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American Bass Anglers - American Fishing Tour

Entry Fees:
Divisional Qualifier: $70.00 (includes big bass)
Divisional Championship: $140.00 (includes big bass)
National Championship: $170.00 (does not include big bass)

What you need to get started:
An ABA membership and find a tournament you want to compete in and just show up the morning of the tournament at least 1.5 hours before sunrise. Check with your local director for local times.

ABA Membership (Become a member now)

  • 1 year $25
  • 2 years $40
  • 3 years $60
  • Platimum AFT $50 (no late fees on any AFT tournament)
  • Life $450
  • Triton Boat Owner: First Year Free

Payback:

Divisional Qualifier
Place

*First place with 100 entries: $1,000 for a Divisional Qualifying Events and $2,000 for a Divisional Championship + Up to $7,000 Triton Gold if contingency guidelines are met. Payout shown above is based on 100 entries + Triton Gold Bonus. Visit www.tritonboats.com for details on Triton Gold bonus programs.

Triton Gold offers up to $7,000 and Triton Gold for first place to any AFT tournament with 60 or more boats or up to $500 for 30 or more boats. See your Triton Dealer for the Triton Gold Details.

 

1
$1,000
2
$625
3
$400
4
$350
5
$325
6
$300
7
$250
8
$220
9
$185
10
$180
11
$160
12
$140
13
$110
14
$90
15
$65
   
BigBass $500.00
Divisional Championship
Place
 

See Triton for the Triton Gold Details

 

*payout based on 100 anglers

1
$2,000
2
$1250
3
$800
4
$700
5
$650
6
600
7
$500
8
$370
9
$376
10
$360
11
$320
12
$280
13
$220
14
$180
15
$130
 
Big Bass $1,000

Format: Draw

Partners are paired the morning of the event. Boaters that bring their boats will be able to use them. Boater and non-boaters share locations for the day and expenses but the boaters does not give up operation of the boat.

See rules on format questions Click Here:

Divisional Qualifying events

Divisional Qualifying events first place is worth 200 points at 1 point increments. For example: 1st Place 200-points, 2nd Place 199-points and so on. With a full field, (20 anglers or more) you will receive maximum points.

Divisional Championships

Divisional Championships first place is worth 400 points at 2 point increment.) For example: 1st Place 400-points, 2nd Place 398-points and so on. With a full field, (20 anglers or more) you will receive maximum points.

National Championship:

  • Anglers must fish 4 divisional qualifying events and 1 divisional championship to qualify for a National Championship.
  • Anglers will be able to compete in any qualifying event nationwide to earn points and qualify for the National Championship
  • The top 500 point holders will be invited to that National Championship.
  • The top 250 point holders will be invited to the National Championship as boaters.
  • The top 500 national point holders plus 30 Active Duty Military will be invited to compete in the National Championship.  If one or more of the top 500 do not accept the invitation, the remaining slots will be filled from a list of qualified anglers by points.  Contestants must meet the minimum qualification requirements which is; the successful completion of four (4) one-day tournaments and one two-day tournament within their division.  Changes in the 2014 format for the Championship are:

    a. There will be three winning positions in the National Championship, one for the overall winner of the event, one for the highest placing non-boater and one for Angler of the Year.
    b. The top 250 anglers by points will have the opportunity to register as a boater and be guaranteed use of their boat. If one or more of the top 250 do not accept the invitation, the remaining slots will be filled from a list of qualified and pre-registered anglers by points. The top 250 boaters may or may not have a partner during the event. In the event a boater draws a non-boater, Rule 17 applies, including the non-boater being entitled to an equal number of hours to fish his/her selected waters. 
    c. ABA will take registrations for non-boaters slots from qualified anglers by points, until all 250 boater slots have been filled. Those anglers registering as a non-boater will be paired with a boater and be entitled to their equal number of hours to fish his/her selected waters, see Rule 17. 
    d. Divisional Anglers of the Year will compete within the National Championship tournament event. 

  • The point system used now will be used for each division, which is: 200 points for a divisional qualfying tournament, 400 points for a divisional championship and 2,000 points for the National Championship.
  • First place Boater will be a Triton/Mercury boat package plus Triton Gold Bonus if qualifications are met.(*payout based on a full field)
  • First place Non- Boater will be a Triton/Mercury boat package
  • A member may only win one boat per calendar year.

National Championship Format:

  • Three day practice, Three day competition
  • Sunday thru Tuesday Practice
  • Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Tournament
  • Registration Sunday.
  • Pairing Tuesday evening.
  • Awards and drawings will be given out at conclusion of the event.
American Fishing Tour National Championship Payout
Place
Place
Place

Championship payout is based on field of 500 entries. *First place is a new Triton/Mercury Boat and Motor package + up to $7,000 Triton Gold if contingency guidelines are met. Triton's decisions will be final in all matters for their contingency programs.

Big Bass - $10 per day per angler - Big Bass can be worth as much as $5,000 per day.

Draw Boat: Triton/Mercury Boat package. This boat will be given away by draw to the anglers that are qualified and present at the championship.

