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.
Peck Wins Division 73 Two-Day Championship on Mississippi River
Bob Peck of Montpelier, IA won the Ram American Fishing Tour District 73 Divisional Championship tournament on a windy, cold front weekend fishing in the Muscatine & New Boston Pools of the Mississippi River. For the weekend, Peck brought in six fish for 11.75 pounds of total weight, including Big Bass of 1.86 pounds on Day One. Big Bass on Day Two was caught by Chris Yuska and was weighed in at 3.56 pounds. Second place for the tournament went to Bob Mindock at 9.14 pounds and 3rd place was Chris Yuska at 6.81 pounds.
This was a tough river tournament with very low water levels and windy cold front conditions. The anglers stayed tough and managed to bring in enough Iowa bass to have fun! This was our last District 73 tournament of the year.
2015 District 73 points standings should end up as follows (top 4 tournaments plus divisional):
1. Bob Peck
2. Bob Mindock
3. Brad Entsminger (tie)
3. Chris Yuska (tie)
For more information about District 73 events, call director, Chris Yuska at (563) 388-1050 or call ABA at (256) 232-0646. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
John Simonof Wins District 42 Two-Day Divisional Championship on the Arkansas River
Story by John Simonof
The Ram American Fishing Tour Division 42 contested its Two-Day Divisional Championship of the 2015 season on the Arkansas River/Little Rock Pool on August, 22-23, 2015. Angling pressure was heavy over the weekend as multiple tournaments were also held on the small pool. Constantly changing weather conditions and fluctuations in the water level and river flow throughout the weekend required anglers to continuously adapt their strategies to catch fish.
John Simonof topped the field with a five fish limit both days for a total weight of 21.31 pounds. John relied on Temple Fork Outfitter rods and Lew's reels spooled up with Hi-Seas braided and Quattro Fluorocarbon line to catch his fish on a Spro popping frog and homemade football jigs poured on OWNER hooks.
Rob Stone hauled in eight fish over the weekend for a total weight on 15.80 pounds. Rob relied on a Berkley Pit Boss and trick worms to catch his fish.
Rounding out the top three was Amsoil pro Sean Ingalls. Sean relied on crankbaits to sack up seven fish over the weekend for a total weight of 13.27 pounds.
Big Bass on Day One caught by Sean Ingalls weighed 2.71 pounds. Big Bass caught on Day Two, a 3.19 pound fish was weighed in by Steve Smith.
Tim Brecht won the American Bass Anglers Ram American Fishing Tour Division 97 Two-Day Championship held August 15-16, 2015 on the Connecticut River in Massachusetts. After Day One, Tim was in fourth place, 5.52 pounds behind the leader. Day Two brought some changes in the leader board with the Day One leader not bringing any fish to the scales, while Tim managed a solid five fish limit that included a 5.97 pound kicker that allowed Tim to weigh 4.64 more pounds than the Day Two second place angler. Tim's Two Day weight was 20.38 pounds. For his efforts, Tim took home a check for $752, as well as, the title of Division 97 Angler of the Year.
This was Tim’s fifth win of the 2015 season, tying the division's record for most wins in a season.
Second place went to Mark Schultz who took home a check for $326 for his 18.65 pounds of bass.
Both days were hot and humid with little wind and plenty of pleasure boat traffic. Tim's fish were all caught in five feet of water or less on a weightless Senko.
John Ogolik won the RAM American Fishing Tour Division 6 final two-day tournament presented by American Bass Anglers, held on Candlewood and Lillinonah Lakes. John also won the AOY award. The Terryville, Connecticut angler caught a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 25.47 pounds. In addition, he won the Big Bass of the event with a 4.27 largemouth caught at Candlewood Lake on the first day. He said he caught the majority of his fish on jigs and at times with a Super Fluke. For the victory, John took home a check for $568.00.
In second among the competitors, Gary McClarran from Stafford Springs Connecticut finished off the event with a two-day bass catch weighing in at 19.39 pounds. Gary said he caught the majority of his fish on plastics and fishing very slow. He pocketed a check for $188.00.
Taking third place, Jason Matinelli of Roxbury, Connecticut caught his two-day limit of bass weighing 19.33 pounds catching most of his fish flipping beaver plastic baits.
