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Navy Reserve Celebrates Its Centennial
March 3rd Marks the Celebration of U.S. Navy Reserve’s 100th Anniversary

Washington DC, – The Navy Reserve will mark its centennial anniversary on Tuesday, March 3rd with a series of events starting in Washington DC and continuing at installations around the country during the year. The events will highlight the history of the Navy Reserve and the remarkable contributions Reserve Sailors have made to the nation’s security.

“Our Centennial commemoration is a truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to highlight the Reserve Sailors for their service, and that of their families, to America.” said, Vice Admiral Robin Braun. “We want to recognize our rich history and heritage with all of our Sailors, both past and present.”

For 100 years Navy Reserve Sailors have answered our nation’s call in times of war and peace.  From communities across America, young men and women left their homes and jobs, trading out civilian clothes for Navy uniforms. From its earliest days, the Navy Reserve has reflected the face of the nation, welcoming members from every race, color, creed and gender to strengthen our Force.

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Ram Becomes Title Sponsor for ABA Tours

Athens, Ala. (February 20, 2015) - American Bass Anglers (ABA) announced today that the Ram Truck brand has signed a sponsorship agreement with American Bass Anglers. Ram will be the official and exclusive truck partner of American Bass Anglers and title sponsor of the Ram Weekend Bass Series, Ram American Fishing Tour and the Ram 100% Plus Team Tour.

“The ABA takes great pride in working with premium American brands and the Ram Truck brand is as iconic as it is true Americana,” said Morris Sheehan, President of American Bass Anglers. “ABA Members are very passionate about their sport and a glimpse of that passion can been seen in the pride they have for their trucks and bass boats. These members work hard and play even harder and they now have the hardest working truck brand on the planet behind them. We are excited to partner with Ram who has great passion for our sport.”

As part of this sponsorship Ram will be integrated into the sponsorship platforms and footprint at Ram Weekend Bass Series events, Ram American Fishing Tour Championship, Ram 100% Plus Team Tour events, American Couples Series Championship and Military Team Event.

“Bass anglers are passionate about their trucks,” said Bob Hegbloom, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ram Brand, FCA - North America. “An angler’s truck is as essential as his or her boat, rod or tackle. Ram builds trucks that meet the demanding needs of fishermen and other outdoorsmen, and offer features found nowhere else. Ram’s partnership with American Bass Anglers is a great opportunity to reinforce our involvement in this great outdoor pursuit.”

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Curtis Sanders wins on the Savannah River 

Curtis Sanders, is one step closer to the RAM ABA National Championship with a 1st place win and earned a total of $579.00, in the American Fishing Tournament held on the Savannah River this past weekend. Sanders weighed in five bass limit, which weighed 8.67 lbs. 2nd place went to Bradwell Sampey with a five bass limit weighing 8.53 lbs, 3rd place went to Jason Brown with five bass weighing in at 7.48 lbs, 4th place went to Travis Malphrus with five bass weighing 7.08 lbs. Big bass honors went to Joe McDonie who caught a 3.38 pound largemouth.

These anglers are acquiring valuable points in an attempt to insure their birth in the RAM ABA National Championship for the 2015 season. 

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T-H Marine’s Founder - Bill Huntley
Enters the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame
Huntsville, Alabama, For Immediate Release – February 18, 2015: 

William F. “Bill” Huntley, of Athens, Alabama, is being inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame this week at the BASSMASTER Classic.  Bill was born January 25, 1933, in Lawrence County, Tennessee.  He grew up fishing with his father in small streams of southern Tennessee and northern Alabama.   He started making Tennessee River memories in the early 1940s, when, as a 10-year old, he accompanied his father on trips to Pickwick Lake. There they fished below the Wheeler Lake dam for both smallmouth and largemouth in a 14-foot boat his father had made from poplar planks, and powered by a two-cylinder, 7 1/2-horsepower Johnson outboard. With his father, he developed a great love and respect for the smallmouth bass.  BASSMASTER Magazine once touted him as one of the top 3 anglers in the world at catching big smallmouth bass, including several weighing over 9 pounds.

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Chickamauga Weekend Bass Series Event Rescheduled

East Tennessee Division Weekend Bass Series event Saturday February 21 -- Due to projected weather issues, water levels and the new boat ramp at Dayton Boat Dock under construction, the Weekend Bass Series event scheduled for February 21, 2015 has been cancelled and rescheduled for July 18, 2015. The new opening event for the East Tennessee Division will be April 11th at Lake Guntersville out of Goose Pond on Lake Guntersville. With Lake Chickamauga being held at winter pool, there is not an alternative ramp adequate to launch boats without damage to equipment. The safety and well being of our anglers is our utmost concern.

