Athens, Al - Larry Vaughn won the American Fishing Tour Arkansas division 47 tournament with five fish weighing 17.13 pounds held on Ouachita on 12/13/2014.
Twenty-two anglers were greeted to a cool, damp, overcast morning at the second stop of the American Fishing Tour, Division 47 held on Lake Ouachita. A rule change, no umbrella-type rigs, for the 2015 American Fishing Tour season caught many fisherman by surprise as they showed up to register for the tournament. Although no umbrella-rigs were allowed, plenty of quality fish were caught using"traditional" late fall methods. 22 anglers fished today and caught 67 fish for a total weight of 135.51 pounds with 11 five bass limits crossing the scales.
Larry Vaughan brought in five bass for 17.13 pounds to take the win. Larry caught his fish on a jerkbait and took home $559 for his efforts.
Tony Usdrowski hauled in second place with a five bass limit that weighed 15.57 pounds and earned $331 for the day. Tony caught his fish on a jerkbait.
Russell Scalf rounded out the top three with a five bass limit weighing in at 13.65 pounds caught on a jerkbait.
From Division 76 Talquin December 13, 2014 David Mock from Tallahassee, Fl. is one step closer to the ABA National Championship with a first place win and $303 in the American Fishing Tour Divisional Bass Tournament held on Lake Talquin this past weekend. David's five bass weighed in at 14.32 pounds. Second Place went to Rob Lawhon with a weight of 13.70 pounds. Third Place was David Boyd with a weight of 12.07 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.Big Bass winner: Big Bass went to Rob Lawhon with his 4.96 pound largemouth
Rodney Chastain Wins With the Deep Bite on Lake Russell
Athens, Ala. Rodney Chastain of Fountain Inn, SC won the American Fishing Tour, presented by American Bass Anglers, South Carolina Division 96 qualifier tournament held December 14, 2014, on Lake Russell running out of the Hwy 72 Ramp near Calhoun Falls, SC.
Our winner, Rodney Chastain was fishing the middle part of the lake working jigs and spoons in the timber as deep as 60 feet. Rodney had five fish weighing 12.38 pounds which included the 4.18 pound big fish of the tournament for the win and $733.
Franklin Ramey finished second with five fish weighing 11.99 pounds which included a 3.61 pound kicker. Franklin was fishing spoons and soft plastic around the deep timber up the Savannah River. Franklin earned $389 for his efforts.
Athens, Al - Mike Dill of Greenfield, MO won the American Fishing Tour MIssouri - Stockton division 126 tournament with four fish weighing 12.96 pounds held on Stockton on 12/06/2014.
With cool 40s air temperatures and upper 40s water temperatures, the bass proved to be plentiful for most of the 22 anglers who fished the ABA qualifying tournament on Stockton Lake December 6, 2014. Mike Dill of Greenfield, MO won with four fish weighing 12.96 pounds, anchored by big fish of the day, a 5.65 pound largemouth. Dill earned $770 for the days efforts.
Second place went to Matt Theil of Jasper with a five fish limit that weighed 12.07 pounds. In third place was Springfield angler, Jay Carter with five fish going 11.86 pounds. Kansas angler and 2014 AFT National Angler-of-the-Year, Eric Craft took fourth place with another five fish limit that weighed 11.66 pounds.
Athens, Al - Matt Baty from Altapulgus, GA won the American Fishing Tour Florida - Seminole division 114 tournament with five fish weighing 21.53 pounds held on Seminole on 12/07/2014.
From Division 114 Seminole December 7, 2014 Matt Baty from Altapulgus, Ga. is one step closer to the ABA National Championship with a first place win and $405 in the AFT tournament held on Lake Seminole this past weekend. Matt's five bass weighed in at 21.53 pounds. Second Place went to Kevin O'Leen with a weight of 18.86 pounds. Third Place was Mitch Oldnettle with a weight of 12.85 pounds.
Athens, Al - David Howell of Quincy, Florida won the American Fishing Tour Florida - Talquin division 76 tournament with five bass weighing 15.90 pounds held on Talquin on 11/22/2014. "I caught most of my fish on humps using a carolina rig," Howell said.
Second Place went to David Boyd with a weight of 15.19 pounds and third Place was Rob Lawhon with a weight of 12.07 pounds.
Curtis Sanders Wins Division 94 Savannah River Tourney
Athens, Al - Curtis Sanders won the American Fishing Tour South Carolina - Savannah River division 94 tournament with five fish weighing 11.68 pounds held on Savannah River on 11/15/2014.
Second place went to Lou Marrequin with a five bass limit weighing 9.49 pounds. Third place went to Travis Malphrus with five bass weighing in at 9.22 pounds and fourth place went to Joe McDonie with five bass weighing 8.86 pound.
These anglers are acquiring valuable points in an attempt to insure their birth in the ABA National Championship for the 2014 season.
Athens, Al - Nicholas Brown of Bainbridge, GA won the American Fishing Tour Florida - Seminole division 114 tournament with five fish weighing 21.60 pounds held on Seminole on 11/09/2014.
Second Place went to David Howell with a weight of 18.85 pounds. Third Place was Len Lindahl with a weight of 16.87 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.
Athens, Al - Terry Canady of Skiatook, OK won the American Fishing Tour Oklahoma division 65 tournament with 5 fish weighing 12.19 pounds held on Grand Lake on 11/08/2014.
Ten minutes before take-off a strong dry cold front came through changing the soft West winds to the North at 20 MPH, forcing anglers to readjust their plans. Temperatures dropped and the wind chill became brutal. By the end of the day, the temperature increased to the upper 40's, but the wind continued it's assault. Two anglers managed a five fish limit. Terry Canady of Skiatook, OK brought in 5 fish weighing 12.19 pounds, and Eric Craft of Erie, Kansas with 9.30 pounds. Canady revealed "his best fish came on a spinnerbait and a shaky head". He was able to cull three of his smaller fish during the late afternoon.
Canady also took big bass honors with a 3.34 pounder. Following Canady was Eric Craft in second, Kelly Banks in third, Ron Large in fourth and Bill Stines in fifth.
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