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Straley Finds The Edge On Clearwater II

As the regular schedule drew to a close for ABA Minnesota 44 for 2014, district anglers found the usually generous Clearwater Lake a tough nut to crack on August 24. Heavy tournament pressure, low water levels, and thickly matted weeds shut competitors out of some of their favorite haunts, and a number of able fishermen spent much of the day frustrated and bewildered. Nonetheless a few stalwarts managed to find success by taking very different approaches in tournament strategy.
Ken Straley bested a tight group at the top with a good 14.48 pound weigh bag. He found his fish by working a crawdad crankbait on 4-6 foot flats and hopping a jigworm to produce his biggest bass.
Todd Anderson, who won the first Clearwater event this year, again performed well but took a considerably different tack. He put together a sweet 14.23 pound bag by drop shotting the edges of deeper water.
Craig Stowell, always a steady performer, earned his third place check with a 14.14 pound limit that fell to patient combing of the reedbeds with a jig and trailer.
Jim Hardies, the AOY leader entering this tournament, finished out of the money in fourth place, but didn’t damage his shot at the District Championship with the resulting point total from this event. He also hauled in a 5.62 pound horse to take the Big Bass check on Sunday.
Big Bass winner: Jim Hardies took home Big Bass honors with a 5.62 pounder

Division 44's next tournament will be its divisional two-day, taking place on the following dates and lakes:

Date               Lake                   Ramp
9/06/2014     Bald Eagle         County Park ramp
9/07/2014     Big Marine          Vets Camp

For information about this division and future events visit or contact the local director for Minnesota - George Miserendino at 952-210-5563

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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