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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
After 16 years of competing on the ABA AFT trail, Tom Weber nailed down his first ever Division 5 win. He weighed in a limit of fish weighing 12.41 pounds anchored by the big fish of the day weighing 5.39 pounds. For his win he pocketed $795.
Tom caught his fish on a KVD 2.5 square bill crankbait, but he caught his big fish on a 1/2 ounce Peanut Butter & Jelly Veracity jig with a Block Buster trailer.
After a long and cold winter, water temperatures were still in the low 50's, coupled with a NNE wind at 10-15 mph made for a tough bite. Only 7 limits came to the scales and 12 anglers did not weigh fish.
Top five winners:
1. Tom Webber -12.41 lbs
2. Dan Taylor - 12.34 lbs
3. Cameron Smith - 11.38 lbs
4. Deron Nicholas - 8.13 lbs
5. Joe DeSousa - 8.09 lbs
Our next tournament will be at Mashpee/Wakeby Pond; Mashpee, MA on Sunday, May 24, 2015. For more information call Bob Medeiros at (508) 477-2991.
Dave Benham won the American Bass Anglers Division 97 tournament held May 3, 2015, on Onota Lake in Pittsfield, MA.
Dave caught 5 bass weighing 15.29 pounds with a 5.22 pound kicker. For the victory, Dave took home a check for $406. His smallmouth were caught with a jerkbait in less than 10' of water. His largemouth, the big bass of the tournament was caught with a jig.
In second among the competitors, Al Gagliarducci, caught 5 bass weighing 13.20 pounds and pocketed a check for $200.
Billy Thorne won the American Fishing Tour, presented by American Bass Anglers. Central Tenn. Division 31 tournament, held 04/26/2015, on Old Hickory Lake. With a beautiful day, Starting in the low 50's and ending in the 80's. With the tournament running out of Bull Creek landing near Gallatin, Tenn.. the Lebanon,Tn. angler caught 5 bass weighing 14.65 pounds. For the victory, Billy took home a check for $249.00. Billy, also had Big fish for the day weighting in at 5.20 pounds. Billy catch his limit using a fisherman secret lure.
Athens, Al - Charles A. Whitaker won his second RAM American Fishing Tour division 14 tournament on Lake Hickory in Hickory, NC with five fish weighing 17.82 pounds held on 04/25/2015.
Charles Whitaker of Troutman, NC is one step closer to the RAM American Fishing Tour National Championship with a first place win on Lake Hickory this past weekend. Whitaker weighed in five bass, which weighed 17.82 pounds. Second place went to Scott McLamb of Moresville, NC with Five bass weighing 16.92 pounds. Third place went to Jerry Stone of Sherrils Ford, NC with five bass weighing in at 15.34 pounds.
At launch time the temperatures were in the upper 40's with cloudy skies with light variable winds. The day’s conditions continued with light rain and cloudy skies, and temperatures topping out in the upper 50's. Water temperatures were in the low to mid 60's.
The winning pattern came bed fishing and throwing a spinner bait. Charles Whitaker said he found a few bed fish early in the week, then covered water with a spinner bait and a Muffin Top jig. His big fish came on a 9/16 oz. Muffin Top jig in “Booski”(black and blue). Other successful anglers also reported that a spinner bait, rattletrap and a jig were their top baits. Congratulations Charles! See you at High Rock Lake on the 17th of May at Southmont Ramp.
The Stockton Lake bass proved to be a little picky for American Bass Anglers Division 126 Saturday, April 25, 2015, as only five anglers weighed in the 5-fish limit. However, it was Springfield, MO angler, Kerwin Chastain with only four fish that had the winning weight of 12.22 lbs. He also had Big Bass of the tournament with a 6.20 largemouth. Chastain took $759 for the win. He and his boater reported catching fish in at least 16’ of water, dragging jigs on windy banks.
Mike Carter of Raytown, MO took 2nd place with a total weight of 10.88 lbs. Third place went to Bill Stines of Skiatook, OK with 10.57 lbs and 4th place was Ft. Scott angler, Tony French with 10.52 lbs. These anglers also caught their fish in 16’, dragging jigs on windy banks.
Twenty-two anglers from Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma experienced typical spring weather with fronts moving through the area bringing overcast and wind. The next tournament for this circuit will be May 30, 2015, again on Stockton Lake using Old State Park as launch site.
From Division 76 Talquin April 25, 2015 Allen Raines from Marianna, Fl. is one step closer to the ABA National Championship with a 1st Place win and $210.00 in the American Fishing Tour Divisional Bass Tournament held on Lake Talquin this past weekend . Allen’s five bass weighed in at 12.71 lbs. Second Place went to Len Lindahl with a weight of 9.33 lbs., Third Place was Mitch Oldnettle with a weight of 6.91 lbs. Big Bass went to Len Lindahl with an 4.74 lbs. Largemouth.
Jerry Fowler Wins D94 Tournament on the Savannah River
Athens, Al - Jerry Fowler of Walterboro, SC won the American Fishing Tour South Carolina-Savannah River division 94 tournament with five fish weighing 20.59 pounds held on Savannah River on 03/14/2015.
Fowler, is one step closer to the AFT National Championship with a first place win and earned a total of $522 in the American Fishing Tour Tournament held on the Savannah River this past weekend. Fowler weighed in five bass limit, which weighed 20.59 pounds, anchored by a 7.12 pound largemouth. Second place went to Mike Holloway with a five bass limit weighing 16.53 pounds. Third place went to Joe McDonie. Fourth place went to Barry Descaro. And fifth place went to Debbie Robinson.
At launch time the temperatures were in the mid-50s with cloudy skies. They day continued with temperatures topping out in the low 60s and clear throughout the day. Water temperatures were in the upper 60s.
Athens, Al - McDonie, is one step closer to the ABA National Championship with a first place win and earned a total of $543, in the American Fishing Tournament held on the Savannah River this past weekend. McDonie weighed in five bass limit, which weighed 16.28 pounds and anchored by a 5.61 pound largemouth. Second place went to Nitro Team Member Joe Toth with a five bass limit weighing 15.96 pounds. Third place went to Sean Murphy with a five bass limit weighing 14.00 pounds. Fourth place went to Curtis Sanders with a five bass limit weighing 11.48 pounds and fifth place went to Wayne Ackerman with a five bass limit weighing 10.42 pounds.
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