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Redman Wins AFT on Kota-Ray

The July 19th RAM American Fishing Tour tournament had to move from Sakakawea to Kota-Ray Dam due to high winds.  This small lake, south of Ray ND, was protected from the high winds but prove to be a tough bite.  All the bass were caught in the morning and quit biting around noon.  It was a surprise to all to find a mixture of largemouth and spotted bass in this lake.

In his first tournament in North Dakota and first time to fish this lake, Heath Redman from Kansas won with a three fish limit of 5.97 lbs. and also had the big bass with a 2.52 pound largemouth.  Heath won using a tube Texas rigged with a bullet weight targeting the reeds.  Heath is on the Kansas State fishing team and is interning in North Dakota this summer.

Finishing second, throwing a new square bill crank in ghost minnow color, was Dick Roland from Crosby, ND.  He finished with a three fish limit of 4.66 lbs.

John Taylor from Crosby and Jacob Nordhus from Williston both fished but failed to weigh in a fish.

The last regular season RAM American Fishing Tour tournament for Division 127 is scheduled for August 1st at New Johns.  This lake is known for its smallmouth bass but also has some stout largemouth bass.  Anyone interested in fishing the ABA should contact Dick Roland at 701-570-0598 or look up the ABA on the web.

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Charlie Jutras Wins on Congamond Lake

 

Charlie Jutras won the RAM American Fishing Tour Division 97 tournament held July 12, 2015, on Congamond Lake in Southwick, Mass.

Charlie managed to catch five bass weighing 16.53 pounds on a hot, humid day on a lake filled with pleasure boaters. For the victory, Charlie took home a check for $376.  His fish were caught in a variety of ways, but deep cranking seemed to get his best fish.                                                

In second among the competitors, was Al Gagliarducci who caught five bass weighing 13.23 pounds including the big fish of the day, a 4.13 pound largemouth.  

The top 5 were:

Charlie Jutras              5          15.53

Al Gagliarducci           5          13.23

Dan Taylor                  5          12.62

Jesse Melanson         4           8.81

Shane Stout                4          7.85

Air temps were in the 80's with high humidity.   

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Randy Van Horn wins on Neuse / Trent River

07/11/2015

Athens, Al - Randy Van Horn of Williamston, NC won the American Fishing Tour North Carolina East division 15 tournament with 5 fish weighing 11.82 pounds held on Neuse/ Trent River on 07/11/2015.

Running out of Lawson Creek near New Bern, NC, the Williamston, NC, angler caught 5 bass weighing 11.82 pounds. Randy took home a check for $376.00. Thomas caught his fish on crank baits and worms.

In second among the competitors, Jason Theis of Hubert, NC, caught 5 bass weighing 10.26 pounds. Jason pocketed a check for $163.00.  

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Tom Dupuis Wins on Lake Lillinonah

Tom Dupuis won the RAM American Fishing Tour Connecticut Division 6 tournament, held on July 11th, 2015 at Lake Lillinonah. 

Running out of the Steel Bridge ramp landing near the town of Brookfield, CT, the Terryville Connecticut angler caught a limit of five bass with an adjusted final weight of 10.03 pounds.  The tournament proved to be a challenge as it was a hot and sunny summer day bringing out numerous pleasure boaters and water skiers. In addition, there were three other tournaments going on at the same time and fishing the areas you wanted proved to be difficult at times. Tom said he caught the majority of his fish on a spinnerbait early in the day before the majority of the crowds and activity affected him. For the victory Tom took home a check for $294.00.

In second among the competitors, was John Ogolik, also from Terryville, CT. John caught his limit of five bass weighing 9.38 pounds by mainly flipping plastics to any available cover. John collected $94.00 for his efforts.

Taking third place, T.J. DeFelice from Trumbull, CT caught five bass weighing 8.91 pounds and it included the Big Fish of the day, a 3.22 pound largemouth.

Rounding out the top five were Jason Martinelli from nearby Roxbury, CT with 8.36 pounds for fourth place and Leon Dykas from Torrington, CT with a final weight of 5.72lbs.

The next division 6 tournament will be held on July 25, 2015 at the Connecticut River near Haddam, CT.  For more information about this Division and future events visit www.americanbassanglers.com or contact the local Director for Connecticut, Tom Dupuis at 860-583-2959.

