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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.

Derek Sandlin topped the field with five fish for a total weight of 18.41 pounds. Derek threw a swimbait to catch his fish. He also won Big Fish for the event with a weight of 3.98 pounds earning him a total of $900 for his efforts.

Allen Fullbright sacked up five fish for a total weight of 12.52 pounds. Allen relied on a horny toad to fill his livewell. Allen took home $461 for second place.

Rounding out the top three was Blake Wilson who threw a spinnerbait on a 7’ 3” medium-heavy Fitzgerald Stunner rod to catch five fish for a total weight of 12.24 pounds.

Top Five Finishers:
1. Derek Sandlin       18.41 lbs
2. Allen Fullbright      12.52 lbs
3. Blake Wilson         12.24 lbs
4. Brian Bean            11.97 lbs
5. Doug Thompson    11.26 lbs

The next tournament in this division is on Lake Maumelle on December 17, 2016 launching out of Jolly Rogers Marina.

The next tournament in the D42 division is on the Arkansas River/Pine Bluff November 19, 2016 launching out of Regional Park.

For more information on this or any future event in this division contact John Simonof at (501)772-4938 or by email at Simonof@comcast.net.

I’d like to thank our local sponsors who provide great support throughout the year.

Fish N’ Stuff
H2O Sportz & Marine
I-40 Transmission
NIFE Marine
Temple Fork Outfitters
Window World of Little Rock
Zimmerman’s Sports Center/Exxon

These anglers are earning valuable points toward the divisional angler of the year title. The points champion from each division will compete in the annual Ram American Bass Anglers AFT Angler of the Year Final Round at the Ram American Fishing Tour National Championship.

The Ram 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 Ram American Fishing Tour National Championship. For more information on American Bass Anglers please visit www.americanbassanglers.com or call (256)232-0406.



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Starting an American Fishing Tour Division on Your Home Lake for 2018

2018 Spring Tournaments

Division Date Lake Register
Louisiana - Toledo Bend South 3/24/2018 Toledo Bend
North Carolina East 3/24/2018 Neuse/Trent River
Virginia 3/24/2018 Chickahominy River
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
Kentucky Central 3/24/2018 Kentucky Lake
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
Alabama North 3/31/2018 Guntersville


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