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Sean Anderson Wins Again! This time on Clarks Hill Lake


Athens, Al - Sean Anderson of Leesville, SC won the American Fishing Tour Iowa - SW/Missouri - NW division 59 tournament with five fish weighing 17.45 pounds held on 12 Mile on 06/28/2014.

Athens, Ala. - Sean Anderson of Leesville, SC won the American Fishing Tour, presented by American Bass Anglers, South Carolina Division 96 one-day qualifier tournament held September 21, 2014, on Clarks Hill Lake running out of the Dorn Boating Facility near McCormick, SC. 
Twenty-three anglers fished this Clarks Hill one-day qualifying tournament. It started out at 60 degrees and ended with the 3pm weigh-in at 86 degrees. It stayed sunny all day with a wind out of the WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Water temperature was in the high 70s. The main lake was clear but it was a little stained in the rivers and creeks.


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Richard Martens Takes First Place on Lake Sinclair


Athens, Al - Richard Martens of Bonaire, GA won the American Fishing Tour division tournament with five fish weighing 11.88 pounds held on on .

From Division Georgia Central on 27 Sept 2014, Richard Martens from Bonaire, GA. is one step closer to the 2015 ABA National Championship with a first place win and $593 in the American Fishing Tour bass tournament held on Lake Sinclair this past weekend. Richard's five bass limit weighed in at 11.88 pounds. Second place went to Brian Bishop with a weight of 10.83 pounds. Third place was Barry Stokes with a weight of 10.39 pounds. Big bass was awarded was to Richard Martens for catching a 4.75 pound largemouth.

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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Cam, the "California Kid", Wins at South Watuppa Pond

On a bright sunny day, Cam Smith of Mashpee, Massachusetts came in with one of the two limits that were caught on South Watuppa Pond, Fall River, Massachusetts on Saturday, September 27, 2014.
The air temp at registration was 56 degrees but warmed up to the low 80s as the day wore on and a 10 mph SSW wind was the order of the day.
Cam began to cull at 10:30 AM and spent the rest of the looking for a kicker fish that was not to be. 
To get his fish to bite, Cam used five different baits and as his quiet demeanor, he lets his actions speak at the scale. His first place finish earned him a cash award of $488. Coming in second place was Brian Tuholski & Vern Santos finished in third place.

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Hudson Wins Co-Angler Title at Lake Eufaula

Athens, Al - Richard C. Hudson of Ramer, AL weighed in 6 fish that weighed 15.42 pounds to win the Co-Angler division of the Weekend Bass Series Alabama South event on 2014-09-27 on Eufaula.

"I caught my fish on a Texas rigged eight inch lizard. On Day One, I was fishing deep and DayTwo, I was fishing shallow. On Day One, we were targeting ledges and Day Two,  we targeted trees that were lay-downs. I fished clean both days," said Hudson.

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Royal Purple Pro Michael Smith Wins at Lake Eufaula

Athens, Al - Michael Smith of Laurel Hill, FL weighed in 10 fish that weighed 30.12 pounds to win the Weekend Bass Series Alabama South event 2014-09-27 on Eufaula.

"On Day One, I started off throwing a frog in the pads. I caught a five pounder and two three pounders and then went and flipped for a while. I flipped up one about three pounds and then caught one about two pounds in a brush pile. I laid off those fish yesterday, since I knew I had a good bag of fish and if I wasn't leading, I'd be near the top. On Day Two, I started off doing the same thing. I caught a five pounder on a frog in the same area that I did on Day One. That was the only fish I had on a frog on Day Two, so I went to the brush piles. I caught a three and a half pounder out of the brush that I didn't fish on Day One. I finished out my limit with a Missle Craw. It's a really slender craw with a 5/16 ounce weight. I went to a different place and flipped a D-Bomb in a grass mat and caught a five pounder." said Smith 

"I'm proud to be part of the Royal Purple pro staff as well.  Running Royal Purple gives me the confidence to not worry about having any motor issues while on the water," said Smith. 

