John Simonof Wins on the Arkansas River
ABA American Fishing Tour D47 held its third 2019 season tournament on 17 Nov 2018 on the Arkansas River launching from the Regional Park ramp in Pine Bluff. Anglers were greeted with great mid-60 degree weather and a light wind after a frigid cold front came through the area days prior. Some anglers reported catching fish prior to the cold front but the bite changed and fish were tough to come by on tournament day.
John Simonof topped the field with five-fish for a total weight of 7.93-lbs. John threw bladed jigs poured on Owner hooks tipped with a V&M Baits Baby Swamp Hog and thrown on a TFO rod and Hi-Seas Quattro fluorocarbon line to fill his livewell.
Tommy Hibdon sacked up five-fish for a total weight of 6.76-lbs on a black Bitsy Bug to finish in second place.
Rounding out the top three was Eric Turner who caught two-fish for a total weight of 4.01-lbs throwing Slider Shad and a Livingston Squarebill on Dobyns Rods & Lew’s Reels spooled up with Vicious line.
Eric Turner caught the big bass of the day at 2.46-lbs.
1st John Simonof 7.93-lbs 2nd Tommy Hibdon 6.76-lbs 3rd Eric Turner 4.01-lbs 4th Dillion Roth 3.62-lbs 5th Doug Shrum 3.34-lbs Big Bass Eric Turner 2.46-lbs
The next tournament in this division is on Lake Ouachita on 8 Dec 2018 launching out of the Mt. Harbor ramp.
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These anglers earn valuable points toward the divisional angler of the year title. The points champion from each division will compete in the annual American Bass Anglers AFT Angler of The Year Final Round at the AFT Championship. In addition, the top 500 anglers from the various divisions will earn the right to compete in the three-day ABA, AFT National Championship tournament.
The American Fishing Tour offers low cost, close to home bass tournaments that are designed for the weekend angler. All 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 American Fishing Tour National Championship.
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