In fourth place, Tom Dupuis also from Terryville Connecticut, caught 14.78 pounds of bass which included a 4.26 pound smallmouth for the big fish on Day Two. Don Philpot rounded out the top five competitors with 12.05 pounds of bass.
Mike Guilbeau won the American Bass Anglers Division 26 tournament held August 8, 2015 at Clark Hill.
Our winner, first place Mike Guilbeau was fishing in Little River and the Savannah River area using buzzbaits and frogs .
Second place went to Sean Anderson with 14.47 pounds.
Big Bass was Jason Burroughs with 4.47 pounder.
Twelve anglers fished this Clarks Hill Lake one-day qualifying tournament. It started out at 75 degrees and ended with the 3 pm weigh-in at 93 degrees. It was cloudy with a light wind most of the day with winds from the north. Water temperature was 85 degrees. The main lake was clear.
The American Bass Anglers Division 127 in North Dakota held its final regular season tournament on the canals and lakes of New Johns this past Saturday.
The weather was perfect and the big bass were cooperating.
Dick Roland of Crosby, ND hit the mother load with a three bass limit of 12.25 pounds to take the win. This was the largest bag of smallmouth bass caught in an ABA tournament in North Dakota. This bag was anchored by the Big Bass of the day at 4.51 pounds. Dick indicated he found all three tight to the bottom in the middle of a bridge piling. He fished them out with a double dipped tube jig in green pumpkin and orange from Dry Creek Outfitters.
Finishing second with 6.74 pounds was newcomer Darren Dewitt of Ray, ND who used a crankbait to tease them out of the weed lines on the main lake. Cory Bosch of Mandan failed to weigh a fish, but did catch a number of smaller bass using plastics.
The Division 127 Two-Day Championship is slated for August 15-16, 2015 at the famed smallmouth Lake Audubon. The Angler of the Year will be awarded at this time and plans to attend the ABA Ram American Fishing Tour National Championship at Lake Hartwell in South Carolina will be finalized. For further information on the ABA call Dick Roland at 701-570-0598.
Tim Brecht won the American Bass Anglers Division 97 tournament held July 26, 2015 on Lake Wampanoag in Gardner MA. Tim caught five bass weighing 9.24 pounds. For the victory, Tim took home a check for $313. All of his fish were taken with a weightless Senko in very shallow water. This is Tim’s fourth win this season. His wins came in Sept 2014, June 2015, and July 2015. He is currently in the lead for division AOY with only the two-day championship remaining.
In second among the competitors, was Dwight Dion who caught five bass weighing 8.11 pounds and pocketed a check for $128.
Sheron Browwn of Shirley, MA captured the Division 5 Two-Day Divisional Championship on August 1-2, 2015 at Bartons's Cove on the Connecticut River in Gill, MA. Trailing by five plus pounds with 9.63 lbs., after Day One, he stayed focused and weighed in 9.40 pounds on Day Two & ended up with 19.03 pounds to seal the win. This was Sheron's first ever win on the ABA AFT tour. He took home a check for $864.00
Sheron targeted fish in the 8-14 feet of water w ith Veracity jigs, 1/2 oz. root beer tubes, and a green pumpkin power worm.
Coming in second place, was Dan Taylor with 18.73 pounds and he captured the Big Bass weighing 5.37 pounds.
Jay Carter Takes Win and Claims AOY on Stockton Lake
American Bass Anglers Division 126 held its Two-Day Championship August 1-2, 2015 on Stockton Lake. You could say it was a tough bite, then look at the results and you’ll know it was a tough bite. Only nine fish were weighed in on Day One, with the lead going to Jay Carter with two fish that weighed 3.84lbs. Michael Henderson of Lamar had Big Bass with a 2.76 pound largemouth.
Day Two was a little better with 23 fish coming to the scales. Carter held the lead with four fish weighing 8.30 pounds giving him the winning total of 12.14 pounds. Second place went to Mike Dill with 7.26 pounds, which included Big Bass for Day Two and Big Bass of the tournament, a largemouth weighing 5.61 pounds.
In addition to winning the tournament, Jay Carter captured Angler of the Year for Division 126 which qualifies him to compete in the AOY Fish-Off to be held on Hartwell Lake in South Carolina October 22-24, 2015. He will fish against 40-60 AOY's for a fully rigged Triton Bass Boat.
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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