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Lake Eufaula, Eufaula, AL
May 4-9, 2014

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Morris Sheehan, US Army Retired purchased Military Bass Anglers in January of 2000. Since purchasing the company he continues to focus American Bass Anglers efforts on running events for the weekend angler of which many are active or former military. American Bass Anglers since its creation has run more fishing events for the military than any other national fishing organization.

ABA has run events at locations like Ft. Hood (Fishing for Freedoms 1, 2 and 3), 2006 Ft Campbell (101 Airborne Tournament), 2007 ABA held 3 separate take a solider fishing events in the New York, Illinois, and Georgia. Over 5,000 military personnel have had the opportunity to spend the day on a lake through these ABA operated events.

In 2008 ABA will operate the 18th annual Military Team Bass Tournament. This event continues to show the commitment and tradition of American Bass Anglers to support the military bass angler.

 

 

   

SCOUT & NORTH AMERICAN FISHERMAN JOIN FORCES WITH AMERICAN BASS ANGLER TO CAPTURE EXPLODING TOURNAMENT MARKET 

 
Strategic partnership to highlight efforts and communities supporting growth and awareness the sport of bass fishing across the nation
 

Minnetonka, MN, February 13, 2014 – Scout, the American media company specializing in membership clubs and related publications operating over 300 outdoor enthusiast and sports web properties, announced today its partnership with the American Bass Anglers (ABA) and Scout’s North American Fishing Club (NAFC). With this strategic partnership, Scout and ABA look to collectively grow the sport of competitive bass angling nationwide and heighten awareness of the largest tournament trail for the weekend angler.  

“We are thrilled to be joining forces with ABA and their loyal following as we look to grow the sport of competitive bass angling,” said Michael Cassidy, VP Group Publisher / Executive Producer Television for Scout. “There are no two brands better equipped to take this sport to the next level.”  

Scout’s strategic partnership with ABA was initiated to provide a top quality, competitive bass angling atmosphere for the most avid anglers. With a membership cost as low as $15 per year, members will have an opportunity to learn more about the sport and participate in larger fishing exhibitions throughout the year. Additionally, members will also receive six issues of American Bass Anglers magazine and amongst other fishing necessities including gift cards, tackle, and automatic entry into special monthly drawings including entry fees, sponsor products and a trip to Ray Scott’s private lake.  

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24th Annual Military Team Bass Tournament
set for Lake Eufaula in 2014

ATHENS, Ala. – More than 200 angling teams will descent upon Lake Eufaula, Ala., to compete for major prizes and national bragging rights during the 2014 Military Team Bass Tournament, jointly announced American Bass Anglers and the Eufaula-Barbour Chamber of Commerce today.

The 24th annual Military Team Bass Tournament will take place at Lakepoint State Resort (334-687-8011/www.alapark.com/LakePointResort) in the town of Eufaula, Ala., on May 4-9, 2014. The resort provides excellent dining, lodging and water access facilities for the competitors, tournament officials and fans. The competitors will fish the 45,181-acre reservoir along the Chattahoochee River, which spans part of the Alabama-Georgia border.

“Eufaula is honored to host the Military Team Bass Tournament,” said Jack TIbbs, mayor of Eufaula. “It is a great way for the city of Eufaula and Barbour County to show their appreciation to the men and women of our United States Armed Forces.”

Presented by American Bass Anglers, the annual tournament pits the best bass anglers from the U.S. Armed Forces in competition for national and service bragging rights. Any active duty Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, National Guard, Reserve or Coast Guard member may fish in this event. Families of military members, honorably discharged veterans, Department of Defense civilians, contractors and retired military members may also fish this event. The event will also be held on Lake Eufaula in 2015 and 2016.

The Military Team Bass Fishing Tournament began in 1991 as a way to promote fishing and camaraderie among all branches of the military. In 1975, ABA began as the Military Bass Anglers Association, an organization dedicated to providing bass anglers in the military an opportunity to compete in tournaments with other military members. In 2000, Morris Sheehan, a life member who retired from the U.S. Army, bought MBAA, renamed it American Bass Anglers Inc., and relocated it to Athens, Ala.

Officially dubbed Walter F. George Reservoir, the lake dates to 1962. Bassmaster magazine ranked the reservoir as Number 41 on its list of the top 100 bass lakes in the United States for 2013. Over the years, Lake Eufaula produced many double-digit bass with excellent numbers of 1- to 4-pound bass and plenty 5- to 8-pounders. It still produces occasional double-digit fish including a few up to 12 pounds. Improvements to the fishery should make bass fishing even better in coming years, the mayor predicted.

