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.
Taking third place, Robert House, caught three bass weighing 8.40 pounds with a 4.06 pound kicker. Robert took home a $15.00 gift card from Ez Bait and Tackle.
In fourth place, Clifton Jenkins of Elm City, NC, caught three bass weighing 8.19 pounds. John Harrell of Elm City, NC, rounded out the top five competitors with 3 bass weighing 6.58 pounds.
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 4/26/2014 on Pamlico River near Washington, NC.
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.