Tom O'Bryant Wins Old Hickory Two-Day
Tom O'Bryant won the American Fishing Tour, presented by American Bass Anglers, Tennessee Division 31 tournament, held June 21-22, 2014, on Old Hickory Lake. With both days being in the 90's and water surface Temp being in the mid-80s - it was HOT.
Running out of Bull Creek landing near Gallatin, Tennessee, the Cedar Grove, TN. angler caught ten bass weighing 25.35 pounds with a 4.65 pound kicker. For the victory, Tom took home a check for $810. Tom came into the tournament with only five hours of practice the day before and did the job. Tom was flipping a Jig.
In second among the competitors, Jason Dies of Lebanon, Tn. caught 10 bass weighing 24.35 pounds. He pocketed a check for $456.00. Jason also won AOY for Division 31 this year (2014).
Taking third place, Billy Thorne of Lebanon, Tn. caught 10 bass weighing 23.80 pounds. He pocketed a check for $142. In Fourth place, Mickey Beck, of Nashville, TN, caught five bass weighing 23.15 pounds. Randy Hargis, of Nashville, TN, rounded out the top five competitors with ten bass weighing 21.85 pounds. Fred Needham, of Portland, TN, won the big bass contest with an 8.15 pound lunker and pocketed a check for $160. He caught his big fish on a Texas rig, using a crawl dad.
These anglers accrued 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 Fish-Off. 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. This year has come to an end with some good weights.
Thanks to the National Championship being on Old Hickory Lake this year it helped the Division 31's turn out. Look at 2015 schedule we have one tournament before the cut-off. 09/14/2014 coming out of Bull Creek Ramp near Gallatin, TN.
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.