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Jesse Via Wins on East Brimfield Reservoir 

ATHENS, Ala. – Jesse Via won the American Bass Anglers Division 97 tournament held May 17, 2015 on East Brimfield Reservoir in Sturbridge, Mass.

Jesse caught four bass weighing 7.81 pounds with a 3.08 pound kicker.  For the victory, Jesse took home a check for $451.  All his fish were taken with a weightless Senko in very shallow water.  Casting as far as possible away from the boat was required to avoid spooking the fish.                          

In second among the competitors was Mark Schultz who caught four bass weighing 6.66 pounds and pocketed a check for $254.

The top five were:

Jesse Via                                 7.81

Mark Schultz                           6.66

Tim Brecht                               5.96

Sean Lloyd                              5.06

Al Gagliarducci                       4.76

Conditions the entire day were excellent.  Water temps were mid 60’s while the air warmed to the upper 70’s.  A moderate wind was present most of the day.  A few nights of cold weather seems to have slowed the fishing way down, but these anglers figured out what they wanted.

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Fowler Wins Division 94 on Savannah

Jerry Fowler is one step closer to the ABA National Championship with a 1st place win and earnings totaling $559, in the American Fishing Tournament held on the Savannah River this past weekend. Fowler weighed in five bass limit, which weighed 10.16 lbs, 2nd place went to John Main with a five bass limit weighing 8.23 lbs, 3rd place went to Jason Brown with a five bass limit weighing 7.54, 4th place went to Curtis Sanders with a five bass limit weighing 7.41 lbs and fifth place went to Barry Descaro with a five bass limit weighing 7.27.

Top Five Finishers

1.Jerry Fowler      10.16lbs

2.John Main          8.23lbs

3.Jason Brown      7.54lbs

4.Curtis Sanders   7.42lbs

5.Barry Descaro    7.27lbs

At launch time, the teperatures were in th mid 70s with sunny skies. The day continued thtemperatures topping out in the low 80s. Water temperatures were in the lower 70s. The bait of the day was plastic jigs with some spinnerbait action. Most anglers reported fising in the river oxbows.

Division 94 will hold it's next tournament on May 30th out of Stokes Bluff Landing, for more information contact director Dan Martin (843)384-3855 or email at tmartin@hargray.com

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News - WBS

Miller Wins New Revo SX at High Rock

Mike Miller of Archdale, NC won the Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus after using an Abu Garcia reel to catch the 6.14 pound boater Big Bass at the North Carolina Ram Weekend Bass Series event at High Rock Lake on May 16th, 2015. He was awarded an Abu Garcia Revo SX reel valued at $159.99.

The Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus is an incentive program that applies to selected American Bass Anglers events. The Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus program applies to all RAM Weekend Bass Series events and RAM 100% Plus Team Tour events along with each competition day of the Military Team Bass Event, Couples Series National Championship, AFT National Championship, and the Ray Scott Championship. There is no fee to participate in this program. Anglers that use any model Abu Garcia reel to catch the prevailing Big Bass at qualifying American Bass Anglers events will be awarded a new Abu Garcia Revo SX reel valued at $159.99. Abu Garcia has created an incentive program without any associated fees, registrations, or claim forms to be filled out.

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Mixon Wins North Carolina Event at High Rock

Robert Mixon of Lexington, NC won the North Carolina RAM Weekend Bass Series event at High Rock Lake on May 16th, 2015. Mixon weighed in an 18.46 pound limit to take the win and collect a $1370 for first place and $420 from the High Stakes Option Pot. Mixon first caught a limit on a Senko, and then, used a jig and a Shakey Head throughout the day to catch around 15 keepers.

Michael Hofmann of Hubert, NC finished in second place with 18.42 pounds winning $698 and $280 from the High Stakes Option Pot. Hofmann used a square bill crankbait and a Shakey Head in 3-5 feet of water for his second place finish.

Charles Bowman of Kemersville, NC finished in third place with 18.42 pounds winning $473.

Mike Miller of Archdale, NC had the boater Big Bass weighing 6.14 pounds to win $190 from the Big Bass Pot. Miller used an Abu Garcia reel to catch the boater Big Bass and he was awarded an Abu Garcia Revo SX reel valued at $159.99 through the Abu Garcia Big Bass Bonus program.

Eddie Cook of Clemens, NC was the co-angler champion of the High Rock event with 13.21 pounds winning $685. Cook targeted wood cover with a Zoom Baby Brush Hog.

George Hirapetian of Charlotte, NC finished in second place on the co-angler side with 10.76 pounds winning $349. Hirapetian caught a limit on a Pop-R, and then, went to a Shakey Head later in the day.

