Emmert Wins on Stockton
Scott Emmert of Bolivar, Missouri topped the field of competitors for the D126 event on Stockton Lake December 3rd with a five fish limit weighing 12.73 pounds. Emmert won $579.
Second place went to Kirk Deer of Mapleton, Kansas with his five fish limit weighing 11.42 pounds anchored with Big Bass of the tournament, a 3.62 pound largemouth. Kirk earned a payday of $576.
Eric Craft took third with 10.85 pounds.
Fourth place went to Bruce Gandy with 10.73 pounds.
Full results with pictures can be seen at www.centralmidwestbass.com.
The day was cool and mostly cloudy with some wind. Temperatures were in the mid 40’s all day. Water temperature was in the mid 50’s. Anglers reported catching fish on crank baits, jerk baits, topwater, spinnerbaits and jigs. The bite was slow, but 10 of the 23 anglers brought in a five fish limit. Third through 8th places were all within ounces of each other, ranging from 10.31 pounds to 10.83 pounds. The Big Bass was also a tight race with seven 3 pounders weighed in, all very close (3.15 pounds to 3.62 pounds)
This was the third in a series of tournaments conducted by American Bass Anglers, Division 126, all held on Stockton Lake. This tournament series is a draw format and designed for the week-end angler, boaters and non-boaters from age 14. An ABA membership costing $25 per year is required and allows anglers to fish any ABA tournament. Entry fee for D126 tournaments is $70/angler; a $10 Big Bass option pot is offered.
The next tournament for this circuit will be February 25, 2017 on Stockton Lake using Old State Park as launch site. The full 2017 schedule can be seen at www.centralmidwestbass.com.
The season will culminate with a 2-day Championship, also on Stockton Lake, June 24-25, 2017. Anglers fish each tournament for cash and prizes from area sponsors including Pete’s, the Outboard Doctor, Albers Marine, Happy O’s, Legacy Farm & Lawn and Antlers Ridge, as well as points that qualify them to fish a National Championship set for October 18-20, 2017 on the Quachita River at Monroe, LA.
More information about American Bass Anglers can be found at www.americanbassanglers.com or by calling (256)232-0406. Call Becky with any questions at (316)644-1454.
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.
Membership - $35 Annually
Divisional One-Day: $70
Divisional Two-Day Championship: $140
National Championship: $170
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