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2014-05-12 08:08:59

Russell Scanlan win first Show your ABA Deal Drawing

Russell Scanlan of Katy, TX wins the first weekly drawing for the “Show your ABA Decal” program. Russell wins his choice of an ABA T-Shirt or ABA Cap and will be entered into the grand prize drawing of a fishing adventure at Ray Scott’s Trophy Bass Retreat.

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2014-05-12 07:51:01

John Harrell wins on Neuse / Trent River

5/10/2014

Athens, Al - John Harrell won the American Fishing Tour North Carolina East division 15 tournament with 3 fish weighing 4.08 pounds held on Neuse/Trent River on 05/10/2014.

 

Running out of Lawson Creek near New Bern, NC, the Elm City, NC, angler caught 3 bass weighing 4.08 pounds.  John caught his fish on cranks, flukes and top water baits.

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2014-05-07 04:46:45

A Trip Down MBAA Memory Lane
By: George Kunkle

Early one day this spring I found myself - not surprisingly - in my boat barn diligently preparing for another tournament. Maybe it was because it was my birthday and thinking about how old I was, cabin fever, or just the wonderful Alabama evening, but I started to reminisce about all the years I had fished this upcoming tournament and its predecessor: the Military Bass Anglers Association (MBAA).

I was preparing for the 24th annual American Bass Anglers Military Team Bass Tournament being held this year out of Lakepoint State Park on beautiful Lake Eufaula. It is an annual event I never miss because it is the only time these days where my old Army buddy, Cliff, and I get together to fish. Cliff and I flew Blackhawks out of Ft. Bragg, North Carolina for many years, and, more importantly, he was and still is my one of my fishing mentors. We started fishing competitively with an MBAA affiliated club called the “Bragg Bass Busters”. But, again, being old I am digressing, and this is certainly not an article about me. The point is that I began thinking about all the years and many unforgettable times fishing with American Bass Anglers and the Military Bass Anglers Association (as it was formerly known) and the opportunities these types of organizations give the up-and-coming and veteran fishermen alike.

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2014-05-06 05:36:16

Chris Brown Takes the Win on Norman

Chris Brown won the American Fishing Tour, presented by American Bass Anglers, NC Division 14 tournament, held April 26, 2014, on Lake Norman.

Running out of McCrary landing near Mooresville, the Lexington, NC, angler caught 5 bass weighing 11.42 pounds with a 2.81-pound kicker. For the victory, Chris took home a check for $259.

In second among the competitors, Michael Fox of Statesville, NC, caught 5 bass weighing 11.35 pounds with a 2.38-pound kicker. he pocketed a check for $93.

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2014-05-06 10:40:00

Billy Throne wins on Old Hickory Lake

4/27/2014

Athens, Al - Billy Throne won the American Fishing Tour Tennessee Central division 31 tournament with 5 fish weighing 13.45 pounds held on Old Hickory on 04/27/2014.

For the victory, Billy took home a check for $281.00. Billy caught his fish on a white spinner bait.

In second among the competitors, Josh Womack of Nashville, caught 5 bass weighing 10.80 pounds. He pocketed a check for $115.00.  Taking third place, Ryan Dunnagan of White House, Tenn, caught 5 bass weighing 10.25 pounds.   In fourth place, Joe Rahuba caught 5 bass weighing 7.60 pounds. Jason Dies of Lebanon, Tenn. rounded out the top five competitors with 3 bass weighing 4.50 pounds.

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2014-05-06 10:29:11

Kentucky Lake win goes to Houston McSwain

05/03/2014

Athens, Al  -  Houston McSwain of Jackson, TN won the American Fishing Tour Kentucky Lake division 32 tournament with 5 bass weighing 20.32 pounds held on Kentucky Lake on 05/03/2014.

For the victory, he earned a check for $365 and $70 for big fish.

In second, Ronald Timmer caught 5 bass weighing 19.28 pounds. He pocketed a check for $180.

