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Welcome to the American Fishing Tour

9/11/2017

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.

So, how does the tour work?

  The Ram American Fishing Tour is a draw format. What does that mean? Boaters and non-boaters complete equally and randomly drawn to fish together for the day.  Ray Scott said it best, “To learn how to fish competitively it is important to fish with as many good anglers as you can”.

  The draw format is the best way for beginning anglers to learn the sport of competitive bass fishing. With a low entry fee of $70, it is a very inexpensive way to learn a lot of different styles of fishing techniques for both boaters and non-boaters.

  Since boaters and non-boaters are paired together one of the greatest parts about the Ram American Fishing Tour is how the points are structured. It provides several benefits that some might miss by not understanding how the point system works.

  You can fish as many events as you would like, however, only your four best one-day events plus your best two-day event will count toward your total national points. At a one-day event, first place points with a minimum field of just 20 are worth 200 points with a one-point separation per place. So, second place is 199, third is 198 and so on. With your best four, one-day events total the best possible points is 800.

  Each division will hold at least 6 one-day events; however, you can fish any one-day event anywhere in the country for your personal national points standing. If you’re in Florida on vacation and there is an ABA tournament, just show up, pay your entry fee, and go fish. ABA has many members that fish a lot of events in a single year doing just this. When anglers are traveling on business, or with family, and find a local ABA event they know they are welcome to fish these events.

   At the end of each division’s season, they each hold a two-day divisional championship. First place points, with a minimum field of just 20, is worth 400 points with a two-point separation per place. So, second place is 398, third is 396 and so on. With your best four one-day event points total plus your two-day championship, the best possible points are 1,200. To fish a two-day championship, you must have fished at least four one-day qualifying events.

So how do the points impact you as an angler?

 National points connect you to the National Championship. Divisional points connect you to Divisional Angler of the Year, and ultimately the Angler of the Year competition at the National Championship.

  Points are tracked both divisionally and nationally. All the points you earn within a division are counted as divisional points. If these results are you best four one-day events and your best two-day event this is also your national points.

  If you fish multiple division’s the points from your best four one-day events and your best two-day event nationally will be counted towards your national points.

  National points are also used to track the top anglers in each Service Team. Originally set up to recognize the top anglers of each military service branch, this also now includes non-military, Homeland Security, and Lady Anglers. At the National Championship, the top 5 anglers from each service team are given special awards and recognition at the national championship awards banquet.

How does the National Championship work?

  Anglers from all over the country compete in qualifying events from which the top 500 anglers nationally are invited to the National Championship. The top 250 in points are invited to fish as boaters and 251-500 are invited to compete as non-boaters.

  For many members, this is a seasonal trip to see old friends and they all come to compete. There is a lot available for anglers at this championship.

  The ABA Angler of the Year competition is the most unique in the fishing industry. Here is how it works; Anglers compete in their home division for a minimum of four one-day events and the divisional two-day Championship. The top angler, by points, in each division at the end of the season is the divisional AOY. Each of these AOY’s is invited to compete in the National Championship. At the Championship, the top finishing divisional AOY after three days of competition will be crowned Angler of the Year.

  There are several competitions going on simultaneously within the Championship. Angler of the Year might be the most notable, but there are several other competitions going on. The top 5 from each service team will be recognized. These service teams are; Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Homeland Security, Non-Military and Lady Anglers.

  There is also a four-man team competition always ran by the local ABA director as a side pot. Anglers form a 4-man team, their combined weight for the week is tracked, and the top teams receive a side pot payout. It might be for the payout, but it is also for bragging rights.

  Big Bass at the Championship historically pays out more than any big bass pot in the country. As a side pot at $10 a day, it has paid well over $5,000 each day of competition and Lake Eufaula has some giant bass.

  While competitors may not win the championship, they can still win sizable cash payouts and great Sponsor draw prizes. Even if you choose to fish as a non-boater you can still compete in all of these other competitions plus finish as the top non-boater and receive a 2017 Triton Boat TRX 19 with a Mercury Marine 150ProXS. That is almost a 40k prize before sponsor products are added to it.

