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Straley Finds The Edge On Clearwater II

As the regular schedule drew to a close for ABA Minnesota 44 for 2014, district anglers found the usually generous Clearwater Lake a tough nut to crack on August 24. Heavy tournament pressure, low water levels, and thickly matted weeds shut competitors out of some of their favorite haunts, and a number of able fishermen spent much of the day frustrated and bewildered. Nonetheless a few stalwarts managed to find success by taking very different approaches in tournament strategy.
Ken Straley bested a tight group at the top with a good 14.48 pound weigh bag. He found his fish by working a crawdad crankbait on 4-6 foot flats and hopping a jigworm to produce his biggest bass.

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More Winners in the "Show your ABA Decal" Promotion
Dick Evans, Mike Ketcher and Tom Dupuis wins drawings for the "Show your ABA Decal" program. They each wins their 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.
 Weekly - ABA Cap or T-Shirt (Your Choice)
 Monthly Winners - An 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 19. 2014

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Wayne Buturla wins the weekly drawing "Show your ABA Decal"
Wayne Buturla of  Swannaoa, NC wins the weekly drawing for the "Show your ABA Decal" program. Cody 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.
 Weekly - ABA Cap or T-Shirt (Your Choice)
 Monthly Winners - An 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 19. 2014

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Mike McMahon Wins Division 10 AOY Title

Running out of Lees Park landing, near Mt. Arlington, NJ, Mike McMahon of Hackettstown, NJ caught 10 bass weighing 26.71 pounds with a 4.66-pound kicker largemouth. For the victory, McMahon took home a check for $676 plus $110 for Big Fish. Mike also secured the NJ Division 10 AOY title, by working a white chatter bait. 
If Mike travels to the National Championship to represent and defend the ABA National AOY Title, from Division 10 he will also receive an additional $215 from a Director generated-managed 50/50 season long raffle.
In second among the competitors, John Campos of Fairfield, NJ caught nine fish weighing 14.66 pounds. Campos caught his fish by pulling a Jewel Baits jig in PB&J and pocketed a check for $292.

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Tony Stoffers Wins Division 73 Two-Day

Tony Stoffers won the AFT Iowa Division 73 two-day, presented by American Bass Anglers, held August 23-24 on the Mississippi River.
Running out of Muscatine, the Davenport, Iowa angler caught nine bass weighing 18.21 pounds. For the victory, Stoffers took home a check for $528. Stoffers caught his fish on plastics.
In second among the competitors, Mike Blaesi, caught seven bass weighing 13.19 pounds. 
Taking third place, Chris Yuska caught six bass weighing 12.75 pounds with a 4.15 largemouth for big fish of the tournament.

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Doug Thompson Wins D-42 Divisional on AR River/Maumelle
By: John Simonof

Division 42 of the American Fishing Tour held its divisional championship tournament of the 2014 season on the Arkansas River, Maumelle Pool, 23 and 24 August 2014. Daytime temperatures were the hottest of the year, reaching 100 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday. Few clouds and almost no wind made for tough fishing conditions. Most anglers were able to bring in a few fish with only one angler finding a five fish limit both days. Nineteen anglers caught 81 fish weighing 154.93 pounds - a 1.91 pound average.
Doug Thompson topped the leaderboard with ten fish weighing 16.62 pounds. Doug fished a Yum worm on a shaky-head in deep water to catch his fish. Doug took home $936 for his weekend effort.

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Jeff Ford Wins Co-Angler Title on Chickamauga

Athens, Al - Jeff Ford of Trion, GA weighed in 4 fish that weighed 12.74 pounds to win the Co-Angler division of the Weekend Bass Series TN East event on 2014-08-23 on Chickamauga.

After the weigh-in on day one, Jeff Ford found himself in second place nearly six pounds out of the lead.  " I caught the 6.01 pound big fish first thing this morning on a shakey head with a little finesse worm. I fished the outside edges of the grass.  I did catch one fish on a Zoom Ultravibe Speed Craw, but the rest came on the shakey head. I had two great boaters this weekend, " said Ford.

