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John Campos Wins on Lake Hopatcong

04/12/2014

Athens, Al - John Campos of Fairfield, NJ won the American Fishing Tour New Jersey division 10 tournament with two fish weighing 2.16 pounds held on Hopatcong on 04/12/2015.

Running out of Lees Park landing near, MT. ARLINGTON, NJ, John Campos of Fairfield, NJ caught two bass weighing 2.16 pounds, just four days after ice out. For the victory Campos took home a check for $401. John caught his fish pitching a jig.
 
In second among the competitors was Lucas Bogosain of Harrington Park, NJ. Bogo caught one fish weighing 2.16 pounds. Bogo was using Ardent Apex reels with Hi-Seas line while flipping shallow water. Lucas pocketed a check for $187.  Lucas also captured the “Big Fish” side pool with the 2.16 pound largemouth collected an additional $60.

 

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Cam "The California Kid" Smith Wins at Wequaquet Lake

04/12/2015

Athens, Al - Cameron Smith won the American Fishing Tour Massachusetts - New England division 5 tournament with three fish weighing 11.69 pounds held on Wequaquet Lake on 04/12/2015.

The weather was 41 degrees at registration but increased to 62 degrees at the weigh in.

We had bluebird skies, brisk winds at SSW that switched to SSE at 15-20 mph. That change made for a difficult bite for 16 anglers that did not weigh in a fish. 
 
We had 24 competitors that brought just 17 fish to the scales by just 8 anglers. The combined weight was 35.06 pounds that averaged out to 2.06 pounds per bass.

 

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Kyle Brooks Takes First Place at Lake Seminole

04/12/2015

Athens, Al - Kyle Brooks of Wewahichika, FL won the American Fishing Tour Florida - Seminole division 114 tournament with five fish weighing 21.38 pounds held on Seminole on 04/12/2015.

From Division 114 Seminole April 12, 2015 Kyle Brooks from Wewahichika, FL is one step closer to the ABA National Championship with a first place win and $365 in the American Fishing Tour Divisional Bass Tournament held on Lake Seminole this past weekend. Kyle's five bass weighed in at 21.38 pounds. Second Place went to Richard Clark with a weight of 18.29 pounds. Third Place was Nicholas Brown with a weight of 16.24 pounds. 

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.

 

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Rogersville, Ala. native serves aboard USS Ronald Reagan

(Military Spotlight)
 

by Lt. j.g. Christopher Hanson

SAN DIEGO – A 2002 Winter Springs High School graduate and Rogersville, Alabama, native is serving on one of the world’s largest warships, the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Parker Rountree is an aviation electronics technician aboard the San Diego-based ship, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and one of only ten operational aircraft carriers in the Navy today.

“I work in aviation maintenance, working on navigation and communications equipment and troubleshooting for the aircraft on board the carrier,” said Rountree

Named in honor of former President Ronald Reagan, the carrier is longer than 3 football fields, at nearly 1,100 feet long. The ship is 252 feet wide and weighs more than 100,000 tons. Two nuclear reactors can push the ship through the water at nearly 35 mph.

As a sailor with numerous responsibilities, Rountree said he is proud to serve his country aboard an aircraft carrier.

“I love the people and wonderful experiences. My opportunities to travel and see places outside growing up in the South are amazing,” said Rountree.

Rountree also said he is very proud of the work he is doing as part of USS Ronald Reagan’s nearly 3,000-member crew, helping protect America on the world’s oceans.

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Ray Neighbors Wins D47 Tournament at Hamilton

03/28/2015

Story by John Simonof

The American Fishing Tour, Division 47 of American Bass Anglers held its final one-day Divisional Tournament of the 2015 season on Lake Hamilton on March 28, 2015. A recent cold front had knocked the water temperature down a few degrees but it didn't seem to affect the fish too much. Eighteen anglers produced 59 fish, including ten five fish limits, for a total weight of 111.72 pounds.
 
Ray Neighbors topped the field with a five fish limit that weighed 18.18 pounds. John relied on a Rat-L-Trap to catch his fish. Ray earned $590 for his efforts on the day.
 
Bill Cerrato earned $288 for second place. He too hauled in a five fish limit that weighed 10.91 pounds all caught on a Carolina-rig.

 

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Jason Dies Wins on Old Hickory Lake

03/29/2015

Athens, Al - Jason Dies, of Lebanon, TN, won the American Fishing Tour Tennessee Central division 31 tournament with five fish weighing 12.15 pounds held on Old Hickory on 03/29/2015.

With a beautiful day free of snow and rain, the angler came out to run for AOY. The Morning started out in the mid-20s but ended with a windy 65 Degree day.

In second among the competitors, Clark Cowley, of Lebanon, caught five bass weighing 12.00 pounds. He pocketed a check for $163.
 
Taking third place, Billy Throne, also of Lebanon, caught five bass weighing 8.50 pounds. In Fourth place, Fred Needham, of Portland, Tennessee, caught three bass weighing 8.15 pounds. Alvin Pannell, of Indianapolis, Indiana, rounded out the top five competitors with 2 bass weighing 5.60 pounds.

 

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Co-Angler Wins on High Rock

Athens, Al - Tyler Heuple won the RAM American Fishing Tour division 14 tournament on High Rock Lake in Lexington, NC with three fish weighing 6.00 pounds held on 03/28/2015.

Tyler Heuple of Gainsville, Va. is one step closer to the RAM American Fishing Tour National Championship with a first place win on High Rock Lake this past weekend. Heuple weighed in three bass, which weighed 6.00 pounds. Second place went to Charles A. Whitaker of Troutman, NC with two bass weighing 5.91 pounds. Third place went to Lee Busque of Olin, NC with two bass weighing in at 5.38 pounds.