Eddy Morgan of Denver, NC finished in third place on the co-angler side with 10.14 pounds and had the 5.45 pound co-angler Big Bass winning $237 for third place, $95 for Big Bass, and $187 from the High Stakes Option Pot.

Complete result can be found at this link

The next North Carolina RAM Weekend Bass Series event will be held on June 27th, 2015 at High Rock Lake, launching from Tamarac Marina. More info on this upcoming event can be found at this link or by calling ABA tournament manager, Rodney Michael, at (256) 497-0967.

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Croxton Takes Oconee Victory

Robert "Bob" Croxton of Lilburn, GA won the Georgia Division RAM Weekend Bass Series event at Lake Oconee on May 16th, 2015. Croxton weighed in 13.71 pounds and the 5.66 pound boater Big Bass of the event to win $1184. "I caught three on a ledge with a Shakey Head and then started flipping docks. I returned to the same ledge with about 45 minutes left and that's when I caught the Big Bass on a jig. The ledge fish were in 6-12 feet of water," said Croxton.

Kenny Holloway of Eatonton, GA finished in second place with 13.32 pounds winning $955 for second place and $523 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "I fished down lake in the Richland Creek area and that's where I caught my five keepers. It was a grind. I caught my fifth keeper at noon. I mostly fished wood, stumps, and brush. Just whatever was in the water," said Holloway.

Pat Fisher of Colbert, GA finished in third place with 12.76 pounds winning $645 and $267 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "I only had a total of seven bites all day. I ended up going up the river and started flipping docks and throwing a frog. After coming back down, I was able to cull once on a frog," said Fisher.

George Haynie of Cordele, GA was the co-angler champion of the event with 7.85 pounds and the 4.86 pound co-angler Big Bass winning $872 for first place. "My boater took me all over the lake today. I ended up catching my fish on a Shakey Head, just chunking to any wood I saw. I'm glad to be here and enjoyed the day. Praise the Lord," said Haynie.

Michael Price of Conyers, GA finished in second place on the co-angler side with 6.28 pounds winning $443 for second place. "We mainly stayed in Sugar Creek fishing shallow docks. I was throwing a Giggy Head with a green pumpkin/blue trick worm," said Price.

Steven Hersom of Navare, FL was the third place co-angler with 4.29 pounds winning $300 for third place. Hersom used a crankbait and a jig for his day's catch.

Complete result can be found at this link

The next Georgia Division RAM Weekend Bass Series event will be held on September 19th-20th, 2015 at Lake Eufaula, launching from Lakepoint Resort State Park. More info on this upcoming event can be found at this link or by calling ABA tournament manager, Billy Benedetti, at (256) 230-5632.

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News - WBS

Kuppart Wins Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus

Casey Kuppart of Jackson, MO won the Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus after using an Abu Garcia Revo Winch reel to catch the 6.86 pound co-angler Big Bass at the Kentucky Division Ram Weekend Bass Series event at Kentucky Lake on May 16th, 2015. He was awarded an Abu Garcia Revo SX reel valued at $159.99.

The Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus is an incentive program that applies to selected American Bass Anglers events. The Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus program applies to all RAM Weekend Bass Series events and RAM 100% Plus Team Tour events along with each competition day of the Military Team Bass Event, Couples Series National Championship, AFT National Championship, and the Ray Scott Championship. There is no fee to participate in this program. Anglers that use any model Abu Garcia reel to catch the prevailing Big Bass at qualifying American Bass Anglers events will be awarded a new Abu Garcia Revo SX reel valued at $159.99. Abu Garcia has created an incentive program without any associated fees, registrations, or claim forms to be filled out.

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News - WBS

Webb Wins Kentucky Lake Event

Ronny Webb of Dyersburg, TN won the Kentucky Division RAM Weekend Bass Series event at Old Kentucky Lake on May 16th, 2015. Webb weighed in 19.99 pounds to take home $1682 for first place. Webb used a jig and a Shakey Head for his winning catch.

Gary Singleton of Dickson, TN finished in second place with 18.83 pounds and had the boater Big Bass weighing 5.93 pounds. Singleton won $855 for second place, $250 for Big Bass, and $360 from the High Stakes option Pot. "I caught the Big Bass on a crankbait and we caught a bunch on a swimbait. We caught a bunch of bass and we had a blast today. The fish bit all day," said Singleton.

Matthew Robertson of Central City, KY finished in third place with 18.75 pounds winning $578 and $240 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "I caught all of my fish and a Swagger swimbait and flipping a jig," said Robertson.