"The City of Dayton has been working with TWRA and TVA to upgrade the facilities and winter launching capabilities on Chickamauga Lake. In late January 2015, the City of Dayton received grants to upgrade the ramp and courtesy docking at the Dayton Boat Dock. We knew that it was a very tight timeline to accomplish the renovations before our first scheduled event. Due to unforeseen weather delays and temperatures that prevent concrete pouring, the renovations are running behind schedule. We know that these renovations are greatly needed and will be a plus for the tournament angler for many years to come. These new facilities will also be handicap accessible to meet the any needs of the public as well. We will be working with tournament directors to help accommodate their future needs. We apologize for any inconvenience," said Dennis Tumlin, Executive Director of Rhea Economic and Tourism Council.

We want to thank Dennis Tumlin with Rhea Economic and Tourism Council for all of his help and keeping us apprised of the situation. He and Dayton Mayor, Gary Louallen have always been a tremendous help to us at American Bass Anglers, Inc. in the past. For more information on transfers and/or refunds, contact ABA at (256) 232-0406, or Billy Benedetti, Tournament Manager, at (256) 230-5632.

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Coleman Takes Co Angler Win at Sinclair

Sean Coleman of Ball Ground, GA won the co-angler side of the Georgia division event at Lake Sinclair this weekend. He caught a three fish limit weighing 9.24 pounds to take the win and collect a check for $1023. "We fished rip rap from the north end to the south end. I caught everything on a DT-6 crankbait, just cranking the rocks," said Coleman.

Second place and co-angler Big Bass went to Matthew Bulloch of Pelham, GA after weighing in an 8.64 pound limit containing a 5.82 pound kicker. He won $518 for second place and $160 for his 5.82 pound Big Bass. "We were on the north end of the lake. I caught the Big Bass out of a blowdown about 11:00 on a spinnerbait. I only caught three fish all day. The Big Bass was my first fish and that got me going for the day. I had a great boater and a good day," said Bulloch.

Ray Holloway of Eatonton, GA finished in the third place spot with 6.27 pounds worth $350. "We never got out of sight of this weigh in stage. We fished rip rap all day and caught everything on 1/8 ounce Shakey Heads. I was just going for points today, but it paid off," said Holloway.

Timothy "Tim" Adams of Powder Springs, GA is on top of the points lead for the co-angler side after this event.

Complete result can be found at this link

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Kip Carter Wins at Sinclair

Kip Carter won the second Georgia division event at Lake Sinclair yesterday. He weighed in an 18.01 pound limit of bass to claim a first place prize of $2035 and $523 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "I was fishing shallow today. I came out yesterday for a couple hours, played around a little, flipped around a little, and got some good bites. It really surprised me and I realized that the fish were a little further along than I thought. I took that, ran with it, and caught two big ones right off of the bat this morning. That set the pace for the day. The first two fish I caught this morning were my two biggest. It was an interesting day, just plucking around here and there and culling several times. I just had a good clean day of fishing. I did catch a few on a hardbait, but my best ones came flipping a jig," said Carter.

Tim Vanegmond of Gay, GA came in second with 16.01 pounds. He won $1030 and $267 from the High Stakes Option pot for his efforts. "I was up the Oconee River and I was just fortunate today. I fished all day yesterday and, literally, did not get a bite. Obviously, I didn't do the same thing today that I did yesterday. I picked up a jig about 10:00 this morning, when I didn't have a fish, skipped it under a dock, and got a bite. I decided to stick with that and ended up catching about 15 fish today," said Vanegmond. He is, now, the Georgia division points leader on the boater side after this event.

Third place in the Sinclair event went to David Lowery of Phenix City, AL after catching a 14.82 pound limit worth $695 and $181 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "I was fishing mid lake and caught all of my fish on a brown All Terrain jig with a Fighting Frog on it. My fish came around docks, anywhere from 8 feet to 6 inches deep," said Lowery.

Big Bass for the boater side went to Sam Moody of Albany, GA after catching a 5.67 pound largemouth worth $350. "I caught my Big Bass pretty early this morning, probably in my first 30 minutes of fishing on a Ledgebuster spinnerbait, throwing up against a seawall over some scattered stumps and trash," said Moody.

Complete result can be found at this link

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Best Western Travel Card Promotion Continued for 2015

Best Western Hotels and American Bass Anglers are continuing the incentive reward program to ABA anglers for staying at Best Western Hotels throughout the 2015 season. At all Weekend Bass Series events, the AFT National Championship, and the Couples Series National Championship, drawings will be held for Best Western Travel Cards.

