John Simonof Wins on Arkansas River
ABA American Fishing Tour Division 47 held its first tournament of the 2020 Season on September 28, 2019 on the Arkansas River launching from Maumelle Park in Little Rock.
A total of 19 anglers were greeted to an unseasonably warm morning and overcast skies with a small chance of rain. The river flow had been dropping but jumped from 48,000 CFS to 65,000 CFS the night before the event. Seven limits and 58 bass crossed the scales with a total weight of 92.45 lbs.
John Simonof topped the field with five fish for a total weight of 13.86 lbs. John threw bladed jigs, poured on Owner hooks tipped with V&M Baits Flat Wild on a Temple Fork Outfitters GTS heavy action rod and a 20lb Hi-Seas Quattro fluorocarbon line to fill his livewell.
Finishing in second place, Eric Pinter caught five fish for a total weight of 9.98 lbs using a crankbait and flipping soft plastics.
Rounding out the top three was Doug Shrum who caught five fish for a total weight of 7.89 lbs throwing jig and crankbait.
John Simonof caught the big bass of the day at 3.97 lbs.
1st John Simonof 13.86 lbs $522
2nd Eric Pinter 9.98 lbs $308
3rd Doug Shrum 7.89 lbs
4th Marvin Howard 7.31 lbs
5th Tommy Hibdon 7.20 lbs
BB John Simonof 3.97 lbs $90
The next tournament in Division 47 is on Lake Maumelle on November 2, 2019 launching out of West Rock Landing.
For more information on this or any future event in this division contact John Simonof at 501.772.4938, by email at [email protected] or on Facebook.
These anglers earn valuable points toward the divisional Angler of the Year title.
The points advance the angler to their divisions two-day area championship.
In addition, the top 500 anglers from the various divisions will earn the right to compete in the three-day American Bass Anglers (ABA), American Fishing Tour (AFT) tournament as well.The top 500 anglers in the U.S. are invited to the AFT National Championship this fall.
The points champion from each division will compete in the annual ABA Angler of The Year (AOY) final round at the AFT Championship.
The AFT trail offers low cost, close to home bass tournaments that are designed for the weekend angler. All anglers fish for both money and points.
For more information on this event or division please contact local director Scott Randall 540-421-1120 or visit www.americanbassanglers.com
American Bass Anglers is sponsored by: Bass Pro Shops, Triton Boats, Mercury Marine, Nitro Boats, Tracker Boats, MotorGuide, Garmin, T-H Marine, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Engel Coolers, Four Roses Bourbon, Lucas Oil, Maui Jim, Optima Batteries and Power-Pole. Mailing address: American Bass Anglers, Inc, PO Box 475, Athens, AL 35612 PH (256) 232-0406.
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