The main river and numerous creek channels combine to create 640 shoreline miles. Many people fish the river ledges with a variety of baits, but abundant vegetation in the flats can also hold monster bass all year long. Anglers also fish such tributaries as Cowikee Creek near Lakepoint State Park Resort, Reeves Branch, White Oak Creek, Sandy Branch, Thomas Mill Creek, Barbour Creek, Chewalla Creek, Chenyhatchee Creek and Pataula Creek, the largest tributary on the Georgia side just north of the dam.

Since the lake straddles the Alabama-Georgia line, anglers can fish in the main waters with a license from either state. For Eufaula area information, call the Eufaula Barbour Chamber of Commerce at 800-524-7529, or see www.eufaulachamber.com.

For more information on this tournament, call ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.

American Bass Anglers commitment is to provide low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler and at the same time offer each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers and the American Fishing Tour, The Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series or the American Couples Series, visitwww.americanbassanglers.com.


 


Brown, Bardolf lead wire-to-wire for military victory

ATHENS, Ala. – After leading the first two days, David Brown and Keith Bardolf sealed their victory by bested the nearest competition by about 15 pounds to win the 23rd annual Military Team Bass Tournament, presented by American Bass Anglers, held on Lake Seminole.
Running out of the Earl May Boat Basin in Bainbridge, Ga., on May 8-10, 2013, to fish the 37,500-acre lake on the Florida-Georgia line, the winning team landed a three-day tournament limit of 15 bass for a total weight of 67.05 pounds. That comes out to about a 4.47-pound average. They capped their catch with a 5.01-pounder they caught on Day 1.

“We ran south and started every morning on a ledge with a big worm until we caught a limit,” Bardolf explained. “After we caught a limit, we slowly worked our way back north and went flipping. It was slow on the first day and slower the second day, but picked up on the final day.”

The only team to top the 20-pound mark on Day 1, Brown and Bardolf set the pace with a 20.13-pound bag that included the 5.01-pounder. In fact, Brown and Bardolf brought in three of only five daily bags exceeding 20 pounds.

“We had our limit by 10 a.m. on the first day, 9 a.m. on the second day and 8:30 a.m. on the final day,” Brown added. “We culled twice on Day 2. We caught nine fish on Day 3 and culled twice. On Day 3, we lost a really big fish.”

On Day 2, the winning team weighed in the largest single-day bag of the event at 23.71 pounds for a two-day total of 43.84 pounds. They followed that on Day 3 with a 23.21-pound bag to seal their victory with 67.05 pounds.

“The key to winning the tournament was committing to getting five good bites each day,” Bardolf advised. “We stayed there until we got them. Then, we went flipping. On the second and on the third day, we caught two big fish flipping. That put us over the top. We caught all our fish in about eight to 10 feet of water. They were post-spawn fish and we caught them as they were funneling back out to deeper water.”
Ralph Moseley and William Spencer followed in second place with a three-day total of 15 bass going 52.24 pounds. On Day 1, they held fifth place with 16.77 pounds including a 4.41-pound kicker. On Day 2, they caught 17.92 pounds and moved up to fourth place with 34.69 pounds. On the final day, they moved up another two notches by catching 17.55 pounds.

“We fished three really good places,” Moseley said. “We fished a river ledge on the Florida side. The boat was in about 20 feet of water. We threw up to about eight to 10 feet of water. We caught fish on a Carolina rig with an Ol’ Monster Worm in green pumpkin or junebug and a Strike King KVD 5XD crankbait. We fished there two days and caught 35 fish. The spot had a lot of fish, but not any of the giant ones that are normally out there.”

Timmy Chapel and Shane Lundien finished third with a three-day limit of 15 bass weighing 51.31 pounds. On Day 1, they placed second with 19.46 pounds anchored by a 4.64-pound kicker. On the second day, the team dropped to fifth place with 34.05 pounds after catching 14.59 pounds. They wrapped up their tournament with a 17.26-pound effort on the final day to move into third place.

“We went up Spring Creek and got on a flat,” Lundien recalled. “We threw spinnerbaits and Alabama rigs all three days. The water was about 74 degrees and stained. The water is up. We usually key on a big cypress tree at our spot, but it was just under the water. We culled two fish on the second day and one on the final day.”

