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Roland Catches Record Bass to Win at Nelson

North Dakota Division 127 of the American Fishing Tour held its fifth bass tournament this summer on Nelson Lake.  Nelson Lake, a power plant lake near Center, North Dakota, again proved why it holds the state record for largemouth bass at 8 pounds and 8 ounces caught in 1983.  Dick Roland, from Crosby, ND, caught a 6.89 pound largemouth bass to take top honors and big bass, this bass broke the record for the largest bass caught in a North Dakota AFT tournament from last year at 6.38 pounds, which also took place at Nelson Lake.  Dick brought in another bass over 5 pounds to record a three fish limit of 13.93 pound.  He cashed a check for $259.00 plus a handmade plaque for his day effort. 
Dick said, “It was a late day move to fish some old areas I have had success in the past that made the difference.”   Using a combination of a flipping jig and a swim jig, both in black and blue with Ragetail craw trailers, was the winning lures.  The big bass was caught flipping a ¾ oz. jig into tree laydowns along the back of the creek.
Cory Bosch, of Bismarck, ND, also had a great day with a 12.56 pound bag to finish second and collected $84, also using a black and blue swim jig.  Shawn Keena also of Bismarck, ND, finished third with 10.11 pounds, followed by our newest member, Klae Ryan of Minot, ND at fourth place with 9.57 pounds. Rounding out the top five was Wesley Baptiste also of Minot, ND.
Division 127's AFT tournament stop will be on August 9, 2014 at New Johns Lake on the Garrison Cannel, known for its big smallmouth bass but also has a small population of largemouth bass. 
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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