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Joe McDonie Wins D94 2-Day on Savannah River
Joe McDonie, is one step closer to the AFT National Championship with a first place win and earned a total of $926 in the Division 94 AFT tournament for the 2014 two-day final tournament of the year held on the Savannah River this past weekend. McDonie weighed in the ten bass for the two day tournament, which weighed 23.36 pounds. Second place went to Curtis Sanders with ten bass weighing 15.69 pounds. And third place went to Richard Fussell with eight bass weighing in at 14.05 pounds. Big bass honors also went to Joe McDonie who caught a 7.99 pound largemouth on day one. 
McDonie made a strong charge in an attempt to capture the Division 94 AOY crown, but fall short by four points. The AOY year title for the 2014 season went to Curtis Sanders, who was able to come from second position at the beginning of the two-day event and pass the Jerry Fowler. Fowler went into the two-day championship with a one point lead over Sanders and a seven point lead over McDonie. 
These anglers are acquiring valuable points in an attempt to insure their birth in the ABA National Championship for the 2014 season.

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Lowery Wins Co-Angler Title at Lake Eufaula 2 Day

Athens, Al - Dylan Lowery of Phenix City, AL weighed in 6 fish that weighed 11.87 pounds to win the Co-Angler division of the Weekend Bass Series Georgia event on 2014-09-20 on Eufaula.

"I threw one bait all day, a StrikeZone Football Jig. We were targeting wood and rock all day both days.  I had two of the best boaters I hae ever drawn in a tournament." said Lowery.

Lee Hitson of Climax, GA finished in second place for bringing in four fish weighing 11.82 pounds for two days.

Finishing third was Kevin "Skip" Jackson weighing in six fish for 11.87 pounds.

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Odyssey Pro Chris Sanders Dominates Two Day at Lake Eufaula

Athens, Al - Chris Sanders of Stockbridge, GA weighed in 10 fish that weighed 27.33 pounds to win the Weekend Bass Series Georgia event 2014-09-20 on Eufaula.

"I tried to start out in the pads, but I just couldn't get the bites I needed. They were just not hitting the way they were in practice. So, I moved out to a hump that I fish every time I fish Eufaula. I caught my fish on the first day dead sticking a shakeyhead. I caught my fish on Day Two dead sticking a football head jig on that same hump. Both days I had to wait on the fish to eat the baits." said Odyssey Pro Chris Sanders.

"I was especially proud to be a member of the Odyssey pro staff during this event.  On Day Two I sat on that one hump all day long running my aerators and electronics without ever cranking my outboard.  My outboard cranked right up at the end of the day! Odyssey is the only battery that I've ever had that can do that," said Sanders.

Kip Carter of Monticello, GA finished second with a two day total of 22.51 pounds.

Third place went to Jeff Morey of Leesburg, GA for bringing in sevn fish weighing 17.49. 

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Ray & Bratcher Dominate Couples Championship

The team of Chandler Ray and Kayla Bratcher won the 2014 ABA Couples National Championship at Lake Eufaula On September 18th & 19th, 2014 and took home a check for $4000.  Ray and Bratcher led Day One with 17.63 pounds and brought in 14.95 pounds on Day Two bringing their winning weight to 32.58 pounds.  The team focused on submerged timber in 20+ feet of water in the mid-lake area of Eufaula.  "We used a green pumpkin Big Bite B2 worm and a Big Bite Fighting Frog for our fish on Day One.  On Day Two, we used a 1.5 ounce jig with a Big Bite Fighting Frog and a 10” Big Bite Kreit Tail worm," said Ray.

Second place went to the team of Mitch and Elizabeth Milner with a two day total of 31.52 pounds.  "We were fishing grass and lily pads," said Mitch Milner.  The Milner's used a Booza jig and a Snag Proof hollow body frog on Day One.  On Day Two, they used a Rebel Pop-R and a Snag Proof frog.

Dale and Victoria Goff finished in the third place spot with a two day total of 28.26 pounds.  The couple focused on points both days using Zoom Brush Hogs and Baby Brush Hogs in green pumpkin and a watermelon candy colors. "We fished one point for seven and a half hours on Day One.  On day two, we fished a few different points and ended up on the same point as Day One," said Dale Goff.

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Ray & Bratcher Lead Day One of Couples Championship

Chandler Ray & Kayla Bratcher are leading Day One of the ABA Couples National Championship at Lake Eufaula.  The pair brought in five fish weighing 17.63 pounds to secure the lead for the day. "We caught our fish using a green pumpkin Big Bite B2 worm and a black Big Bite Top Toad," said Ray.

Mitch and Elizabeth Milner are holding the second place spot with four fish weighing 17.28 pounds.  "I caught my big fish on a jig," said Mitch Milner.

Rounding out the top three is the team of Dale and Victoria Goff. The Goff's brought in five fish weighing 15.59 pounds.

Men's Big Bass is being led by the team of Terry and Sue Wien with a 6.19 pound largemouth.  Terry stated that he caught his lunker using a hollow body frog around lily pads.

