Brian Bean Wins on Lake Oauchita

Brian Bean of Hot Springs, Arkansas took the win for the AFT D47 event held on February 11th on Lake Ouachita. Brian topped the field with five fish and a total weight of 16.42 pounds. Brian threw a jig to catch his fish. He also collected $640 for his efforts.

Mark Ellis was a close second. He sacked up five fish for a total weight of 16.22 pounds caught on a Chatterbait.

Rounding out the top three was Spencer Shuffield who threw a crankbait to catch five fish for a total weight of 15.80 pounds.

26 anglers came out on a seasonally warm mid-February day. A recent warming trend pushed the water temperatures from the upper 40’s to the mid to high 50’s getting the fish moving and hungry. Sixteen 5-fish limits were weighed and 94 fish crossed the scales for a total weight of 216.11 pounds. 

Big Bass of day weighed 5.16 pounds and was caught by Allen Fullbright.

Top Five Finishers:
1. Brian Bean             16.42 lbs
2. Mark Ellis               16.22 lbs
3. Spencer Shuffield    15.80 lbs
4. Josh Ray                14.53 lbs
5. Dennis LaGrange    14.33 lbs

The next tournament in this division is on Lake Maumelle on 4 March 2017 launching out of the Jolly Roger Marina.

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

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]

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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