Taking third place, Michael Wasden caught 5 bass weighing 18.26 pounds. He received $71. 

Top 5 Anglers

Pl Name Fish Total Points
1 Houston McSwain 5 20.32 194
2 Ronald J. Timmer 5 19.28 193
3 Mike Wasden 5 18.26 192
4 Scott D. Brison 5 16.35 191
5 Harold W. Troutt 5 15.98 190
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2014-05-06 09:34:13

Randy Almeida Wins at Wequaquet Lake

From Division 5, New England East, on May 4, 2014 – Randy Almeida, of Tewksbury, Massachusetts, is one step closer to the AFT National Championship with a first place win in the American Fishing Tour bass tournament held on Wequaquet Lake, Centerville, MA. His five bass weighed in at 13.34 pounds.

Second place went to Toby Slagle who also brought in five bass weighing 13.28 pounds. Third place was Cameron Smith with 10.79 pounds. Big bass was awarded to Toby Slagle who weighed in a 6.00 pound largemouth bass.

Special kudos to Randy, who has fished the ABA for a few years and in winning his first ever American Fishing Tour tournament!!

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2014-05-05 09:50:50

Tom Sweeney Wins on Candlewood Lake

ATHENS, Ala. – Tom Sweeney won the second American Fishing Tour for 20104, presented by American Bass Anglers, Connecticut Division 6 tournament, held May, 3, 2014, on Candlewood Lake.

Running out of the Squantz Pond ramp near New Fairfield, the Glastonbury, Connecticut, angler caught five bass weighing 16.17 pounds. For the victory, Tom took home a check for $318. Tom indicated he caught the majority of his fish on crankbaits.

In second among the competitors, John Dellacamera of N. Branford, Connecticut, caught five bass weighing 15.98 pounds with a 4.24-pound kicker. That 4.24 kicker smallmouth also turned out to be the lunker of the day and he walked away with a check for $160 for both awards.

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2014-05-05 09:25:41

Mike Bush wins on Big Hollow

04/27/14

Athens, Al - Mike Bush of Burlington, Ia won the American Fishing Tour Iowa East division 73 tournament with 3 fish weighing 12.40 pounds held on Big Hollow on 04/27/2014.

Mike used custom painted wiggle warts by Obsession Custom Tackle St Charles, Mo

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2014-05-01 09:51:40

Tom Thompson takes the win on the Potomac!

04/26/2014

Athens, Al - Tom Thompson, Falls Church, VA won the American Fishing Tour Maryland division 11 tournament with 5 bass weighing 15.14 held on Potomac River on 04/26/2014.

With the main river came strong winds and choppy conditions so Tom decide to stay with the creeks. While in the creeks he couldn`t get a bite on moving baits he decided to switch to Senko`s and Tubes. Fishing mostly lay downs the better fish came on high tide. Tom ran this course through the Mattawoman, Quantico, and Pohick Creeks to bag 5 bass weighing 15.14 lbs.

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2014-04-30 04:09:39

Sam Morgan Takes First Place at Chickmuaga

04/26/2014

Athens, Al - Sam Morgan of Coalmont Tennessee won the American Fishing Tour Tennessee South East division 30 tournament with 5 fish weighing 18.84 pounds held on Chickamauga on 04/26/2014.

I was very fortunate to get these fish early! Once the sun got up I really strugled to get bit. All of my fish were caught on soft plastics fished around shallow spawning areas.  Second place went to John McAlvoy with 4.21 pounds, Third place was Matt James with a weight of 3.64 pounds.

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2014-04-29 11:47:28

Rob Lawhon First Place at Lake Talquin

From Division 76 Talquin April 26, 2014 – Rob Lawhon from Quincy, Florida is one step closer to the ABA National Championship with a first place win and $281 in the American Fishing Tour Divisional Bass Tournament held on Lake Talquin this past weekend. Lawhon brought in five bass weighing-in 20.92 pounds. Second Place went to David Boyd with a weight of 17.79 pounds. Third Place was Titus Langston with a weight of 16.34 pounds. Big Bass went to Rob Lawhon with a 9.66 pound Largemouth.

