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11/07/2017

Ray Neighbors Wins the ABA District 47 2018 season opener on Lake Hamilton


The first tournament of the ABA American Fishing Tour D47 2018 season was held on 4 Nov 2017 and contested on Lake Hamilton.  29 anglers came out on a dreary day in the hopes of filling their livewells with hungry Hamilton bass.  A limit-fest as usual, 17 5-fish limits and a total of 99 bass for 159.84lbs were weighed.

Ray Neighbors topped the field with five fish for a total weight of 12.21 lbs.  Ray threw a Rat-L-Trap & jig to catch his fish.

Brian Bean sacked up five fish for a total weight of 10.77 lbs.  Brian relied on a Carolina Rig and caught some breaking fish to fill his livewell.  

Blake Wilson rounded out the top three with a total weight of 10.52 lbs.  Blake used a jig and caught some schooling fish to fill his limit. Blake also caught the big bass of the day at 3.26 lbs.

1st      Ray Neighbors     12.21 lbs     $666
2nd     Brian Bean           10.77 lbs     $414 
3rd      Blake Wilson        10.52 lbs     $292 (BB included)
4th      Don Armbrust         9.54 lbs     $115
5th      Spencer Shuffield   9.19 lbs     $79
6th      Zack Talbert            9.18 lbs     $50 Geared gift card

The next tournament in this division is on Lake Maumelle on 2 Dec 2017 launching from the Jolly Rogers ramp.

The next tournament in the D42 division is on the Arkansas River/Pine Bluff 18 Nov 2017 launching from the Regional Park ramp.

The ABA AFT National Championship for the 2018 season will be on Lake Hartwell in October 2018.

I’d like to thank our local sponsors who provide great support throughout the year.

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For more information on this or any future event in this division contact John Simonof at 501.772.4938 or by email at Simonof@comcast.net

These anglers are earning valuable points toward the divisional angler of the year title. The points champion from each division will compete in the annual Ram American Bass Anglers AFT Angler of the Year Final Round at the Ram American Fishing Tour National Championship.

The Ram 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 Ram American Fishing Tour National Championship. For more information on American Bass Anglers please visit www.americanbassanglers.com or call (256)232-0406.

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American Fishing Tour Upcoming Events

2018 Upcoming Schedule

Louisiana - Shreveport 2/24/2018 Hosston
Georgia - Eufaula 2/24/2018 Lake Eufaula
Alabama Central 2/24/2018 Jordan
Arkansas North 2/24/2018 Maumelle
Alabama East Central 2/24/2018 Weiss Lake
Oklahoma North 2/24/2018 Sooner Lake
South Carolina - Greenwood 2/25/2018 Murray
Tennessee Central 2/25/2018 Percy Priest
Texas - Wichita Falls 2/25/2018 Nocona
DFW - Texas 2/25/2018 Grapevine
Texas - Sam Rayburn North 2/25/2018 Sam Rayburn
North Carolina Charlotte 3/03/2018 Badin Lake
Texas - Central 3/03/2018 Belton Lake
Tennessee - West 3/03/2018 Kentucky Lake
Florida - West 3/03/2018 Toho
Florida Harris Chain 3/03/2018 Harris Chain
oklahoma 3/03/2018 Grand Lake
Florida - Seminole 3/04/2018 Seminole
KY Lake 3/04/2018 Kentucky Lake
Florida - Toho 3/04/2018 Toho
South Carolina - Savannah River 3/10/2018 Savannah River
North Carolina Piedmont 3/10/2018 Falls (Open Event)
Mississippi Gulf Coast 3/10/2018 Pearl River
Georgia Central 3/10/2018 Oconee
North Central Louisiana 3/10/2018 Claiborne
Alabama - Mobile 3/10/2018 Tensaw
Florida - Istokpoga South 3/10/2018 Lake Istokpoga
North Carolina Central 3/10/2018 Chowan
Georgia North 3/10/2018 Allatoona
Virginia - Western 3/10/2018 Kerr Lake
Texas - Wichita Falls 3/10/2018 Amon Carter
Southeast North Carolina 3/10/2018 Waccamaw River (Open Event)
Oklahoma East 3/10/2018 Lake Hudson
Oklahoma North 3/10/2018 Sooner Lake
Georgia East 3/11/2018 Clarks Hill
South Carolina Northwest 3/11/2018 Russel
Tennessee Central 3/11/2018 Old Hickory
Texas - Houston 3/17/2018 Lake Livingston
Missouri - Stockton 3/17/2018 Stockton
DFW - Texas 3/17/2018 Ray Hubbard
Alabama Lay Lake - Logan Martin 3/17/2018 Lay Lake
Arkansas North 3/17/2018 Greers Ferry
Lynchburg / Roanoke VA 3/17/2018 Smith Mountain(Open Event)
South Carolina - Greenwood 3/18/2018 Clarks Hill
Florida - St Johns North 3/18/2018 St Johns
Kansas South 3/18/2018 Coffey Co. SFL
Florida - Toho 3/18/2018 Toho
Alabama West 3/18/2018 Bankhead
Georgia - Westpoint 3/18/2018 West Point
Louisiana - Toledo Bend South 3/24/2018 Toledo Bend
North Carolina East 3/24/2018 Neuse/Trent River
Virginia 3/24/2018 Chickahominy River
Georgia Central 3/24/2018 Sinclair
Georgia - Eufaula 3/24/2018 Lake Eufaula
Texas - Wichita Falls 3/24/2018 Ray Roberts
Missouri 3/24/2018 Lake Ozark
Kentucky Central 3/24/2018 Kentucky Lake
Florida Harris Chain 3/24/2018 Harris Chain
Oklahoma East 3/24/2018 Fort Gibson
Alabama East Central 3/24/2018 Neely Henry
Louisiana - Toledo Bend South 3/25/2018 Toledo Bend
South Carolina Northwest 3/25/2018 Clarks Hill
Tennessee Central 3/25/2018 Old Hickory
DFW - Texas 3/25/2018 Ray Roberts
North Carolina Piedmont 3/31/2018 Gaston
North Carolina Charlotte 3/31/2018 Lake Norman
New Mexico 3/31/2018 Elephant Butte
North Carolina Central 3/31/2018 Roanoke
Virginia - Western 3/31/2018 Kerr Lake
Alabama Central 3/31/2018 Alabama River
Alabama Northwest 3/31/2018 Wheeler Lake (Open Event)
Texas - Sam Rayburn North 3/31/2018 Sam Rayburn
Southeast North Carolina 3/31/2018 Northeast Cape Fear River
Tennessee - West 3/31/2018 Kentucky Lake
Kansas - Big Hill 3/31/2018 Big Hill
Louisiana Central 3/31/2018 Bisteneau
Alabama North 3/31/2018 Guntersville

