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Division News


Ingram Leads Championship Day One 

ATHENS, Ala. – Ryan Ingram Leads the Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour National Championship on Lake Eufaula in Alabama.

Launching out of Lakepoint State Park, the field of 320 anglers is dealing with sudden weather and temperature changes to find a way to rise to the top of the competition.  The three-day event will be taken down to the end to determine who comes out as the winner. The area has experienced a couple days of constant rainfall, but clear skies are in the forecast for the remainder of the event.  Certain anglers have mentioned that the varying conditions have leveled the playing field a bit, but the next two days will prove the solidity to that theory.

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2019 Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour Championship

Starting Sunday October 13, 2019 more than 275 boats will begin practice on Lake Eufaula, AL for the Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour Championship. The anglers will practice for three days and compete for three days with the first day of competition on Wednesday October 16 launching out of Lakepoint State Park and Marina. 

How did these anglers qualify for this championship? First, it’s essential to know this championship is one of the oldest in the sport of bass fishing. Its origins come from the military as Military Bass Anglers (MBAA) organized in 1974. Anglers compete all over the country in over eighty divisions nationally to qualify. ABA Members earn points for each one-day event they compete in. No matter what Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour divisional event they compete in they earn points. To level out the playing field, the anglers can fish as many one-day events as they wish but only their best four one-day finishes are counted toward their national standings. 

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This Triton 19TrX could be on your rearview mirror as you pull it home from the Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour Championship. It will be given away by draw at the 2019 Championship Friday Night Banquet.  You don't want to miss this!

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2019 Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour

Athens, AL. American Bass Anglers (ABA) announced today the 2019 season for the Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour (AFT). The tour is a draw format that offers more than seventy divisions with 600-900 tournaments per season across the eastern half of the United States. Members of ABA qualify for the year-end national championship by competing locally in a minimum of four one-day divisional qualifying events and a Divisional two-day championship.

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Lake Eufaula to Host the 2019 AFT Championship

ATHENS, Ala. – October 30, 2018 -- American Bass Anglers announced today the 2019 American Fishing Tour Championship, will be hosted by the Eufaula/Barbour County Chamber of Commerce and will take place Oct. 13-18, 2019 at Lake Point Resort State Park on the Walter F. George Lake (Lake Eufaula) in Eufaula, AL. The onsite registration and dinner will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019.

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Eckford Wins 2018 Championship

ATHENS, Ala. –  The 2018 American Bass Anglers' American Fishing Tour National Championship on Lake Hartwell near Anderson & Greenville, SC was concluded on Friday October 26th in an unexpected manner. Due to unforeseen weather conditions including high winds and rough waves, the third day of competition was canceled at approximately 7:45am on site at the Green Pond ramp after a delayed launch. The current standings from Day 2 were verified and locked in as the final results for the championship event.

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Eckford Takes Over on Hartwell Day Two

ATHENS, Ala. –  The 2018 American Bass Anglers' American Fishing Tour National Championship on Lake Hartwell near Anderson & Greenville, SC ended the second day of fishing on October 25th. The skies remained clear with a cold front coming through during the day that changed the tide for several of the competition's anglers.

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Burroughs Leads the Event Early on Hartwell

ATHENS, Ala. –  The 2018 American Bass Anglers American Fishing Tour National Championship is underway on Lake Hartwell near Anderson & Greenville, SC and the first day has come to an end. On October 24th anglers were met with a clear day and a chance to fill their live wells and head into day two with weights on the board.

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2018 AFT Championship Registration Now Open

Registration for the 2018 American Fishing Tour Championship on Lake Hartwell October 24, 25 and 26 is now open. For more information visit: (Link)

Video with Neil Paul, Executive Director, Visit Anderson. (Link)

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Kevin D. Jennings Leads  on the Ouachita River

ATHENS, Ala. – Running out of Forsyth Park in Monroe, LA the field of Ram American Fishing Tour Anglers is finding this fishery challenging due to some low water conditions.  All three days will be needed to figure out these fish. The area has not had any rainfall in over a month and the river is below normal pool making it difficult to reach some of the preferred backwater locations for bass.  Some have said that these conditions have leveled the playing field a bit, forcing most to fish in areas they have not been before.

