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Napoleon Ellis Wins the ABA District 47 Tournament on AR River/Pine Bluff

Napoleon Ellis Wins the ABA District 47 Tournament on AR River/Pine Bluff

Story by John Simonof

The American Fishing Tour, Division 47 of American Bass Anglers held its third qualifying tournament of the 2014 season on the Arkansas River, Pine Bluff Pool, 30 Nov 2013.  The fishing turned out to be tough.  The river current all but stopped and the recent cold spell knocked the river water temps from 56 degrees down to 50 degrees over the past week causing the fishing conditions to change.  Most anglers were able to bring in a few fish with only two anglers finding 5 fish limits.  25 anglers caught 52 fish weighing 125.32 lbs. 

Napoleon Ellis topped with leader board with a 5 fish limit weighing 11.61 lbs.  Napoleon employed Norman Lures crankbaits to sack up his fish and took home $556 for his efforts.

2nd place: Tim Crow

Tim Crow earned $336 for second place.  He hauled in 5 fish that weighed 10.36 lbs using brush hogs.

3rd place:  Eric Turner

Rounding out the top three was Eric Turner.  He caught 4 fish throwing a Reaper’s shakey head worm rigged on a Parasite lead head on 14 lb Vicious fluorocarbon line.  Eric earned $117 for his efforts. 

Kevin Thompson brought in the biggest bass of the tournament.  His bass, caught on a brush hog, weighed 4.77 lbs and was good for $125.

The rest of the money and prize winners are as follows:

4th Ray Neighbors 9.10 lbs $91
5th Doug Shrum 8.86 lbs 6 Free Norman Lure Crankbaits
6th James Lepley 8.71 lbs 6 Free Norman Lure Crankbaits

These anglers acquired valuable points to insure their entry into the division’s two-day championship on Lake Hamilton in Apr 2014 and the American Fishing Tour National Championship that will be held on Old Hickory Lake, TN in October 2014.  Their points are also being used to determine the divisional angler of the year.

Next Divisional Tournament: This division’s next tournament will be 14 Dec 2013 on the Lake Hamilton launching out of the Andrew Hulsey Fish Hatchery Ramp.

Arkansas Rod and Reel

Fish N’ Stuff

Floral Express

H2O Sportz & Marine

I-40 Transmission

NIFE Marine

Norman Lures

Window World of Little Rock

Zimmerman’s Sports Center/Exxon

For more information on this or any future event in this division contact John Simonof at 501.772.4938 or by email at Simonof@comcast.net


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