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Abu Garcia Launches Incentive Program for ABA Events

Abu Garcia is launching a new incentive program starting Saturday, April 18th at selected American Bass Anglers events. The Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus program will apply to all RAM Weekend Bass Series events and RAM 100% Plus Team Tour events along with each competition day of the Military Team Bass Event, Couples Series National Championship, AFT National Championship, and the Ray Scott Championship. There is no fee to participate in this program. Anglers that use any model Abu Garcia reel to catch the prevailing Big Bass at qualifying American Bass Anglers events will be awarded a new Abu Garcia Revo SX reel valued at $159.99. Abu Garcia has created an incentive program without any associated fees, registrations, or claim forms to be filled out.

"Our new partnership with the ABA allows us to reward the angler with an exciting incentive program," said Sherri Gasparon, Abu Garcia Brand Marketing Manager. "We know that once you try an Abu Garcia, you will understand the true meaning- For Life!"

"We are excited to be an integral part of the new Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass program. This is the most user friendly incentive program that I have worked with to date. Anglers don't have to fill out registration forms or pay fees to participate in this new program. The angler weighing the largest Big Bass of qualifying events has to simply notify the tournament director that he or she used an Abu Garcia reel to land his or her Big Bass and the angler is immediately rewarded with a brand new Abu Garcia Revo SX reel," said Evan Boutwell, National Marketing Director of American Bass Anglers, Inc.

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Goodeaux Catches 10 Pounder to Win at Toledo Bend 

Clint Goodeaux of Westlake, LA won the Southeast Texas RAM Weekend Bass Series event on April 11th, 2015 at the Toledo Bend. His winning limit of 23.60 pounds contained the Big Bass of the event, a 10.15 pound "Beast".  Goodeaux took home $1785 for first place and $280 for Big Bass. "My day went really well. I caught the Big Bass about 8:00 am, right behind the male and caught fish all throughout the day. I probably caught 15-18 keepers," said Goodeaux.

Darren Roberts of Nacogdoches, TX finished in second place with 18.64 pounds winning $905 and $425 from the High Stakes Option Pot.

Phil Addison of Baytown, TX finished in third place with 17.80 pounds winning $612 and $255 from the High Stakes Option Pot.

Cory Campbell of Kerens, TX won the co-angler side with 12.28 pounds and the co-angler Big Bass weighing 5.61 pounds. Campbell won $892 for first place, $115 for Big Bass, and $238 from the High Stakes Option Pot.

John Barrera of Milam, TX finished in second on the co-angler side with 8.78 pounds winning $453 and $121 from the High Stakes Option Pot.

Mark Hermes of Montgomery, TX finished in third place on the co-angler side with 8.71 pounds winning $306 and $82 from the High Stakes Option Pot.

Complete result can be found at this link

The next Southeast Texas RAM Weekend Bass Series event will be held on July 25th, 2015 at Sam Rayburn, launching from Umphrey Pavilion. More info on this upcoming event can be found at this link or by calling ABA tournament manager, Chris Wayand, at (256) 230-5627.

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Green Wins $100 Best Western Travel Card

Robert Green of Sedalia, NC was the winner of a $100 Best Western Travel Card at the April 11th, 2015 RAM Weekend Bass Series event at Lake Norman.  Green lodged at the host Best Western hotel during the event and he was entered into the Best Western Travel Card drawing.  There is a drawing for a $100 Best Western travel card at every RAM Weekend Bass Series event that has a Best Western host hotel.  Anglers must bring their Best Western hotel receipts to registration to enter the drawing.

Best Western Hotels offers an incentive reward program to ABA anglers for staying at Best Western hotels during ABA events. Drawings will be held at all RAM Weekend Bass Series events, RAM 100% Plus Team Tour events, and all ABA National Championships. At registration, anglers simply need to bring a copy of their receipt from the Best Western hotel that they are lodging at during the event to be entered into the drawing.  This program will continue for the entire 2015 season. 

To learn how you can win a Best Western Travel Card visit this link.

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Huskins Wins North Carolina Event

Brian Huskins of Mount Holly, NC won the North Carolina RAM Weekend Bass Series event at Lake Norman on April 11th, 2015. Huskins weighed in a 13.93 pound limit to take the win and collect a $1370 check for first place and $300 from the High Stakes Option Pot. "I stayed in the mid lake area focusing on pre spawn largemouth. I started out with a wacky rigged Senko and once the sun came up, I started using a Livingston Walk N Pop 77," said Huskins.

Jeffrey Queen of Catawba, NC finished in second place with 13.83 pounds winning $698.

Alton "Woody" Rockett of Newton, NC finished in third place with 13.63 pounds and the 4.83 pound Big Bass of the event winning $623.

Charles Wood of Thomasville, NC was the co-angler champion of the Lake Norman event with 8.30 pounds and the 3.09 pound co-angler Big Bass of the event winning $685 for first place, $195 from the High Stakes Option Pot, and $95 for co-angler Big Bass. "I caught the Big Bass about 7:10 this morning on a crankbait off of the rocks. After I couldn't get another bite on the crankbait, I changed over to a Texas rig with 12lb fluorocarbon for the clear water. I caught 11 keepers on the Texas rig," said Wood.