Plus Team Tour 2018 Schedule

Alabama

Dates Lake/Info Register
3/04/2018 Neely Henry
5/20/2018 Wheeler
7/01/2018 Weiss

Tennessee/Kentucky

2/18/2018 Kentucky
4/22/2018 Kentucky
5/13/2018 Old Hickory
9/23/2018 Kentucky

 

 

 

 

American Couples Series Winter/Spring Events

Tennessee Northeast 3/3/2018 Ft Lound/Tellico Popler Springs
South Carolina 3/3/2018 Lake Murray Lighthouse Marina
Florida Northwest 3/10/2018 Seminole Seminole Lodge
Alabama North 3/10/2018 Guntersville Goosepond
Georgia 3/17/2018 Clarks Hill Mistletoe State Park
Tennessee Northeast 3/17/2018 Chicakamauga Dayton Ramp
Alabama Central 3/17/2018 Lake Mitchell Higgins Ferry
Georgia 3/18/2018 Clarks Hill Mistletoe State Park
North Carolina 3/18/2018 Lake Wylie Southepointe Landing
South Carolina 4/7/2018 Lake Keowee South Cove
Alabama North 4/7/2018 Guntersville Goosepond
Kentucky 4/8/2018 Kentucky Lake Big Bear
Tennessee Northeast 4/14/2018 Watts Bar Blue Springs
Florida Northwest 4/14/2018 Apalachicola River White City
North Carolina 4/15/2018 Lake James Black Bear Landing
Georgia 4/21/2018 Lanier Balus Creek Park
Alabama Central 4/21/2018 Alabama River Swift Creek
Tennessee Northeast 4/28/2018 Melton Hill Melton Hill Dam
South Carolina 4/28/2018 Lake Hartwell Greenpond
Kentucky 4/29/2018 Lake Barkley Kuttawa

Open Series 2018 Upcoming Events

Register Division_Name: Dates: Lake/Info
Virginia 2/24/2018 Kerr
Florida Central 2/24/2018 Kissimmee Chain
South East Texas 2/24/2018 Sam Rayburn
Tennesee Central 2/24/2018 Center Hill
Mississippi 3/03/2018 Columbus Pool
Georgia 3/10/2018 Seminole
Oklahoma 3/10/2018 Arkansas River
Kentucky 3/10/2018 Kentucky Lake
Florida Central 3/17/2018 Harris Chain
South Texas 3/17/2018 Lake Conroe
Alabama North 3/17/2018 Wheeler
North Carolina 3/24/2018 Hickory
Florida South 3/24/2018 Okeechobee
East Texas 3/24/2018 Lake Palestine
Tennesee Central 3/24/2018 Percy Priest
Maryland 3/31/2018 Potomac