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Roland Catches Record Bass to Win at Nelson
 

North Dakota Division 127 of the American Fishing Tour held its fifth bass tournament this summer on Nelson Lake.  Nelson Lake, a power plant lake near Center, North Dakota, again proved why it holds the state record for largemouth bass at 8 pounds and 8 ounces caught in 1983.  Dick Roland, from Crosby, ND, caught a 6.89 pound largemouth bass to take top honors and big bass, this bass broke the record for the largest bass caught in a North Dakota AFT tournament from last year at 6.38 pounds, which also took place at Nelson Lake.  Dick brought in another bass over 5 pounds to record a three fish limit of 13.93 pound.  He cashed a check for $259.00 plus a handmade plaque for his day effort. 
 
Dick said, “It was a late day move to fish some old areas I have had success in the past that made the difference.”   Using a combination of a flipping jig and a swim jig, both in black and blue with Ragetail craw trailers, was the winning lures.  The big bass was caught flipping a ¾ oz. jig into tree laydowns along the back of the creek.

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News - AFT

Chuck Pritchard Wins the AFT D42 Tournament on Dardanelle

Chuck Pritchard won the American Fishing Tour Arkansas Summer division 42 tournament with five fish weighing 16.73 pounds held on AR River Dardanelle on 07/26/2014.
 
The American Fishing Tour, Division 42 of American Bass Anglers held its fourth qualifying tournament of the 2014 season on Lake Dardanelle, 26 Jul 2014. Twenty-two anglers brought in 58 fish for a total of 128 pounds, a 2.2 pound average.
 
Chuck Pritchard brought in a five fish limit weighing 16.73 pounds which included the day's Big Bass at 5.77 pounds. Chuck threw jigs across the lower end of the lake and took home $612 for his efforts.

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News - WBS

Jamie Hartman overwhelms the competition on Oneida Lake 


Athens, Al - Jamie Hartman of Newport NY weighed in 5 Fish weighing in at 21.49 pounds to win the Weekend Bass Series New York event 2014-07-26 on Oneida.

I started the day fishing some points that I know about that has grass on the sides of them. There isn't a lot of grass this year in the lake. The fish seem to be relating to that type of structure. I had my limit by 9:30 this morning, and was trying to cull up the rest of the day. I was able to cull out about 3 times. I did catch quite a number of fish today. That is the second time this year that spot has paid off for me. 

Kenny Garippa from Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania finishes in second place with a total weight of 18.44 lbs.  Also targeting points with rock piles, throwing a senko most of the day.  However, he would not share the color!  

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News - WBS

Scott D Lafaver hits big to take the Co-Angler title on Oneida Lake


Athens, Al - Scott D Lafaver of Elbridge, NY weighed in 3 Fish weighing 11.09 pounds to win the Co-Angler division of the Weekend Bass Series New York event on 2014-07-26 on Oneida.
 

I was fishing in 8 to 10 feet of water with a chatter bait with a rage craw.  I was also using a one ounce jig to catch a tournament limit.

Joseph Vacanti from Mount Laurel, New Jersey caught 3 fish weighng in at 10.57 lbs. for  second place.  I caught my first fish on a pop r my next fish came off of a senko.  I had my tournament limit by 7;30 am.  I culled out 4 times and caught quite a few fish today.

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News - WBS

Hay takes the lead winning the 2 Day Event on Toledo Bend


Athens, Al - Mark Hay of Athens, LA weighed in 9 fish that weighed 29.81 pounds to win the Weekend Bass Series Louisana North event 2014-07-26 on Toledo Bend.
 

"I caught all of my fish on a Football Jig made by Homer Humphries. I fished both days in the Indian mounds area and the fish came from deep structure around 20'. "

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News - WBS

BJ Adams Wins Co-Angler side on Toledo Bend Lake


Athens, Al - BJ Adams of Bastrop, LA weighed in 5 fish weighing in at 11.74 pounds to win the Co-Angler division of the Weekend Bass Series Louisana North event on 2014-07-26 on Toledo Bend.
 

"My day 1 boater went north and my day 2 boater went south but I caught everything on the same baits. Caught everything on Drop shot with a candy bug trick worm and a Candy bug fluke in 20' and deeper water."

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News - WBS

Eddie Griggs Works the Tide for James River Win


Athens, Al - Eddie Griggs of Richmond, VA weighed in 5 fish weighing 21.02 Pounds to win the Weekend Bass Series Virginia event 2014-07-26 on Chickahominy/James River.
 

Eddie Griggs followed the outgoing tide to put together a winning stringer of bass that secured him a margin of victory of over five pounds,  The 43 year old Richmond Marine Center Triton pro-staffer said all my fish came on a low outgoing tide.  Once the tide started coming back in I was basically done for the day.  The key areas were the grassy deep breaks.  No particular bait was key in that I caught fish on buzz baits, crank baits and big worms.  The bite was right while the tide was going out, letting me catch approximately 30 keepers, but they only came early in the day.  I only hooked one fish after the tide started in.

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News - WBS

Kevin Hensley wins Co-Angler James River Title


Athens, Al - Kevin Hrnsley of Clarksville, VA weighed in 3 fish weighing 10.53 to win the Co-Angler division of the Weekend Bass Series Virginia event on 2014-07-26 on Chickahominy/James River.
 

