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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 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

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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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Curtis Sanders Wins Again on the Savannah River 
Curtis Sanders, is one step closer to the RAM American Fishing Tour National Championship with a first place win earning a total of $ 401.00, in the RAM American Fishing Tour event held on the Savannah River this past weekend, June 13th. 
Sanders weighed in five bass limit, which weighed 7.08 lbs, seconnd place went to John Main with a five bass limit weighing 6.86 lbs, third place went to Dan Martin with a five bass limit weighing 6.24, fourth place went to Travis Malphrus four bass weighing 5.36 lbs, and fifth place went to Jessie Williams with four bass limit weighing 4.63.     

At launch time, the temperatures were in the mid 80's with sunny skies. The day continued with temperatures topping out in the low 90's and clear throughout the day. Water temperatures were in the upper 70's. 
The baits of the day were plastics, jigs, and some spinnerbait action. The anglers reported fishing mainly in the the oxbows on the river.
The next tournament in division 94 event is be scheduled for Sept 19th & 20nd out of Stokes Bluff & Milstone Landing.
For more information on this or any future events Division 94, contact Dan J Martin (843) 384-3855 or by email at

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Bob Peck Wins at Mississippi River Pool 12

On June 14, 2015, Bob Peck of Montpelier, Iowa  wins ABA District 73 at Mississippi River Pool 12 - Bellevue, Iowa.

On a cloudy overcast day, Bob Peck weighed in three fish weighing 7.45 lbs.  Bob caught his fish slow rolling a War Eagle spinner bait around main channel current breaks. Congrats Bob for being the CHAMPION at this event.

Due to the high, muddy water, we did not have any full limits weighed in. A total of 12 bass were weighed in with a combined weight of 25.04 lbs for an average weight per fish of 2.09 lbs. Bob Peck also won big bass of the day weighing in a big largemouth at 3.42 lbs.

The top five places are as follows:
1. Bob Peck - 3 fish - 7.45 lbs.
2. Kenny Entsminger - 3 fish - 5.83 lbs.
3. Chris Yuska - 3 fish - 5.03 lbs,.
4. Brad Entsminger - 1 fish - 2.68 lbs.
5. Rob Mindock - 1 fish - 2.35 lbs.

Our next tournament is scheduled for July 13th & 14th, 2015 in Mississippi River Pool - 10, Lansing, IA.

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Cox Wins on Stockton Lake
Carl Cox of Aldrich, MO is one step closer to the RAM American Fishing Tour National Championship with his first place win and earnings of $579 in the American Fishing Tour event held on the Stockton Lake, June 13, 2015. Cox brought in a five bass limit that weighed 12.5 lbs.  Second place went to Springfield angler, Jay Carter who also had a five bass limit, his weighing 10.58 lbs. Third place and Big Bass honors went to Bruce Gandy with four fish weighing 10.52 including the 5.5 lb big bass. Byron Maze was fourth with 9.89 lbs and 5th place went to Mike Dill with 9.53 lbs.
The weather was somewhat unstable with rain threating most of the day. Air temperature was mild, topping out in mid 80's; water temperature was in the upper 70's. The wind was southerly about 10 mph. Some anglers reported catching fish using jigs in 15-25 feet of water; others used a Biffle Bug.
This was the final one day tournament for D126. Anglers who have qualified will be able to fish the two day Championship which is scheduled for August 1-2, 2015 on Stockton Lake, launching out of Hartley Boat Ramp. Full results of this and past tournaments can be viewed at
For more information on the RAM American Fishing Tour D126, call Becky at (316) 644-1454 with any questions.

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Rob Stone Wins the ABA District 42 Tournament at Pine Bluff

Story by John Simonof

The American Fishing Tour, Division 42 of American Bass Anglers held its latest 1-day Divisional Tournament of the 2015 season on the Arkansas River launching out of Regional Park 13 June 2015. 14 anglers produced 39 fish, including four 5 fish limits, for a total weight of 96.34 lbs.

Rob Stone topped the field with a 5 fish limit that weighed 16.77 lbs. Rob relied on a buzzbait and jig to catch his fish. Sean Ingalls threw a squarebill crankbait and sacked up 15.34 lbs including the days big bass, a 5.67lb brute. Rounding out the top three was Daniel Standridge with a 5 fish limit that weighed 12.48 lbs all caught on a buzzbait.

