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.
Doug Thompson Wins D-42 Divisional on AR River/Maumelle
By: John Simonof
Division 42 of the American Fishing Tour held its divisional championship tournament of the 2014 season on the Arkansas River, Maumelle Pool, 23 and 24 August 2014. Daytime temperatures were the hottest of the year, reaching 100 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday. Few clouds and almost no wind made for tough fishing conditions. Most anglers were able to bring in a few fish with only one angler finding a five fish limit both days. Nineteen anglers caught 81 fish weighing 154.93 pounds - a 1.91 pound average.
Doug Thompson topped the leaderboard with ten fish weighing 16.62 pounds. Doug fished a Yum worm on a shaky-head in deep water to catch his fish. Doug took home $936 for his weekend effort.
The last regular American Bass Anglers tournament at Lake Audubon on Saturday started out with high winds and rain but that didn't stop the big bass from biting. Cody Arth from Bismarck took the win with one of the biggest bags caught on Audubon, a hefty three fish limit of 10.80 pounds. Cody also bagged the big bass at 4.06 pounds to take the lead for angler of the year. Cody Arth found the big smallies in isolated weed patches feeding on bait fish. His lure of choice was a tube jig jerked over the top of the weeds. Cody recorded his first ABA win and collected $294 and the oak championship plaque.
Paul Reinbold of Dickinson took second place with a very nice three fish limit of 9.56 pounds, also fishing weed lines but with a spinner bait and a 1.5 crankbait along the edges. In third place was Dick Roland of Crosby with two fish weighing 6.60 pounds, caught on a tube jig fishing a sunken island. Finishing up in fourth was Shawn Keena of Bismarck and fifth place went to Klae Ryan of Minot.
Vaughn McCarter Wins the ABA District 42 Tournament
on AR River/Pine Bluff
Story by John Simonof
The American Fishing Tour, Division 42 of American Bass Anglers held its last qualifying tournament of the 2014 season on the Arkansas River, Pine Bluff Pool, 9 Aug 2014. Most anglers were able to bring in a few fish with six anglers finding five fish limits. 19 anglers caught 55 fish weighing 131.55 pounds, a 2.39 pound average.
Vaughn McCarter topped with leader board with a five fish limit weighing 15.74 pounds. Vaughn threw a Biffle heads and crankbaits to sack up his fish. Vaughn also caught the biggest bass of the tournament, a 4.58 pound fish. For his efforts, Vaughn took home $563.
Lake Waconia, a popular bass hotspot once managed as a trophy lake for largemouths, is known for producing high-quality fish for Minnesota anglers. On Sunday August 10, it was the scene of an epic heavyweight battle between some of ABA Minnesota 44's top hooks, and the outcome was close and hotly contested.
Division Director George "The Colonel" Miserendino made a number of trips to the lake "eliminating water", as he put it. His approach was spot-on, as he confidently staked his claim to shallow water early and tried a couple of techniques before settling on a cast, wait and drag presentation to the large reedbeds ringing the shore. That strategy landed George a bragging-sized bag of 18.18 pounds, including a hefty kicker of 5.24 pounds which held up as big bass for the day, if not the season. George rounded out his catch with some nice upgrades on weedlines, throwing a Texas rigged Sweet Beaver that helped increase his total weight for the day nicely and produced a limit averaging nearly 3.5 pounds per fish.
Tom Dupuis from Terryville Connecticut won the American Fishing Tour presented by American Bass Anglers, Connecticut Division 6 Final two-day tournament, held August 9 - 10, 2014, on Candlewood Lake and Lake Lillinonah. The first day tournament was launched out of the Squantz ramp landing near the town of New Fairfield Connecticut, with the second day out of the new State ramp near Bridgewater Connecticut.
Tom caught a five bass limit each day weighing a total of 16.96 pounds. He also caught the big bass of the tournament with a 3.56 largemouth on the second day. For the victory, Tom took home a check for $392 for both awards. Tom caught the majority of his fish using topwater lures during the first couple of hours each morning casting over milfoil mats and shoreline cover. With this win Tom also earned the title of Division 6 Angler of the Year and is looking forward to fishing Old Hickory Lake and competing with the all the other ABA Anglers of the Year.
Cory Bosch of Bismarck took the lead in North Dakota Division 127 of the American Fishing Tour with an impressive 11.39 pounds for his three fish limit at New Johns this past Saturday. This included a 4.11 pounds smallmouth bass to also claim the big bass award. Cory took home $245 and the championship plaque for his work.
Cory caught most of his bass using a white buzz frog in the slop on the west cannel of New Johns Lake. Cory commented, "The big bass were under the slop and matted weeds next to the shore, the top water bite was great."
Second place went to Cody Arth also of Bismarck with a 9.13 pound bag caught on a tube jig in Old Ugly color from Dry Creek baits, followed by Dick Roland of Crosby with 8.24 pounds, and Todd Keena of Baldwin with 6.5 pounds at fourth place.
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