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Brian Bean Wins D47 Championship on Ouachita

Brian Bean of Hot Springs, Arkansas won the D47 Divisional Championship that was held on 25-26 March 2017 and contested on Lake Ouachita. Brian topped the field with two 5-fish limits for a total weight of 33.85 pounds. Brian earned $1,178 for his efforts.

Bill Cerrato earned second place and threw a variety of baits to sack up two 5-fish for a total weight of 22.89 pounds earning him $634.

Rounding out the top three was Larry Lambertus who also caught two 5-fish limits for a total weight of 22.41 pounds earning him $202.

Big Bass of day 1 weighed 5.19 lbs and was caught by Ray Neighbors.
Big Bass of day 2 weighed 4.64 lbs and was caught by Brian Bean.

A recent warming trend was slowed by several fronts moving through, but a few bass, mostly smaller spotted bass, had already committed to the spawn and were locked on beds. The fronts kept other bass from moving up and made it difficult to pin down a consistent pattern for many. 21 anglers came out and brought in 168 bass for a total weight of 328.82 lbs with 27 5-fish limits crossing the scales over the weekend. But as always, a few anglers found some better quality fish.

Top Five Finishers:
1. Brian Bean            33.85 lbs
2. Bill Cerrato            22.89 lbs
3. Larry Lambertus     22.41 lbs
4. Rob Stone             20.10 lbs
5. Allen Fullbright      19.96 lbs

The D47 Angler of the Year is Brian Bean. He has the opportunity to represent D47 at the National Championship on the Ouachita River in Monroe LA, in Oct 2017 and compete against all other divisional AOYs for a new Triton/Mercury package.

This tournament concludes the 2017 D47 season. The D42 season is gearing back up and will be on the Arkansas River on the 8th of April launching from the Maumelle Park/Maumelle Pool.

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

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

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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