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Who is American Bass Anglers

American Bass Anglers is the largest tournament trail dedicated to the weekend angler. The organization was founded in 1975 and was formed for military bass fisherman and called Military Bass Anglers Association or MBAA for short. These founding bass fishermen were looking for alternatives to the normal recreational activities associated with military bases. Little did they know what it would turn into. The tournament trail was limited to military personal only until the early 90s when non-military anglers were allowed to join. The organization grew more rapidly due to this addition, but there still was a perception among anglers due to its name that the organization was still just for military anglers only.

In 2000 Morris Sheehan, a life member and once angler of the year, bought the organization and located its offices in Athens Alabama. Athens is located between Nashville and Birmingham and is within 20 minutes of Huntsville.

After purchasing the MBAA, Morris renamed the organization American Bass Anglers and incorporated the company. This was a move to let anglers nationwide know that the trail was open to all fishermen. While opening up the organization to both military and non-military anglers, ABA and its staff still maintains a strong loyalty to its military and patriotic traditions. The trail provides all anglers low entry fees, close to home tournaments and a simple path to go to a same year championship.
Upon the creation of American Bass Anglers, Morris immediately talked to Earl Bentz, founder of Triton Boats, and Triton became the boat sponsor of American Bass Anglers. Morris knew companies like Triton that are committed to the weekend angler would be a strong driving force in the success of American Bass Anglers.

At the first ABA national championship, Morris showed just how big ABA's and Triton's commitment was by giving away two 21 foot Triton bass boats rigged with big block outboards to Angler of the Year Abe Abernathy and the 2000 National Champion Phillip Anderson. These boats were loaded with sponsor products like Lowrance electronics and T-H Marine accessories like the famous Hot Foot and Hi-Jacker jack plates. Ray Scott was on hand at the 2000 awards banquet and awarded the keys to the new Triton bass boats.

ABA's formula for success is relatively simple: provide a nationwide bass fishing circuit with low cost tournaments where anglers can just show up and fish and offer a level playing field with a simple points system so the weekend angler can win big prizes at the season's end.

The formula continues to work well. The entry fee for American Bass Angler draw events is just $55.00. The rules and point system keeps the playing field level for anglers nationwide whereas trails that use a point plus pounds system make it impossible for anglers to have a chance to catch up toward the end of the season. One bad tournament can ruin your season with the point plus pounds system they use. The ABA approach is to only count the anglers best four 1-day tournaments + their best 2-day tournament for a national ranking in points and thus allowing them to put a bad tournament behind them. Anglers can fish as many tournaments as they want, but they do not gain an advantage over someone that can't fish as many events. The rules also keep the playing field level in that no guides or professional fisherman are allow to compete in the draw tournament events. Who wants to compete at a $55.00 entry fee level against someone that fishes for a living? Most anglers don't. It all comes back to keeping a level playing field for all anglers nationwide.

The American Bass Angler's directors that run these 1 and 2-day events are very seasoned tournament directors and work hard to make sure their tournaments are run exactly the same from coast to coast. Many ABA members like traveling to new lakes and competing in ABA draw events. They know that the director in the district they visit will be running the tournament the same way as their home district and the member can earn national points no matter what district they fish. With over 640 tournaments a year to choose from, a member can see lots of new bodies of water and learn how to fish these lakes. This is also a great way to meet other members and where life- long friendships are formed. We often we hear of members traveling to meet other members to go to new lakes together to fish a tournament there. What a great way to see new water, fish with old friends, and maybe make new friends.

There are several professionals that spent time getting ready for the big leagues in the ABA. Davy Hite, for example, was a national guardsman in South Carolina. Davy fished the MBAA in the early 90s and then made the move to the professional level. So you can also look at the ABA tournament trails as a great way for members that aspire to move into the professional ranks to learn to compete on different bodies of water without the huge expense associated with fishing at the professional level. It gives the members time to get ready for the big leagues.

The 2003 season will reach its finale at Kentucky Lake just outside of Paducah, Kentucky. This year's draw trail national championship will be the biggest and best the organization has ever seen. There will be literally a ton of prizes and awards given away including three 2003 Triton TR21PD bass boats with the hottest outboard on the market, Mercury Marine's 225hp Optimax and loaded with other sponsor products like Lowrance electronics and T-H Marine accessories. Two of the three boats will be given away to the national champion and the angler of the year. The third boat will be given away by draw.

This special drawing will be held for all members that meet the minimum qualifications to compete at the national championship, which is competing in 4 one-day tournaments and one 2-day tournament. This is a chance for a member to win the same huge prize as does the tournament champion or the angler of the year. This comes back to a level playing field. While we invite only the top 500 point holders to compete at the national championship, we know that many anglers cannot make the national due to family, vacation or work related issues, but if they meet that minimum qualification, they get a shot at a new top of the line fully loaded Triton bass boat. That's right you do not have to be at the national to win this boat. If you cannot make the national make sure on October 7, 2006 at about 9pm cst to be by your telephone because we could be calling you with some awesome news!

There are just too many advantages to fishing American Bass Anglers for anglers out there to not take a close look at what this organization provides such as: over 1000 tournaments across the US, level playing field, simple points system, toll free phone number to talk directly with a real person at headquarters, low entry fees ($55.00) for a one-day tournaments, tournaments designed by fishermen for fishermen, a national championship the same year, great sponsor programs, a true national draw trail, service team sponsors, non-boaters always welcome, and 3 Triton Fully Rigged Triton TR21X Series Bass Boats with Mercury Marine outboards.

There are a lot of new things coming this season for American Bass Anglers and you will want to be apart of them. Get your membership today and be apart of the Largest Tournament Trail from the Weekend Angler.
There is a lot of information available online at or you can call or write American Bass Anglers.
American Bass Anglers Inc., PO Box 475, Athens, AL. 35612 or call 888.203.6222

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