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Guilbeau Takes Win on Clarks Hill

Our winner, Mike Guilbeau, was fishing in the Little River and Savannah River area using top water lures.

Second place went to Douglas Buturla with10.28 pounds, Douglas also had big fish a 5.16 pounder.

Nine anglers fished this Clarks Hill Lake one-day qualifying tournament. It started out at 85 degrees and ended with the 3 pm weigh-in at 99 degrees. It was sunny with a light wind most of the day and winds from the west. Water temperature was 85 degrees. The main lake was clear.

Here’s how we finished:                    

1 -  Mike Guilbeau of North Augusta, SC - 5 fish 11.79 lbs. 191 pts. and  $313.00

2 - Douglus Buturla  - 3 fish 10.28  lbs. 190 pts and  $128.00 plus $45.00 big fish total $173.00

3 - Eric Mora of Appling, GA.- 4 fish  9.07 lbs. 189 pts.

4 - Bart Blackburn of North Augusta, SC - 5 fish 7.86 188 pts.

5 - William Hooker - 4 fish 6.52 187 pts.

The next Division 26 event is on August 8th, 2015 at Clarks Hill running out of Wildwood Park. For more info call Division 26 director, William Hooker, at (706) 533-7329.

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"California Kid" Does it Again

What can I say that hasn't been said in the past? Cameron Smith of Mashpee, MA  won his third one-day tournament of the year and and has been on a roll all tournament year.

He weighed in a limit at 12.89 lbs. with a  kicker fish at 3.98 lbs. He had his limit at 7:45 AM, culled out five times and caught his fish on top water baits and worms. We salute Cam again for being declared the CHAMPION!

We had a total of 81 fish weighed in with a  combined weight of 191.97 lbs for an average weight per fish of 2.37 lbs.

Our weather conditions were hot in the 80's with a mild SSW wind at 15 mph. This seemed to turn the fish onto a feeding mode with 16 limits being brought to the scales, many fish in the 2-4 lb. range were weighed it.

The top five anglers were:
1st place - Cameron Smith - 5 fish - 12.89 lbs.
2nd place - Pat Chapin - 5 fish - 11.51 lbs.
3rd place - Roger Pratt - 5 fish - 11.33 lbs.
4th place - George Mitchell Jr. - 5 fish - 11.04 lbs.
5th place - Paul Leblanc - 5 fish - 10.77 lbs.

Our next event is our two-day Division Championship and will be held on August 1st & 2nd, 2015 at a destination to be yet determined.

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Tim Brecht Wins on Buffumville Lake

Tim Brecht won the American Bass Anglers Division 97 tournament held June 28, 2015, on Buffumville Lake in Charlton, MA.

Tim caught five bass weighing 15.67 pounds with a 5.06 pound kicker that was .06 pounds shy of being the big fish of the day. For the victory, Tim took home a check for $425.  All his fish were taken with a weightless Senko in very shallow water.  This was Tim’s second win in a row and his third win in 2015, which has put him on top in the divisional AOY race.                                

In second among the competitors, was Paul Figueiredo who caught five bass weighing 11.41 pounds, including his 5.12 pound lunker. Third place was won by Craig Pikul. 

The top five were:

Tim Brecht                   5 fish   15.67

Paul Figueiredo         5 fish   11.41

Craig Pikul                  3 fish   7.41

Jim Pollard                  5 fish   6.86

Mark Schultz               5 fish   6.26

It rained most of the day, clearing just in time for weigh-in.  Strong winds blew for most of the day, gusting to 30mph. 

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 Jason Martinelli Wins on Candlewood

Jason Martinell from Roxbury Connecticut won the RAM American Fishing Tour presented by American Bass Anglers, Connecticut Division 6 tournament, held on Candlewood Lake. 

Running out of the Lattins Cove landing near the town of Danbury, Jason caught his limit of five bass weighing 12.11 pounds.   Jason said he caught a couple of his keepers on topwater with the remaining fish being taken on plastics with a light weight in deeper water weed line edges. For the victory, Jason took home a check for $249.00.

In second among the competitors, Pete Byrnes from Long Island, NY caught a five bass weighing 10.97 pounds.  Pete didn't indicate what he caught his fish on and this is the second tournament he has finished in the money.  He pocketed a check for $94.00.

Taking third place, Tom Sweeney of Glastonbury, CT also caught five bass weighing 10.98 pounds, but unfortunately two of his fish perished and the one pound penalty cost him an overall second place finish.

