Doug Shrum Wins the Division 47 Opener at Lake Maumelle
Story by John Simonof
The American Fishing Tour, Division 47, of American Bass Anglers held its 2016 season opener on Lake Maumelle October 3, 2015. Cooler temps made for more comfortable fishing conditions, but the wind kept boats pushed around and made for a bumpy ride across the lake. Some anglers indicated a strong reaction bite in the early morning, then slowing down as the day progressed. Seventeen anglers came out and caught 61 fish for a total weight of 86.31 pounds.
Doug Shrum topped the field with a five fish limit for a total weight of 11.88 pounds. Doug threw a spinnerbait early to haul in a limit, then relied on a jig to upgrade. Doug also caught the Big Bass of the day, weighing 4.61 pounds, on a jig.
Jason Theis of Hubert, NC won the Ram American Fishing Tour Division 15 event on the Tar River on September 26, 2015. Running out of Tranters Creek near Washington, NC, the Hubert, NC angler caught five bass weighing 10.18 pounds. Jason took home a check for $249 and won the TWT for $60. Jason caught his fish on worms, topwater, Charterbaits, and crankbaits.
In second among the competitors, Roger Griffith of Sneads Ferry, NC caught five bass weighing 8.76 pounds. Roger pocketed a check for $94.
Taking third place, Matthew Oakley of Farmville, NC caught four bass weighing 5.30 pounds.
Lucas "Bogo" Bogosain won the Ram American Fishing Tour New Jersey Division 10 tournament held on September 26, 2015 at Greenwood Lake. Division 10 was running out of Small Craft Marina in Hewitt, NJ.
Lucas "Bogo" Bogosain of Harrington Park, NJ caught five bass weighing 10.46 pounds with a 3.59 pound kicker largemouth. For the victory, Bogosain took home a check for $406.00 plus $70.00 for the optional Big Bass pot. Lucas caught his fish with a variety of techniques, however, he was using Venom Lures and Hi Seas line. Lucas is a Collegiate Angler at Centenary College studying Communications and is planning on fishing all three Northern Opens in 2016.
From Division 88, Alabama East/Central, Joel Etheredge is one step closer to the Ram American Fishing Tour National Championship with a first place win in the Ram American Fishing Tour Division 88 tournament held on Neely Henry this past weekend. Joel's five bass limit weighed in at 12.20 pounds. Big Bass was awarded to Mike Garlen for catching a 3.76 pound largemouth.
Sanders Wins Division 94 Two-Day on Savannah River
Curtis Sanders, wins Division 94 Two-Day Championship held September 19-20, 2015 on the Savannah River. For the frst place win, Sanders earned a total of $1078 and clinched Division 94 Angler of the Year title. With the win, Sanders puts himself in the top spot of the national point standings. Sanders weighed in a two-day total 23.60 pounds.
Big Bass honors one Day One went to Wayne Ackerman with a 3.37 pounder. Day Two Big Bass honors went to Curtis Sanders with a bass weighing 4.35 pounds.
These anglers are acquiring valuable points in an attempt to insure their birth in the Ram American Fishing Tour National Championship for the 2015 season.
Olivia Hendricks Wins Division 112 Championship on Lake Possum Kingdom
Olivia Hendricks won the Ram American Fishing Tour, presented by American Bass Anglers, Texas Division 112 championship tournament, held September 12-13 2015, on Lake Possum Kingdom.
Running out of the Brazos River Authority #8 ramp, near Graham TX, the Marysville, CA, angler caught one bass weighing 3.31 pounds. Fishing was extremely tough with the high water conditions. Olivia stated that, "Patience and finesse paid off for a tough two days of fishing on a lake I have never fished before." For the victory, Olivia took home a check for $648.00. Olivia caught her fish on a shaky head finesse worm in green pumpkin and also won the Big Bass award.
Franklin Ramey Wins the D-96 Clarks Hill AFT Qualifier
Franklin Ramey of Abbeville, SC won the Ram American Fishing Tour, presented by American Bass Anglers, South Carolina Division 96 tournament, for the 2016 AFT season held on September 20, 2015, at Clarks Hill Lake running out of the Dorn Boating Facility near McCormick, SC.
First place, Franklin Ramey had five fish weighing 12.45 pounds for the win. His first place finish and option pot earned him a payback of $492.
Second place was George Berry with five fish weighing 12.30 pounds, which included the tournament big fish at 5.30 pounds. He caught his fish on the upper part of the lake fishing a buzzbait and plastic worms. The big fish came on the buzzbait. George earned $338 for second place, big fish, and the option pot.
Third place was Allen Murray with five fish weighing 11.74 pounds. Allen took home $79 for third place.
Jason Burroughswon the Ram American Fishing Tour division 26 two-day event at Clarks Hill on September 12-13. 2015. Burroughs brought in a two-day total of 2.88 pounds. He was fishing in the upper Savannah River area using topwater lures.
