Craft Wins Stockton
Erie, KS angler, Eric Craft topped the leaderboard on December 12, 2020, on Stockton Lake. Craft’s weight went 13.76 lbs. on the scales. Eric is a previous American Bass Anglers Angler of the Year.
Eric was followed closely by Mike Butcher who weighed in 13.69 lbs. Third, fourth and fifth places were Matt Roberts (13.60), Jeff Gilbert (13.27) and Austin Lowrey (13.22). Roberts had Big Bass with a 3.79 lb fish. He won cash and a $25 gift card from Heritage Tractor. Lowrey won 2nd Big Bass with a 3.15 lb fish.
It was a cold day with temperatures remaining around 40ᵒ from launch time to weigh-in time. The wind was out of the northwest at 10-15 mph with some gusts. The water temperature was close to 50ᵒ and the lake water level is inching up to about five feet below normal pool. Anglers reported catching most of their fish on jigs and crankbaits.
In addition to cash, anglers were also awarded prizes from many local sponsors including Albers Marine of Arma, KS, Crawford County C & V of Pittsburg, KS, The Bait Shop on South HWY 39 in Stockton, Bud’s Baits of Carthage and Joplin, Double M Reel Service of Girard, KS, Enriques Mexican Grill of Stockton, Heritage Tractors (Big Bass Sponsor for 2021 season), JAG’s Snacks (Big Stringer Sponsor for 2021 season), Ken’s Kafe of Arcola, Labette County Tourism of Parsons, KS, Meridian Professional Imaging of Parsons, KS, Pete’s Convenience Stores, Quality Printing of Parsons, KS, Stockton Simple Simon’s Pizza, Squeeze Inn of Stockton, Stockton Area C of C, Stockton Lake Outfitters of Greenfield, Stockton State Park Marina, Taco Mayo of Parsons and Coffeyville, KS, Wood’s Supermarket, Woody’s Fast Stop of Stockton
The next tournament in this division will take place on February 27, 2021 launching out of Old State Park Ramp on Stockton Lake. Look for up-to-date announcements about the upcoming tournaments on centralmidwestbass.com facebook page.
Full results including pictures are posted at www.centralmidwestbass.com along with 2021 schedules and information about several area ABA Divisions. Call Becky with any questions at 316 644-1454.
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 both 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 for this fall on Kerr Lake in Virginia.
American Bass Anglers is sponsored by Bass Pro Shops, Triton boats, Mercury Motors, Motor Guide, Berkley, Abu Garcia, TH Marine, Power Pole, Garmin, Lucas Oil, REKS Sunglasses, Engel Coolers, OPTIMA Batteries, and Maui Jim.
For more information visit www.americanbassanglers.com or call (256) 232-0406.
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New Schedule and Directors for Kansas Division 58
Athens, AL January 22, 2020. Today American Bass Anglers announce new directors for American Fishing Tour Division 58 located in southeastern Kansas. Becky Minor and Mark Moody. Becky Minor has been running events in Kansas for over 20 years.
The division will center around Big Hill Lake which is one of the interesting lakes in Kansas. Located in Labette County about 5 miles east of Cherryvale, Kansas, Big Hill is known as one of the cleanest and clearest lakes in Kansas. It has a max depth of 60 and holds a good population of both Large and quality Smallmouth bass.
The first event of the season for Division 58 is
North GA Couples kicks off 2021 season with double header on Lake Lanier.
October 3 brought post frontal winds and bluebird skies, starting the day off with waning harvest moon. With some fall transition it made for some challenging fishing but beautiful weather to be on the lake. With 8 teams fishing there was only one limit brought to the scales but all others had at least one keeper to weigh, with exception of one team who had to leave lake early due to boat problems.
Bass Pro Shops Open Series Coming To Lake Okeechobee
Athens, AL - The south Florida division of the Bass Pro Shops Open Series will hold their first tournament of the season on Lake Okeechobee. On Saturday, January 23, 2021, the tournament will be out of Clewiston, FL, launching out of the framed Roland Martin Marina and Resort.
It will be interesting to see how much Okeechobee has changed since last January. On this same weekend last year, Scott Kirsch of Edgewater, FL, won the boater side of the event with a five-fish limit of 18 pounds. Mason Meder won the Co-Angler side of the event with a three-fish limit of 10.91 pounds.
Team Tour Championship Postponed
Out of an overabundance of caution The Team Tour Championship that was scheduled for 10/10-11/2020 on Wheeler Lake has be postponed. The National Weather Service is forecasting winds of 10-20 mph with gust up to 35mph for Saturday, and winds of 10-15 mph with gust up to 20 mph Sunday. The safety of our anglers is the number on concern and factor when making the tough decisions on postponing a tournament. The new dates for the Team Tour Championship will be November 21-22 on Wheeler Lak