How does ABA keep the Championship fair as possible?

 There is a 30 day off limits period before the championship to keep all anglers off the water and create an even playing field. ABA also polygraphs heavily at this event to make sure the event is clean. If you finish in the money it is very likely you will get the honor of taking a polygraph.

How do you get started with the Ram American Fishing Tour?

  First, become a member. It is $35 a year and you will receive a lot of benefits for your annual membership. Second, find a local division which is easy to do on the web. Here is a good link that shows all divisions and you can search by state to make the list easier to use.

  The website drawtrail.com is loaded with information such as Tournament Schedules, Results, Points and lots of news and items for you to explore.

  Once you have found a division close to home you can register online or at the ramp the morning of the event. ABA believes that this part should be easy, show up, sign up and go fishing. It’s always good to contact your local director to assist you even further.

  Also, the national office of American Bass Anglers has a fully staffed Member Services group that is here to assist you in any way you might need. Simply call the office at (256)232-0406 and you can choose the option for tournament registration or membership and be connected to a live person.

Divisional One-Day Qualifying Events

  • Low Entry Fee - $70 Does Not Include Big Bass
  • Close to Home - One-Day Events
  • Bring Your Boat, Use Your Boat
  • Fish Any Division Anywhere in the Country
  • Draw Format (Boaters and Non-Boaters)
  • No Meetings the Night Before
  • $1,000 First Place with Field of 100 +
  • Up to $7,000 Triton Gold
  • Top 15% of The Field Get a Check
  • No Pros - No Guides Allowed
  • Simple Point System - Best 4 One-days Count for
  • Points Total

Divisional Championships

  • $140 Entry Fee Does Not Include Big Bass
  • Two-Day Saturday/Sunday Event
  • $2,000 First Place with Field of 100
  • Up To $7,000 Triton Gold
  • Fish 4 One-day Divisional Events to Qualify
  • Top 500 by Points Advance to Series Championship
  • Best Two-Day Counts for Points Total
  • Division’s Top Angler Advances to the AOY Final Round

National Championship

  • October 18, 19, and 20 Ouachita River - Monroe, LA
  • The Top 250 anglers by points are invited as guaranteed boaters
  • First Place
    • Triton/Mercury Boat Package
    • + Up to $7,000 Triton Gold
  • Top Placing Non-Boater
    • Triton/Mercury Boat Package
  • Off Limits (30 Days)
  • $170 Entry fee does not include Big Bass Option
  • Up to $5,000 per day Big Bass Award
  • 3 Days practice, 3 Days tournament
  • Competition Team Awards, Draw Prizes, Special
  • Awards
  • Four anglers advance to the Ray Scott Championship
    • Champion, Angler of the Year, Top Non-Boater,
    • 2nd place Non-Boater

Angler of the Year - The Final Round

  • •The top angler by points from each division can qualify
  • Highest finishing AOY Angler at championship wins!      
  • *AOY Award:
    • Triton 21TrX, Mercury Motor package
  • AOY Final Round held during the National  Championship

 Visit www.DrawTrail.com for rules, payouts and other important information.
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2018 Season Fall Schedule

