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ODYSSEY® Battery Renews Sponsorship of American Bass Anglers

Athens, Al. - American Bass Anglers announced today that EnerSys, the manufacturer of ODYSSEY® batteries, will continue its sponsorship of American Bass Anglers. As a tour sponsor the ODYSSEY® battery is the exclusive and official battery of the American Bass Anglers and will be represented at all ABA events.  

 "EnerSys is pleased to expand the sponsorship of ODYSSEY® batteries with American Bass Anglers," said Dave McMullen, director of commercial marketing for specialty and UPS markets at EnerSys. "The anglers are benefiting greatly from the advance technology found in ODYSSEY® batteries. Anglers using ODYSSEY® batteries enjoy 70 percent more cycle life, which translates to extreme performance on the water. ODYSSEY® batteries have three times the life of other conventional marine batteries, providing extreme power year after year.”

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Tramel Catches Smallies to Win Tennessee Central Event 

            Josh Tramel of Smithville, TN won the Tennessee Central division event of the Weekend Bass Series at Old Hickory on April 12, 2014.  Josh brought 26.92 pounds of smallmouth to the scales to win $2,233 for first place and $249 for his 6.58 pound Big Bass.  Josh didn’t say much other that he caught his limit using an umbrella rig.  John “Bubba” Graves of Mount Juliet, TN finished second with 15.85 pounds earning $1,110 for his efforts.  John caught his fish using a 3/8 ounce Pro Rocker Mean Mouth Lures Jig with a 7’0 MH All Pro rod and 25lb P-Line C21.  Third place and $735 went to Anthony Nash of Quebeck, TN for catching 15.30 pounds on a green jig.

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Pringle Tastes Victory at Sam Rayburn

Jerrel Pringle of Hemphill, TX took the first place spot at the Southeast Texas division event of the Weekend Bass Series at Sam Rayburn on April 12, 2014.  Jerrel won the event with a limit weighing 17.48 pounds.  Second place went to Jeff Vines of Port Arthur, TX with 16.72 pounds.  Galen Bennett of Slagle, LA took third place with 15.80 pounds and Big Bass for the day with 7.90 pound largemouth.

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Davenport Wins Ohio Division Opener


             Livingston Lures pro staffer Dave Davenport of Milford, OH won the first Ohio division event of the Weekend Bass Series at Rocky Fork Lake on April 12, 2014.  Davenport took the win with 10.87 pounds and a 5.70 pound bass for Big Bass of the event.  This was Davenport’s first event as a boater in the Ohio division.  Davenport said that he “ran all over the lake” and that he caught around 20 keepers throughout the day.  Davenports’ catch came on a Livingston jerkbait and crankbait early and then an A-rig after the wind picked up.  Ryan Stumpf of Johnstown, OH rounded out the top three with 10.59 pounds.

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Mitch Pierson Wins on Lake Hopatcong

Mitch Pierson won the American Fishing Tour, presented by American Bass Anglers, New Jersey Division 10 tournament, held April 13, 2014 on Lake Hopatcong.

Running out of Lees Park landing near Mt. Arlington, New Jersey, Mitch Pierson, of Newton, New Jersey, caught five bass weighing 12.50 pounds with 2.87-pound kicker. For the victory Pierson took home a check for $382 and a sponsor provided Columbia fishing shirt. Mitch caught his fish pitching a jig.

In second among the competitors was Lucas Bogosian, of Harrington Park, NJ. Bogosian caught his limit of fish weighing 12.18 pounds. throwing a Rattle Trap in shallow water and pocketed a check for $190 and a sponsor provided Columbia fishing shirt.  Lucas also captured “Big Fish” honors with a 3.40 pound chunk and collected an additional $65.

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Pritchard Wins D42 Tournament on AR River/Pine Bluff

Story by John Simonof

The American Fishing Tour, Division 42 of American Bass Anglers held its first qualifying tournament of the 2014 season on the Arkansas River, Pine Bluff Pool, April 12, 2014. Most anglers were able to bring in a few fish with nine anglers finding five fish limits. 20 anglers caught 74 fish weighing 180.13 pounds - a 2.43 pound average.

Chuck Pritchard topped with leader board with a 5 fish limit weighing 16.81 lbs. Chuck threw jigs and soft plastics to sack up his fish and took home $488 for his efforts. Chuck also caught the biggest bass of the tournament, a 5.17 pound fish good for another $100.

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Mark Barrett Wins Central Kentucky Tourney on Barkley

Mark Barrett from Central Kentucky District 33 is one step closer to the ABA National Championship with a first place win worth $176 in the American Fishing Tour Bass Tournament held on April 12, 2014 going out of Lake Barkley Resort (Little River) on Lake Barkley.  Mark weighed in five fish for 13.90 pounds to beat out three other anglers.  Second Place went to Ronald Timmer with a weight of 13.40 pounds for five fish. Third Place went to Phillip Nickle with a weight of 8.59 pounds for three fish. Big Bass of the Tournament was awarded to Mark Barret`s weight of 4.10 pounds.

These anglers are acquiring valuable points to insure their births in division’s two-day championship and the American Fishing Tour National Championship that be held this fall at Old Hickory Lake, Hendersonville, Tennessee. Their points are also 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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Evans Buller Takes The Win on Clarks Hill

14 anglers fished this Clarks Hill one-day tournament. The day started out at 53 degrees and ended with the 3:00 pm weigh-in at 80 degrees. It stayed partly cloudy all day with a wind out of the SW at 5 to 10 mph. Water temp 65s.

Our winner, Evans Buller caught five fish at 17.11 pounds that included a pound 4.58 kicker. Evans was fishing jigs and drop shot.  In second place was Allen Murry with 15.26 pounds. Allen was fishing a C-Rig. Chris Hadden finished in third place with 13.03 he was fish crank baits and top water.

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Bonnie and Shannon Johnson
Corral the Big Ones on Watts Bar

By Kathy Smith

March 29, 2014 – Watts Bar
As a light rain came down in Rockwood, eight couples joined together for another exciting couples tournament with Division 9. Teams didn’t let the dreary weather hamper their good spirits.

Bonnie and Shannon Johnson were ready to win and conditions were right. The phase of the moon, the temperature of the water combined with some pre-fishing, this couple brought in 22.69 pounds including men’s big fish weighing 5.72 pounds! They were over seven pounds ahead of second place. Using an Alabama rig and more, Bonnie and Shannon walked away with $400. Congratulations guys.

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