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Ray Neighbors Wins D47 Tournament at Hamilton


Story by John Simonof

The American Fishing Tour, Division 47 of American Bass Anglers held its final one-day Divisional Tournament of the 2015 season on Lake Hamilton on March 28, 2015. A recent cold front had knocked the water temperature down a few degrees but it didn't seem to affect the fish too much. Eighteen anglers produced 59 fish, including ten five fish limits, for a total weight of 111.72 pounds.
Ray Neighbors topped the field with a five fish limit that weighed 18.18 pounds. John relied on a Rat-L-Trap to catch his fish. Ray earned $590 for his efforts on the day.
Bill Cerrato earned $288 for second place. He too hauled in a five fish limit that weighed 10.91 pounds all caught on a Carolina-rig.
Rounding out the top three was Rob Stone with a five fish limit that weighed 10.75 pounds. Rob threw a Texas-rigged lizard and earned $94 for his day's efforts.
These anglers acquired valuable points to insure their entry into the American Fishing Tour National Championship that will be held on Lake Hartwell, South Carolina, in October 2015.

Top 5 Anglers

Pl Name Fish Total Points
1 Ray Neighbors 5 18.18 198
2 William Bill Cerrato 5 10.91 197
3 Rob Stone 5 10.75 196
4 Chuck Gates 5 9.24 195
5 Rodney L. Ruehrmund 5 8.80 194

Big Bass: Ray also brought in the biggest bass of the day, a healthy 5.48 pound specimen.

The next ABA tournament in Arkansas will be in Division 47 on Lake Ouachita on 18-19 Apr launching out of Crystal Springs. The next Division 42 tournament is 25 April 2015 on Dardanelle.
I'd like to thank our local sponsors
who provide great support throughout the year:
Fish N' Stuff
Floral Express
H2O Sportz & Marine
I-40 Transmission
NIFE Marine
Norman Lures
Window World of Little Rock
Zimmerman's Sports Center/Exxon

For information about this division and future events visit Americanbassanglers.com or contact the local director for Arkansas - John Simonof at (501) 772-4938

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 ABA anglers fish for 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.




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Entry Fees:
Divisional One-Day: $70 
Divisional Two-Day Championship: $140
National Championship: $170


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Louisiana - Toledo Bend South 3/24/2018 Toledo Bend
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Georgia Central 3/24/2018 Sinclair
Georgia - Eufaula 3/24/2018 Lake Eufaula
Texas - Wichita Falls 3/24/2018 Ray Roberts
Missouri 3/24/2018 Lake Ozark
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Florida Harris Chain 3/24/2018 Harris Chain
Oklahoma East 3/24/2018 Fort Gibson
Alabama East Central 3/24/2018 Neely Henry
Louisiana - Toledo Bend South 3/25/2018 Toledo Bend
South Carolina Northwest 3/25/2018 Clarks Hill
Tennessee Central 3/25/2018 Old Hickory
DFW - Texas 3/25/2018 Ray Roberts
North Carolina Piedmont 3/31/2018 Gaston
North Carolina Charlotte 3/31/2018 Lake Norman
New Mexico 3/31/2018 Elephant Butte
North Carolina Central 3/31/2018 Roanoke
Virginia - Western 3/31/2018 Kerr Lake
Alabama Central 3/31/2018 Alabama River
Alabama Northwest 3/31/2018 Wheeler Lake (Open Event)
Texas - Sam Rayburn North 3/31/2018 Sam Rayburn
Southeast North Carolina 3/31/2018 Northeast Cape Fear River
Tennessee - West 3/31/2018 Kentucky Lake
Kansas - Big Hill 3/31/2018 Big Hill
Louisiana Central 3/31/2018 Bisteneau
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