David Carroll of Manitou, KY was the co-angler champion of the Kentucky event. Carroll had 14.53 pounds winning $810 for first place and $213 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "I caught them on a crankbait of off ledges today and I was lucky enough to get a few big bites," said Carroll.

Casey Kuppart of Jackson, MO finished in second place on the co-angler side with 14.92 pounds and the 6.86 pound co-angler Big Bass winning $412 for second place, $110 for Big Bass, and $128 from the High Stakes Option Pot. Kuppart also used an Abu Garcia reel to catch his Big Bass earning himself a new Abu Garcia Revo SX reel valued at $159.99 through the Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus program. He used a spinnerbait and a Carolina rigged green pumpkin Zoom Brush Hog for his second place finish. His Big Bass came on the spinnerbait using an Abu Garcia Revo Winch reel.

James Swain of Greenville, KY was the third place co-angler with 11.75 pounds winning $279. "I used a black/silver Swagger swimbait and a big spoon today. I did cull 5-6 times, but it was a grind all day," said Swain.

Complete results can be found at this link

The next Kentucky Division RAM Weekend Bass Series event will be held on June 28th, 2015 at Kentucky Lake, launching from Paris Landing. More info on this upcoming event can be found at this link or by calling ABA tournament manager, Kristin Malott, at (256) 771-3709.

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Mercury Marine welcomes the repower season with ‘Summer, Here We Come!’ sales event 

 

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (May 18, 2015) – Mercury Marine has introduced its “Summer, Here We Come!” sales event, which offers consumers a choice between special financing for repower engines or rebate dollars upon purchase of a qualifying engine.

Launched in September 2014, the Mercury Repower Financing program offers repower-engine financing to credit-worthy consumers.

“Summer, Here We Come!”, which runs until June 30, offers a special, low-interest financing rate of 4.99 percent APR for qualified applicants. This low rate, along with down payments as low as 10 percent, provides more consumers the option of financing their repower purchases. Consumers who choose the Repower Revolution rebate instead of financing can receive a rebate of up to $1,250 per qualifying repower engine.

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RAM Weekend Bass Series Events on May 23rd

Oklahoma - 5/23/2015 - Grand Lake at Wolf Creek - Director: Chris Wayand (256) 230-5627 - Info link

Anglers will take advantage of the new "no linking" format along with increased payouts. First place boaters can win $3000 and first place co-anglers can win $1500 with just a 50 boat field. Payouts will increase to $5000 first place boater and $2500 first place co-angler with a 100 boat field.

At the end of the 2015 season 10 Boaters and 10 Co-anglers from each RAM Weekend Bass Series division will advance directly to the RAM Ray Scott Championship that will be held in April 2016 on Lake Hartwell in Anderson, SC. Payouts for the Ray Scott Championship will be huge at the 2016 event. Both the boater and co-angler champions will receive cash, new Triton Boats and a RAM Truck Champion Bonus! Cash, prizes, and contingencies combined will total over $200,000 to the Boater Champion.

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News - AFT

Len Lindahl First Place at Lake Talquin
 
From Division 76 Talquin May 16 & 17, 2015 Len Lindahl from Alford, Fl. is one step closer to the ABA National Championship with a 1st Place win and $420.00 in the American Fishing Tour Divisional Bass Tournament held on Lake Talquin this past weekend . Len’s ten bass weighed in at 44.73 lbs. Second Place went to Mitch Oldnettle with a weight of 13.15 lbs., Third Place was Stan Chandler with a weight of 8.26 lbs. Big Bass went to Len Lindahl with an 7.78 lbs. Largemouth. 
 
These anglers are acquiring valuable points to insure their birth in the American Fishing Tour National Championship that will be held this fall. Their points are also being used to determine the divisional angler of the year. The top angler by points earned in this division will represent the division in the Angler of the Year final round.
 
Conditions: The weather was warm and sunny with moderate winds. The lake level was full and the water was stained.
 
Winning Strategy: Len caught his fish with a frog on a shallow sand bar. 

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Jimbo and Pattie McClain win on Lay Lake 
 
ATHENS, Ala. – Jimbo and Pattie McClain won the American Couples Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Central Alabama Division 1 tournament, held May, 16, 2015, on Lay Lake.
 
Running out of Paradise Point Marina near Shelby, the team from Alexander City, AL, caught 5 bass weighing 12.56 pounds with a 3.48-pound kicker. For the victory, they earned a check for $563.00. The McClain’s caught their fish on shaky head in shallow grass.
 