In fourth place, Gary McClarran of Stafford Springs, CT caught three fish for 7.09 and one of those fish turned out to be a nice 3.87 smallmouth resulting in the big fish of tournament.

The next division 6 tournament will be held on July 11, 2015 on Lake LIllinonah near Brookfield, Connecticut.  For more information about this Division and future events visit www.americanbassanglers.com or contact the local Director for Connecticut, Tom Dupuis at 860-583-2959.

These anglers accrued valuable points toward the Divisional Angler of the Year title. The points champion from each division will compete in the annual American Bass Anglers AFT Angler of The Year Final Round at the RAM AFT Championship.  In addition, the top 500 anglers from the various divisions will earn the right to compete in the three-day ABA, RAM AFT National Championship tournament. The RAM American Fishing Tour offers low cost, close to home bass tournaments that are designed for the weekend angler. All ABA anglers fish for money and points. 

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Registration for RAM AFT Championship Opens July 1st

Good news for all of the RAM American Fishing Tour anglers that have qualified for the 2015 RAM American Fishing Tour National Championship at Lake Hartwell, you may register beginning July 1st, 2015. Registrations can be taken by phone at American Bass Anglers headquarters at (256) 232-0406 or online at this link. The entry fee is $170 and the top 250 points holders nationally are guaranteed to be boaters all three days of the event. The last day to accept your invitation to the RAM AFT National Championship as a guaranteed boater, top 250 points holders only, is September, 22nd, 2015.

The RAM American Fishing Tour National Championship will be held on Lake Hartwell in Anderson, SC on October 18th-23rd, 2015. Anglers participating in the event must be registered in the event before going onto the water during official practice, October 18th-20th, 2015. Anglers not pre-registered may register at onsite registration, October 18th, at the Anderson Civic Center from 4:00-6:30 pm. Also, all anglers must be present at the Pairings and Safety Briefing, October 20th, at 6:00 pm at the Anderson Civic Center. A complete schedule of events and locations can be found at this link.

There is more at stake than ever at the 2015 RAM AFT National Championship. Anglers will be competing for a first place prize of a RAM Truck Bonus, a one year lease on a new RAM Truck, and a new Triton Boats 21 TRX bass boat rigged with Mercury 250 Pro XS outboard and a host of ABA sponsor products from Garmin, Odyssey, Motorguide, and T-H Marine. The highest finishing non-boater angler at the event will be awarded a new Triton Boats 19 TRX rigged with a Mercury outboard and a host of ABA sponsor products. Divisional Anglers of the Year will be competing against each other during the event for a top prize as well. The highest finishing divisional AOY at the RAM AFT National Championship will be awarded a RAM Truck Bonus, a one year lease on a new RAM Truck, and a new Triton Boats 21 TRX rigged with a Mercury 250 Pro XS outboard and ABA sponsor products, on top of having bragging rights as one of the best anglers in the country.

Above and beyond all of the great prizes and cash awards to be given out at the 2015 RAM AFT National Championship, anglers will be competing for one more huge reward. The highest finishing boater angler, the AOY champion, and the highest two finishing non-boater anglers will receive spots in the 2016 Ray Scott National Championship in April 2016 at Lake Hartwell, where they will have a chance to compete for huge first place prizes. The boaters will compete for a first place prize of over $200,000 in cash, prizes, and contingencies while the non-boaters will compete for a first place prize of over $150,000 in cash, prizes, and contingencies at the 2016 Ray Scott Championship.

The 2015 RAM American Fishing Tour National Championship is hosted by Visit Anderson of located in Anderson, SC. "We are very proud to host the 2015 RAM AFT National Championship and even more excited for the competing anglers to have a chance to see Green Pond Landing and experience the Anderson community," said Neil Paul, Interim Director - Visit Anderson. More information on the Anderson, SC area can be found through Visit Anderson at (877) 282-4650 or www.visitanderson.com.

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Borroughs Wins on the Savannah River

Our winner, first place Jason Burroughs was fishing in Upper Savannah River area using top water lures. Bobby Stanfill finished in second with five fish weighing 13.49 pounds. He was fishing Pollard’s Cove. Ray Diamond came in third with 10.03 pounds from the Little River area of lake.

