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Craft Continues Lead After Day Two of AFT Championship

Eric Craft of Erie,KS cotinues his lead after Day Two of the AFT Championship with a two day total of 25.34 pounds.  Craft only weighed in four fish today weighing 8.35 pounds, but it was still enough to retain the lead by nearly six pounds.  He remains tight lipped about his leading pattern going into Day Three.  "The shad didn't move up into the area I was fishing like they did yesterday.  The bite was a lot tougher for me today.  I'm optimistic that the fish are still in that area and I hope to catch them better tomorrow," said Craft.  He continues his lead of the AOY race as well after Day Two.  Either winning the event or staying on top of the AOY race will win Craft a 2015 Triton 21TRX/200 Mercury Pro XS package tomorrow on Day Three.

There is currently a tie for the second place spot after Day Two.  If Craft wins the event and AOY on Day Three,  one of the Triton 21TRX/Mercury packages will be awarded to second place in the tournament.

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News - AFT

Craft Leads Day One and AOY at AFT Championship

Eric Craft of Erie, KS sits in first place with 16.99 pounds after Day One of the AFT National Championship on Old Hickory Lake.  Craft, also, brought in the 6.12 pound Day One Big Bass with his limit.  He did not give any clues as to what pattern he is fishing.  "I had not had a bite at 11:30 today. It's definitely a late bite.  I will have to work a little harder tomorrow," said Craft.  Craft was AOY of  AFT Division 126 and this puts him in the lead on the AOY race during this event as well. 

The second place spot is being held by Ben McCormick of Shreveport, LA with 13.57 pounds.  "If I can come in with five a day, I think I might have a shot," said McCormick.  McCormick was AOY of AFT Division 48, leaving him in second place for AOY.

Joe Bennett of Avondale Estates, GA is the leading co-angler after Day One with 7.24 pounds.  "It's certainly tough for everyone out there.  I just happened to have been helped out by the boater that I traveled here with and my boater today," said Bennett.

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News - AFT

Three New Triton Boats Up For Grabs At AFT National Championship 

Three new Triton Boats are up for grabs this week at the American Fishing Tour National Championship at Old Hickory Lake.  AFT anglers from all over the country have descended upon Gallatin, TN for the three day event taking place Oct. 22nd-24th, 2014.  The first day of competition begins tomorrow morning at Sanders Ferry Park in Hendersonville, TN.  Over 250 anglers have arrived to compete this week and nearly 170 boats will be launched each day of competition. The weigh in will take place at Sanders Ferry Park at 3:00 pm on Oct. 22nd & 23rd, and at 2:00pm on Oct. 24th.  The boater champion and highest finishing AOY competitor in the this event will each win a 2015 Triton 21TRX powered by a 200 Mercury Pro XS outboard while the co-angler champion of the event will win a 2015 Triton 19XS powered by a 150 Mercury Pro XS.  

The 2014 AFT Championship is hosted by the Sumner County Convention and Visitors Bureau.  "We are very excited to see all of the anglers that have come to visit the Gallatin, TN area and compete on Old Hickory Lake this week," said Barry Young with the Sumner County CVB.

"It's always a joy to see all of the AFT anglers which have always been the backbone of American Bass Anglers.  Some of the anglers here have competed in this event every year for the past twenty years or more," said ABA President Morris Sheehan.

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News - CPL

Marty & Kim Giddens Take First Place at Logan Martin 

From Division 1 Couples Central Alabama October 19, 2014 is one step closer to the ABA Couples National Championship with a first place win and $630 in the American Fishing Tour bass tournament held on Logan Martin Lake this past weekend.  Five bass limit weighed in at 15.08. Second place went to Michael & Misty DeRamus with a weight of 13.66, third place was Bo Hunter and Brandee Johnson with a weight of 13.56. Woman’s big bass was awarded was to Andrea Smith for catching a 4.19 pound large mouth. Men’s big bass went to Michael DeRamus with a 4.68 large mouth.
These anglers are acquiring valuable points to insure their birth in division’s two-day champion and the American Fishing Tour National Championship that will be held this fall.  Their points are also being used to determine the divisional angler of the year. The top angler by points earned in this division will represent the division in the Angler of the Year final round.

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News - WBS

Kerstetter Makes Big Move to Win Co-Angler Title at Toho Regional

Athens, Al - Robert Kerstetter of St. Cloud, FL weighed in six fish that weighed 23.17 pounds to win the Co-Angler division of the Weekend Bass Series SE Regional event on 2014-10-17 on Toho.