The team of Kay and Samuel Dyal is leading Ladies' Big Bass with a 6.01 pound Eufaula bass.  Kay caught her leading Big Bass using a Storm crankbait.

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Keith Knutson Takes The Win and AOY Title on The Potomac


Athens, Al - Keith Knutson won the American Fishing Tour Maryland division 11 tournament with 10 bass weighing a total of 27.49 pounds held on Potomac River on 09/13/2014.

"What I thought was interesting out there on the water this tourney was that Mike Rosselle and I were sharing the same water and were able see how each other was doing. I even shared some homemade chocolate chip cookies with Mike. At one point during the day on Sunday he was beating me with two fish in the livewell and I had not gotten a bite yet. It is really interesting how it plays on your mind when you know exactly what your nearest competitor is doing. A little later in the day i managed to catch three fairly quickly so the tides turned and I knew I was back in the lead and the pressure was back on Mike."

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Keena Takes the Championship On Sakakawea


Athens, Al - Shawn Keena of Bismarck, North Dakota won the American Fishing Tour North Dakota division 127 tournament with five fish weighing 9.09 held on Lake Sakakawea on 09/13/2014.

North Dakota District 127 American Bass Anglers Championship was held on September 13 and 14 on Lake Sakakawea. This lake spans from Montana to Just about South Dakota and has been recognized as a top small mouth fishery in the nation. Weather was a factor on the first day with a cold front and high winds that limited the bite.

After the first day only ounces separated the field but Shawn Keena of Bismarck found them on the second day and pulled away for the championship. Shawn, using a drop shot rig with a pro senko, bagged a three fish limit of 6.57 pounds on the second day to take the championship. His winning pattern was fishing a rock point shallow after the winds pounded this area the day before. Shawn took home $264 and the championship plaque.


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Gary Medley Wins Co-Angler Title at Sam Rayburn Two Day

Athens, Al - Gary Medley of Vidor, TX weighed in 6 fish weighing in at 17.11 pounds to win the Co-Angler division of the Weekend Bass Series Southeast Texas event on 2014-09-13 on Sam Rayburn.

"My big fish came on a clear and white Zara Spook, but the rest came on a variety of baits which included worms and poppers. I also caught some of my Day Two fish on a Senko," said Medley.

Rounding out the top 10 Co-Anglers were:

PL Name Fish Total Points Payback
1 Gary H. Medley 6 17.11 500 $1141
2 Kyle P. Guest 5 15.90 498 $ 544
3 Rick E. Simmons 4 14.94 496 $ 405
4 Jeremy Duke 5 13.32 494 $ 250


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Albert Collins Takes the Win at Sam Rayburn Two Day and AOY

Athens, Al - Albert Collins of Nacogdoches, TX weighed in 10 fish that weighed 39.82 pounds to win the Weekend Bass Series Southeast Texas event 2014-09-13 on Sam Rayburn.

" I caught the majority of my fish on a Texas rigged big worm in different colors as the light conditions changed. Most came on a Blue Fleck Tomahawk worm, but as the sun got brighter I switched to a  red bug E2 big tail worm and a Mister Twister Hang Ten in a plum color," said Collins. This win sealed the deal for Collins to take the Anglr of the Year title for the 2014 season of the Southeast Texas division.

"It was great to have the support of Royal Purple this season. Royal Purple is the best line of lubricants on the market," said Collins.

Rounding out the top 10 boaters were:

PL Name Fish Total Points Payback
1 Albert Collins 10 39.82 500 $2377
2 Todd Driscoll 8 21.96 498 $1230
3 Jerrel Pringle 9 19.61 496 $ 754
4 Ronald A. Bickham 10 18.83 494 $ 525


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Youngblood is Victorious on Lake of the Ozarks

Athens, Al - Mike Youngblood weighed in 6 fish that weighed 16.43 pounds to win the Co-Angler division of the Weekend Bass Series Missouri event on 2014-09-13 on Ozark.

"I caught my fish on a brown Jakked Jig," said Youngblood.  

Thomas Lloyd of Springfield, MO placed second.  He brought in 6 fish that weighed 14.11 pounds.  Thomas caught his fish using a Black and Blue Jakked Jig and a beaver.

Placing third was Jeremy Johnson of Kansas City, KS.  Jeremy caught 4 fish that weighed 14.10 pounds.  Jeremy caught his fish using Berkley Pit Boss green pumpkin jig. Jeremy also won the Co-Angler of the Year title for the Missouri Division.

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