Big Fish Highlight of Tournament
When the stars align, great things happen. The week before the Ram American Fishing Tour Tournament on February 20th at Bone Creek Lake the weather was perfect. An unusual warming trend sent temperatures into the 70’s raising the water temperature five degrees. The fish and fishermen were both feeling good and the results showed it. Scott Tassi of Arma, KS brought a five fish limit to the scales weighing 20.77 pounds. Anchored with a big fish of 5.36 pounds, Scott was sure his lunker would win big fish of the day.
Then it happened, Independence KS Angler, Bryan Fahler, brought his fish to the scales and stole the show. Bryan’s big fish bowed the scales at 8.09 pounds snatching the big fish honors for the day. Several officials from other tournament trails were present for this record setting catch. Fahler’s fish is being regarded as the largest ever weighed during a tournament on Bone Creek Lake. Bryan was one fish short of a five fish limit but his 18.50 pound total was enough to land him in second place for the day.
Taking third place was Erie, KS Angler Eric Craft. Craft brought in a five fish limit that weighed 17.80 pounds. Following closely in fourth place was Chad Judy with a five fish limit weighing in at 16.64 pounds.
1 Scott Tassi 20.77
2 Bryan Fahler 18.50
3 Eric Craft 17.80
4 Chad Judy 16.64
5 John Vanderpool 16.52
BB Bryan Fahler 8.09
The anglers all shared what was working for them and it was all over the board. Each angler found something different that enabled them to be successful from spinnerbaits to suspending jerkbaits to underspins and crankbaits.
Next Divisional Tournament: This division’s next tournament will be March 26th on Big Hill. For more information on this or any future event in this division contact Eric Craft at (620) 433-1780, or visit the local divisional page at www.centralmidwestbass.com
These anglers are earning valuable points toward the divisional angler of the year title. The points champion from each division will compete in the annual Ram American Bass Anglers AFT Angler of the Year Final Round at the Ram American Fishing Tour National Championship.
The Ram American Fishing Tour offers low cost, close to home bass tournaments that are designed for the weekend angler. All ABA anglers fish for money and points. The points advance the angler to their divisional championship and the top 500 anglers in the US are invited to the Ram American Fishing Tour National Championship.
American Fishing Tour - Latest News
New Schedule and Directors for Kansas Division 58
Athens, AL January 22, 2020. Today American Bass Anglers announce new directors for American Fishing Tour Division 58 located in southeastern Kansas. Becky Minor and Mark Moody. Becky Minor has been running events in Kansas for over 20 years.
The division will center around Big Hill Lake which is one of the interesting lakes in Kansas. Located in Labette County about 5 miles east of Cherryvale, Kansas, Big Hill is known as one of the cleanest and clearest lakes in Kansas. It has a max depth of 60 and holds a good population of both Large and quality Smallmouth bass.
The first event of the season for Division 58 is
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Team Tour Championship Postponed
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