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Tennessee East Anglers Finish Season at Chickamauga

Tennessee East anglers of the ABA Weekend Bass Series will make their final year stop of the year at the Lake Chickamauga on August 23rd & 24th, 2014.  The event launch and weigh in will take place at Dayton Boat Dock in Dayton, TN.  Registration for the event will also take place at Dayton Boat Dock on August 22nd, 2014 from 4:00 to 6:30 pm.  Anglers must have participated in at least two one-day events in this division during the 2014 season to register for this event. This event is the final 2014 event for the Florida division and will determine the qualifiers for the upcoming WBS Regional Championship at the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes in Kissimmee, FL on October 17th & 18th, 2014. More information on the event is available by contacting Tournament Manager Billy Benedetti at (256) 230-5632 or going to this link.

Results from last year's two-day event at Lake Chickamauga can be found at this link.

The host Triton Boats Dealer for this event is Cleveland Boat Center in Cleveland, TN and can be reached at (423) 472-1201 or www.clevelandboatcenter.com.

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Tennessee Central to Wrap Up Season at Paris Landing

Tennessee Central anglers of the ABA Weekend Bass Series will make their final stop of the year at Kentucky Lake on August 23rd & 24th, 2014.  This event is the final 2014 event for the Tennessee Central division and will determine the qualifiers for the upcoming WBS Regional Championship at Lake Chickamauga in Dayton, TN on September 26th & 27th, 2014. The event launch and weigh in for this weekend's event will take place at Paris Landing State Park Marina in Paris, TN.  Registration for the event will take place at Paris Landing on Friday, August 22nd, 2014 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.  Anglers must have participated in two one-day events in this division during the 2014 WBS season to participate in this event. More information on the event is available by contacting Tournament Manager Kristin Malott at (256) 771-3709 or going to this link.        

The host Triton Boats dealer for this event is Odom's Blue and Gray Marine in Paris, TN and can be reached at (73) 642-9222 or http://www.odomsblueandgraymarine.com/.

Results from last year's WBS two-day event at Kentucky Lake can be found at this link.

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Rigdon Takes The Win at Kissimmee Chain 2-Day


Athens, Al - Fred Rigdon of Belleview, FL weighed in 10 fish that weighed 38.97 pounds to win the Weekend Bass Series Florida event 2014-08-16 on Kissimmee Chain.
 

On day 1, Fred Rigdon was in second place with 19.88 lbs. He had a 7.48 pound gap to overcome between him and Micah Silverman.  Silverman weighed in 27.36 lbs on day one with an 8.82 lb and an 8.02 lb kickers and had a commanding lead but on day 2, Silverman only had 10.95 lbs with no kickers to go with his catch.  Rigdon had a solid sack again on day 2 of 19.09 lbs to take the lead and was able to hold on despite several 20+ lb sacks being brought in.  " I caught my fish on a Devils Horse. I started out in the morning throwing it and picked it up later in the day in the same area and culled everything I caught earlier in the day.The biggest difference from day 1 to day 2 was clouds. The bigger fish bit better yesterday but around 1:30pm today I was able to cull with some better fish. " said Rigdon.

 

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Dewitt Matthews Holds On For Co-Angler Win at Kissimmee Chain 2-Day


Athens, Al - Dewitt Matthews of Clermont, FL weighed in 4 fish that weighed 19.99 pounds to win the Co-Angler division of the Weekend Bass Series Florida event on 2014-08-16 on Kissimmee Chain.
 

Dewitt Matthews had the lead going into day 2 by just under 2 lbs with a day 1 catch of 12.34 lb that included a 7.65 lb kicker. Matthews was hopeful in the morning before take-off on day 2 and was looking forward to repeating his catch from day 1.  Mike Wisnewski had 4.40 lbs on day 1 and went from 22nd place to the lead on day 2 with a 13.03 lb sack including a 8.32 lb big bass.  Matthews came to the scales on day 2 with only 1 fish, a 7.65 lb bass, and that sealed the deal. " I caught my fish yesterday on a Ratt-L-Trap and flipping and today I flipped all day, the fish were on the outside of the grass line today and that made them harder to catch." said Matthews.

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Joseph Vacanti Wins Co Angler Title


Athens, Al - Joseph Vacanti of Mount Laurel NJ weighed in 3 Fish weighing 14.88 pounds to win the Co-Angler division of the Weekend Bass Series New York event on 2014-08-16 on 1000 Island.

I was fishing out in Lake Ontario. By 7:30am I had the 2 biggest fish in the box. By 7:45 I put the 3rd in the well. I was able to cull twice to upgrade my weight. I caught about 15 fish today I was drop shotting on home made plastic baits.