In second for the 15 teams, Shawn and Jamie Wikoff of Smiths Station, AL, caught 5 bass weighing 12.10 pounds.They caught their fish on Ssim jig in shallow grass and pocketed a check for $338. Shawn won the Men’s Big Fish contest with a 4.34-pound lunker

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Mercury Marine supports National Safe Boating Week, May 16-22, reminding boaters to wear life jackets

Social media giveaway contest open to all through May 26 

 

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (May 14, 2015) – Mercury Marine will join boating safety advocates during National Safe Boating Week, May 16-22, to promote safe and responsible boating, including consistently wearing a life jacket every time a boater is on the water, using products and services that promote safe boating, and seeking proper training to educate and inform boaters.
 
Mercury also will join a dozen other Brunswick boat brands in featuring a sweepstakes on social media. The contest prize is a safety kit featuring Attwood’s bailer safety kit, a multi-function LED sport light, a first aid kit, a telescoping emergency paddle and a 40-liter dry bag along with two Mustang personal flotation devices and a Mercury Marine emergency-shutoff lanyard. Each of Brunswick’s 13 marine brands participating in this initiative will conduct the social media sweepstakes contest, and each will offer a safety kit. Consumers can enter by visiting Mercury Marine's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MercuryMarine
 
The contest is open to all U.S. consumers, with the exception of Brunswick employees and their immediate family, who are ineligible to win. Contestants can enter once a day for the life of the contest, with 13 winners – one for each brand – being selected at random May 26 from the pool of all eligible entries at each brand. Prizes will be shipped within 15 days of the announcement of the winners.
 
National Safe Boating Week is the launch of the 2015 North American Safe Boating Campaign. This yearlong campaign promotes safe and responsible boating and the value of voluntary, consistent life jacket wear by recreational boaters through the campaign’s national theme, "Wear It!"
 
“You can have a great time while choosing to always wear a life jacket and being a responsible boater,” said Pete Chisholm, Mercury Marine product safety manager.  
 
The Council believes life jacket wear is the simplest strategy for boaters to stay safe while enjoying their favorite recreational water activity. According to recent U.S. Coast Guard statistics, drowning was the reported cause of death in 75 percent of all boating fatalities in 2013. Of those, 84 percent were reported as not wearing their life jackets. Today’s life jackets are much more comfortable, lightweight and stylish than the bulky orange style most boaters know. There are innovative options, such as inflatable life jackets, that allow mobility and flexibility for activities such as boating, fishing, paddling or hunting, and that are more comfortable and cooler in warmer weather.

 

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Todd Rose wins on Lillinonah

05/09/2015

Athens, Al - Todd Rose won the American Fishing Tour Connecticut division 6 tournament with 5 bass weighing 15.75 held on Lake Lillinonah on 05/09/2015.

Running out of the State ramp landing near the town of Brookfield Ct, the Stafford Springs Connecticut angler caught 5 bass weighing 15.75 pounds.  Most of the day was overcast and breezy, but it still didn't matter to Todd as he was able to catch all of his fish by sight fishing including the big fish of the day, a beautiful 4.63 smallmouth.

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Cox Wins Best Western Travel Card

Ben Cox of The Ripley, MS was the winner of a $100 Best Western Travel Card at the May 3rd, 2015 RAM Weekend Bass Series event at Lake Wheeler.  Cox lodged at the host Best Western hotel during the event and he was entered into the Best Western Travel Card drawing.  There is a drawing for a $100 Best Western travel card at every RAM Weekend Bass Series event that has a Best Western host hotel. Anglers must bring their Best Western hotel receipts to registration to enter the drawing.

Best Western Hotels offers an incentive reward program to ABA anglers for staying at Best Western hotels during ABA events. Drawings will be held at all RAM Weekend Bass Series events and all ABA National Championships. At registration, anglers simply need to bring a copy of their receipt from the Best Western hotel that they are lodging at during the event to be entered into the drawing.  This program will continue for the entire 2015 season.

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

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Smith Wins Revo at Lake Wheeler

Robert "Joel" Smith of Guin, AL won the Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus after using an Abu Garcia reel to catch the 6.37 pound co-angler Big Bass at the Alabama West Ram Weekend Bass Series event at Lake Wheeler on May 3rd, 2015. He was awarded an Abu Garcia Revo SX reel valued at $159.99.

The Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus is an incentive program that applies to selected American Bass Anglers events. The Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus program applies to all RAM Weekend Bass Series events and RAM 100% Plus Team Tour events along with each competition day of the Military Team Bass Event, Couples Series National Championship, AFT National Championship, and the Ray Scott Championship. There is no fee to participate in this program. Anglers that use any model Abu Garcia reel to catch the prevailing Big Bass at qualifying American Bass Anglers events will be awarded a new Abu Garcia Revo SX reel valued at $159.99. Abu Garcia has created an incentive program without any associated fees, registrations, or claim forms to be filled out.

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