George Hirapetian of Charlotte, NC finished in second place on the co-angler side with 6.78 pounds winning $349.

Chris Odom of Charlotte, NC finished in third place on the co-angler side with 6.61 pounds winning $361.

Complete result can be found at this link

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Huff Wins TN East Event at Guntersville

Rod Huff of Monterey, TN won the Tennessee East RAM Weekend Bass Series opener at Lake Guntersville on April 11th, 2015. Huff weighed in a 17.20 pound limit to take the win and collect $1558 for first place and $350 from the High Stakes Option Pot. One of Huff's fish came on a buzzbait and he caught the rest of his limit using a black/blue jig in 3-8 feet of water.

Shannon Johnson of Madisonville, TN finished in second place with 17.14 pounds winning $791. Johnson used a watermelon/red Senko to secure his second place finish.   

Eddie Ball of Newport, TN finished in third place with 16.16 pounds winning $336. His day's catch came on a gizzard shad colored Strike King 6XD crankbait.

Tony Tidwell of Horton, AL had the 6.76 pound boater Big Bass of the event worth $230. Tidwell caught his Big Bass on a black/blue jig.

Paul Palmer of Madisonville, TN was the co-angler champion of the Guntersville event with 15.73 pounds and the 8.90 pound co-angler Big Bass of the event winning $788 and $110 for co-angler Big Bass. "I caught all three fish within about 45 minutes of the start of the day on a Chatterbait," said Palmer.

Nathan Hutcheson of Woodville, AL finished in second place on the co-angler side with 10.45 pounds winning $401. Hutcheson used a black/blue jig for his second place catch.

Phillip Smith of Ellijay, AL was the third place co-angler with 9.75 pounds winning $275 for third place and $250 from the High Stakes Option Pot. Smith caught his limit using a speed worm.

Complete result can be found at this link

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RAM Bass Weekend Series Events April 18th

Alabama South - 4/18/2015 - Lake Eufaula at Lakepoint Resort State Park - Director: Billy Benedetti (256) 230-5632 - Info link

Louisiana South - 4/18/2015 - Red River at Grand Encore - Director: Chris Wayand (256) 230-5627 - Info link

Tennessee Central - 4/18/2015 - Center Hill Lake at Ragand Bottom - Director: Kristin Malott (256) 771-3709 - Info link

Anglers will take advantage of the new "no linking" format along with increased payouts. First place boaters can win $3000 and first place co-anglers can win $1500 with just a 50 boat field. Payouts will increase to $5000 first place boater and $2500 first place co-angler with a 100 boat field.

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John Campos Wins on Lake Hopatcong

04/12/2014

Athens, Al - John Campos of Fairfield, NJ won the American Fishing Tour New Jersey division 10 tournament with two fish weighing 2.16 pounds held on Hopatcong on 04/12/2015.

Running out of Lees Park landing near, MT. ARLINGTON, NJ, John Campos of Fairfield, NJ caught two bass weighing 2.16 pounds, just four days after ice out. For the victory Campos took home a check for $401. John caught his fish pitching a jig.
 
In second among the competitors was Lucas Bogosain of Harrington Park, NJ. Bogo caught one fish weighing 2.16 pounds. Bogo was using Ardent Apex reels with Hi-Seas line while flipping shallow water. Lucas pocketed a check for $187.  Lucas also captured the “Big Fish” side pool with the 2.16 pound largemouth collected an additional $60.

 

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RAM 100% Plus Team Tour at WheelerThis Saturday

The North Alabama division of Ram Trucks 100% Plus Team Tour will its second event this Saturday, April 18th at Lake Wheeler. Don't miss out on an opportunity to win a Triton Boats 17TX/ Mercury Marine 60 four stroke outboard package loaded with new Garmin Echomap units, ODYSSEY Batteries, T-H Marine products, MotorGuide trolling motor, Power-Pole® Shallow Water Anchor, and Carlisle Tires. Raffle prizes from Odyssey, Maui Jim, Simms Fishing Products, T-H Marine, and more to be given away at the safety briefing! Don't miss out on all of this for an entry fee of only $250. No late fees! Sign up as late as 5:30 pm on Friday, April 17th at onsite registration at the Point Mallard Pavilion. Teams may enter until 5:00 pm CST Thursday, April 16th online at online at: (LINK) or by contacting American Bass Anglers at (256) 232-0406 (8am - 5pm CST).

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Cam "The California Kid" Smith Wins at Wequaquet Lake

04/12/2015

Athens, Al - Cameron Smith won the American Fishing Tour Massachusetts - New England division 5 tournament with three fish weighing 11.69 pounds held on Wequaquet Lake on 04/12/2015.

The weather was 41 degrees at registration but increased to 62 degrees at the weigh in.