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Barnes Comes From Behind For Win at Chickamauga

Athens, Al - Steve Barnes of Harrison, TN weighed in 5 fish that weighed 28.35 pounds including a 10.24 pound kicker to win the Weekend Bass Series TN East event 2014-08-23 on Chickamauga.

On day one, boater Steve Barnes of Harrison, TN, was sitting in sixth place with only one fish that weighed 6.27 lbs, nearly 11 pounds behind the leader, Greg Shaver of Dayton, TN. "Both days I ran the same pattern. I fished scattered grass early and once the sun got up, I'd go deep. I was throwing a Chatterbait in the grass and a spook.  Yesterday I had the bites, I had the big fish on, but they just wouldn't eat the baits. I should have had the same weight yesterday as today. Today it stayed cloudy longer and I caught fish on a spook, then when the sun came out, I caught the 10lb bass around 10:30 am," said Barnes.

Barnes came in on day two with four fish that weighed 22.08 lbs, including the 10.24 lb  Big Bass.

Steve Barnes also took the AOY title for the 2014 season of the Tennessee Central division. Barnes accumilated 1486 points for the title.


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Jones Wins Co-Angler Title in Tennessee Central Two Day

Athens, Al - Jeremy Jones of Nashville, TN weighed in six fish that weighed 24.41 pounds to win the Co-Angler division of the Weekend Bass Series TN Central event on 2014-08-23 on Paris Landing.

Jeremy Jones of Nashville, TN  won the Tennessee Central two day event on Kentucky Lake in Paris, TN. Jones caught a two day total of 24.41 pounds to win the event and $1340.  He used a green pumpkin Zoom worm and a Strike King jig on day one. His day two catch was caught using a spook, a Rat L Trap, and a swimbait.

Second place went to Randy Hill of Murfreesboro, TN for bringing in a two day total of 17.36 pounds. Hill used a Zoom Ol' Monster worm dipped in J.J.'s Magic to catch his bass.

Mike Todd of Cane Ridge,TN finished third with a two day total of 16.70 pounds. Todd used topwater baits on day one and and a brown jig in deep water on day two.

Hunter Bouldin of Rock Island, TN won the AOY point race for the co-angler side of the Tennessee Central division. Bouldin collected 1446 points during the 2014 season. 


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Merrick Wins Tennessee Central Two Day

Athens, Al - William weighed in 10 fish that weighed 33.55 pounds to win the Weekend Bass Series TN Central event 2014-08-23 on Paris Landing.

William "Bill" Merrick of Mt. Juliet, TN won the final event of the 2014 season for the Tenessee Central Division on Kentucky Lake in Paris, TN.  Merrick brought in a two day total of 33.55 pounds to take first place and win $2838. He said that he used  a jig and swimbaits for the win.

Bill Smith of Smithville, TN fnishd second with a two day total of 30.51 pounds.  Bell caught his fish off f ledges using a green pumpkin jig and plum colored worms.

Third place went to Brandon Eddings of La Verne, TN for bringing in 30.30 pounds over the two day event. Eddigs caught his fish in deeper water dragging a jig.



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North Carolina Ends Season at High Rock

North Carolina anglers of the ABA Weekend Bass Series will make their final stop of the year at the High Rock Lake on August 30th & 31st, 2014.  The event launch and weigh in will take place at Tamarac Marina in Salisbury, NC.  Registration for the event will also take place at Tamarac Marina on Friday, August 29th from 4:00 to 6:30 pm. This event is the final 2014 event for the Alabama North division and will determine the qualifiers for the upcoming WBS Regional Championship at High Rock Lake in Salisbury, NC on September 26th & 27th, 2014.  Anglers must have participated in two one-day events in this division during the 2014 season to be able to register for this event.  More information on the event is available by contacting Tournament Manager Gary Conner at (256) 230-5627 or going to this link.

Information on last year's event at High Rock Lake can be found at this link.