South Carolina - Savannah River 11/18/2017 Savannah River
Alabama Lay Lake - Logan Martin 11/18/2017 Lay Lake
DFW - Texas 11/18/2017 Ray Roberts
Georgia Central 11/18/2017 Sinclair
North Central Louisiana 11/18/2017 D'Arbonne
Alabama North 11/18/2017 Guntersville
Louisiana - Shreveport 11/18/2017 Caddo
North Carolina Central 11/18/2017 Lake Gaston
Georgia - Eufaula 11/18/2017 Lake Eufaula
Pennsylvania 11/18/2017 North East River
Georgia North 11/18/2017 Allatoona
Alabama Central 11/18/2017 Mitchell
Alabama East Central 11/18/2017 Weiss
Georgia - Blackshear 11/18/2017 Blackshear
Southeast North Carolina 11/18/2017 Northeast Cape Fear River
Northeast Tennessee 11/18/2017 Cherokee
Kansas - Big Hill 11/18/2017 Big Hill
Arkansas River 11/18/2017 Arkansas/Pine Bluff
Arkansas North 11/18/2017 Maumelle
Georgia East 11/19/2017 Clarks Hill
South Carolina Northwest 11/19/2017 Russel
Kansas South 11/19/2017 El Dorado
Georgia Central 11/25/2017 Oconee
Alabama Northwest 11/25/2017 Wheeler Lake
North Carolina East 12/02/2017 Neuse/Trent River (Open)
Mississippi - Ross Barnett 12/02/2017 Ross Barnett
Texas - Houston 12/02/2017 Sam Rayburn
Texas - Wichita Falls 12/02/2017 Graham
Georgia - West Point 12/02/2017 West Point
Arkansas 12/02/2017 Maumelle
Northeast Tennessee 12/02/2017 Cherokee
Florida - West 12/02/2017 Toho
Kansas - Big Hill 12/02/2017 Big Hill
South Carolina - Greenwood 12/03/2017 Greenwood
Texas - Houston 12/03/2017 Sam Rayburn
Florida - Seminole 12/03/2017 Seminole
DFW - Texas 12/09/2017 Lake Lewisville
Louisiana - Toledo Bend South 12/09/2017 Toledo Bend
Mississippi Gulf Coast 12/09/2017 Jordan
Alabama - Mobile 12/09/2017 Tensaw
Florida - Istokpoga South 12/09/2017 Lake Istokpoga
Georgia - Eufaula 12/09/2017 Lake Eufaula
Missouri - Stockton 12/09/2017 Stockton
Georgia North 12/09/2017 Allatoona
Virginia - Western 12/09/2017 Kerr Lake
Alabama East Central 12/09/2017 Neely Henry
Alabama Northwest 12/09/2017 Pickwick Lake
Georgia East 12/10/2017 Clarks Hill
Alabama West 12/10/2017 Bankhead
Mississippi - Ross Barnett 12/15/2017 Ross Barnett
South Carolina - Savannah River 12/16/2017 Savannah River
Alabama Lay Lake - Logan Martin 12/16/2017 Logan Martin
Georgia Central 12/16/2017 Sinclair
Alabama North 12/16/2017 Guntersville
Louisiana - Shreveport 12/16/2017 Caddo
Arkansas 12/16/2017 Ouachita
Georgia - Blackshear 12/16/2017 Blackshear
Northeast Tennessee 12/16/2017 Norris
Arkansas North 12/16/2017 Dardanelle
South Carolina Northwest 12/17/2017 Clarks Hill
Florida - St Johns North 12/17/2017 St. Johns
Kansas South 12/17/2017 Coffey Co. SFL
Alabama Northwest 12/23/2017 Wilson Lake
Alabama Central 12/30/2017 Martin
Northeast Tennessee 12/30/2017 Cherokee

Ram 100% Plus Team Tour 2018 Schedule

Alabama

Dates Lake/Info Register
2/11/2018 Guntersville
3/04/2018 Neely Henry
5/20/2018 Wheeler
7/01/2018 Weiss

Tennessee/Kentucky

2/18/2018 Kentucky
4/22/2018 Kentucky
5/13/2018 Old Hickory
9/23/2018 Kentucky

 

 

American Couples Series Fall/Winter Events

Georgia 11/18/2017 Hartwell
Florida Northwest 11/18/2017 Apalachicola River
Georgia 11/19/2017 Hartwell
Alabama North 12/2/2017 Weiss
Florida Northwest 12/2/2017 Choctawhatchee River
Alabama Central 12/2/2017 Lake Mitchell
Georgia 12/9/2017 Jackson

Ram Truck Open Series 2017 Upcoming Events

     
Area 7 Championship 10/28/2017 Texoma
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Ram Truck Open Series 2018 Upcoming Events

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Florida South 1/13/2018 Okeechobee
Florida Central 1/20/2018 Toho
South Carolina 1/27/2018 Keowee
     

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