At the start of Day Two, co-angler Robert Kerstetter was in 10th place, six pounds behind Day One leader Mark Cannon. Kerstetter came in with a 16.16 pound sack that included a 7.50 pound kicker to win the event. "I've won many tournaments before, but this is the first boat that I have won. I caught my fish on a swimbait and a few fish on a worm, " said Kerstetter.

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News - WBS

Keith Carson Comes From Behind to Win Southeast Regional at Lake Toho

Athens, Al - Keith Carson of DeBary, FL weighed in 10 fish that weighed 38.51 pounds to win the Weekend Bass Series SE Regional event 2014-10-17 on Toho.

Going into Day Two, Florida Division 6 boater AOY Keith Carson was sitting in 5th place. Nearly 6.75 pounds behind Day One leader Ron Yentz. Carson had some major ground to make up. Carson came in on Day Two with a sackful of bass that weighed over 20 pounds and won by almost  two pounds.

" I was fishing isolated hyacinth mats. Yesterday, the bass were schooling on bream, like something crazy. I was throwing a big speed worm and swimming a jig by them. They were coming out by the points and crushing it! That's how I had 17.72 pounds yesterday," aid Carson.

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News - WBS

Weekend Bass Series 2015 Registration Opens Monday

ATHENS, Ala. - Registration for the most exciting season of Weekend Bass Series will begin for priority members on October 20, 2014 at 8am. The series offers a boater/co-angler exciting competition and the top anglers from each division will advance to the no-entry fee Ray Scott Championship.

 A few weeks ago exciting changes where announced for the 2015 season, some of the changes include:

Increased and guaranteed payouts at divisional events. Weekend Bass Series will offer guaranteed first place money of $3,000.00 for 50 boats or more, $4,000.00 for 75 boats or more and $5,000.00 for 100 boats or more.  Co-anglers will also get the same guarantee first place money of $1,500.00 on 50 boats or more; $2,000.00 on 75 or more; and $2,500.00 on 100 boats or more.  In addition, 20% of the field will receive a check in each event.

No More Linking! Registrations will be based on Package first, then the anglers date and time of registration to determine their status.

No Boat on Boat Draws

Package Registration: A package registration is when anglers sign up for all 5 events within a division. Boaters and Co-Anglers submitting a package registration will be given priority slots in events over anglers signing up for single events.

Make qualifying for the championship easier and less expensive! 

10 boaters and 10 co-anglers from each division will now qualify directly from their division in one of 2 ways.
The top 5 (Boaters and Co-anglers) by points after the Divisional two-day event, in each division, will advance directly to the Championship.
The top 5 (Boaters and Co-anglers) by place of finish from the Divisional Championship who have fished all 5 divisional events will also advance directly to the championship.  If any angler does not accept or is already qualified for the slot(s) by points the next highest finishing and qualified angler will receive the Championship slot(s).

No More A-Rig. Starting in 2015 ABA will prohibit the use of the Alabama Rig/Umbrella on all Weekend Bass Series events.

Priority Anglers can start registering Monday October 20 at 8am

  •  Triton Boat Owners
  •  ABA Life Members and
  •  2014 season competitors

Open Registration Begins Monday October 27th at 8am
Special Savings: ABA members can register online at and there are no additional handling charges. For limited time (30 days) ABA members that register for a package registration (A package entry is when an angler signs up for all 5 events in a division) will receive

  •  Free Freedom Pass ($25 savings)
  •  Free one-year ABA membership ($25 savings)

To register online go to select the Weekend Bass Series 2015 Schedules link, select the register link to the right of the event you wish to register for. To register for all events within a division known as a package registration, select the 2015 Schedules link, select the register link to the right of the first event in the division you wish to register for. In the registration of this event you can select “Yes or No” on the Package option which will register you for all events within that division. You may also register by phone by calling (256)232-0406.

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News - AFT

James N. Ormond Wins on Tar River

Athens, Al - James Ormond of Greenville, NC won the American Fishing Tour North Carolina East division 15 tournament with 5 fish weighing 11.31 pounds held on Tar River on 10/11/2014.

Running out of Tranters Creek near Washington, NC, the Greenville, NC, angler caught 5 bass weighing 11.31 pounds. James took home a check for $360.00. James caught his fish on worms, jigs, and spinner baits.

In second among the competitors, Jesse Stanley of Four Oaks, NC, caught 5 bass weighing 9.72 pounds. 

Taking third place, Randy Van Horn of Williamston, NC, caught 4 bass weighing 6.07 pounds.

In fourth place, Todd Leggett of Greenville, NC, caught 4 bass weighing 5.44 pounds. Steve Leffingwell of Jacksonville, NC, rounded out the top five competitors with 4 bass weighing 5.39 pounds.

