Craft Continues Lead After Day Two of AFT Championship
Eric Craft of Erie,KS cotinues his lead after Day Two of the AFT Championship with a two day total of 25.34 pounds. Craft only weighed in four fish today weighing 8.35 pounds, but it was still enough to retain the lead by nearly six pounds. He remains tight lipped about his leading pattern going into Day Three. "The shad didn't move up into the area I was fishing like they did yesterday. The bite was a lot tougher for me today. I'm optimistic that the fish are still in that area and I hope to catch them better tomorrow," said Craft. He continues his lead of the AOY race as well after Day Two. Either winning the event or staying on top of the AOY race will win Craft a 2015 Triton 21TRX/200 Mercury Pro XS package tomorrow on Day Three.
There is currently a tie for the second place spot after Day Two. If Craft wins the event and AOY on Day Three, one of the Triton 21TRX/Mercury packages will be awarded to second place in the tournament.
Eric Craft of Erie, KS sits in first place with 16.99 pounds after Day One of the AFT National Championship on Old Hickory Lake. Craft, also, brought in the 6.12 pound Day One Big Bass with his limit. He did not give any clues as to what pattern he is fishing. "I had not had a bite at 11:30 today. It's definitely a late bite. I will have to work a little harder tomorrow," said Craft. Craft was AOY of AFT Division 126 and this puts him in the lead on the AOY race during this event as well.
The second place spot is being held by Ben McCormick of Shreveport, LA with 13.57 pounds. "If I can come in with five a day, I think I might have a shot," said McCormick. McCormick was AOY of AFT Division 48, leaving him in second place for AOY.
Joe Bennett of Avondale Estates, GA is the leading co-angler after Day One with 7.24 pounds. "It's certainly tough for everyone out there. I just happened to have been helped out by the boater that I traveled here with and my boater today," said Bennett.
Three New Triton Boats Up For Grabs At AFT National Championship
Three new Triton Boats are up for grabs this week at the American Fishing Tour National Championship at Old Hickory Lake. AFT anglers from all over the country have descended upon Gallatin, TN for the three day event taking place Oct. 22nd-24th, 2014. The first day of competition begins tomorrow morning at Sanders Ferry Park in Hendersonville, TN. Over 250 anglers have arrived to compete this week and nearly 170 boats will be launched each day of competition. The weigh in will take place at Sanders Ferry Park at 3:00 pm on Oct. 22nd & 23rd, and at 2:00pm on Oct. 24th. The boater champion and highest finishing AOY competitor in the this event will each win a 2015 Triton 21TRX powered by a 200 Mercury Pro XS outboard while the co-angler champion of the event will win a 2015 Triton 19XS powered by a 150 Mercury Pro XS.
The 2014 AFT Championship is hosted by the Sumner County Convention and Visitors Bureau. "We are very excited to see all of the anglers that have come to visit the Gallatin, TN area and compete on Old Hickory Lake this week," said Barry Young with the Sumner County CVB.
"It's always a joy to see all of the AFT anglers which have always been the backbone of American Bass Anglers. Some of the anglers here have competed in this event every year for the past twenty years or more," said ABA President Morris Sheehan.
Athens, Al - James Ormond of Greenville, NC won the American Fishing Tour North Carolina East division 15 tournament with 5 fish weighing 11.31 pounds held on Tar River on 10/11/2014.
Running out of Tranters Creek near Washington, NC, the Greenville, NC, angler caught 5 bass weighing 11.31 pounds. James took home a check for $360.00. James caught his fish on worms, jigs, and spinner baits.
In second among the competitors, Jesse Stanley of Four Oaks, NC, caught 5 bass weighing 9.72 pounds.
Taking third place, Randy Van Horn of Williamston, NC, caught 4 bass weighing 6.07 pounds.
In fourth place, Todd Leggett of Greenville, NC, caught 4 bass weighing 5.44 pounds. Steve Leffingwell of Jacksonville, NC, rounded out the top five competitors with 4 bass weighing 5.39 pounds.
Athens, Al - Phillip Anderson of Saluda, SC won the American Fishing Tour South Carolina- Greenwood division 96 tournament with five fish weighing 18.00 pounds held on Murray on 10/05/2014.
20 anglers fished this Lake Murray qualifying tournament. It started out at 38 degrees and ended with the 3pm weigh-in at 68 degrees. It stayed sunny all day with a wind out of the W at 5 to 10 mph. Water temperature was in the low 70's. The main lake was clear but it was a little stained in the rivers and creeks.
Our winner, Phillip Anderson was fishing the upper part of the lake running a buzzbait across flat points for his fish. He said he had all his fish by 8:30am which included a 5.40 pound kicker to give him five fish weighing 18 pounds for the win and $583.
Athens, Al - Al Pallavinci won the American Fishing Tour New Jersey division 10 tournament with five fish weighing 13.39 pounds held on Hopatcong on 10/05/2014.
Running out of Lees Park landing near Mt. Arlington, NJ, Al Pallavinci, of Ringwood, NJ, caught five bass weighing 13.39 pounds with a 4.76-pound kicker. For the victory, took home a check for $303 plus $50 for Big Fish. Al caught his fish with soft plastic in deep grass
In second among the competitors, Greg DelRusso of Hopatcong, NJ caught his 3.53 pounds of fish while finesse fishing in deep grass and pocketed a check for $137.
Athens, Al - Mitch Pierson, of Newton, NJ won the American Fishing Tour New Jersey division 10 tournament with five fish weighing 13.11 pounds held on Hopatcong on 09/28/2014.
Running out of Lees Park landing near, Mt. Arlington, NJ Mitch Pierson of Newton, NJ caught five bass weighing 13.11 pounds with a 3.37-pound kicker largemouth. For the victory, Peirson took home a check for $382. Mitch caught his fish with soft plastic in deep weeds.
In second among the competitors, Al Pallavicini of Ringwood ,NJ caught 7.51 pounds of fish with soft plastics and pocketed a check for $190.
Typical second day post frontal conditions prevailed at the 2015 American Bass Anglers American Fishing Tour season opener on Lake Maumelle. Many anglers reported catching lots of fish before the latest cold front came through, but that was not the case during the tournament. 14 anglers fished today and caught 43 fish for a total weight of 51.57 pounds. Only three five fish limits crossed the scales on a lake that typically dishes out plenty of fish.
John Simonof brought in four bass for 6.23 pounds to take the win. John caught his fish on a homemade green pumpkin finesse jig poured on an OWNER hook with a Berkley Zipper worm trailer and thrown on a Temple Fork Outfitter rod and Lewâ€™s Speed Spool reel spooled with 15 Lbs. test Hi-Seas Quattro fluorocarbon line. John also caught the big bass of the day at 2.49 pounds. John took home $435 for his efforts.
Sean Anderson Wins Again! This time on Clarks Hill Lake
Athens, Al - Sean Anderson of Leesville, SC won the American Fishing Tour Iowa - SW/Missouri - NW division 59 tournament with five fish weighing 17.45 pounds held on 12 Mile on 06/28/2014.
Athens, Ala. - Sean Anderson of Leesville, SC won the American Fishing Tour, presented by American Bass Anglers, South Carolina Division 96 one-day qualifier tournament held September 21, 2014, on Clarks Hill Lake running out of the Dorn Boating Facility near McCormick, SC.
Twenty-three anglers fished this Clarks Hill one-day qualifying tournament. It started out at 60 degrees and ended with the 3pm weigh-in at 86 degrees. It stayed sunny all day with a wind out of the WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Water temperature was in the high 70s. The main lake was clear but it was a little stained in the rivers and creeks.
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