These anglers are acquiring valuable points to insure their birth in the American Fishing Tour National Championship that will be held this fall. Their points are also being used to determine the divisional angler of the year. The top angler by points earned in this division will represent the division in the Angler of the Year final round.

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2014-04-29 11:03:20

Wesley Clutter Wins on Buckeye Lake

ATHENS, Ala. – Wesley Clutter won the American Fishing Tour, presented by American Bass Anglers, Ohio Division 93 tournament, held April, 26, 2014, on Buckeye Lake. Running out of Liebs Island ramps near Millersport, the Crooksville, Ohio, angler caught five bass weighing 11.22 pounds with a 4.22 pound kicker. For the victory, Wesley took home a check for $575. Clutter also won the big bass contest with a 4.22 pound lunker worth $130.

In second among the competitors, Kevin Iden, of Marion, Ohio, caught five bass weighing 8.98 pounds with a 2.27 pound kicker. He pocketed a check for $349.

Taking third place, John Randall caught five bass weighing 8.66 pounds with a 2.62 pound kicker. He pocketed a check for $123.

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2014-04-29 10:37:04

Jeffery Archie Wins on Kentucky Lake

ATHENS, Ala. – Jeffery Archie won the American Fishing Tour, presented by American Bass Anglers, Kentucky Lake Division 32 tournament, held April, 26, 2014.

Running out of Paris Landing Marina near Paris, Tennessee, Jeffery caught five bass weighing 18.40 pounds with a 5.70 pound kicker. For the victory, Jeffery took home a check for $382 and $65 for big fish.  He caught his fish on a 3/4-ounce Strike King Tour Grade Football Jig.

In second among the competitors, Ronald Timmer, caught five bass weighing 14.09 pounds with a 3.35 pound kicker. He pocketed a check for $190.

Taking third place, Michael Wasden Paris, Tennessee, caught five bass weighing 13.85 pounds with a 3.70 pound kicker.

In fourth place, David Archie of Paris, Tennessee caught five bass

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2014-04-28 02:33:51

Leon Dykas Wins on Highland Lake

Leon Dykas won the first American Fishing Tour for 20104, presented by American Bass Anglers, Connecticut Division 6 tournament, held April, 26, 2014, on Highland Lake.

Running out of the State ramp landing near Winchester, the Torrington, Connecticut, angler caught five bass weighing 10.69 pounds. For the victory, Leon took home a check for $293. Leon indicated he caught the majority of his fish on small finesse plastics.

In second among the competitors, Todd Rose of Stafford Springs, Connecticut, caught five bass weighing 8.92 pounds with a 3.18-pound kicker. He caught his fish mainly using small crank baits and plastics around docks. That 3.18 kicker smallmouth also turned out to be the lunker of the day and he pocketed a check for $133.00 for both awards.

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2014-04-28 10:41:02

Casey Hendrix Takes the Win on Lake Greenwood

04/27/2014

Athens, Al - Casey Hendrix of Newberry, SC won the American Fishing Tour South Carolina - Greenwood division 96 tournament with 5 fish weighing 12.47 pounds held on Greenwood on 04/27/2014.

16 anglers fished this Lake Greenwood 1-day tournament. The day started out at 57 degrees and ended with the 3pm weigh-in at 84 degrees. It stayed mostly sunny all day with a wind out of the SW at 5 to 10 mph. Water temp averaged in the upper 60`s. The main lake was clear but it was a little stained in the rivers and creeks.