Weekend Bass Series Promotion:
Stay at a Best Western hotel during the week of an event, bring your Best Western room receipt to the registration meeting and you will be included into a drawing for a travel card to help pay for your room. The travel card(s) will be given to the winner(s) at the registration meeting of that same event.

  • Divisional Reward: $100 Travel Card

American Fishing Tour National Championship Promotion:
At the 2015 American Fishing Tour National Championship, bring your Best Western room receipt to the registration meeting and you will be included into a drawing for a travel card to pay for your room. The travel card will be given to the winner at the registration meeting of the championship event.

  • AFT Championship Reward: $1,000 Travel Card(s)

American Couples Series National Championship Promotion:
At the 2015 American Couples Series National Championship, bring your Best Western room receipt to the registration meeting and you will be included into a drawing for a Best Western travel card.

  • ACS Championship Reward: $500 Travel Card(s)

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Special Statement - Guntersville Weekend Bass Series event Saturday Feb 14, 2015 -- Due to projected weather issues by the national weather service (high winds and cold temperatures) and safety concerns for our members, the Weekend Bass Series event scheduled for Saturday February 14, 2015 going out of Guntersville State Park is being cancelled and rescheduled for April 4, 2015.  The safety and wellbeing of our members is our utmost concern.    

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Akin Takes First Place Co-Angler

Virgil Akin of Rhome, TX won the co-angler side of the East Texas Lake of the Pines event this past Saturday. He caught a 12.05 pound limit putting him in first place and earning $1,023 and $105 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "Man, what a day. I was excited from the very beginning because I was paired with a boater that I had known for years and he is a good friend of mine. We started out in an area fishing some old lily pad fields in about one to two feet of water and stayed there most of the day. We were only able to do this because the lake was up a little. I was throwing a Storm Crash Shad and caught my first keeper early in the morning. I had my limit fairly early too. I culled up to my final keeper around 1:30 in the afternoon, but also caught a fish on my final cast and my boater looked at me and said, "That's a good way to end a day. Let's head in."  It turned out to be a great day and I am already looking forward to the next one," said Akin.

Michael Huss of Pottsboro, TX finished in second place with 12.01 pounds and the 5.55 pound co-angler Big Bass. He won $518 and $155 for Big Bass.

Third place went to Rick Poteet of Hillsboro, TX. He brought in a 9.65 pound bag of bass to win $350.

Complete result can be found at this link

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Albert Collins Wins at Lake of the Pines

Albert Collins of Natchitoches, TX is still on a roll after his $150,000 Ray Scott Championship back in November. He brought in a 21.27 pound limit at Lake of the Pines this past Saturday to win the East Texas division opener. He won $2188 for his first place finish and he won an additional $350 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "The wind was a little stronger today than everyone had expected and I think it changed some plans for other anglers. I was able to narrow my choice of baits down during practice to one that was producing some larger fish. I can't tell you what the bait was, not because I don't want to, but because it doesn't have a name yet. It is a new crankbait coming out made by 6th Sense. It has a very wide and erratic wobble to it and only runs about 3 feet. That is what produced my bigger fish. I caught them all adjacent to spawning flats and was able to put together a very nice bag today. I couldn't be happier with the way things turned out," said Collins.

Finishing second was Albert White of Crosby, TX after weighing in a 17.75 pound limit. He won $1107 for his second place finish and $210 from the High Stakes Option Pot.

Terry Barnson of Bullard, TX finished in the third place spot with 17.20 pounds, winning $747 and $140 from the High Stakes Option Pot.

Terry Ezell of El Reno, OK brought in the day's Big Bass, a 7.31 pound largemouth worth $410. He also finished fourth earning another $531.

Complete result can be found at this link

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Louisiana South to Open at Bayou Black

The 2015 season of the Weekend Bass Series opens this weekend on Saturday, February 21st, 2015 for anglers in the Louisiana South division at Bayou Black. The first Louisiana South event will launch from Bob's Bayou Black Marina. Onsite registration and safety briefing will be held at Bob's Bayou Black Marina on Friday, February 20th. Registration will be from 4:00-6:30pm CST and the safety briefing will follow promptly at 7:00pm CST. All participating anglers must be registered by 6:30pm CST on Friday, February 20th in order to participate in this event. Anglers can register for this event online at or by calling ABA at (256) 232-0406. More information on this event can be found at this link or by calling tournament manager, Chris Wayand at (256) 230-5627.

