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Bryant Wins on Lake Maumelle

Cody Bryant of Little Rock, Arkansas won the final 1-day event of the AFT D44 that was held on March 4th and contested on Lake Maumelle. Cody topped the field with five fish for a total weight of 16.04 pounds. Cody threw crankbaits and jerkbaits to catch his fish. Cody earned $602 for his efforts. Cody also caught the biggest bass of the event weighing in at 5.14 pounds. 

Coming in second place was Brent Ellis who sacked up five fish for a total weight of 15.11 pounds. Brent relied on a football jig to fill his livewell. Brent took home $308 for second place.

Rounding out the top three was John Simonof who threw a bladed jig, poured on an Owner hook, with a V&M Baits Swamp Hog Jr trailer on a Temple Fork Outfitter rod and 20# Hi-Seas Quattro Fluorocarbon line to catch five fish for a total weight of 12.95 pounds.

19 anglers came out on a chilly morning after some recent warm weather and storms moved through the week prior to the event. Expectations for a great day of fishing were high with the water temperature climbing into the upper 50’s. Overall, the fishing was good with 84 bass for a total weight of 162.92 lbs and 14 5-fish limits crossing the scales. Many anglers reported early limits and culling through fish all day to get to their final tally.

Top Five Finishers:
1. Cody Bryant         16.04 lbs
2. Brent Ellis            15.11 lbs
3. John Simonof       12.95 lbs
4. Rob Stone            12.83 lbs
5. Donald Armbrust   10.36 lbs

The next tournament in this division is the 2-day championship on Lake Hamilton on 25-26 Mar launching from the AGFC ramp. 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.

American Bass Anglers, Inc. is supported by Ram Trucks, Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, Carlisle Tires, GEICO, Berkley, Abu Garcia, T-H Marine, Livingston Lures, Best Western Hotels, Maui Jim, Power Pole, LiT Coolers, Simms, Garmin, and Divide-It. American Bass Anglers, Inc. can be contacted at (256) 232-0406 or by visiting americanbassanglers.com



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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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