We had bluebird skies, brisk winds at SSW that switched to SSE at 15-20 mph. That change made for a difficult bite for 16 anglers that did not weigh in a fish. 
 
We had 24 competitors that brought just 17 fish to the scales by just 8 anglers. The combined weight was 35.06 pounds that averaged out to 2.06 pounds per bass.

 

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Kyle Brooks Takes First Place at Lake Seminole

04/12/2015

Athens, Al - Kyle Brooks of Wewahichika, FL won the American Fishing Tour Florida - Seminole division 114 tournament with five fish weighing 21.38 pounds held on Seminole on 04/12/2015.

From Division 114 Seminole April 12, 2015 Kyle Brooks from Wewahichika, FL is one step closer to the ABA National Championship with a first place win and $365 in the American Fishing Tour Divisional Bass Tournament held on Lake Seminole this past weekend. Kyle's five bass weighed in at 21.38 pounds. Second Place went to Richard Clark with a weight of 18.29 pounds. Third Place was Nicholas Brown with a weight of 16.24 pounds. 

These anglers are acquiring valuable points to insure their birth in 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.

 

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Leisa and Keith Win First on Norman

04/04/2015

Athens, Al. Leisa and Keith Morgan on Lake Norman won the American Bass Anglers - event on out of with five fish weighing 13.22 pounds.

It was a very windy day on the lake with steady winds of 12 to 15 mph and gust over 25 mph. This made it very difficult to travel around the lake. However, the fishing seemed to be good. 

The team of Chris Koons and Jennifer Nicol took home the second place money with a bag weighing 11.96 pounds and a kicker bass that weighed 2.96 pounds. Keith and Leisa Morgan won the first place pot with a bag of bass weighing 13.22 pounds including the two kickers.

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American Bass Anglers and Scout’s North American Fisherman Announce Powerhouse Alliance

NAF Members granted ABA Membership including Tournament Eligibility

ATHENS, Ala., April 13, 2015  – American Bass Anglers announced a partnership today with Scout’s North American Fisherman where all North American Fisherman Members are now eligible for a special, complimentary ABA membership including registration to any ABA qualifying event. This new alliance brings pro, amateur and grassroots anglers into a unified community, bolstered by a combined member benefits packages unlike any other.

“The partnership with Scout’s North American Fisherman and American Bass Anglers is not only exciting, it will change the landscape for the grassroots angler,” said Morris Sheehan, President of American Bass Anglers. “Now hundreds of thousands of NAF members will have access to more than 800 ABA tournaments each season and many ABA member benefits. Coverage of the events will be provided on both Scout.com and Americanbassanglers.com giving the weekend bass angler more exposure than ever before.”

Scout’s North American Fisherman members can now compete on four ABA tours with the same privileges as ABA Members. The RAM Weekend Bass Series, RAM American Fishing Tour, American Couples Series and the RAM 100% Plus Team tour. To learn more about each of these tours visit www.americanbassanglers.com.

“We're thrilled to partner with American Bass Anglers,' said Ramsey McGrory, President of Scout and North American Fisherman.  "North American Fisherman has been dedicated to the most avid anglers for decades, and this partnership enables us to provide the best benefits for hundreds of thousands of NAF members.  We’re also excited to start reporting on American Bass Anglers tournaments and share the most in-depth content and video content on North American Fisherman.”

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John Gaertner wins the weekly drawing "Show your ABA Decal"
 
John Gaertner of Stafford, VA wins the weekly drawing for the "Show your ABA Decal" program. John wins his choice of an ABA T-Shirt or Cap and will be entered into the grand prize drawing of a fishing adventure at Ray Scott's Trophy Bass Retreat.
 
Prizes:
 
Weekly - ABA Cap or T-Shirt (Your Choice)
 
Monthly Winners - An Cap or T-Shirt (Your Choice), a Livingston Lure, G-Juice, and a Gift from Carlisle Tire
 
Grand Prize Drawing: Win a trip to Ray Scott's Trophy Bass Retreat. Grand Prize drawing will be held December 18, 2015
 

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David Presley Nets a Win

03/28/2015

Many teams arrived early to visit with everyone on this windy March morning. Despite the wind, a few couples raced to their honey holes 30 minutes away. For David Presley, that paid off. Fishing alone, David brought in 20.96 pounds of bass. Beating the next team by just over 1 pound, David won $315. 

Our second place couple was Heather and Jason Ashley. This team who also knew where the fish were hanging out weighed in 19.93 pounds and won $210.
 
The big fish were brought in by members of the first and second place teams. David with 5.22 pounds and Heather with 5.28 pounds both walked away with another check. 
 
Temperatures rose to the low 40s while the water temperature was around 52 degrees. Fish were caught on A-Rigs and jigs. Everyone is looking forward to warmer temperatures, hopefully at our next tournament on April 18. After the weigh-in was finished, several of Division 9 members dined together and discussed clothing layers, work, fishing and more. 

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