"This will be my first event as director of the Louisiana South division. Being from Louisiana myself, I already know many of the anglers in this division. I'm looking forward to meeting the other Louisiana anglers as well," said Weekend Bass Series tournament manager, Chris Wayand.

The host Best Western hotel for the event is the Best Western Inn & Suites in Morgan City and can be contacted at (985) 385-9175 or this link.

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Tennessee East at Chickamauga Next Weekend

The Tennessee East division of the Weekend Bass Series starts off next weekend on Saturday, February 21st. The Tennessee East opener will launch from Dayton Boat Dock. Onsite registration and safety briefing will be held at Dayton Boat Dock on Friday, February 20th. Registration will be from 4:00-6:30pm EST and the safety briefing will follow promptly at 7:00pm EST. All participating anglers must be registered by 6:30pm EST on Friday, February 20th in order to participate in this event. Anglers can register for this event online at or by calling ABA at (256) 232-0406. More information on this event can be found at this link or by calling tournament manager, Billy Benedetti at (256) 230-5632.

"This will be the first year that the Tennessee East division will be comprised of only events on Chickamauga and Guntersville. So far, I've had a good many anglers express interest due to the schedule and new format. I look forward to meeting some of the new anglers that will be fishing with us for the first time next weekend," said Billy Benedetti, ABA tournament manager.

"I will be fishing the Tennessee East division for the first time this year. Living in northeast Alabama, I have always fished the Alabama North division of the Weekend Bass Series. I enjoyed my trip to Chickamauga last fall to fish our regional and since two of the events are on Guntersville, I've decided to fish both Tennessee East and Alabama North divisions to double my chance of qualifying for the Ray Scott Championship," said veteran Weekend Bass Series angler, Tony Tidwell.

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Still Time to Register for the 100% Plus Team Trail

There is still time to register for the 100% Plus Team Trail. Up to 250 boats will be taken per event. Anglers may fish one event or fish all five events in a division. No late fees! Order of registration will determine boat number. A $100 deposit per event will assign and hold your boat number for that particular event($150 remaining balance due Wed. prior to event). Go to to register today!

The series, which kicks off on March 14, 2015 at Lake Guntersville, guarantees 100% Plus payout at all events with first place being a new Triton Boat and Mercury Outboard rigged with Garmin Electronics, ODYSSEY Batteries, T-H Marine Accessories, and Carlisle Tires valued at over $20,000.

The aggressive approach for this tournament trail series provides the anglers with what they have asked for: bigger payouts, close to home events, and a path to the $120,000(cash and prizes) first place coveted Ray Scott Championship. Each tournament with a full field of 200 teams will payout $60,000 in cash and prizes plus additional special sponsor awards and contingencies.

Tour’s Key Features

- 100% Plus Payout
Total Purse $60,000 in cash and prizes (based on 200 boats)
- Triton Bass Boat with Mercury Outboard guaranteed(regardless of number of entries) to the first place winner (more than $20,000 value)
- Entry Fee $250 per Team ($100 deposit per event will assign boat number/ remaining $150 balance due by Wed. prior to event))
- High Stakes Option Pot (Optional $100 per Team)
- 2 Divisions (Alabama North and TN/Kentucky)
- No Late Fees Ever!
- Contingencies will include Triton Gold, Mercury Bonus plus Local Triton Dealer Bonuses
- Open to all ABA members in good standing
- Register through 5pm CST Wednesday of the week of the event
- Only one member must attend the meeting
- Top 5 teams by points from each of the two divisions will advance directly to the Ray Scott Championship
- 20% of the field gets a check
- Off Limits Monday - Thursday the week of each event
- Official Practice Friday prior to the event
- Polygraph(s) given at every event
- No Pros will be allowed in the events
- Launch order is based on order of registration for each event 

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Virgil Akin Wins Best Western Travel Card

Virgil Akin of Rhome, TX was the winner of a $100 Best Western Travel Card at the February 7th, 2015 Weekend Bass Series event at Lake of the Pines.  Akin lodged at the host Best Western hotel during the event and he was entered into the Best Western Travel Card drawing.  There is a drawing for a $100 Best Western travel card at every Weekend Bass Series event that has a Best Western host hotel.  Anglers must bring their Best Western hotel receipts to registration to enter the drawing.


Best Western Hotels offers an incentive reward program to ABA anglers for staying at Best Western hotels during ABA events. Drawings will be held at all Weekend Bass Series events and all ABA National Championships. At registration, anglers simply need to bring a copy of their receipt from the Best Western hotel that they are lodging at during the event to be entered into the drawing.  This program will continue for the entire 2015 season.


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

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