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2014-10-20 00:00:00

Kerstetter Makes Big Move to Win Co-Angler Title at Toho Regional

Athens, Al - Robert Kerstetter of St. Cloud, FL weighed in six fish that weighed 23.17 pounds to win the Co-Angler division of the Weekend Bass Series SE Regional event on 2014-10-17 on Toho.

At the start of Day Two, co-angler Robert Kerstetter was in 10th place, six pounds behind Day One leader Mark Cannon. Kerstetter came in with a 16.16 pound sack that included a 7.50 pound kicker to win the event. "I've won many tournaments before, but this is the first boat that I have won. I caught my fish on a swimbait and a few fish on a worm, " said Kerstetter.

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2014-10-20 00:00:00

Keith Carson Comes From Behind to Win Southeast Regional at Lake Toho

Athens, Al - Keith Carson of DeBary, FL weighed in 10 fish that weighed 38.51 pounds to win the Weekend Bass Series SE Regional event 2014-10-17 on Toho.

Going into Day Two, Florida Division 6 boater AOY Keith Carson was sitting in 5th place. Nearly 6.75 pounds behind Day One leader Ron Yentz. Carson had some major ground to make up. Carson came in on Day Two with a sackful of bass that weighed over 20 pounds and won by almost  two pounds.

" I was fishing isolated hyacinth mats. Yesterday, the bass were schooling on bream, like something crazy. I was throwing a big speed worm and swimming a jig by them. They were coming out by the points and crushing it! That's how I had 17.72 pounds yesterday," aid Carson.

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2014-10-17 00:00:00

Weekend Bass Series 2015 Registration Opens Monday

ATHENS, Ala. - Registration for the most exciting season of Weekend Bass Series will begin for priority members on October 20, 2014 at 8am. The series offers a boater/co-angler exciting competition and the top anglers from each division will advance to the no-entry fee Ray Scott Championship.

 A few weeks ago exciting changes where announced for the 2015 season, some of the changes include:

Increased and guaranteed payouts at divisional events. Weekend Bass Series will offer guaranteed first place money of $3,000.00 for 50 boats or more, $4,000.00 for 75 boats or more and $5,000.00 for 100 boats or more.  Co-anglers will also get the same guarantee first place money of $1,500.00 on 50 boats or more; $2,000.00 on 75 or more; and $2,500.00 on 100 boats or more.  In addition, 20% of the field will receive a check in each event.

No More Linking! Registrations will be based on Package first, then the anglers date and time of registration to determine their status.

No Boat on Boat Draws

Package Registration: A package registration is when anglers sign up for all 5 events within a division. Boaters and Co-Anglers submitting a package registration will be given priority slots in events over anglers signing up for single events.

Make qualifying for the championship easier and less expensive! 

10 boaters and 10 co-anglers from each division will now qualify directly from their division in one of 2 ways.
The top 5 (Boaters and Co-anglers) by points after the Divisional two-day event, in each division, will advance directly to the Championship.
The top 5 (Boaters and Co-anglers) by place of finish from the Divisional Championship who have fished all 5 divisional events will also advance directly to the championship.  If any angler does not accept or is already qualified for the slot(s) by points the next highest finishing and qualified angler will receive the Championship slot(s).

No More A-Rig. Starting in 2015 ABA will prohibit the use of the Alabama Rig/Umbrella on all Weekend Bass Series events.

Priority Anglers can start registering Monday October 20 at 8am

  •  Triton Boat Owners
  •  ABA Life Members and
  •  2014 season competitors

Open Registration Begins Monday October 27th at 8am
Special Savings: ABA members can register online at and there are no additional handling charges. For limited time (30 days) ABA members that register for a package registration (A package entry is when an angler signs up for all 5 events in a division) will receive

  •  Free Freedom Pass ($25 savings)
  •  Free one-year ABA membership ($25 savings)

To register online go to select the Weekend Bass Series 2015 Schedules link, select the register link to the right of the event you wish to register for. To register for all events within a division known as a package registration, select the 2015 Schedules link, select the register link to the right of the first event in the division you wish to register for. In the registration of this event you can select “Yes or No” on the Package option which will register you for all events within that division. You may also register by phone by calling (256)232-0406.

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2014-09-26 00:00:00

Joel Eberts Wins Royal Purple Rewards at High Rock Regional

Joel Eberts of Powhatan, VA was the Royal Purple Royal Treatment winner at the Weekend Bass Series Northeast Regional Championship on Sept. 26th & 27th, 2014 at High Rock Lake.  Eberts was a Level IV member of the program at this event and he received a gallon of Royal Purple TCWIII, a bottle of Royal Purple Max Gear gear lube, a Royal Purple cap, an ABA membership, an ABA Freedom Pass, and an ABA Weekend Bass Series entry fee for his top finish. 

Members of the Royal Purple Royal Treatment program are awarded additional prizes for being the highest finisher, in the top 10, at ABA Weekend Bass Series events.  Depending on their membership level, anglers can be awarded Royal Purple products and even free entry into ABA events.

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2014-09-26 00:00:00

Grant Davis Wins $300 Best Western Card at Chickamauga Regional

Grant Davis of Franklin, TN was the winner of the Best Western Travel card drawing at the Weekend Bass Series Central Regional Championship on Sept. 26th & 27th, 2014 at Lake Chickamauga .  He stayed at the host Best Western Hotel during the event and was entered into the drawing to win a $300 Best Western travel card.  There is a drawing for a $300 Best Western travel card at every WBS Regional Championship event that has a Best Western host hotel.  Anglers must bring their hotel receipts to registration to enter the drawing.