Big Fish was James Stone with a 6.27 pounder winning $95.00 and a Revo rod and reel package for big fish from one our great sponsors.

Nineteen anglers fished this Clarks Hill Lake one-day qualifying tournament. It started out at 80 degrees and ended with the 3 pm weigh in at 99 degrees. It was sunny and windy most of the day with winds 10 to 15mph from the east. Water temperature was 89 degrees. The main lake clear.

Top five:                

1. Jason Burroughs of Hodges, SC - 5 fish 22.39  lbs. 199 pts. and  $522.00

2. Bobby Stanfill  - 5 fish 13.49 lbs. 198 pts and  $304.00

3.  Ray Diamond of Winfield, GA - 3 fish  10.03 lbs. 197 pts. and $101.00

4.  Chris Hadden of Evans, GA. - 5 fish 9.37 lbs. 196 pts.

5.  Bart Blackburn of North Augusta, SC 5 fish 9.06 195 pts.

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Roland Captures First Title at Spirtwood

The RAM American Fishing Tour division 127 held their fourth tournament of the year at Spiritwood Lake north of Jamestown, ND this past Saturday.  This tremendous smallmouth lake didn't yield a state record bass, but did provide for some great fishing.  The weather was excellent and with the bass in a post spawn mode there were plenty of fish caught.

Cody Roland of Crosby, ND, after finishing fourth at Audubon, registered his first win as the rookie on the tour.  His 10.04 pound limit of three bass and a 3.9 pound big bass, gave him a sweep of the tournament.   Cody commented that he dialed in on the winning lure color the day before in practice.  He noted that crawfish that were being spit up were orange in color and he used a Strike King Structure Bug in the Bama Craw color to imitate them.   Deep rock piles were his targets of choice. 

Finishing second was his dad Dick Roland, Crosby, ND, with a three fish limit of 9.32 lbs.  Dick was throwing a top water buzz bait in the morning a tube jig after the morning bite quit.  He also zeroed in on the orange color of the crawfish that make up the bulk of the diet for these smallmouth bass.  Dick is also leading the angler of the year race with four tournaments under his belt. 

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Thomas Wins Division 14 Championship at Lake Norman

Kevin Thomas won the RAM American Fishing Tour division 14 Championship on Lake Norman in Mooresville, NC with ten fish weighing 15.15 pounds held on June 20th and 21st 2015.

Kevin Thomas of Indian Trail, NC is one step closer to the RAM American Fishing Tour National Championship with a first place win on Lake Norman this past weekend. Thomas weighed in ten bass over two days, which weighed 15.15 pounds. Second place went to Lance Eckford of Troutman, NC with seven bass weighing 9.57 pounds. Third place went to John Miller of Statesville, NC with five bass weighing in at 7.37 pounds. 

The dog days of summer have come early to Lake Norman this year with temperatures in the upper 90's with mostly sunny conditions all weekend. The conditions were tough on both the anglers and the fishing, but Kevin Thomas was able to put together a solid pattern and bring a limit to the scales on both days of the Divisional Championship. 

The winning pattern came tossing a buzz bait on shady banks where the mayfly hatch was most active.  Kevin reported catching good numbers of fish, but the bigger bite was elusive.  While Kevin was able to sift through good numbers, the rest of the field struggled to bring a limit to the scales.  Congratulations Kevin!

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2015 Top 50 Point Holders
Plce
Name
Div
Points
1
1190
2
1189
3
1188
4
1186
5
1182
6
1179
7
1176
7
1176
9
1173
10
1172
11
1171
11
1171
11
1171
14
1169
15
1166
15
1166
17
1165
17
1165
17
1165
20
1164
20
1164
20
1164
20
1164
20
1164
20
1164
26
1162
27
1160
27
1160
29
1159
29
1159
31
1158
31
1158
31
1158
34
1157
35
1156
35
1156
35
1156
38
1155
38
1155
40
1154
40
1154
40
1154
40
1154
40
1154
40
1154
40
1154
47
1153
47
1153
47
1153
50
1152
2015 Top 10 Big Bass
Name
Div
Date
Weight
06/14/2015
9.48
06/06/2015
9.00
01/10/2015
8.99
06/20/2015
8.85
03/14/2015
8.82
11/08/2014
8.74
05/09/2015
8.56
12/06/2014
8.52
10/04/2014
8.49
03/08/2015
8.48
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