ATHENS, Ala – Alan Wiedmeyer won the American Fishing Tour, presented by American Bass Anglers, Illinois Central Division 68 season opening tournament, held March 1, 2014 on Newton Lake.
Running out of south access landing near Newton, the Aurora, IL angler caught a three bass limit weighing 12.58 pounds with a 4.33 pounder. For the victory, Wiedmeyer took home $224. Wiedmeyer caught his fish on bladed baits and topwater.
In second among the competitors, James Sager of Salem, IL caught three bass weighing 11.59 pounds with a 4.84 pound kicker and pocketed $84.
Jeff Lee of Olney, IL won the big bass honors with 6.32 pound toad.
These anglers accrued valuable points toward the divisional angler of the year title. In addition, the top 250 boaters and 250 non-boaters 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 March 15, 2014 on Newton Lake near Newton, IL.
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.