In second place Carly  Chier very first time angler fishing with ABA and in a weekend series event. Her birthday was yesterday and she celebrated with a second place finish and a check. I was fishing in 20 feet of water and caught only 5 fish all day. These fish I weighed were the only three I was able to land. I was using a tube and drop shot to catch my fish.

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Tom Tarasoff goes Deep to take 1000 Island Last Qualifier


Athens, Al - Tom Tarasoff of Kingston Ontario Canada weighed in 5 Fish Weighing in at 24.49 pounds to win the Weekend Bass Series New York event 2014-08-16 on 1000 Island.

Tom Tarasoff goes deep to catch a winning bag to take the last Division 23 qualifier. I was fishing in forty feet of water using a drop shot. I had 4 good fish in the box by 8:00 am. I couldn't catch that 5th fish till later in the day. I returned to that spot 2 more times, finally my co-angler  caught his third fish on my spot and a couple casts later I finally got bit for my 5th good fish. I caught about 15 fish all day and was able to cull about 6 or 8 times.

In Second place was David Barnes Sr. with 23.15 pounds. I was fishing on the Canadian side most of the time, I caught about 40 to 50 fish today I had to throw back 3 and 3.5 pounders because they wouldn't help my creel. I was able to cull about 5 times today. I caught the majority of my fish on a jig.

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Vaughn McCarter Wins the ABA District 42 Tournament 
on AR River/Pine Bluff
 
Story by John Simonof
 

The American Fishing Tour, Division 42 of American Bass Anglers held its last qualifying tournament of the 2014 season on the Arkansas River, Pine Bluff Pool, 9 Aug 2014. Most anglers were able to bring in a few fish with six anglers finding five fish limits. 19 anglers caught 55 fish weighing 131.55 pounds, a 2.39 pound average.
 
Vaughn McCarter topped with leader board with a five fish limit weighing 15.74 pounds. Vaughn threw a Biffle heads and crankbaits to sack up his fish. Vaughn also caught the biggest bass of the tournament, a 4.58 pound fish. For his efforts, Vaughn took home $563.

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 Crowder Wins Royal Purple Rewards Twice in a Row

Kermit Crowder of Petersburg, VA has been the highest Royal Purple Royal Treatment for the past two Maryland Weekend Bass Series events.  Crowder competes as a boater in the Maryland division and he was the highest Royal Treatment finisher at the July 19th and August 9th events on the Potomac River.  He was a level I member of the program at both events and he received a gallon of Royal Purple TCWIII and a Royal Purple cap for each top finish. 

Members of the Royal Purple Royal Treatment program are awarded additional prizes for being the highest finisher, in the top 10, at ABA Weekend Bass Series events.  Depending on their membership level, anglers can be awarded Royal Purple products and even free entry into ABA events.

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News - AFT

The Colonel Prevails in Battle of Heavyweights
08/10/2014 - AFT Division 44
By: Tom Rice
 

Lake Waconia, a popular bass hotspot once managed as a trophy lake for largemouths, is known for producing high-quality fish for Minnesota anglers. On Sunday August 10, it was the scene of an epic heavyweight battle between some of ABA Minnesota 44's top hooks, and the outcome was close and hotly contested.
 
Division Director George "The Colonel" Miserendino made a number of trips to the lake "eliminating water", as he put it. His approach was spot-on, as he confidently staked his claim to shallow water early and tried a couple of techniques before settling on a cast, wait and drag presentation to the large reedbeds ringing the shore. That strategy landed George a bragging-sized bag of 18.18 pounds, including a hefty kicker of 5.24 pounds which held up as big bass for the day, if not the season. George rounded out his catch with some nice upgrades on weedlines, throwing a Texas rigged Sweet Beaver that helped increase his total weight for the day nicely and produced a limit averaging nearly 3.5 pounds per fish.
 

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News - WBS

Jason Brant Wins Best Western Drawing

Jason Brant of Martinsburg, WV was the winner of the Best Western Travel card drawing at the August 9th Weekend Bass Series event at the Potomac River.  Jason spent registration night at the host Best Western hotel and he was entered the drawing to win a $100 travel card.  There is a drawing for a $100 Best Western travel card at every WBS event that has a Best Western host hotel.  Anglers must bring hotel receipts to registration to enter the drawing.

 

Best Western Hotels and American Bass Anglers are offering an incentive reward program to ABA anglers for staying at Best Western Hotels starting May 1, 2014. At all Weekend series events (Divisional, Regional and Championship) and the AFT National Championship, drawings will be held at all events during the remainder of 2014. This program will also continue for 2014 season and will include all ABA tournament circuits including the American Couples Series.

