Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour
Director: Joshua Birtchet
|2019 Season Schedule|
||New Johns Lake||East Park Lake Ramp|
||Nelson Lake||West Ramp|
|Eufaula (AFT National Championship)||Lake Point Resort State Park|
AFT North Dakota Staged Two Tournaments
Tyler Frederick of Bismarck, North Dakota took top honors with an impressive three fish limit weighing 9.61 pounds on Lake Audobon on Saturday, June 4, 2016. He also caught the big fish weighing 3.96 pounds. Tyler was using the new scatter raps in perch colors to fish the rip-rap along Highway 37. He caught his big bass on the first cast and went on to fill his limit to win and capture the big bass money.
Roland Wins Kickoff Tournament at Nelson Lake
The North Dakota Division of the Ram American Fishing Tour held it's first bass tournament of the year May 7th on Nelson Lake, a power plant lake by Center, ND. This lake is known for it’s huge large mouth bass and Saturday was no exception with several bass over 4 pounds caught. The day turned bright and sunny and the post spawn bass where on the bite.
Roland Records Biggest Bag at New Johns
The American Bass Anglers Division 127 in North Dakota held its final regular season tournament on the canals and lakes of New Johns this past Saturday.
The weather was perfect and the big bass were cooperating.
Dick Roland of Crosby, ND hit the mother load with a three bass limit of 12.25 pounds to take the win. This was the largest bag of smallmouth bass caught in an ABA tournament in North Dakota. This bag was anchored by the Big Bass of the day at 4.51 pounds. Dick indicated he found all three tight to the bottom in the middle of a bridge piling. He fished them out with a double dipped tube jig in green pumpkin and orange from Dry Creek Outfitters.
Finishing second with 6.74 pounds was newcomer Darren Dewitt of Ray, ND who used a crankbait to tease them out of the weed lines on the main lake. Cory Bosch of Mandan failed to weigh a fish, but did catch a number of smaller bass using plastics.
The Division 127 Two-Day Championship is slated for August 15-16, 2015 at the famed smallmouth Lake Audubon. The Angler of the Year will be awarded at this time and plans to attend the ABA Ram American Fishing Tour National Championship at Lake Hartwell in South Carolina will be finalized. For further information on the ABA call Dick Roland at 701-570-0598.
Redman Wins AFT on Kota-Ray
The July 19th RAM American Fishing Tour tournament had to move from Sakakawea to Kota-Ray Dam due to high winds. This small lake, south of Ray ND, was protected from the high winds but prove to be a tough bite. All the bass were caught in the morning and quit biting around noon. It was a surprise to all to find a mixture of largemouth and spotted bass in this lake.
In his first tournament in North Dakota and first time to fish this lake, Heath Redman from Kansas won with a three fish limit of 5.97 lbs. and also had the big bass with a 2.52 pound largemouth. Heath won using a tube Texas rigged with a bullet weight targeting the reeds. Heath is on the Kansas State fishing team and is interning in North Dakota this summer.
Finishing second, throwing a new square bill crank in ghost minnow color, was Dick Roland from Crosby, ND. He finished with a three fish limit of 4.66 lbs.
John Taylor from Crosby and Jacob Nordhus from Williston both fished but failed to weigh in a fish.
The last regular season RAM American Fishing Tour tournament for Division 127 is scheduled for August 1st at New Johns. This lake is known for its smallmouth bass but also has some stout largemouth bass. Anyone interested in fishing the ABA should contact Dick Roland at 701-570-0598 or look up the ABA on the web.
Roland Captures First Title at Spirtwood
The RAM American Fishing Tour division 127 held their fourth tournament of the year at Spiritwood Lake north of Jamestown, ND this past Saturday. This tremendous smallmouth lake didn't yield a state record bass, but did provide for some great fishing. The weather was excellent and with the bass in a post spawn mode there were plenty of fish caught.
Cody Roland of Crosby, ND, after finishing fourth at Audubon, registered his first win as the rookie on the tour. His 10.04 pound limit of three bass and a 3.9 pound big bass, gave him a sweep of the tournament. Cody commented that he dialed in on the winning lure color the day before in practice. He noted that crawfish that were being spit up were orange in color and he used a Strike King Structure Bug in the Bama Craw color to imitate them. Deep rock piles were his targets of choice.
Finishing second was his dad Dick Roland, Crosby, ND, with a three fish limit of 9.32 lbs. Dick was throwing a top water buzz bait in the morning a tube jig after the morning bite quit. He also zeroed in on the orange color of the crawfish that make up the bulk of the diet for these smallmouth bass. Dick is also leading the angler of the year race with four tournaments under his belt.