“We struggled,” Chapel admitted. “It was tough. On the first day, we went to our second spot with only one fish in the boat. We threw two casts on the Alabama rig and caught three 4-pounders. We had four bites and caught five fish all day.”

Chris Sabo and Steve Kokora landed in fourth place with a three-day total of 45.18 pounds. They held third place after one day of competition with 18.98 pounds, but set the Day 1 lunker standard with a 5.76-pounder. On Day 2, they moved into second place with a 16.89-pound catch for a total of 35.87 pounds. On the final day of the event, they landed 9.31 pounds.

Burkitt Collins and Tommy Hudnall rounded out the top five teams with a three-day limit of 15 bass going 44.17 pounds. On Day 1, Collins and Hudnall held 11th place with 13.14 pounds that included one 5.59-pounder. On the second day, the team jumped into third place after a 21.79-pound effort gave them a total of 34.93 pounds. On the final day, they landed 9.24 pounds.

Mark Curry and George Curry finished 44th, but landed the largest bass of the event, a 7.20-pounder on the second day. They finished with six bass weighing 20.70 pounds.

Each year, the Military Team Bass Tournament pits the best bass anglers from the U.S. Armed Forces. Any active duty Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, National Guard, Reserve or Coast Guard member may fish in this event. Families of military members, honorably discharged veterans, Department of Defense civilians, contractors and retired military members may also fish this event.

For more information on this tournament, call Joe Angelone, tournament manager, at 256-777-6152 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.

About American Bass Anglers: The Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series provides weekend anglers a professionally operated competitive tour with a path the world championship of bass fishing the Bassmaster Classic. American Bass Anglers commitment is to provide low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler and at the same time offer each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers and the American Fishing Tour, The Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series or the American Couples Series, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.

