Athens, Al - Shawn Keena of Bismarck, North Dakota won the American Fishing Tour North Dakota division 127 tournament with five fish weighing 9.09 held on Lake Sakakawea on 09/13/2014.
North Dakota District 127 American Bass Anglers Championship was held on September 13 and 14 on Lake Sakakawea. This lake spans from Montana to Just about South Dakota and has been recognized as a top small mouth fishery in the nation. Weather was a factor on the first day with a cold front and high winds that limited the bite.
After the first day only ounces separated the field but Shawn Keena of Bismarck found them on the second day and pulled away for the championship. Shawn, using a drop shot rig with a pro senko, bagged a three fish limit of 6.57 pounds on the second day to take the championship. His winning pattern was fishing a rock point shallow after the winds pounded this area the day before. Shawn took home $264 and the championship plaque.
Hardies/Sarff Claim Minnesota 44 AOY and District Titles
ABA Minnesota 44's season came to a close over the weekend of September 6-7, and as expected, the battle for Angler of the Year and District final titles were nailbiters.
Anglers preparing for the District finals prefished Bald Eagle and Big Marine for weeks, scouring the big lakes for consistent winning patterns with very limited success. No one claimed to have devised a sure-fire strategy for either water, and contestants launched on Saturday ready to throw the whole tackle box at the lake and see what stuck.
On Bald Eagle, shallow water fan Craig Stowell narrowed his focus to the dock bite, and it worked out well for him, producing a healthy bag of 13.16 pounds, far outdistancing the rest of the field for the Day One lead. Scott Sarff worked his jig magic on the lake's many weedlines and put together a catch of 10.99 pounds to stake his claim on second. Conrad Guttenfelder combed the weedlines and points to deliver 8.36 pounds to the scales, but clearly felt that a turned-on Bald Eagle could have produced much more.
American Bass Anglers Division 126 kicked off the 2015 season Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Stockton Lake. Current, new and returning members, including two young members (14-15 years old) gathered at Hartley Ramp early Saturday morning. Sky was overcast, but stars were beginning to shine through. The wind was out of the North and gusty at times; the sun came out in the afternoon as the temperatures rose from mid 40’s to about 60˚.
Scott Tassi of Arma, KS took the win with a 5-fish limit that weighed 14.19lb, anchored by Big Bass of the tournament a 6.01lb black bass. Scott took home $538 for the day’s efforts. Second place was Cherryvale, KS angler, Jim Clay who weighed in with 10.75lb and won over $200. Erie, KS angler, Eric Craft rounded out the top three with a weight of 9.28lb and went home with about $100. Each angler received a prize; prizes included product from Eagle One Marine Wax and gift certificates from Albers Marine, The Outboard Doctor and Antlers Ridge. Anglers choosing to stay over-night at Happy O’s Resort received an ABA discount.
Athens, Al - Louie Bernardo of Taunton, MA won the American Fishing Tour division tournament with five fish weighing 13.33 pounds held on on.
Louie brought in one of the two limits that came to the scales. His sack weighed in at 13.33 pounds, anchored by a 3.81 pound largemouth kicker. Coming in second was Billy Barrett with a 9.75 pound sack. Jay Guidaboni followed in third place with his 9.41 pound catch.
The day started out w/drizzles w/cool 57 degree air temps. When the sun came out, the cold front left & air temps climbed in the high 70s to the low 80s.
Louie caught most of his fishing in 6-15 feet of water, in the inside points, using the Yamamoto black spider jigs. His Rhapsody rod sponsor was the key to the sensitive pick up & w/solid hook sets, he put the in the box. He also said, he culled up all day.
Rich Falcon Wins New York AOY and Divisional Title
Rich Falcon dominated the competition at the New York 2-day Divisional on Lakes Wynetta and Lamoka. Averaging 3 pounds a fish, Rich bested his closest competitor by over 17 pounds.
This decisive win earned Rich 2014 Angler of the Year Honors. Going into the event Rich was tied in the overall AOY points with Don Tripoli. Both needing a great finish to win the AOY honors, each one fished different techniques and water depths. Rich fished a dock pattern where he located larger fish which replenished throughout the competition.
Don, finishing in second place with 18.77 pounds, fished the outside edge of weed lines. The first day of the competition ended with Rich in first place with a total of over 14 pounds anchored by a 3.77 lb largemouth. This placed him 2 lbs ahead of eventual 3rd place winner Mike Higgins and 6 lbs ahead of Don.
Athens, Al - Todd Leggett of Greenville, NC won the American Fishing Tour North Carolina East division 15 tournament with 10 fish weighing 20.99 pounds held on Tar River on 08/23/2014.
Running out of Trainers Creek Landing near Washington, NC, the Greenville, NC, angler caught 5 bass weighing 10.16 pounds on day one, and 5 bass weighing 10.83 pounds on day two. The 10 bass totaled 20.99 pounds for the victory, Todd took home a check for $448.00. Todd caught his fish on worms, jigs, and spinner baits.
Sean Anderson of Leesville, SC won the American Fishing Tour, presented by American Bass Anglers, South Carolina Division 96 one-day qualifier tournament held August 24, 2014, on Lake Greenwood and running out of Greenwood State Park near Ninety Six, SC.
27 anglers fished this Lake Greenwood one-day qualifying tournament. It started out at 73 degrees and ended with the 3pm weigh-in at 89 degrees. It stayed cloudy almost all day with a brisk wind out of the NE at 15 to 20 mph. Water temperature was in the high 80's. The main lake was clear but it was a little stained in the rivers and creeks.
Our winner, Sean Anderson of Leesville, SC had five fish at 12.44 pounds that included the 4.83 pound kicker. Sean caught his fish on a buzzbaits and spinnerbaits around points in the middle part of the lake. Sean's payoff for the day was $718.
Gene Parker of Asheville, NC was second place with four fish at 12.12 pounds. Gene caught one fish on a buzzbait and the rest on his ParkerBaits Spinnerbait on the upper part of the lake. Gene took home a total of $582.
As the regular schedule drew to a close for ABA Minnesota 44 for 2014, district anglers found the usually generous Clearwater Lake a tough nut to crack on August 24. Heavy tournament pressure, low water levels, and thickly matted weeds shut competitors out of some of their favorite haunts, and a number of able fishermen spent much of the day frustrated and bewildered. Nonetheless a few stalwarts managed to find success by taking very different approaches in tournament strategy.
Ken Straley bested a tight group at the top with a good 14.48 pound weigh bag. He found his fish by working a crawdad crankbait on 4-6 foot flats and hopping a jigworm to produce his biggest bass.
Running out of Lees Park landing, near Mt. Arlington, NJ, Mike McMahon of Hackettstown, NJ caught 10 bass weighing 26.71 pounds with a 4.66-pound kicker largemouth. For the victory, McMahon took home a check for $676 plus $110 for Big Fish. Mike also secured the NJ Division 10 AOY title, by working a white chatter bait.
If Mike travels to the National Championship to represent and defend the ABA National AOY Title, from Division 10 he will also receive an additional $215 from a Director generated-managed 50/50 season long raffle.
In second among the competitors, John Campos of Fairfield, NJ caught nine fish weighing 14.66 pounds. Campos caught his fish by pulling a Jewel Baits jig in PB&J and pocketed a check for $292.
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