1
*Boat/Motor
26
$500
51
$175
2
$10,000
27
$450
52
$175
3
$6,000
28
$400
53
$175
4
$5,000
29
$350
54
$175
5
$4,500
30
$350
55
$175
6
$4,000
31
$350
56
$150
7
$3,500
32
$350
57
$150
8
$3,000
33
$350
58
$150
9
$2,500
34
$350
59
$150
10
$1,750
35
$350
60
$150
11
$1,500
36
$300
61
$150
12
$1,250
37
$300
62
$150
13
$1,200
38
$300
63
$150
14
$1,150
39
$300
64
$150
15
$1,000
40
$300
65
$150
16
$1,000
41
$250
66
$150
17
$975
42
$250
67
$150
18
$900
43
$250
68
$150
19
$850
44
$250
69
$150
20
$750
45
$200
70
$150
21
$700
46
$200
71
$150
22
$650
47
$200
72
$150
23
$600
48
$200
73
$150
24
$575
49
$200
74
$150
25
$550
50
$175
75
$150
 

Angler of the Year

The 2014 Angler of the Year program will be held during the 2014 championship with each divisional AOY having a shot to win a 21XS Triton boat with a 200hp Mercury Pro XS Motor, also loaded with sponsor products like ODYSSEY batteries, T-H Marine Hot Foot and Jack Plate, Carlisle Tires with Blackrock wheels. The Angler of the Year will be determined by highest total weight during the three-day Championship tournament among the registered Divisional Anglers of the Year.. See more info on the AOY Final Round

How the Points will work

  • A divisional qualifying tournament is worth 200 to first place with a one point separation per place. Best possible points total from 4 divisional qualifying events is 800.
  • A divisional championship is worth 400 points to first place with a two point separation per place. The best possible points prior to the National Championship is 1,200 points.
  • A National Championships will be worth 2,000 points for first place with 5 point separation per place.
  • An angler's points will be determined by their 4 best divisional qualifying events + their best divisional championship + their National Championship finish.

Competition Teams

The top Competition Team members will be determined after the National Championship by points. Any ties in Competition Team AOY will split any awards. Competition Teams are made up of Military and Non-Military Service teams of Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Homeland Security, Eagle, and Lady Anglers.

Active Competition Teams

  • Army (include those now serving in or veterans)
  • Navy (include those now serving in or veterans)
  • Air Force (include those now serving in or veterans)
  • Marine (include those now serving in or veterans)
  • Coast Guard (include those now serving in or veterans)

Non Military Competition Teams

  • Homeland Security (Coast Guard, Fire Fighters, Law Enforcement, Registered EMT)
  • Eagle (Members that have not served in the Military Armed Forces)
  • Lady Anglers (Members that have not served in the Military Armed Forces

Requirements: Competion teams must have a minumum of 50 Active members of American Bass Anglers to be recognized with any year-end awards and or points pages on the ABA web site.

Angler of the Year:

  • The AOY will receive a Triton/Mercury boat package.

National Champion:

  • The National Champion will receive a Triton/Mercury boat package.
  • Top Placing Championship Non-Boater will receive a Triton/Mercury boat package.

Competition Teams :

The top Competition Team members will be determined after the National Championship by points. Any ties in Competition Team AOY will split any awards. Competition Teams are made up of Military and Non-Military Service teams of Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Homeland Security, Eagle, and Lady Anglers.

Questions:

The changes will be exciting for the weekend anglers that fish American Bass Anglers and we know it will create a buzz and a lot of questions. Here are a few of the questions and answers.

Q. Can I still fish any divisional qualifying event or divisional championship anywhere in the country?

A. Yes, ABA members will be able to compete in any qualifying event nationwide but their points will be counted for their national point standings.

Q. How will the points structure work?

A. Here is an example of an ABA angler that fishes 7 divisional qualifying events, 1 divisional championship and the National Championship. The Angler's 4 best divisional qualfying tournaments + the angler's best divisional championship + National Champion finished is used to determine the angler's points. In this example case the angler fished 6 divisional qualifying events. The anglers was given credit for the 4 divisional qualfying tournament best finishes which totaled 788 total points of the best possible being 800 points. The angler finished second at his divisional championship and was awarded 398 points out of a possible 400. At the National Championship the angler placed 3 and received 1,990 points out of a possible 2,000 points.

You add together the 4 best divisional qualfying tournaments point total of 788 to the points from the divisional championship of 398 and the 1,990 from the National Championship and the anglers end of the year points totaled 3,176 out of possible 3,200 points.

Example Anglers Points (Region)
Event Type
Place
Points Awarded
Best Possible
Point separation per place
One-Day
1
200*
200
1
One-Day
5
196*
200
1
One-Day
Show
50
200
1
One-Day
20
180
200
1
One-Day
1
200*
200
1
One-Day
9
192*
200
1
One-Day
Show
50
200
1
Total of Best 4 One-day
788
800
Two-Day
2
398
400
2
Total Before National
1,186
1,200
National
3
1,990
2,000
5
Total
3,176
3,200
* indicates the anglers best 4 one-day finishes

Q. What is the easiest way to track my current point standings?

A. The ABA website is the quickest way to track your current point standings. Each angler that fishes in ABA events has their own page that shows all their results, points and even events they have registered for.

Q. Will there be an entry fee for the National Championship?

A. Yes, the National Championship will have an entry fee of $150

Q. When will the National Championships be held?

A. The National Championships will be held in late October

Q. Will active duty military serving overseas still be able to qualify for the end of the year events?

A. Yes, ABA has a long standing tradition that allows for active duty military ABA members that have served overseas which caused them not to be able to qualify for the championship by points to automatically qualify for the ABA championship. Slots are held in reserve for active duty military serving overseas will be for the National Championships.

More questions or comments email American Bass Anglers at info@americanbassanglers.com

 

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