Make sure to make reservations at the host Best Western Hotel in order to the drawing at registration for the $100 Best Western Travel Card.  The host Best Western Hotel for this this event is the Best Western Plus in Albermarie, NC and can be contacted at (704) 985-1111 or this link.

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Cody Arth Bags a Win at Audubon

The last regular American Bass Anglers tournament at Lake Audubon on Saturday started out with high winds and rain but that didn't stop the big bass from biting. Cody Arth from Bismarck took the win with one of the biggest bags caught on Audubon, a hefty three fish limit of 10.80 pounds. Cody also bagged the big bass at 4.06 pounds to take the lead for angler of the year. Cody Arth found the big smallies in isolated weed patches feeding on bait fish. His lure of choice was a tube jig jerked over the top of the weeds. Cody recorded his first ABA win and collected $294 and the oak championship plaque.
Paul Reinbold of Dickinson took second place with a very nice three fish limit of 9.56 pounds, also fishing weed lines but with a spinner bait and a 1.5 crankbait along the edges. In third place was Dick Roland of Crosby with two fish weighing 6.60 pounds, caught on a tube jig fishing a sunken island. Finishing up in fourth was Shawn Keena of Bismarck and fifth place went to Klae Ryan of Minot.

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Vann Takes Co-Angler Title at Guntersville Two Day

Athens, Al - Keith Vann of Cedartown, GA weighed in 5 fish that weighed 19.38 pounds to win the Co-Angler division of the Weekend Bass Series Alabama North event on 2014-08-16 on Guntersville.

Keith Vann  of Cedartown, GA won the co-angler division of the Alabama North two day event at Lake Guntersville with a two day total of 19.38 pounds.  Vann only brought in 6.61 pounds on day one, but he brought in 12.77 pounds on day two to take the lead. "I caught my fish using a Falcon Football Jig flipping grass and I also used a deep diving crankbait in 20 ft of water," said Vann.

Coming in second was Roy Yother of Red Bank, TN.  Roy caught a total of 4 fish that weighed 18.50 pounds. He caught his fish using a Carolina rigged green pumpkin worm


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Tidwell Dominates at Guntersville Divisional Championship

Athens, Al - Tony Tidwell weighed in 10 fish that weighed 40.42 pounds to win the Weekend Bass Series Alabama North event 2014-08-16 on Guntersville.

Royal Purple pro Tony Tidwell of Horton, AL lead both days of the Alabama North two-day event at Lake Guntersville. Tidwell lead day one of the event with five bass weighing 21.74 pounds and he brought 18.68 pounds to the scales on day two to secure the win with a two day total of 40.42 pounds.  "I caught all of my fish on both days using a black/blue 3/8 Tightlines jig targeting outside edges of grasslines in 6 - 10 fet of water.  I fished areas from Browns Creek to north of Mill Creek to catch the 10 fish that I weighed in.  With the fishing being so tough for me yesterday, I had nightmares of Marshall Deakins coming in with 25 pounds today and knocking me out of the lead," laughed Tony.

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Chris King Comes From Behind to Win at Erie


Athens, Al - Chris King of South Amherst, OH weighed in 9 fish that weighed 33.07 pounds to win the Weekend Bass Series Ohio event 2014-08-16 on Erie.

After the winds kept Chris King from getting to his fish on day one he was relieved to see the wind lay down for day 2 on Lake Erie.  "I live on the south shore of the lake and consider it my home waters.  Since the high winds kept me from getting to my desired fish on Saturday I decided to concentrate on waters close to home.  That proved to be a struggle and I was only able to catch four fish on the first day."  After his first day weight of 11.85 pounds found Chris in seventh place, he was glad to see that he could get to Canadian waters for the second day.  "I made the run today and was able to put together the 21.22 pounds that was required to get the win.  All of my fish both days came on a drop shot pattern working rock piles and drop offs.  I really want to thank my dear wife for supporting my fishing, she has been instrumental in my success."

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