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2016 Ram American Fishing Tour Championhip Photo Gallery


Pearson Wins on Lake Russell

Todd Pearson of Anderson, South Carolina won the AFT D25 event on Lake Russell held on November 27th. Todd won with a five fish limit of Spotted Bass that weighed in at 14.99 pounds. Todd reported catching his fish on ledges with a jig. Todd had big fish of the tournament that weighed 3.76 pounds. He also won First Place in the Option Pot for a total of $480 for the win.

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Peturis Wins on Tensaw

Nick Peturis Jr. of Loxley, Alabama won the Ram AFT D41 event on Tensaw River in Mobile, Alabama held on November 19th. Peturis weighed in five fish weighing 12.22 pounds. Nick also caught the Big Bass of the event weighing 3.73 pounds. Congratulations Nick!  

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Theis wins on Tar River

Jason Theis of Hubert, North Carolina won the AFT D15 event held on November 19, 2016 that ran out of Tranters Creek in Washington, North Carolina. Jason caught five bass weighing 12.72 pounds and says he caught his fish using a little bit of everything. Jason took home a check for $543 for first place.

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Ouachita River is Destination for the 2017 Championship

Athens, AL. The top 500 Ram American Fishing Tour anglers for the 2016-2017 season will be invited to attend the 2017 Ram Trucks American Fishing Tour National Championship at the Ouachita River in Monroe, LA on October 15-20, 2017. Event launch and weigh-in will take place at Forsyth Park, located at 2101 Riverside Drive; Monroe, LA 71201. The Championship will be hosted by the Monroe-West Monroe Convention & Visitors Bureau. More info on the local Monroe, LA area is available at this link.

“We are excited to be hosting the 2017 Championship, and look forward to welcoming the anglers to Louisiana in anticipation of a great week of fishing on the Ouachita River.  We are proud to be a partner with ABA and look forward to showing all of their competitors a warm welcome to Monroe-West Monroe, LA”, said Scott Bruscato, Monroe-West Monroe Convention & Visitors Bureau.

 “This will be the first time that American Bass Anglers  has held a championship on the Ouachita River.  Many anglers have asked over the past couple of years to visit a body of water that has not hosted a Championship in the past and there has also been several requests that we visit a river fishery. This makes the Ouachita River a great destination. We look forward to working with the Monroe-West Monroe Convention & Visitors Bureau to make this a great event,” said Morris Sheehan, ABA President.

The Ouachita River (wah-shi-tah). The river is named for the Ouachita tribe, one of several historic tribes who lived along it. Others included the CaddoOsage NationTensaChickasaw, and Choctaw. Washita is an Indian word meaning "good hunting grounds" and "sparkling silver water."

The river has held some large championships in the past. The most notable was the Albert Collins B.A.S.S. Federation Nation Championship win in 2015 with 44 pounds, 15 ounces over three days. In an interview with Bassmaster Collins said there was a lot of backwater, stumps and a good channel and reported he caught most of his bigger fish on white/chartreuse spinnerbait with silver and gold willow blades.

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Ellis Wins on Arkansas River

Mark Ellis of Malvern, Arkansas won the first event of the ABA American Fishing Tour D42 held on November 19th and contested on the Arkansas River in the Pine Bluff Pool. Mark topped the field with five fish for a total weight of 13.99 pounds. Mark threw a crankbait and Caroline-rig to catch his fish. Mark earned $500 for his efforts.

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Stone Wins on Badin Lake

Jerry Stone of Sherrils Ford, North Carolina won the Ram AFT D14 event on Badin Lake in Stanley County, North Carolina held on November 12th. Stone weighed in three bass weighing 8.71 pounds. The winning pattern came fishing soft plastic worms on windy points early in the morning. Jerry also caught the Big Bass of the event weighing 3.11 pounds. Congratulations Jerry!  See you at Lake Norman this spring.

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Drayton Wins on Roanoke

Nathaniel Drayton of Jacksonville, North Carolina won the 3rd event of the 2017 season for AFT Division 17, North Carolina Central. The event was held on the Roanoke River on November 12th launching out of Water Street Ramp in Plymouth, North Carolina. Nathaniel caught five bass weighing 8.86 pounds and the only five fish limit of the tournament. He went up river and caught his fish on wood using a jig and Zoom Trick worms. Congratulations Nathaniel.

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Sandlin Wins on Lake Ouachita

Derek Sandlin of Mount Ida, Arkansas won the second event of the AFT D47 2017 season that was held on November 5th and contested on Lake Ouachita. 35 anglers came out and were greeted with unseasonably warm air and water temperatures. Bass have not moved into their typical fall patterns in central Arkansas. 126 limits crossed the scales and 111 fish were caught for a total weight of 200.11 pounds, less than a 2 pound average.