Final Results

PL Team Fish Pnlty B/F Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Total
1 David Brown-Michael Bardolf 15/14 0.50 5.01 20.13 23.71 23.21 67.05
2 Ralph Moseley-W illiam Spencer 15/15 4.41 16.77 17.92 17.55 52.24
3 Timmy Chapel-Shane Lundien 15/15 4.64 19.46 14.59 17.26 51.31
4 Chris Sabo-Steve Kokora 15/15 5.76 18.98 16.89 9.31 45.18
5 Burkitt Collins-Tommy Hudnall 15/14 0.50 5.49 13.14 21.79 9.24 44.17
6 Ryan O'Shea-Ronald W hitman 15/15 5.60 16.88 12.81 14.32 44.01
7 Brian Metcalf-Joe VanHooser 15/15 5.15 11.41 13.27 17.50 42.18
8 Michael Lemley-Aaron Commons 14/13 0.50 6.33 13.85 16.50 11.08 41.43
9 Mike York-Jeff Routch 12/12 6.04 13.97 20.60 40.61
10 Kirk Jones-Calvin Jones 13/13 4.61 9.78 12.26 18.11 40.15
11 Greg Auzenne- 13/11 1.00 6.68 5.79 12.75 19.76 38.30
12 Kevin Oleen-Kyle Oleen 15/15 13.47 12.83 11.04 37.34
13 Steve Jarrett-Joe Krafchak 13/13 14.32 10.25 10.73 35.30
14 Vernon W ard-Eddie W offord 15/15 9.03 16.10 9.54 34.67
15 Robert Armbruster-Shawn Taylor 14/14 4.98 11.02 11.12 12.50 34.64
16 Peter Hirschoff-Christopher Bolden 13/13 4.98 11.86 12.46 9.71 34.03
17 Peter Baumgartner-Eric Baumgartner 13/13 6.82 10.57 14.19 8.83 33.59
18 Morgan Spruill-Mike Fusaro 15/14 0.50 4.45 11.63 12.06 9.66 33.35
19 Mitchell Oldnettle-Ronald Norris 13/13 4.36 11.96 12.64 8.44 33.04
20 Timmy Ezell-Mike Dimatteo 12/11 0.50 10.32 10.86 11.85 33.03
21 Brandon Bellomy-James Melton 13/13 5.33 8.88 11.89 10.67 31.44
22 Don Goodfellow-Doyle Boyd 14/14 5.10 9.10 8.58 13.43 31.11
23 Ken Varnes-Eddie Varnes 14/14 9.85 12.39 8.64 30.88
24 Jeffry W ade-Jason W ade 13/13 6.31 14.82 9.38 30.51
25 Harry Potts-Tommy Swindle 15/15 4.91 9.57 10.85 9.60 30.02
26 Clarence W oodham-David Gunderman 11/11 6.72 2.61 15.53 11.87 30.01
27 Robert Keel Jr-Anthony Grantham 12/12 5.64 16.65 3.84 9.02 29.51
28 Pat Anderson-Edward Sankbeil 13/13 4.99 5.73 7.38 15.84 28.95
29 James W alters-Benjamin W alters Jr. 12/12 5.22 12.94 10.14 28.30
30 Richard Harrington-Steven Hersom 15/15 9.80 9.70 8.65 28.15
31 Felix Black-W illiam Black 13/12 0.50 5.82 8.06 12.15 7.54 27.75
32 George Simonof-Eric Turner 14/14 10.40 8.38 8.18 26.96
33 Robert Stewart-John Adams 11/11 2.49 2.49 9.74 14.04 26.27
34 Craig Brandenburg-Phillip Estrem 9/9 5.50 14.85 3.18 8.14 26.17
35 Ronald W elch- 14/14 9.32 6.02 10.43 25.77
36 Larry Spencer-Brandon King 10/10 11.69 13.04 0.00 24.73
37 Stephen Basinger-Nate Dirks 10/10 4.22 11.07 0.00 12.18 23.25
38 Anthony Canington-Donald Moore 11/11 3.48 6.93 8.17 7.77 22.87
39 Richard Robison Jr-Lloyd McNemar 9/9 4.14 2.73 15.65 22.52
40 Stanley Chandler-Kyle Brooks 11/11 4.29 11.37 6.82 22.48
41 Jeffery Phipps-Michael Phipps 10/10     11.45 10.53 0.00 21.98
42 Duane Imlay-Donald Pedersen 11/10 0.50 9.74 8.06 3.44 21.24
43 James Dudley-Tommy Cooper 11/9 1.00 9.75 4.94 6.48 21.17
44 Mark Curry-George Curry 6/6 7.20 2.27 14.51 3.92 20.70
45 Mark McCowan-Paul Garrett 13/13 9.07 6.65 4.42 20.14
- James Sheehan-Rollin W illmon 10/10 7.86 8.14 4.14 20.14
47 Michael Isom-Eric W ainwright 10/10 11.17 8.94 0.00 20.11
48 Danny Christ-Virginia Christ 8/5 1.50 5.52 8.57 7.05 3.93 19.55
49 Scott VanHorn-Tom Beavers 8/8 3.43 3.46 11.48 18.37
50 George Perez III-John Neal 7/7 6.19 3.94 14.21 0.00 18.15
51 Bobby Brown-Robert Haynie 9/9 3.15 8.38 5.08 3.69 17.15
52 Kelly W eber-Dale W aggoner 7/7 7.35 4.44 4.91 16.70
53 Hilton Glover Jr-Hilton Glover Sr 7/7 12.54 3.86 0.00 16.40
54 Tyler Powell-Sean Ingalls 7/7 2.31 2.31 7.85 6.01 16.17
55 James Hill-Christopher Stottsberry 8/7 0.50 9.65 6.40 0.00 16.05
56 Christopher Sessions-Barbara Black 7/7 1.86 4.75 9.20 1.86 15.81
57 Michael Collins-Ronald Erb 8/8 6.34 5.40 4.04 15.78
58 Lynn Oswalt-Linda Oswalt 9/9 6.46 0.00 8.74 15.20
59 Larry Gaines-Ken Jordan 7/7 3.43 3.30 0.00 11.86 15.16
60 Craig Scalf-Brian Bell 6/6 5.95 4.59 4.59 15.13
61 Rodney Hose-Christopher Skinner 8/8 4.06 2.86 8.14 3.27 14.27
62 Travis Hummel-Timothy Deyton 5/5 3.34 10.37 0.00 3.24 13.61
