragglers were setting up to spawn. Fifteen anglers produced 113 fish, including thirteen five fish limits, for a total weight of 214.40 pounds over the weekend.

Eric Turner topped the field with a five fish limit both days for a total weight of 25.79 pounds. Eric relied on a Livingston Lures 1.5 squarebill then upgraded throughout each day fishing a craw tube fished on 65 pound braid spooled up to reel and flipping stick. Eric earned $864 for his efforts over the weekend.

 

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Charles Whitaker Takes the Win on Norman

04/12/2015

Athens, Al - Charles Whitaker of Troutman, NC won the American Fishing Tour North Carolina Charlotte division 14 tournament with five fish weighing 14.00 pounds held on Lake Norman on 04/12/2015.

Charles Whitaker of Troutman, NC is one step closer to the RAM American Fishing Tour National Championship with a first place win on Lake Norman this past weekend. Whitaker weighed in five bass, which weighed 14.00 pounds. Second place went to Greg Sims of China Grove, NC with Five bass weighing 12.62 pounds. Third place went to Kevin Thomas of Albemarle, NC with five bass weighing in at 12.22 pounds.

At launch time the temperatures were in the upper 40s with clear skies, and east winds at 5 to 10 mph. The day's conditions continued with partly cloudy skies, and temperatures topping out in the low 70s. Water temperatures were in the upper 60s to low 70s. 
 
The winning pattern came using a hand tied Muffin Top jig and a shallow crank bait. Charles Whitaker said he just went junk fishing, and managed to catch one good kicker off the bed. Congratulations Charles! See you at Lake Hickory on the 25th of April. 

 

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Clark Cowley Wins Again on Old Hickory Lake

04/12/2015

Athens, Al - Clark Cowley of Lebanon, Tennessee won the American Fishing Tour Tennessee Central division 31 tournament with five fish weighing 15.65 pounds held on Old Hickory on 04/12/2015.

The day began with a beautiful day, and temperatures beginning from the low 50s and ending in the 80s. Running out of Bull Creek landing near Gallatin, Tennessee, the Lebanon, Tennessee angler caught five bass weighing 15.65 pounds. For the victory, Clark took home a check for $313. Clark caught his limit using a jig.

In second among the competitors, Mickey Beck of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee caught five bass weighing 11.80 pounds. He pocketed a check for $128.
 
Taking third place, Billy Thorne of Lebanon caught five bass weighing 11.15 pounds.
 
In fourth place, Jason Dies of Lebanon caught three bass weighing 5.30 pounds.
 
Tanner Hale of Hendersonville, Tennessee rounded out the top five competitors with two bass weighing 4.50 pounds.

 

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