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Anderson Wins on Lake Greenwood

Sean Anderson of Leesville, South Carolina won the Ram AFT South Carolina D96 1-day qualifier event held November 6, 2016, on Lake Greenwood running out of Greenwood State Park near Ninety Six, SC. Sean Anderson caught five fish weighing 12.94 pounds all on spinnerbaits. Sean was fishing the middle part of the lake. Sean won first place and first place option for a total of $770.

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Beighey Takes Win at Seminole

Brian Beighey of Panama City, Florida is one step closer to the Ram American Fishing Tour National Championship with a first place win in the AFT D114 event held on Lake Seminole November 6th. Brian’s limit weighed in at 17.05 pounds.  Big Bass was awarded to Brian for catching a 5.74 pound largemouth. Brian's pattern was fishing a frog and flipping.

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2016 Ram American Fishing Tour Championhip Photo Gallery

LiT Coolers Partners with the American Bass Anglers

Athens, AL (September 30, 2016) – American Bass Anglers, Inc (ABA) announced today that LiT Coolers has signed a multi-year sponsorship agreement with American Bass Anglers, beginning October 1, 2016.

The partnership brings all the benefits of LiT Coolers and Tumblers to ABA members including:

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2016 Championship Information (Registration Now Open)

December Events (2017 Events)

Mississippi - Ross Barnett 12/03/2016 Ross Barnett
Florida - Istokpoga South 12/03/2016 Lake Istokpoga
North Carolina East 12/03/2016 Neuse/Trent River
Georgia Central 12/03/2016 Jackson
Georgia North 12/03/2016 Carters/Cancelled
Texas - Houston 12/03/2016 Sam Rayburn
Missouri - Stockton 12/03/2016 Stockton
Virginia - Western 12/03/2016 Kerr Lake
Georgia - West Point 12/03/2016 West Point
Florida - West 12/03/2016 Toho
Alabama Lay Lake - Logan Martin 12/03/2016 Logan Martin
South Carolina - Greenwood 12/04/2016 Russell
Texas - Alamo - San Antonio 12/04/2016 Sam Rayburn
Florida - Seminole 12/04/2016 Seminole
Mississippi - Ross Barnett 12/09/2016 Ross Barnett
Mississippi Gulf Coast 12/10/2016 Back Bay
Florida Harris Chain 12/10/2016 Harris Chain
Georgia - Eufaula 12/10/2016 Lake Eufaula
Alabama East Central 12/10/2016 Neely Henry
Louisiana - Toledo Bend South 12/10/2016 Toledo Bend
Arkansas North 12/10/2016 Greers Ferry Lake
South Carolina Northwest 12/11/2016 Hartwell
Florida - St. Johns North 12/11/2016 St. Johns River
Texas - Central 12/17/2016 Belton Lake
DFW - Texas 12/17/2016 Lake Lewisville
Alabama Central 12/17/2016 Lake Martin
Louisiana - Shreveport 12/17/2016 Hosston
Arkansas 12/17/2016 Maumelle
South Carolina - Savannah 12/17/2016 Savannah River
Georgia - Blackshear 12/17/2016 Blackshear
Alabama - Mobile 12/17/2016 Tensaw River
Florida - Toho 12/18/2016 Toho
Alabama North 12/31/2016 Guntersville

Top 50 Anglers (2017)

1 Marty Torrence 790
2 Virgil Akin 785
3 Webb Collums 782
4 Jim Bob Brock 781
5 Alfred Williams 779
6 Andy Lake 776
7 James Washington 774
8 Bernard Crump 773
8 Ivy Bradshaw 773
10 Donald Kneece 770
11 Glenn Page 769
12 Kenneth Ryals 768
13 David Cole 766
14 Anthony Thomas 761
15 Robert Youngblood 759
16 Deacon Collins 758
17 Keith Hughes 756
18 Ken Draskovic 753
19 Donald Armbrust 752
20 Charles Anderson 751
21 Cass Falcon 749
21 Michael Garlen 749
21 Robert Eckle 749
24 Richard Presnell 748
25 Donald Tripoli 746
26 Kenneth Stivason 744
27 Gregg Johnson 743
27 Michael Colbert 743
29 Phil Morris 739
30 Michael Higgins 738
31 Dwayne Kelly 733
32 Curtis Hallmark 726
33 Phillip Anderson 635
34 Brett Hooks 633
35 Gene Parker 629
36 Leonard Baudino 626
37 Roy Morris 625
38 James Conner Jr 621
39 Gerald Bozeman 619
40 Steve Lamer 617
40 Dee Lucas 617
40 Lynn Watts 617
43 Jay Treon 613
44 Norman Bray Jr 611
45 John Riley 609
46 Eddie Temples 608
46 Olivia Hendricks 608
48 David Brown 607
49 Doug Orazine 606
50 Michael Carpenter 605

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