ATHENS, AL – Larry McNeil won the American Fishing Tour, presented by American Bass Anglers, Mississippi Division 129 tournament, held December, 15, 2012, on Ross Barnett. Another full field of 21 anglers running out of Tommy’s Landing near Brandon, Miss, Larry caught 5 bass weighing 14.39 pounds. For the victory, Larry took home a check for $484. In second among the competitors, Carl Leonard of Brandon, Miss, caught 5 bass weighing 14.31 pounds for $284. Taking third place, Gene Bishop of Ridgeland, Miss, caught 5 bass weighing 14.04 pounds for $91. Owen Dhonau of Canton, Miss, won the big bass contest with a 4.85-pound lunker. In fourth place, Norman Foskey of Gulfport, Miss, caught 5 bass weighing 11.61 pounds for $65. Michael Murphy of Brandon, Miss, rounded out the top five competitors with 4 bass weighing 10.46 pounds.
6th Alfred Williams with 5 fish for 10.33 pounds 7th Larry Rochelle with 4 fish for 8.64 pounds. 8th Owen Dhonau with 2 fish for 7.48 pounds. 9th Randy Ryals with 3 fish for 7.38 pounds. 10th Bob Keifer with 2 fish for 5.15 pounds.
Thanks to all the anglers, several with long drives from out of town, for supporting our District 129. This tournament was our second full field of at least 20 for our ABA Winter Trail on Ross Barnett Reservoir.
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.
The next divisional tournament will be held Jan 5, 2013 on Ross Barnett Reservoir out of Tommy’s Landing near Brandon, Mississippi.
The 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. The points advance the angler to their divisional championship and the top 500 anglers in the US are invited to the American Fishing Tour National Championship.