Kevin D. Jennings of Calhoun, LA finished on top of the field after day one with a 5-fish limit of 12.50 lbs.  Only 5 anglers were able to break the 10-lb. mark at the scales on Wednesday.  In second place just ounces behind the leader is Colby Miller of Elmer, LA with 12.14 lbs, and sitting in 3rd place is William Sheffield of Hawkinsville, GA with 12.07 lbs.  

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The Ram American Fishing Tour

The American Fishing Tour is one of the oldest national bass fishing tours in the US. It started in the mid-70s as Military Bass Anglers Association. In 2000, the series was renamed to American Bass Anglers and opened to all non-military.   Here is some basic information on this national bass tournament tour.

The tour offers a national format for the true grass root anglers. With a low entry fee of $70 for a one-day event and a path to a big national championship. The concept is very simple, fish local, do well and advance to a year-end championship where the prizes are huge. For example, this year at the Championship in October, there will be three fully rigged Triton Boats with Mercury Outboards that will be won. A Triton 21TRX to the Champion, a Triton 21TRX to the Angler of the Year and a Triton 19TRX to the top placing non-boater.

How do I find a local division? First, visit www.drawtrail.com , click on “Tournaments” and you can search by state, lake or even date. You can always call American Bass Anglers Member Services at (256)232-0406 and they will help you find the closest division.

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Becoming an ABA Ram American Fishing Tour Director

If you are interested in becoming a director for ABA, here is some basic information on being a director and running an efficient division. You can also obtain information about the tour along with the format at: This Link

What is the criteria on becoming an ABA director?

  • Be a current member of American Bass Anglers
  • Have strong leadership skills and be sure to follow the ABA Director’s guidelines
  • Promote the Series, ABA and our national sponsors as well as any local sponsors you might have
  • Be organized both pre and post events
  • Provide pre and post tournament information
  • Run a very well organized event
  • Work with our support team both pre and post your events
  • We have a support team here to help you along the way and provide step by step instructions on running the events. The main reason for this consistency.
  • Director's Aggreement:   Directors are required to sign an agreement outlining responsibilities, non-competition requirements, and non-disclosure information.

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Ouachita River is Destination for the 2017 Championship

Athens, AL. The top 500 Ram American Fishing Tour anglers for the 2016-2017 season will be invited to attend the 2017 Ram Trucks American Fishing Tour National Championship at the Ouachita River in Monroe, LA on October 15-20, 2017. Event launch and weigh-in will take place at Forsyth Park, located at 2101 Riverside Drive; Monroe, LA 71201. The Championship will be hosted by the Monroe-West Monroe Convention & Visitors Bureau. More info on the local Monroe, LA area is available at this link.

“We are excited to be hosting the 2017 Championship, and look forward to welcoming the anglers to Louisiana in anticipation of a great week of fishing on the Ouachita River.  We are proud to be a partner with ABA and look forward to showing all of their competitors a warm welcome to Monroe-West Monroe, LA”, said Scott Bruscato, Monroe-West Monroe Convention & Visitors Bureau.

 “This will be the first time that American Bass Anglers  has held a championship on the Ouachita River.  Many anglers have asked over the past couple of years to visit a body of water that has not hosted a Championship in the past and there has also been several requests that we visit a river fishery. This makes the Ouachita River a great destination. We look forward to working with the Monroe-West Monroe Convention & Visitors Bureau to make this a great event,” said Morris Sheehan, ABA President.

The Ouachita River (wah-shi-tah). The river is named for the Ouachita tribe, one of several historic tribes who lived along it. Others included the CaddoOsage NationTensaChickasaw, and Choctaw. Washita is an Indian word meaning "good hunting grounds" and "sparkling silver water."

The river has held some large championships in the past. The most notable was the Albert Collins B.A.S.S. Federation Nation Championship win in 2015 with 44 pounds, 15 ounces over three days. In an interview with Bassmaster Collins said there was a lot of backwater, stumps and a good channel and reported he caught most of his bigger fish on white/chartreuse spinnerbait with silver and gold willow blades.

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