At launch time the temperatures were in the upper 30's with clear skies, and north northwest winds at 10 to 20 mph. The day’s post frontal conditions continued with high pressure, blue bird skies, and temperatures topping out in the low 50's. Water temperatures were in the mid to upper 50's.

The winning pattern was cranking rocky points in 8 to10 ft. of water. Tyler was very gracious and thanked his boater as they had a fun day on the lake after his victory in his very first Ram American Fishing Tour event. Congratulations!

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Reid McGinn Wins the AFT Qualifier on Lake Murray

03/22/2015

Athens, Al - Reid McGinn of Fort Mill, SC won the American Fishing Tour South Carolina - Greenwood division 96 tournament with five fish weighing 23.80 pounds held on Lake Murray running out of Dreher Island State Park near Prosperity, SC.

Our winner, Reid McGinn had five fish for 23.80 pounds for the win. His limit was anchored with a 7.26 pound kicker. He was fishing jig on docks around the middle part of the lake. Reid's first place finish and option pot earned him a payback of $810.
 
Gene Parker finished second with five fish weighing 19.83 pounds. Gene was bed fishing on the lower part and caught his fish on a Brush Hog rigged on a shakey head and a pig and jig. Gene earned $504 with second place and the option pot.

 

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Brad Fowler wins on Lake Hartwell

03/15/2015

Athens, Al - Brad Fowler of Pendleton,SC won the American Fishing Tour South Carolina - North East division 25 tournament with 5 fish weighing 20.75 pounds held on Hartwell on 03/15/2015.

 

Top 5 Anglers

Pl Name Fish Total Points
1 Brad Fowler 5 20.75 194
2 Mike Strickland 5 16.12 193
3 Chris Sample 5 15.55 192
4 Larry Martin 5 13.19 191
5 Phillip Anderson 5 13.18 190

Big Bass winner: Mike Strickland 7.23pounds

Next Event for the South Carolina - North East division 25 -

Next event is on Clark Hill Lake launching out of Dorn Boating Facility on April 19th,2015

 

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Tim Wiltfong wins on Falls Lake

03/21/2015

Athens, Al - Tim Wiltfong of Wake Forest, NC won the American Fishing Tour North Carolina East division 15 tournament with 5 fish weighing 16.16 pounds held on Falls Lake on 03/21/2015.

Running out of Ledge Rock Landing near Creedmoor, NC, the Wake Forest, NC, angler caught 5 bass weighing 16.16 pounds. Tim took home a check for $195.00. Tim caught his fish on worms crank baits jigs and spinner baits.

In second among the competitors, Jason Taylor of Richlands, NC, caught 3 bass weighing 7.14 pounds.   

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RAM American Fishing Tour Events This Weekend
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27 MS 4/18/2015 Back Bay
94 SC 4/18/2015 Savannah River
17 NC 4/18/2015 Chowan
60 NM 4/18/2015 Elephant Butte
112 TX 4/18/2015 Ray Roberts
33 KY 4/18/2015 Kentucky Lake
35 IN 4/18/2015 Jimmerson
58 KS 4/18/2015 Big Hill
11 Md 4/18/2015 Potomac
39 IL 4/18/2015 Clinton Lake
3 VA 4/18/2015 Lake Gaston
47 AR 4/18/2015 Lake Ouachita
4/19/2015
29 AL 4/18/2015 Guntersville
122 OK 4/18/2015 Keystone Lake
32 KY 4/18/2015 Kentucky Lake
21 FL 4/18/2015 Toho
25 SC 4/19/2015 Clark Hill
52 TX 4/19/2015 Waco
112 TX 4/19/2015 Ray Roberts
60 NM 4/19/2015 Elephant Butte
23 FL 4/19/2015 Toho
39 IL 4/19/2015 Clinton Lake
RAM American Fishing Tour Events This Weekend
Div State Date Lake
71 TN 4/25/2015 Cherokee
6 CT 4/25/2015 Highland Lake
16 NC 4/25/2015 Gaston
15 NC 4/25/2015 Roanoke River
14 NC 4/25/2015 Lake Hickory
9 PA 4/25/2015 Northeast River
56 TX 4/25/2015 Texoma
24 AL 4/25/2015 Lake Mitchell
51 TX 4/25/2015 Lake Austin
76 FL 4/25/2015 Talquin
126 MO 4/25/2015 Stockton
93 OH 4/25/2015 Alum Creek Reservoir
12 GA 4/25/2015 Lake Eufaula
42 AR 4/25/2015 Dardanelle
99 GA 4/25/2015 West Point
102 VA 4/25/2015 Kerr Lake
96 SC 4/26/2015 Clarks Hill
31 TN 4/26/2015 Old Hickory
66 KS 4/26/2015 Milford Lake
51 TX 4/26/2015 Lake Austin
110 AL 4/26/2015 Bankhead
32 KY 4/26/2015 Kentucky Lake
2015 Top 50 Point Holders
Plce
Name
Div
Points
1
1001
2
986
3
874
4
868
5
867
6
855
7
799
8
793
9
792
9
792
9
792
12
790
13
789
14
788
14
788
14
788
17
787
18
786
19
784
19
784
19
784
19
784
23
783
23
783
25
782
25
782
25
782
25
782
29
781
30
780
30
780
30
780
30
780
34
779
35
778
35
778
35
778
35
778
35
778
35
778
35
778
42
777
42
777
42
777
42
777
46
776
46
776
46
776
46
776
46
776
2015 Top 10 Big Bass
Name
Div
Date
Weight
01/10/2015
8.99
11/08/2014
8.74
12/06/2014
8.52
10/04/2014
8.49
03/08/2015
8.48
10/04/2014
8.44
03/22/2015
8.32
04/04/2015
8.22
01/17/2015
8.19
11/22/2014
8.08
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