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News - AFT

Phillip Anderson Takes First Place on Murray


Athens, Al - Phillip Anderson of Saluda, SC won the American Fishing Tour South Carolina- Greenwood division 96 tournament with five fish weighing 18.00 pounds held on Murray on 10/05/2014.

20 anglers fished this Lake Murray qualifying tournament. It started out at 38 degrees and ended with the 3pm weigh-in at 68 degrees. It stayed sunny all day with a wind out of the W at 5 to 10 mph. Water temperature was in the low 70's. The main lake was clear but it was a little stained in the rivers and creeks.

Our winner, Phillip Anderson was fishing the upper part of the lake running a buzzbait across flat points for his fish. He said he had all his fish by 8:30am which included a 5.40 pound kicker to give him five fish weighing 18 pounds for the win and $583.


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News - AFT

Monte Morgan wins on Roanoke River


Athens, Al - Monte Morgan of Hookerton, NC won the American Fishing Tour North Carolina East division 15 tournament with 5 fish weighing 8.47 pounds held on Roanoke River on 09/27/2014.

Running out of NC 45 Landing near Plymouth, NC, the Hookerton, NC, angler caught 5 bass weighing 8.47 pounds. Monte took home a check for $259.00. Monte caught his fish on soft baits, jigs, and frogs.

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News - WBS

Joel Eberts Wins Royal Purple Rewards at High Rock Regional

Joel Eberts of Powhatan, VA was the Royal Purple Royal Treatment winner at the Weekend Bass Series Northeast Regional Championship on Sept. 26th & 27th, 2014 at High Rock Lake.  Eberts was a Level IV member of the program at this event and he received a gallon of Royal Purple TCWIII, a bottle of Royal Purple Max Gear gear lube, a Royal Purple cap, an ABA membership, an ABA Freedom Pass, and an ABA Weekend Bass Series entry fee for his 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 - WBS

Grant Davis Wins $300 Best Western Card at Chickamauga Regional

Grant Davis of Franklin, TN was the winner of the Best Western Travel card drawing at the Weekend Bass Series Central Regional Championship on Sept. 26th & 27th, 2014 at Lake Chickamauga .  He stayed at the host Best Western Hotel during the event and was entered into the drawing to win a $300 Best Western travel card.  There is a drawing for a $300 Best Western travel card at every WBS Regional Championship event that has a Best Western host hotel.  Anglers must bring their 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 Bass Series events (Divisional, Regional and Championship) and the American Fishing Tour National Championship to continue for the remainder of the 2014 season.

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

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News - CPL

National Couples AOY Awarded to Dale & Victoria Goff

Dale and Victoria Goff were awarded the National Couples AOY Award at the Couples National Championship on Sept. 19th, 2014.  The Goff's compete in South carolina Division 11 which is run by Don & Martha Goodfellow. 

"We were shocked.  I had no idea that there was a National Couples AOY Award to be awarded.  We are very proud to recieve the award.  The two of us really enjoy competeing in the Couples Series each year", said Dale Goff.

The Couples National Championship was held Sept. 18th & 19th, 2014 at Lake Eufaula out of Lakepoint Resort Sate Park. 

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News - AFT

Al Pallavinci Takes a Division 10 Win


Athens, Al - Al Pallavinci won the American Fishing Tour New Jersey division 10 tournament with five fish weighing 13.39 pounds held on Hopatcong on 10/05/2014.

Running out of Lees Park landing near Mt. Arlington, NJ, Al Pallavinci, of Ringwood, NJ, caught five bass weighing 13.39 pounds with a 4.76-pound kicker. For the victory, took home a check for $303 plus $50 for Big Fish.  Al caught his fish with soft plastic in deep grass

In second among the competitors, Greg DelRusso of Hopatcong, NJ caught his 3.53 pounds of fish while finesse fishing in deep grass and pocketed a check for $137.


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News - AFT

Mitch Pierson Takes Another Win!


Athens, Al - Mitch Pierson, of Newton, NJ won the American Fishing Tour New Jersey division 10 tournament with five fish weighing 13.11 pounds held on Hopatcong on 09/28/2014.

Running out of Lees Park landing near, Mt. Arlington, NJ Mitch Pierson of Newton, NJ caught five bass weighing 13.11 pounds with a 3.37-pound kicker largemouth. For the victory, Peirson took home a check for $382. Mitch caught his fish with soft plastic in deep weeds.

In second among the competitors, Al Pallavicini of Ringwood ,NJ caught 7.51 pounds of fish with soft plastics and pocketed a check for $190.


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