Simonof Wins Arkansas River/Maumelle Pool

The fourth event of the ABA American Fishing Tour D42 was held on July 30, 2016 on the Arkansas River/Maumelle Pool. John Simonof of Jacksonville, Arkansas topped the field with five fish for a total weight of 14.91 lbs. John threw a 1/2 ounce homemade vibrating jig poured on an Owner hook and a Strike King 3XD with Owner Premium Point Position® treble hooks on Temple Fork Outfitter rods, Lew’s reels and Hi-Seas Quattro Fluorocarbon line to catch his fish. John also caught the days Big Bass at 4.76 pounds.

Doug Thompson of Mabelvale, Arkansas locked up second place with four fish for a total weight of 10.24 pounds. Doug relied on a shakyhead worm to catch his fish.

Rounding out the top three was Arnie Hanson who caught four fish for a total weight of 8.25 pounds. Arnie used a buzzbait, crankbait, and soft plastics to catch his fish.

Oppressive heat and humidity led up to the event, and continued into the event. A good flow on the river should have had the fish biting but overall, fishing was tough. A big thank you to all the anglers for taking care of their catches as there was a 100% live release rate for this event. Only 2 five fish limits were brought to the scales.

Top Five Finishers
1. John Simonof        14.91 lbs    
2. Doug Thompson    10.24 lbs    
3. Arnie Hanson         8.25 lbs
4. Duane Paquette     6.61 lbs
5. Doug Shrum          5.82 lbs     

The next tournament in this division is on the Arkansas River/Pine Bluff Pool on August 13, 2016 launching out of Regional Park. For more information on this or any future event in this division contact John Simonof at 501.772.4938 or by email at [email protected]

I’d like to thank our local sponsors who provide great support throughout the year.

Fish N’ Stuff
H2O Sportz & Marine
I-40 Transmission
NIFE Marine
Temple Fork Outfitters
Window World of Little Rock
Zimmerman’s Sports Center/Exxon

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. For more information on American Bass Anglers please visit www.americanbassanglers.com or call (256)232-0406.

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