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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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Boggs Walks Away With Regional Victory


Athens, Al - Drew Bogg of Lebanon, TN weighed in 10 fish that weighed 29.37to win the Weekend Bass Series Central Regional event 2014-09-26 on Chickamauga.

Boggs won $8000 and a new Triton 18XS with a Mercury 115 4-Stroke Outboard for his efforts. "I spent most of my practice looking for wood.  During tournaments days, I flipped a tube craw with a half ounce weight religously to catch 10 keepers on day one and five keepers on day two. " said Boggs.

Placing second was George Crain of Cropwell, AL. George caught nine fish that weighed total of 23.24 pounds. George used a frog and flipped a beaver on both days to catch his fish.

Hensley Powell of Whitwell,TN finished third. Hensley caught nine fish that weighed 22.11 pounds. Hensley caught all of his fish using a frog and flipping a new bait from Trixter.  

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Neal Shade Claims Co-Angler Victory at High Rock Lake


Athens, Al - Neal Shade of Greenville, SC weighed in 6 fish that totaled 15.48 pounds to win the Co-Angler division of the Weekend Bass Series NE Regional event on 2014-09-26 on High Rock.

South Carolina angler Neal Shade showed that consistency is important by bringing in nearly identical daily limits to capture the win at High Rock's Northeast Regional in the Weekend Bass Series.  His total of 15.48 pounds gave him a margin of victory of over a pound and earned him top co-angler prizes of $2797 and a Triton 17 Pro boat valued at $15000.  "I practiced last weekend and got skunked, fished again one day of official practice when we found fish up river on hard banks fishing crank baits and pitching jigs and shakey heads.  On day one I was able to get 5 or 6 fish and today I caught about 15 keepers."

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Dwayne Hughes Finishes on Top at High Rock


Athens, Al - Dwayne Hughes of Lexington, NC weighed in 10 fish that weighed 30.12 Pounds to win the Weekend Bass Series NE Regional event 2014-09-26 on High Rock.

Local angler Dwayne Hughes relied on past experience to capture the Northeast Regional of the Weekend Bass Series on High Rock Lake. "I did not practice specifically for this event.  I fish the lake often enough that I was able to follow the pattern that has been developing recently.  The water has been dropping and with it being four feet low the bite has changed considerably in the past few weeks.  The fish had been feeding on crawfish until the dropping water left the crawfish habitat dry.  In the past couple of weeks the bass have turned to feeding almost exclusively on shad.  I found that if I fished bottom baits like plastics and jigs, the bait was actually getting below the fish.  For this event my bait of choice was a spinner bait fished shallow, from two to six feet deep.  I caught 17 keepers on day one and about a dozen on the second day." 

For the win, Dwayne claimed first place prize of $5594 and a new Triton 18XS with a Mercury 115 HP Four Stroke engine, valued at $25000.

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Sean Anderson Wins Again! This time on Clarks Hill Lake

09/21/2014

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

09/27/2014

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

09/13/2014

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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