63 Rob Rodman-James Rickman 8/8 1.82 8.99 1.82 2.54 13.35
64 Joseph Kimsey-Zachary Kimsey 4/4 4.82 4.82 0.00 8.52 13.34
65 James Barrett Jr-GT Smith 6/6 3.78 1.88 3.49 7.64 13.01
66 Benjamin Leal Jr-Dion Fernau 5/5 5.57 5.26 5.57 2.02 12.85
67 Johnathan Landis-Doug Ford 7/6 0.50 2.03 0.00 10.74 12.77
68 W illie Eller-Michael Trask 4/4 3.02 3.02 8.87 0.00 11.89
69 Daniel Gingles-Charles Davis 7/7 3.69 4.15 3.69 3.07 10.91
70 Jack Rand-Terrance Rand 6/6 2.61 4.78 3.17 10.56
71 Michael Shull-Cynthia Shull 6/6 3.73 6.35 0.00 10.08
72 Thomas Smith-Reginald Smith 4/4 2.42 2.42 0.00 7.61 10.03
73 Arnie Hanson-Mark Denney Jr 4/4 3.73 5.90 3.73 0.00 9.63
74 John Collins-Carlos Mercado 6/5 0.50 1.24 4.78 0.74 4.07 9.59
75 Robert Rose-Shannon Blanton 3/3 4.06 4.06 5.49 0.00 9.55
76 Billy Joe Allison Sr-Roy Simpler 3/3 0.00 0.00 9.48 9.48
77 Steve Drinnon-David Coleman 5/5 1.23 1.23 0.00 8.16 9.39
78 Michael McGill-Hoyt Tidwell II 4/4 2.16 2.16 6.89 0.00 9.05
79 Adam W right-Eric Riffer 4/4 2.77 5.99 0.00 8.76
80 Jeffrey Knight-Randy Jones 3/3 3.59 4.91 3.59 0.00 8.50
81 John Edwards-Joseph Edwards 5/5   2.71 8.39 0.00 0.00 8.39
82 Joshua Jones-Jim Sanders 3/3 3.73 2.37 3.73 1.81 7.91
83 Ron Kitkowski-RJ Kitkowski 4/4 7.76 0.00 0.00 7.76
84 Ken Draskovic-Brien Smith 3/3 0.00 7.75 0.00 7.75
85 Jonathan Ivory-Ryan Kizziah 2/2 6.68 0.00 0.00 6.68
86 John Kirkus-John Pettis 3/3 2.92 0.00 2.92 3.73 6.65
87 Toby Hicks-Ed W hite 3/3 2.43 3.81 0.00 2.43 6.24
88 Tim W alters-Jacob Vogt III 3/3 1.45 4.71 1.45 0.00 6.16
89 Kevin Rake-Jack Rake 4/4 6.04 0.00 0.00 6.04
90 Brandon Tipton-Michael Hedgpeth 3/3 0.00 5.23 0.00 5.23
91 Brian Balcer-David Bennett 2/2 2.86 1.92 2.86 0.00 4.78
92 Robert Gardner-Daniel Hudson 1/1 3.73 0.00 3.73 0.00 3.73
93 Larry Scott-Steve McGee 2/2 3.47 0.00 0.00 3.47
94 Benjamin Hoff-Anthony Green 2/2 1.80 0.00 0.00 1.80
95 Gary Everett-Matthew Bridges 1/0 0.50 1.95 0.00 1.45 0.00 1.45
96 Chuck Hartberger-Ruby Hartberger 0/0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
- George Kunkle III-Clifton Holt 0/0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
- Michael Twisdale-Susan Twisdale 0/0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total Fish Weighed: 836
Total Fish Released: 818 97.9 %
Total Fish Weight: 2038.03
Big Fish:    7.20 Mark Curry-George Curry
     
   

Best Western Partners with American Bass Anglers

Athens, Ala. (November 05, 2012) American Bass Anglers has announced a partnership with Best Western hotels that names the chain as the official host hotel for all American Bass Angler tours and events.

“Our anglers spend a lot of time, energy and resources traveling to tournaments, in addition to personal and business travel, and they need a reputable hotel choice that provides the amenities and comfort that Best Western hotels provide,” said Morris Sheehan, president of American Bass Anglers, Inc. “We are proud of this association because of the great impact it can have on our members when they travel. Our members will enjoy an everyday discount and special rates for tournaments,” concluded Sheehan.

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Operation Rod & Reel Gives Back to
Active Duty Members of the Armed Forces

ATHENS, AL – In an effort to show appreciation for the sacrifices members of the armed forces make every day, American Bass Anglers and Early Times Kentucky Whisky joined to create Operation Rod & Reel. Through this program, active-duty service members from selected military installations will each receive fishing equipment and a free fishing trip to a local ABA bass tournament. Through posters placed at both Ft. Indiantown Gap and Horsham Air Force Base, 32 soldiers and airmen have signed up to fish the first of these events to come to Pennsylvania. On Saturday, October 6th, they will be treated to a great day on the water at Lake Wallenpaupack.


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