Our winner, Casey Hendrix of Newberry, SC had 5 fish at 12.47 pounds that included a 3.45 pound kicker. Casey fished the lower part of the lake and caught his fish shallow on jigs, lizards and Pop-R`s and took home a check for $405.  In 2nd place was Steve Christie of Gray Court, SC with 5 fish at 11.49 pounds. Steve caught all his fish on Carolina rigs on the middle part of the lake. Steve`s payback was $308. Phil Morris of Saluda, SC was 3rd with 5 fish at 11.07 pounds and the tournament big fish of 3.99 pounds and took home a check for $201. Phil fished the lower part of the lake in the backs of 2 creeks. 3 fish came on a crankbait in shallow water and 2 fish (the better fish) came off beds on a Texas rigged lizard. The big fish came on the lizard. Other productive lures were topwaters, flukes, floating worms and spinnerbaits

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2014-04-18 02:09:29

Richard Szczebala Wins on Lake Gaston

Richard Szczebala won the AFT Virginia Division 3 tournament, held April, 12, 2014, on Lake Gaston. Running out of Soloman’s landing near Littleton NC, Richard caught five bass weighing 12.88 pounds with a 3.56 pound kicker. For the victory, Richard took home a check for $303.

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 Fish-Off. In addition, the top 500 anglers from the various divisions will earn the right to compete in the three-day ABA, AFT National Championship tournament.

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2014-04-17 05:17:38

Jason Dies Wins on Old Hickory Lake

ATHENS, Ala. –Jason won the American Fishing Tour, presented by American Bass Anglers, Tennessee Division 31 tournament, held 04/13/2014, on Old Hickory Lake. Running out of Bull Creek landing near Gallatin, the Lebanon angler caught five bass weighing 19.20 pounds with a 5.05 pound kicker. For the victory, Jason took home a check for $405. Jason said, he caught his fish on a fly in the middle of the channel.

In second among the competitors, Matt Stanley, of Nashville, caught five bass weighing 17.10 pounds with a 5.30 pound smallmouth. He pocketed a check for $228.

Taking third place was Clark Cowley, of Nashville, caught five bass weighing 13.25 pounds with a 4.10 pound kicker. He pocketed a check for $71.

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2014-04-17 11:01:14

Mike May Wins on Tar River Reservoir

ROCKY MOUNT, NC. – Mike May won the American Fishing Tour, presented by American Bass Anglers, North Carolina: East Division 15 tournament, held April 12, 2014 on Tar River Reservoir.

Running out of Sapony Creek near Rocky Mount, NC, the Sims, NC, angler caught five bass weighing 12.04 pounds with a 3.40 pound kicker. For the victory, Mike took home a check for $224. Mike caught his fish on crank, worms, jigs and top water baits. Mike also won the TWT for $70.

In second among the competitors, Rip Bass of Spring Hope, NC, caught five bass weighing 11.83 pounds. Rip pocketed a check for $84.  Rip won the big bass contest with a 4.35 pound lunker.

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2014-04-16 01:06:43

Rob Eckle Wins on Lake Ray Roberts

Rob Eckle won the American Fishing Tour, presented by American Bass Anglers, Texas Division 112 tournament, held April 12, 2014 on Lake Ray Roberts.

Running out of Sangar Park landing, near Sangar, TX, the Burkburnett, Texas angler caught five bass weighing 16.90 pounds with a 4.10 pound kicker. For the victory, Rob took home a check for $281 Rob caught his fish on a Texas Rigged Worm.

In second among the competitors, Bob Dean of Wichita Falls, TX, caught three bass weighing 10.90 pounds and pocketed a check for $115.

Bob Dean, of Wichita Falls, Texas, won the big bass contest with a 4.65 pound lunker. His big fish was brought in on a spinnerbait.

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2014-04-15 06:06:49

Mitch Pierson Wins on Lake Hopatcong

Mitch Pierson won the American Fishing Tour, presented by American Bass Anglers, New Jersey Division 10 tournament, held April 13, 2014 on Lake Hopatcong.

Running out of Lees Park landing near Mt. Arlington, New Jersey, Mitch Pierson, of Newton, New Jersey, caught five bass weighing 12.50 pounds with 2.87-pound kicker. For the victory Pierson took home a check for $382 and a sponsor provided Columbia fishing shirt. Mitch caught his fish pitching a jig.

