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Keena Prevailed At Sakakawea

Todd Keena of Baldwin, ND won the American Fishing Tour North Dakota division 127 tournament with three smallmouth weighing 4.06 pounds held on Lake Sakakawea on 07/12/2014.

Todd Keena of Baldwin, ND recorded his first American Bass Anglers win this past Saturday on Lake Sakakawea, one of the top 100 bass lakes in the United States. Todd ran up to Indian Hills from the Ft. Stevenson State Park and bagged his fish and secured a $259 pay for his effort, plus the championship plaque. Todd commented, "I caught bigger ones in practice but couldn't find them back."  Todd ran to the back of the Indian Hills bay and threw a top water plug in the grass to catch his fish.
Finishing second and collecting $84 was Cody Arth of Bismarck, ND, who is leading the points standing for angler of the year. Cody was dragging a tube jig in green pumpkin with orange flake off the rocks to catch his 3 fish for 4.06 pounds. 
Richard Roland of Crosby ND was third with 3.38 pounds with newcomer Donny Coffaman from Arkansas landed fourth with 2.27, and finishing in fifth was Shawn Keena of Bismarck with 2.17 pounds. 

Big Bass winner: Todd Keena with a 1.80 pound smallie

Next Event for the North Dakota division 127 -

The fifth ABA tournament is scheduled for July 26, 2014 at Nelson Lake, this lake holds the state record Largemouth bass at over 8 pounds. 

For information about this division and future events visit or contact the local director for North Dakota - Richard Roland at (701)570-0598

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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