Baskins Takes 2021 AOY Title for AFT Division 65
(Monkey Island, OK) ABA’s American Fishing Tour/Division 65 kicked off its two-day tournament on Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees on Saturday, September 25-26, 2021, with 12 anglers vying for the division’s “angler of the year” award plus 3 places in prize money and division trophies. The third-place trophy went to angler Dirk Woods of Miami, OK, with an overall point total of 1,128 for the 2021 season. The second-place trophy was awarded to Mike Franks of Bartlesville, OK, with total accumulated points of 1,131 for the year. Randy Baskins of Owasso, OK, received the first-place trophy for a total of 1,132 points along with receiving Division 65’s “Angler of the Year” honors qualifying him to fish ABA’s national tournament on Kerr Lake in late October.
Wes Potter of Colcord, OK, caught a nice 6.58 lb. bass landing him “Big Bass” honors for the two-day tournament along with prize money and a tournament trophy. Mike Franks also received the first-place cash prize for his efforts during the two-day tournament bringing in 8 fish and a total weight of 18.49 lbs. Second place prize money went to Bryan Jackson of Monet, MO, with 7 fish and a total weight of 18.40 lbs. Bryan’s father Kevin Jackson also of Monet, MO, received the third-place cash prize with 7 fish and a total weight of 14.37 lbs.
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 valuable points, which accumulate 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 scheduled for this fall on Kerr Lake in Virginia.
For more information on Division 65 or ABA, visit www.americanbassanglers.com or call (256) 232-0406.
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The anglers will run out of Roland and Mary Ann Martin's Marina Resort, located at 920 E. Del Monte Avenue in the town of Clewiston, Fla. Anglers can fish anywhere in the massive lake but cannot lock into the Kissimmee River, Caloosahatchee River, or the Port St. Lucie Canal.
Team Tour Championship Postponed
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