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

Athens, Al - Robert Kerstetter of St. Cloud, FL weighed in 6 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 2, co-angler Robert Kerstetter was in 10th place, 6lbs behind day 1 leader Mark Cannon. Kerstetter came in with 16.16lb sack that included a 7.50lb 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 2, Florida Division 6 boater points leader Keith Carson was sitting in 5th place. Nearly 6 3/4lbs behind day 1 leader Ron Yentz, Carson had some major ground to make up. Carson came in on day 2 with a sackful of bass that weighed over 20lbs and won by almost 2lbs.

" I was fishing isolated hyacinth mats and yesterday the bass were schooling in 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 and thats how I had 17.72lbs yesterday.

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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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News - AFT

John Simonof Wins at Lake Maumelle


Story by John Simonof
Typical second day post frontal conditions prevailed at the 2015 American Bass Anglers American Fishing Tour season opener on Lake Maumelle. Many anglers reported catching lots of fish before the latest cold front came through, but that was not the case during the tournament. 14 anglers fished today and caught 43 fish for a total weight of 51.57 pounds. Only three five fish limits crossed the scales on a lake that typically dishes out plenty of fish.
John Simonof brought in four bass for 6.23 pounds to take the win. John caught his fish on a homemade green pumpkin finesse jig poured on an OWNER hook with a Berkley Zipper worm trailer and thrown on a Temple Fork Outfitter rod and Lew’s Speed Spool reel spooled with 15 Lbs. test Hi-Seas Quattro fluorocarbon line. John also caught the big bass of the day at 2.49 pounds. John took home $435 for his efforts.


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News - WBS

Special Announcement and Changes for the Anglers
October 2, 2014 Athens, AL.  - American Bass Anglers announced today comprehensive changes to the Weekend Bass Series for the 2015 season.  Changes include the removal of the linking process, guaranteed payouts at divisional events, late fee time reduction, increased prize purse at the Ray Scott Championship, and several other important enhancements.
"We are excited to offer and make changes the anglers have been asking for since the announcement of the series, now it is happening", said Morris Sheehan, President American Bass Anglers, Inc. "We want the anglers to see by our actions we listen to what they say and we are moving the tour in that direction.  From the notable changes to the guaranteed payout to the new structure and schedules are the best I have seen in many years". 
From the beginning of the Weekend Bass Series there have been changes needed.  In 2003 ABA presented the concept of the Weekend Series to ESPN before the original announcement of the Series was made.  Beginning in 2007 when ABA took over the ownership and operation, ABA has continually gathered information from members about what they would like to see happen with the tour.  Now these changes are being made and reflect exactly what anglers have been asking for.

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Bill Peeler wins the weekly drawing "Show your ABA Decal"

Bill Peeler of  Ocean Springs, MS wins the weekly drawing for the "Show your ABA Decal" program. Bill 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

Learn how you can win at

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News - WBS

Peyton Wins Co-Anlger Title at Central Regional

Athens, Al - Harry Peyton II of Decatur, AL weighed in four fish that weighed 14.36 pounds to win the Co-Angler division of the Weekend Bass Series Central Regional event on 2014-09-26 on Chickamauga.

Peyton left the event with a check for $4000 and a new Triton 17 Pro. "I caught all of my fish using a KVD frog with a brown and orange bottom," said Peyton.

Coming in second was Tyler Jolley of Dayton, TN. Tyler caught a total of four fish that weighed 10.81 pounds for the two day event. "On Day One, I caught my fish using a 10" Zoom worm and on Day Two I caught my fish using a frog," said Tyler.

Third place went to Chris Howell of Anniston, AL. He caught a total of three fish that weighed 10.70 pounds. Chris used a frog both days to catch his three fish.

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