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Scott Dean Wins Royal Purple Rewards Again

A couple of months ago we posted a story about Carlisle Tires pro staff member Scott Dean being the highest finisher in The Royal Purple Royal Treatment twice this year.  Now, Scott Dean of Terrell, TX has done it for the third time this year.  Dean finished fifth in the East Texas Division two-day event at Cedar Creek on July 12th & 13th, 2014.  He was a Level II member of the Royal Treatment program at the time of this last finish and he was awarded a Royal Purple hat, a gallon of Royal Purple TCWIII, a quart of Royal Purple MaxGear gear lube, and a one year ABA membership.  This finish brings Scott Dean's Weekend Bass Series winnings up to $33,387 since 2008.

Members of the Royal Purple Royal Treatment program are awarded additional prizes for being the highest finisher, in the top 10, at ABA Weekend Bass Series events.  Depending on their membership level, anglers can be awarded Royal Purple products and even free entry into ABA events.

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Anglers Coming Together to Help Another

By: Evan Boutwell

I get to see a lot of things within the fishing industry as the weeks pass by.  This past weekend I saw just how strong our "brotherhood" of fisherman really is.  I was amazed at the outpouring of support from fisherman and fishing industry companies at the "Fishing for Jason" event at Kentucky Lake in Paris, TN.  The event was spearheaded by one of Jason Sain's best friends, David Gnewikow.  For those of you that don't know Jason Sain, he is an amazing individual and an excellent fisherman.  Jason is currently battling cancer and David put together the event to help raise funds to help Jason's family with their growing medical bills.  Some of you that attended the 2013 Triton Owner's Tournament may remember Jason and David winning that event.

David contacted us at ABA a few weeks ago to ask if we could arrange to have one of ABA's tournament stages and some other equipment brought up to Paris Landing for the event.  After a brief meeting at ABA, we immediately pledged to help David with anything we could to help make the event a success.  At that point, I began scrambling up equipment, as we had five Weekend Bass Series events that same weekend.  Before it was over with, I ended up blasting off boats and weighing in fish with Fish Fishburne, whom donated his time to help, as well.  However, this article is not about ABA or myself.  It is what I saw take place at this event that I want to share. 

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New York at 1000 Islands This Weekend

New York anglers of the ABA Weekend Bass Series will make their fourth stop of the year at 1000 Islands on August 16th, 2014.  The event launch and weigh in will take place at Cape Vincent, NY.  Registration for the event will take place at the Cape Vincent Recreation Park located at 602 South James Street in Cape Vincent, NY on Friday, August 15th from 4:00 to 6:30 pm.  More information on the event is available by contacting Tournament Manager Joe Angelone at (256) 777-6152 or going to this link.

This event is hosted by the Cape Vincent Chamber of Commerce. 

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News - AFT

Tom Dupuis Wins Division 6 Two Day and AOY

Tom Dupuis from Terryville Connecticut won the American Fishing Tour presented by American Bass Anglers, Connecticut Division 6 Final two-day tournament, held August 9 - 10, 2014, on Candlewood Lake and Lake Lillinonah.  The first day tournament was launched out of the Squantz ramp landing near the town of New Fairfield Connecticut, with the second day out of the new State ramp near Bridgewater Connecticut.  
 
Tom caught a five bass limit each day weighing a total of 16.96 pounds. He also caught the big bass of the tournament with a 3.56 largemouth on the second day. For the victory, Tom took home a check for $392 for both awards. Tom caught the majority of his fish using topwater lures during the first couple of hours each morning casting over milfoil mats and shoreline cover.  With this win Tom also earned the title of Division 6 Angler of the Year and is looking forward to fishing Old Hickory Lake and competing with the all the other ABA Anglers of the Year.

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Florida Anglers End Season at the Kissimmee Chain

Florida anglers of the ABA Weekend Bass Series will make their final stop of the year at the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes on August 16th & 17th, 2014.  The event launch and weigh in will take place at Camp Mack.  Registration for the event will also take place at Camp Mack on August 15th, 2014 from 4:00 to 6:30 pm.  Anglers must have participated in at least two one-day events in this division during the 2014 season to register for his event. This event is the final 2014 event for the Florida division and will determine the qualifiers for the upcoming WBS Regional Championship at the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes in Kissimmee, FL on October 17th & 18th, 2014. More information on the event is available by contacting Tournament Manager Billy Benedetti at (256) 230-5632 or going to this link.

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