Kevin Hensley took time from his well drilling business to participate in the James River Weekend Series Event.  " I was able to practice two days for this event and found several locations that were holding smaller fish.  As luck would have it I drew one of the local favorites on the river, Kelly Pratt.  We stayed on the lower Chickahominy River, and using a variety of crank baits, Texas and wacky rigged worms I was able to catch about ten keeper fish throughout the day.  Culling three times, I was able to squeak out the win." 

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News - AFT

Scott Peterson Wins on N-S Center
 
07/20/2014
 

Athens, Al - Scott Peterson won the American Fishing Tour Minnesota division 44 tournament with five fish weighing 15.85 pounds held on N & S Center on 07/20/2014.
 
Preparation. Focus. More often than not those two strategies win the day on the ABA/AFT circuit, and the July 20 event on North and South Center Lakes was no exception. Dire reports from prefishing outings leading up to the Minnesota District 44 tournament left most anglers expecting a meager day on the water, and a sultry weather forecast calling for 90 humid degrees didn't make the prospect much more appealing. Nevertheless, a good roster of bass chasers showed up for the tournament morning brief and attacked the lake with gusto...

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News - AFT

Mike Blaesi Wins on the Mississippi River
 
Athens, Al - Mike Blaesi of Dixon, IA won the American Fishing Tour Iowa East division 73 tournament with five bass weighing 11.13 pounds held on MS Pool 9 on 07/13/2014.
 
For the victory, Blaesi took home a check for $281. Blaesi caught his fish on Marv Miller jigs and plastics in current.
 
In second among the competitors, Tony Stoffers of Davenport, Iowa caught five bass weighing 10.48 pounds. Tony pocketed a check for $115.
 
Taking third place, Dorsey Lane of Muscatine, Iowa caught five bass weighing 10.47 pounds.
 
In fourth place, Randy Yuska of Blue Grass, IA caught bass weighing 9.85 pounds. Bob Peck of Montpelier, Iowa rounded out the top five competitors with five bass weighing 9.32 pounds.

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News - AFT

Greg Del Russo Takes the Win on Hopatcong
 

Athens, Al - Greg Del Russo of Hopatcong, NJ won the American Fishing Tour New Jersey division 10 tournament with five bass weighing 11.87 pounds held on Hopatcong on 07/20/2014.
 
For the victory Del Russo took home a check for $382 plus $65 for Big Fish. Greg is presently has a strong lead on the Division 10 AOY competition.
 
In second among the competitors, Mike Messina of Clifton, NJ caught 8.85 pounds of fish while flippin docks pocketed a check for $190.

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News - CPL

Misty Lewis and Rusty Satterfield Flip Their Way to the Win

Couples arrived early for the last Division 9 tournament of the year. Conversations about fishing woke up everyone to the excitement ahead. Eight teams blasted off from Poplar Springs Ramp. 
 
The fish were drawn to the jigs being flipped by Misty Lewis and Rusty Satterfield. As a result, the team earned a solid first place finish and were awarded $360. Congraulations!
 
Extremely close second place went to Heather and Jason Ashley with 8.90 pounds. They earned $240. Heather also won Lady's Big Fish with a nice 3.57 pound bass increasing her winnings by $40.  

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News - WBS

When It's Your Day It's Your Day!


Athens, Al - Richard Newton of Stafford, VA weighed in 5 fish tipping the scales at 16.67 pounds to win the Weekend Bass Series Maryland event 2014-07-19 on Potomac.
 

"I guess when it's your day it's just your day.  After a month of having these fish located all the conditions were just right to finally do well in the area I was fishing.  The tide and cloud cover made for perfect conditions to catch numerous big fish in the area I was fishing.  All my fish came on topwater frog baits.  Unfortunately, I am having issues with one of my livewells and by 9 AM I noticed my fish were is serious distress.  I decided to call it a day and called the tournament director to arrange for an early weigh in.  By the time I got back to the launch area my three smaller fish had died and one of my big fish was in trouble.  After only fishing for three hours I was extremely fortunate that my weight held up for the win."

The Stafford Virginia antique dealer weighed in five fish that weighed 18.17 pounds before penalties, including two fish over six pounds.

 

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News - WBS

West Donley Switches Tactics to Capture Co Angler Potomac Win

Athens, Al - West Donley of Woodbridge, VA weighed in 3 fish weighing 9.47 pounds to win the Co-Angler division of the Weekend Bass Series Maryland event on 2014-07-19 on Potomac.
 

"I try to fish the Potomac at least once a week but did not practice specifically for this event.  I figured to adapt to whatever my paired partner was doing and that turned out to be key to catching these fish.  At our first fishing location we weere missing fish on frogs. But, there was ample water above the grass so I decided to switch to topwater baits with treble hooks.  My fish all came on Rico topwater baits."

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News - WBS

Armand takes the Win on Red River 2 Day


Athens, Al - Matthew Armand of Hessmer, LA weighed in 7 fish that weighed 19.33 pounds to win the Weekend Bass Series Louisiana South event 2014-07-19 on Red River.
 

"I caught all my fish in pool 3 in Colfax area. The 2 big bass I caught, one was on a Black Buzz Bait and a Square Bill Crank Bait in a shad color. The rest of my fish came on a Okeechobee craw sweet beaver. "

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