In second among the competitors was Lucas Bogosian, of Harrington Park, NJ. Bogosian caught his limit of fish weighing 12.18 pounds. throwing a Rattle Trap in shallow water and pocketed a check for $190 and a sponsor provided Columbia fishing shirt.  Lucas also captured “Big Fish” honors with a 3.40 pound chunk and collected an additional $65.

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2014-04-14 05:49:53

Pritchard Wins D42 Tournament on AR River/Pine Bluff

Story by John Simonof

The American Fishing Tour, Division 42 of American Bass Anglers held its first qualifying tournament of the 2014 season on the Arkansas River, Pine Bluff Pool, April 12, 2014. Most anglers were able to bring in a few fish with nine anglers finding five fish limits. 20 anglers caught 74 fish weighing 180.13 pounds - a 2.43 pound average.

Chuck Pritchard topped with leader board with a 5 fish limit weighing 16.81 lbs. Chuck threw jigs and soft plastics to sack up his fish and took home $488 for his efforts. Chuck also caught the biggest bass of the tournament, a 5.17 pound fish good for another $100.

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2014-04-14 05:32:56

Mark Barrett Wins Central Kentucky Tourney on Barkley

Mark Barrett from Central Kentucky District 33 is one step closer to the ABA National Championship with a first place win worth $176 in the American Fishing Tour Bass Tournament held on April 12, 2014 going out of Lake Barkley Resort (Little River) on Lake Barkley.  Mark weighed in five fish for 13.90 pounds to beat out three other anglers.  Second Place went to Ronald Timmer with a weight of 13.40 pounds for five fish. Third Place went to Phillip Nickle with a weight of 8.59 pounds for three fish. Big Bass of the Tournament was awarded to Mark Barret`s weight of 4.10 pounds.

These anglers are acquiring valuable points to insure their births in division’s two-day championship and the American Fishing Tour National Championship that be held this fall at Old Hickory Lake, Hendersonville, Tennessee. Their points are also used to determine the Divisional Angler of the Year. The top angler by points earned in this division will represent the division in the Angler of the Year final round.

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2014-04-14 05:18:33

Evans Buller Takes The Win on Clarks Hill

14 anglers fished this Clarks Hill one-day tournament. The day started out at 53 degrees and ended with the 3:00 pm weigh-in at 80 degrees. It stayed partly cloudy all day with a wind out of the SW at 5 to 10 mph. Water temp 65s.

Our winner, Evans Buller caught five fish at 17.11 pounds that included a pound 4.58 kicker. Evans was fishing jigs and drop shot.  In second place was Allen Murry with 15.26 pounds. Allen was fishing a C-Rig. Chris Hadden finished in third place with 13.03 he was fish crank baits and top water.

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2014-04-14 04:13:57

Jay Treon Wins on Clarks Hill at D-96 AFT Qualifier

Jay Treon of Greenwood, SC won the American Fishing Tour, presented by American Bass Anglers, South Carolina Division 96 qualifier tournament, held April 13, 2013, on Clarks Hill Lake, running out of the Dorn Boating Facility near McCormick, SC.

Best weather day this season. It started out at 55 degrees and ended with the 3pm weigh-in at 81 degrees. It stayed partly cloudy all day with a wind out of the SW at 5 to 15 mph. Water temp averaged in the upper 60s. The main lake was clear but it was a little stained in the rivers and creeks.

Our winner, Jay Treon caught five fish at 13.07 pounds that included a 3.40 pound kicker. Jay was fishing floating worms on the middle part of the lake in SC Little River.  In second place was Steve Christie with 12.77 pounds. Steve was fishing creature baits on the lower part of the lake. Paul Tickerhoof caught the 7.16 pound tournament big fish on a shakey head worm on the lower part of the lake. Other productive lures were topwaters, flukes, Carolina rigs and spinnerbaits.

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