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Welcome to the American Fishing Tour - Find Tournament Near You
Welcome to the American Fishing Tour


Vitale Takes Win on Greenwood

Art Vitale of Kenilworth, New Jersey won the AFT New Jersey D10 event held on September 17th at Greenwood Lake. D10 was running out of Small Craft Marina in Hewitt, NJ. Vitale caught five bass weighing 10.78 pounds with a 4.37 -pound kicker Largemouth. For the victory, Vitale took home a check for $337. Art caught most of his fish using soft plastic in deep weeds, Drop Shotting. The Big Fish Side pot was worth an additional $45.00. Art has won the last several events on Greenwood.

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Morgan Takes Win on Norman

Brian Morgan of Newton, North Carolina won the Ram American Fishing Tour D14 event on Lake Norman in Mooresville, North Carolina on September 25th. Brian is one step closer to the Ram AFT National Championship with a first place win on Lake Norman this past weekend. Morgan bested the field of 26 anglers by weighing in five bass which weighed 11.34 pounds, worth $640. 

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Thompson Wins on Potomac

Tom Thompson of Falls Church, Virginia takes the win on the AFT D11 Potomac River event that was held on September 17th. Tom topped the competition with a five fish limit weighing in at 14.60 pounds. "We fished two general areas on the day. One near the launch and the other a few miles away. Fished seemed to be active early even with the high water. First two in box came on frog.  Third on senko. fourth and fifth on pop r. Oddly enough fishing got worse as the tide got lower, for us at least. Did not make a cull all day," stated Thompson.

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Championship Season is Coming

The year is winding down and the Ram American Fishing Tour Championship is on the horizon. Weekend anglers from across the USA will descend on Barbour County Alabama and Lake Eufaula in October (16th-21st) and spend a week doing what they love, fishing, socializing with friends and competing for big prizes.

The Championship offers big prizes for the weekend angler.  Three Triton Boats with Mercury Outboards, Ram Truck Leases, cash, and many great giveaways from ABA sponsors.

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Smith Wins at Wequaquet Lake

George Smith of Bourne, Massachusetts captured the trophy as the "King for the Day" with his limit weighing 13.38 pounds for the AFT D5 event held on September 18th on Wequaquet Lake. He scored his win on jigs & tube baits, in the grass, and culled out just one fish, proving that it was a tough bite. Our congrats goes out to "GPS" for being crowned the Champion.

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Neal Takes Win On Russell

Kim Neal of Easley, South Carolina won the Ram American Fishing Tour South Carolina D25 season opener on Lake Russell on September 18th. Kim was the only angler to catch a five fish limit weighing 11.24 pounds. He reported catching fish on the upper part of the lake on a Shakey head worm. Kim earned a total of $430 for his efforts.

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Wicker Wins on Lake Murray

Steve Wicker of Pomaria, South Carolina won the Ram American Fishing Tour South Carolina D96 1-day qualifier event held September 18th on Lake Murray running out of Dreher Island State Park near Prosperity, SC. Steve caught four fish with a total weight of 14.90 pounds. This also included the event Big Fish weighing 4.70 pounds. Steve walked away with a total of $1,044 for this efforts.

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Grabbing the Brass Ring

By: George Kunkle,

Believe it or not, fall is almost here. I am already looking past this brutal summer and started to prepare for the annual Ram American Fishing Tour (AFT) National Championship. This year the event is to be held on the beautiful Lake Eufaula out of Lakepoint Resort State Park in Eufaula, AL. October 16th through the 21st is the grand culmination of the 2016 AFT qualifying tournament season. After over 30 years of competing at all levels, I can say no one does it better than American Bass Anglers and thought I would share with you some of what to expect from an angler’s perspective.

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Simonof Wins D42 Divisional Championship

John Simonof of Jacksonville, Arkansas wont the final two day event of the AFT D42 season held on September 10th and 11th on Lake Dardanelle. John topped the field with eight fish for a total weight of 18.55 pounds. He also caught the Big Bass for day one weighing in at 2.74 pounds. John threw a homemade vibrating jig and 1/2oz jig poured on Owner hooks and fished on Temple Fork Outfitter rods, Lew’s Speed Spools, and 20# Hi-Seas Quattro fluorocarbon line to haul in his fish. John took home a check for $576 for his efforts.

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Stanfill Takes Win on Savannah River

Bobby Stanfill of Greenwood, South Carolina took first place for the AFT D26 two day event held on Clarks Hill on September 10th and 11th. Bobby was fishing the middle of Savannah River area  using top water lures. He caught a total of ten fish weighing 25 pounds. Bobby took home $576 for his efforts.

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2016 Championship Information (Registration Now Open)

September Events (2017 Events)

North Carolina - Piedmont 9/24/2016 Jordan Lake
Tennessee West 9/24/2016 Kentucky Lake
Maryland 9/24/2016 Potomac River
North Carolina Charlotte 9/25/2016 Lake Norman
Alabama West 9/25/2016 Bankead
Kentucky Lake 9/25/2016 Kentucky Lake
Georgia - West Point 9/25/2016 West Point
Massachusetts - Western 9/25/2016 Otis Reservoir
New York North 9/25/2016 Cross Lake

Top 50 Anglers

1 Dustin Wood 1198
2 Barry Stokes 1196
3 Phillip Anderson 1194
3 Robert Baty 1194
5 Michael Roselle 1193
6 George Jeane Jr 1192
6 Clayton Shoupe 1192
8 David Lowery 1188
8 David Howell 1188
10 Paul Tony Tidwell 1185
11 Cole Moore 1184
12 Tyler Purcell 1183
12 Carl Hayes 1183
12 Scott Randall 1183
15 Richard Bates 1182
16 Mike York 1181
16 Randy Heath 1181
16 Michael Sims 1181
19 Ben Wickham 1180
19 Jay Carter 1180
21 Chris Lyons 1178
21 Bobby Clark 1178
23 Donald Kneece 1175
23 William Sheffield 1175
25 Eric Nethery 1174
25 Jeffrey Davis 1174
25 Gene Parker 1174
25 Matt Mollohan 1174
29 Allen Murray 1173
29 Scott Holland 1173
29 Sheron Brown 1173
29 Doug Weissinger 1173
29 Rayburn Cloud 1173
29 Larry Laney 1173
35 Robert Ogle 1172
35 Donnie Boudreaux 1172
35 Jeff Tibbetts 1172
35 Ed Watson 1172
35 Marvin Major Jr 1172
40 David Stokes 1171
40 Eric Reidinger 1171
40 David Andrews 1171
40 Lee Williams 1171
40 Albert Pallavicini 1171
40 Mark Crispin 1171
40 Scott Sarff 1171
40 Calvin Hunter 1171
48 Thomas Svec 1170
48 Tom Bateman 1170
48 Lance Eckford 1170


American Bass Anglers, Inc - Hall of Fame

2002 - Joe McDaniels, Jim Holloway, Tommy Hibdon, Paul Tyler, Jim Foster 

2003 - Bob Medeiros, Pat McDaniels

2004 - George Miserendino, Gary Conner 

2005 - Lee Marshall, William Jasper, Jim Garner 

2006 - Bill Peeler, Toby Hicks, William Peele, Joe VanHooser

2007 - Dale Hart

2008 - Joe Angelone, Becky Minor

2009 - Barry Davis, Pat Vance

2010 - Deacon Collins, John Beckstrom, Craig Maxwell

2011 - Michael Tamburello, Dave Fox, Tom Storm

2012 - Bob Ogle, Bill Hall

2013 - Rick Tilson

2014 - Jerry Jeranka, Jack Leffingwell

2015 - Michael Garlen

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