Franklin Ramey finished in second with 24.95 pounds, fishing the lower lake area .
Allen Murray came in third with 23.32 pounds, fishing the Dorn area of lake .
Brain Epps came in fourth with 22.64 pounds, fishing the Parkville area of the lake.
Big Fish was William Hooker with a 5.95 pounder.
Congratulations to Bobby Stanfill for being the 2015 Angler of Year with 1177 points.
24 anglers fished this Clarks Hill Lake two-day qualifying tournament. It started out at 80 degrees and ended with the 3:00 pm weigh in at 83 degrees. It was sunny and windy most of the day, with winds 10 to 15mph from the north. Water temperature was 80 degrees. The main lake clear.
Here's how we finished:
1. Jason Burroughs of Hodges, SC - 28.88 lbs - $1200
2. Franklin Ramey of Abbeville, SC - 24.95 lbs - $720
3. Allen Murray of Reidsville, GA - 23.32 lbs - $246
4. Brian Epps, Elberton, SC - 22.64 - $188
5. William Hooker of Appling, GA - 16.95lbs - $240
Brent Walser won the RAM American Fishing Tour division 14 tournament on Lake Hickory in Hickory, NC with two fish weighing 6.48 pounds held on September 12, 2015.
Brent Walser of Welcome, NC is one step closer to the RAM American Fishing Tour National Championship with a first place win on Lake Hickory this past weekend. Walser weighed in two bass, which weighed 6.48 pounds. Second place went to Jerry Stone of Sherrils Ford, NC with one bass weighing 4.78 pounds. Third place went to Lance Eckford of Troutman, NC with one bass weighing in at 2.22 pounds.
At launch time the temperatures were in the low 60's with cloudy skies and light variable winds. The day's conditions continued with cloudy skies, and temperatures topping out in the upper 70's. Water temperatures were in the low 80's.
The winning pattern came fishing soft plastics. Congratulations Brent! See you at Lake Norman on the 7th of November at McCrary Access.
Jason Theis Wins Division 15 Two-Day Championship on Tar River
Jason Theis of Hubert, NC won the American Fishing Tour North Carolina East Division 15 tournament with 19.98 pounds at the Tar River on August 29, 2015.
Running out of Tranters Creek near Washington, NC, the Hubert, NC angler caught five bass weighing 8.97 pounds on Day One. Day Two, he caught five bass weighing 11.01 pounds for a total of 10 bass for 19.98 pounds. Jason took home a check for $490. He also had Day One, Day Two, and overall TWT for $60. Jason had the Day One Big Bass, 2.52 pounds, and the Day Two Big Bass, 4.90 pounds. Jason caught his fish on worms, topwater, and spinnerbaits.
In second among the competitors, Lawrence Thomas, of Washington, NC, caught five bass on Day One weighing 8.45 pounds and four bass on Day Two for 5.68 pounds, for a total of nine bass weighing 14.13 pounds.
Phillip Anderson Wins a Tough One on Lake Greenwood
Phillip Anderson of Saluda, SC won the Ram American Fishing Tour, presented by American Bass Anglers, South Carolina Division 96 qualifier tournament, for the 2016 AFT season held August 23, 2015, on Lake Greenwood running out of Greenwood State Park near Ninety Six, SC.
This turned into one tough tournament. Five anglers failed to bring a fish to the scales and only one, our winner, brought a limit of five fish in. There were low weights which is unusual for Lake Greenwood and flipping docks seemed to be the best way to catch fish.
First place, Phillip Anderson, had five fish weighing 11.53 pounds for the win. His fish were caught flipping docks on the upper and middle parts of the lake. Phillip was the only angler in this tournament to weigh in a limit of five fish. His first place finish and option pot earned him a payback of $585.
Second place was Jason Moyer with four fish weighing 10.19 pounds, anchored by a 4.65 pound kicker. He caught his fish on the middle part of the lake flipping docks and fishing a frog. Jason earned $343 with second place and the option pot. Third place was Allen Murray with four fish weighing 9.65 pounds. Allen took home $94 for third place. Big fish winner was Will Anderson with a 5.91 pound largemouth. He caught the fish flipping a dock on the middle part of the lake. Will took home $100 from the big fish pot and is the leader for Big Fish of the 2016 season and the ALX IKOS Series Rod.
18 anglers fished this One-Day Division 96 qualifier on Lake Greenwood out of Greenwood Park near Ninety Six, SC. Day one started out at 74 degrees, humid with a light rain and ended with the 3:00 pm weigh-in with a light rain again at 90 degrees. Mostly cloudy skies and really didn’t rain that much during the day, wind out of the NE at 5 mph. Water temps ranged from the mid to low 80’s. Water was clear on the main lake and stained a little in the backs of creeks and rivers.
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