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Garry Bittenbender Whacks'em in Division 30 two day Championship



Athens, Al - Garry Bittenbender won the American Fishing Tour Tennessee South East division 30 tournament with 10 fish for 40.19 pounds (two-day total) held on Chickamauga on 06/21/2014.


On day one Garry's 5 bass limit weighed in at 19.63 lbs and his day two limit weighed in at 20.56 lbs giving him a total of 40.19 lbs. Garry showed great versatility from the first to the second day by catching his fish on deep off shore structure on day one only to return to the same area on day two and finding that these fish had left the area, he quickly shifted gears and went shallow flipping a creature bait around shallow cover and docks topping his day one total and bringing in the tournament big fish at 7.95 lbs.

Garry's fish were caught on off shore structure using a jig and Carolina Rigged soft plastics on day one. On day two Garry's fish were caught flipping a creature bait around shallow cover and docks

Second place went to Gabe Yeargan with a weight of 20.23 lbs, third place was Cliff Thomas with a weight of 12.58 lbs. Heading into this tournament there was a four horse race for the divisional AOY with Sam Morgan holding a narrow one point lead over Mark Riggs, Gabe Yeargan and Gary Carter was third and fourth with only five points separating first to fourth. Unfortunately Riggs was unable to fish so this left Morgan, Yeargan and Carter to battle for the divisional AOY. As for now it appears that there is a tie between Morgan and Yeargan that will be determined in a fish off sometime within the next two weeks to crown the division 30 AOY.

Next Event for the Tennessee South East division 30 -

This was the last event of the season. The 2015 season schedule will be posted soon.

For information about this division and future events visit or contact the local director for Tennessee South East - Gary Carter at (706)280-0711

These anglers earn valuable points toward the divisional angler of the year title. The points champion from each division will compete in the annual American Bass Anglers AFT Angler of The Year Final Round at the AFT Championship. In addition, the top 500 anglers from the various divisions will earn the right to compete in the three-day ABA, AFT National Championship tournament.

The American Fishing Tour offers low cost, close to home bass tournaments that are designed for the weekend angler. All ABA anglers fish for money and points. The points advance the angler to their divisional championship and the top 500 anglers in the US are invited to the American Fishing Tour National Championship for this fall on Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, TN.  

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