Tight Race for Butcher and Killion
Cold 29 degree start for ABA D58 2022 season opener at Big Hill Lake November 13, 2021 turned into sunny skies with temperature topping out at 53. Mike Butcher and Max Killion fought it out with Butcher taking the win-12.25 lbs and Killion right behind-12.24 lbs. Eric Craft took 3rd-11.78 lbs and Mark Moody was 4th-1.54. John Vanderpool was a close 5th with 11.40 lbs. Killion's 5.33 lb largemouth took Big Bass; Moody weighed in a 4.37 lb bass for 2nd BB.
Cash and local sponsor prizes were awarded from Alber’s Marine, Bud;s Baits, Crawford County C & V, Double M Reel Service, Labette County Tourism, Mid-Kansas Marine, Pete’s Convenience Stores, and Taco Mayo of Parsons and Coffeyville.
American Bass Anglers is a national tournament circuit with 40 divisions across the country. There are several divisions in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Boaters and non-boaters from age 14 are encouraged to participate. ABA membership is $35/365 days; entry fee is $70. Most divisions have a Big Bass option pot. Information about several local divisions is posted at www.centralmidwestbass.com. The next D58 tournament is Dec 5, 2021 at Big Hill Lake launching out of Timberhill Boat Ramp.
See full results with pictures at www.centralmidwestbass.com.
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 next fall on Alabama’s Lake Eufaula.
American Bass Anglers is sponsored by Bass Pro Shops, Triton Boats, Mercury Motors, Motor Guide, Berkley, Abu Garcia, T-H Marine, Power Pole, Garmin, Monster Energy, Lucas Oil, Engel Coolers, OPTIMA Batteries, REKS Sunglasses, and HotelPlanner.com.
For more information visit www.americanbassanglers.com or call (256) 232-0406.
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LES CHARLES WINS D72 on SINCLAIR
Les Charles of Milledgeville, GA took home the first place trophy and $813 cash for his 5 bass limit totaling 15.92 pounds at the D72 Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tournament held on November 27, 2021 at Lake Sinclair. Les said he caught his fish flipping docks with a homemade jig.
Tom and Missy take the win and the GLine Battery $100 Bounty on Cooper River
We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day on the Cooper River with mild temperatures and sunny skies! We had eight teams come out to compete with every team bringing fish to the scales. Several teams commented on how clear the water was and how many big bass they watched swimming but couldn’t get to bite. It seems that the most productive bite was on crank baits and worms.
Tom and Missy Bancroft took First Place with 5 largemouth bass weighing 8.15 lbs. earning $360. We caught our bass on crankbaits in the morning and shaky head worms in the afternoon.
2022 Open Series Registration Now Open
Registration is now open for the 2022 Open Series. The 2022 season offers 16 divisions, Alabama North, Alabama South, Florida Central, Florida South, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee Central, Tennessee East, Texas East, and Texas Southeast, and Virginia.
Each division offers four one-day qualifying events offering a boater/co-angler format,
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