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Kevin Arbaugh Takes First Place at Newton Lake, IL

Kevin Arbaugh Takes First Place at  Newton Lake, IL

Kevin Arbaugh From Central Illinois District # 68 is one step closer to the ABA National Championship with a 1st Place win in the American Fishing Tour bass tournament held on Newton Lake this past weekend. Newton has a 3-fish limit of 18” minimum. Kevin’s 3-bass weighed in at 13.31 lbs. Kevin topped it off with the Big Bass of the tourney which weighed 5.79 lbs.Second place went to Alex White with a weight of 12.13 lbs., Third place was Ryan Boswell with 2-fish that weighed 7.14lbs.

These anglers are acquiring valuable points to insure their birth in division’s two-day champion and 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.

The top anglers were:
1st Kevin Arbaugh   13.31
2nd Alex White         12.13
3rd Ryan Boswell       7.14
4th Jeff Lee                 4.01
5th Dennis Carder     3.90
Big Bass- 5.79lbs 
Kevin Arbaugh

Conditions:  The weather was bitter 19 degrees at take-off. We had light winds and the sun did show itself but reels were still icing up until 1-p.m. so it was tough weather wise. The high was 37 degrees. The lake was heavily stained and 54 degrees at the ramp with water around 65 degrees in the hot ditch nearer the Power Plant. It was tough to get bites the fish were very slow to take a bait.  

Winning Strategy: Kevin , caught his fish throwing a rattle –trap in shallow water up in the hot arm.

Next Divisional Tournament:
Congrats to all and Good Luck !  For more information on this or any future event in this division contact Rick Klanke at 217-690-1659 or by email at:

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. About American Bass Anglers

American Bass Anglers is the largest tournament organization for the weekend angler.  American Bass Anglers operates the American Fishing Tour, The Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series and the American Couples Series.  Each tour is design specifically for the weekend angler offering low cost and close to home events so the anglers can qualify for larger championship.  For more information on American Bass Anglers visit


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