1st place: Rob Stone 16.77 lbs

2nd place: Sean Ingalls 15.34 lbs

3rd place: Daniel Standridge 12.48 lbs

4th place: Chris Miller 10.38 lbs

5th place: Tyler Powell 8.09 lbs

These anglers acquired valuable points to insure their entry into the American Fishing Tour National Championship that will be held on Lake Hartwell, South Carolina, in October 2015.

The next ABA tournament in Arkansas will be in Division 42 on the Arkansas River in the Maumelle Pool 25 July launching out of Maumelle Park.

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Curtis Sanders Wins the Division 94 Tournament on the Savannah River

Curtis Sanders is one step closer to the RAM American Fishing Tour National Championship with a first place win in the RAM American Fishing Tour Tournament held on the Savannah River on May 30th, 2015. Sanders weighed in five bass limit, which weighed 13.22 lbs. 

Second place went to Joe Toth with a five bass limit weighing 10.34 lbs. Third place went to Brian Gunn with a five bass limit weighing 9.20 pounds. Fourth place went to T.J. Pittman with a five bass limit weighing 7.44 pounds. Fifth place went to Joe McDonie with a five bass limit weighing 7.01 pounds.

These anglers are acquiring valuable points in an attempt to insure their birth into the RAM American Fishing Tour National Championship for the 2015 season.
        Top Five Finishers:
        1. Curtis Sanders   5 bass weighing     13.22 lbs
        2. Joseph Toth      5 bass weighing     10.34 lbs
        3. Brian Gunn       5 bass weighing      9.20 lbs
        4. T.J Pittman      5 bass weighing      7.44 lbs
        5. Joe McDonie      5 bass weighing      7.01 lbs

At launch time, the temperatures were in the mid 70's with sunny skies. Th day continued with temperatures topping out in the low 80's and clear throughout the day. Water temperatures were in the mid 70's. 

The baits of the day were plastic, jigs, with some spinnerbait action. The anglers reported fishing mainly in the the oxbows on the river.
Next Divisional Tournament: The next tournament in division 94 will be scheduled for June 13th out of Stokes Bluff Landing.

For more information on this or any future events in this division contact Dan J Martin (843) 384-3855 or by email

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Tim Brecht Wins on Otis Reservoir

Tim Brecht won the American Bass Anglers Division 97 tournament held June 7, 2015, on Otis Reservoir in Otis, MA.

Tim caught five bass weighing 11.64 pounds with a 3.63 pound kicker that was also the tournament lunker. For the victory, Tim took home a check for $425. All his fish were taken with a weightless Senko in very shallow water. 

In second among the competitors was Jesse Via who caught five bass weighing 10.32 pounds and pocketed a check for $212. Third place was won by Mike Naventi who earned $79 for his efforts.

The top 5 were:

Tim Brecht  11.64

Jesse Via  10.32

Mike Naventi  9.38

Jim Pollard  8.87

Mark Schultz  8.39

Conditions the entire day were excellent. Water temps were mid 60's while the air warmed to the upper 70's. A moderate wind was present most of the day. Recent rain raised the very low water to near normal.

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Jason Dies Wins Two Day on Old Hickory Lake

Jason Dies won the American Fishing Tour, presented by American Bass Anglers. Central Tennessee Division 31 two day tournament, held on June 6-7, 2015 at Old Hickory Lake.

With a beautiful weekend starting in the low 70's and ending in the high 80's and the tournament running out of Bull Creek landing near Gallatin, Tennessee, the Lebanon,TN angler caught 10 bass weighing 36.65 pounds. For the victory, Jason took home a check for $674.00. He also had big fish for the weekend weighing in at 5.30 pounds, which pocketed Jason another $80.00. He caught his limit flipping a secret lure.

In second among the competitors was Mickey Beck of Lebanon TN, catching 10 bass weighing 26.50 pounds. He pocketed a check for $306.00. 

Taking third place was Bubba Davis of Lebanon, TN, catching 10 bass weighing 21.25 pounds. Fourth place was Clark Cowley of Lebanon, TN catching nine bass weighing 21.20 pounds. Billy Thorne of Lebanon,TN rounded out the top five competitors with 10 bass weighing 19.85 pounds.    

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