Best Western Hotels and American Bass Anglers are offering an incentive reward program to ABA anglers for staying at Best Western Hotels starting May 1, 2014 at all Weekend Bass Series events (Divisional, Regional and Championship) and the American Fishing Tour National Championship to continue for the remainder of the 2014 season.

To learn how you can win a Best Western Travel Card visit this link.

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2014-10-03 00:00:00

Special Announcement and Changes for the Anglers
October 2, 2014 Athens, AL.  - American Bass Anglers announced today comprehensive changes to the Weekend Bass Series for the 2015 season.  Changes include the removal of the linking process, guaranteed payouts at divisional events, late fee time reduction, increased prize purse at the Ray Scott Championship, and several other important enhancements.
"We are excited to offer and make changes the anglers have been asking for since the announcement of the series, now it is happening", said Morris Sheehan, President American Bass Anglers, Inc. "We want the anglers to see by our actions we listen to what they say and we are moving the tour in that direction.  From the notable changes to the guaranteed payout to the new structure and schedules are the best I have seen in many years". 
From the beginning of the Weekend Bass Series there have been changes needed.  In 2003 ABA presented the concept of the Weekend Series to ESPN before the original announcement of the Series was made.  Beginning in 2007 when ABA took over the ownership and operation, ABA has continually gathered information from members about what they would like to see happen with the tour.  Now these changes are being made and reflect exactly what anglers have been asking for.

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2014-09-26 00:00:00

Peyton Wins Co-Anlger Title at Central Regional

Athens, Al - Harry Peyton II of Decatur, AL weighed in four fish that weighed 14.36 pounds to win the Co-Angler division of the Weekend Bass Series Central Regional event on 2014-09-26 on Chickamauga.

Peyton left the event with a check for $4000 and a new Triton 17 Pro. "I caught all of my fish using a KVD frog with a brown and orange bottom," said Peyton.

Coming in second was Tyler Jolley of Dayton, TN. Tyler caught a total of four fish that weighed 10.81 pounds for the two day event. "On Day One, I caught my fish using a 10" Zoom worm and on Day Two I caught my fish using a frog," said Tyler.

Third place went to Chris Howell of Anniston, AL. He caught a total of three fish that weighed 10.70 pounds. Chris used a frog both days to catch his three fish.

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2014-09-26 00:00:00

Boggs Walks Away With Regional Victory

Athens, Al - Drew Bogg of Lebanon, TN weighed in 10 fish that weighed 29.37to win the Weekend Bass Series Central Regional event 2014-09-26 on Chickamauga.

Boggs won $8000 and a new Triton 18XS with a Mercury 115 4-Stroke Outboard for his efforts. "I spent most of my practice looking for wood.  During tournaments days, I flipped a tube craw with a half ounce weight religously to catch 10 keepers on day one and five keepers on day two. " said Boggs.

Placing second was George Crain of Cropwell, AL. George caught nine fish that weighed total of 23.24 pounds. George used a frog and flipped a beaver on both days to catch his fish.

Hensley Powell of Whitwell,TN finished third. Hensley caught nine fish that weighed 22.11 pounds. Hensley caught all of his fish using a frog and flipping a new bait from Trixter.  

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2014-09-26 00:00:00

Neal Shade Claims Co-Angler Victory at High Rock Lake

Athens, Al - Neal Shade of Greenville, SC weighed in 6 fish that totaled 15.48 pounds to win the Co-Angler division of the Weekend Bass Series NE Regional event on 2014-09-26 on High Rock.

South Carolina angler Neal Shade showed that consistency is important by bringing in nearly identical daily limits to capture the win at High Rock's Northeast Regional in the Weekend Bass Series.  His total of 15.48 pounds gave him a margin of victory of over a pound and earned him top co-angler prizes of $2797 and a Triton 17 Pro boat valued at $15000.  "I practiced last weekend and got skunked, fished again one day of official practice when we found fish up river on hard banks fishing crank baits and pitching jigs and shakey heads.  On day one I was able to get 5 or 6 fish and today I caught about 15 keepers."

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2014-09-26 00:00:00

Dwayne Hughes Finishes on Top at High Rock

Athens, Al - Dwayne Hughes of Lexington, NC weighed in 10 fish that weighed 30.12 Pounds to win the Weekend Bass Series NE Regional event 2014-09-26 on High Rock.

Local angler Dwayne Hughes relied on past experience to capture the Northeast Regional of the Weekend Bass Series on High Rock Lake. "I did not practice specifically for this event.  I fish the lake often enough that I was able to follow the pattern that has been developing recently.  The water has been dropping and with it being four feet low the bite has changed considerably in the past few weeks.  The fish had been feeding on crawfish until the dropping water left the crawfish habitat dry.  In the past couple of weeks the bass have turned to feeding almost exclusively on shad.  I found that if I fished bottom baits like plastics and jigs, the bait was actually getting below the fish.  For this event my bait of choice was a spinner bait fished shallow, from two to six feet deep.  I caught 17 keepers on day one and about a dozen on the second day." 

For the win, Dwayne claimed first place prize of $5594 and a new Triton 18XS with a Mercury 115 HP Four Stroke engine, valued at $25000.

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