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Richard Bates Claims the D13 Championship Victory

Richard Bates of Yorktown, Virginia takes the win on the Chickahominy River for AFT D13 on September 8th and 9th, 2018. By winning the Virginia Division Championship, Richard Bates became the division Angler of the Year.  This was his third victory for the season.  On day 1 Richard caught the biggest stringer of the tournament with five-fish that went 14.58 pounds.   He went into the second day with a one- and one-half pound lead over the eventual second place angler James Funk who netted exactly 13 pounds Saturday. On Sunday Richard caught a second limit of bass that went 9.95 pounds and sealed a margin of victory of 1 3/4 pounds and won him the $1000 first place prize.

“I had a fantastic day Saturday catching all of my fish on topwater baits. Come Sunday I really struggled to catch another limit of bass.  The top water bite was gone.  I have changed my tactics over the course of this season to take up a lot faster style of fishing, and I picked up a spinner bait on Sunday after realizing the fish were not on topwater.  I also had to travel a lot more and cover a major portion of the Chickahominy River.  Whenever I came to a promising cluster of pads I would throw a frog, and my biggest fish of the day at 3.62 pounds came on the frog,” said Richard.

James Funk was the only other angler in the field that brought in a limit of fish both days.  He collected 13 pounds on the first day and another 9.72 pounds Sunday to finish in second place.
 
Rounding out the money winners for this event was Calvin Hunter who weighed in nine-fish that totaled 20.04 pounds.  

Big fish for Saturday went to Michael Larocque who caught a 4.22 pound largemouth to anchor his creel.

The biggest fish for the tournament was caught by Rick Cornett. He weighed in a 5.15 pound fish that he netted on Sunday.
 
The Virginia division will open its 2019 season on October 13 at Kerr Lake using the Rudds Creek day use area.

For more information about this Division and future events visit http://www.drawtrail.com/2018DivPage.php?Division=13
 or contact the local Director for Virginia Division 13 Gary Conner at 757-293-8651

The 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 American Fishing Tour National Championship.

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Upcoming Events (2019 Season)

 

Divison: Date: Lake: Register
       
North Carolina Piedmont 9/22/2018 Falls Lake (Open)
North Carolina Central 9/22/2018 Roanoke (rescheduled due to flooding to 11/03
Louisiana Central 9/22/2018 Bisteneau
Texas- Sam Rayburn- North 9/22/2018 Sam Rayburn
Texas- Wichita Falls 9/22/2018 Bridgeport
South Carolina- Northwest 9/23/2018 Hartwell
Dallas Fort Worth Texas 9/23/2018 Bridgeport
Massachusetts- Western 9/23/2018 Wickaboag
Tennessee West 9/29/2018 Kentucky Lake
North Carolina East 9/29/2018 Tar River
Georgia North 9/29/2018 Allatoona
Alabama- West 9/30/2018 Bankhead
North Carolina Central 10/06/2018 Tar/Pamlico River
Alabama - Mobile 10/06/2018 Tensaw River
Georgia Central 10/06/2018 Sinclair
Louisiana- Toledo Bend South 10/06/2018 Toledo Bend
New Jersey 10/06/2018 Hopatcong
Kentucy Lake 10/06/2018 Kentucky
Massachusetts - Central New England 10/07/2018 Quinsigamond
Alabama Northwest 10/13/2018 Wilson Lake
Pennsylvania 10/13/2018 Delaware River
Louisiana Central 10/13/2018 Caddo
South Carolina- Savannah River 10/13/2018 Savannah River
Mississippi- Ross Barnett 10/13/2018 Ross Barnett
Alabama Lay Lake- Logan Martin 10/13/2018 Lay Lake
Mississippi Gulf Coast 10/13/2018 Back Bay
Georgia Central 10/13/2018 Oconee
Virginia 10/13/2018 Kerr
Louisiana- North Central 10/13/2018 Ouachita River
Texas- Wichita Falls 10/13/2018 Amon Carter
South Carolina- Northwest 10/14/2018 Russell
Dallas Fort Worth Texas 10/14/2018 Lewisville
Massachusetts- Western 10/14/2018 Congamond
South Carolina-Greenwood 10/17/2018 Murray
Georgia North 10/20/2018 Allatoona
South Carolina Central 10/20/2018 Wylie
Alabama- West 10/21/2018 Bankhead
Alabama Central 10/27/2018 Jordan
Texas- Sam Rayburn- North 10/27/2018 Toledo Bend
Pennsylvania 11/03/2018 North East River
Louisiana Central 11/03/2018 Cross
Florida Harris Chain 11/03/2018 Harris Chain
Texas- Central 11/03/2018 Waco
Mississippi- Ross Barnett 11/03/2018 Ross Barnett
Georgia- Jackson Lake 11/03/2018 Jackson
Massachusetts- Western 11/04/2018 Oxbow
North Carolina East 11/10/2018 Neuse River
North Carolina Charlotte 11/10/2018 High Rock
Mississippi- Ross Barnett 11/10/2018 Ross Barnett
Mississippi Gulf Coast 11/10/2018 Jordan
Georgia Central 11/10/2018 Oconee
Virginia- Western 11/10/2018 Kerr
Virginia 11/10/2018 Chickahominy River
Louisiana- Toledo Bend South 11/10/2018 Toledo Bend
Louisiana- North Central 11/10/2018 Bayou Bartholomew
Texas- Wichita Falls 11/10/2018 Texoma
Florida-Istokpoga South 11/11/2018 Istokpoga
Texas- Sam Rayburn- North 11/11/2018 Sam Rayburn
South Carolina- Northwest 11/11/2018 Clarks Hill
Dallas Fort Worth Texas 11/11/2018 Amon Carter
Louisiana- Toledo Bend South 11/11/2018 Toledo Bend
Alabama-Wheeler Lake 11/14/2018 Wheeler Lake
North Carolina Piedmont 11/17/2018 Kerr
North Carolina Central 11/17/2018 Gaston
Alabama-Mobile 11/17/2018 Tensaw River
Alabama Central 11/17/2018 Mitchell
Georgia North 11/17/2018 Allatoona
Dallas Fort Worth Texas 11/17/2018 Ray Roberts
Alabama Lay Lake- Logan Martin 11/17/2018 Logan Martin
South Carolina Central 11/17/2018 Murray
Missouri 11/17/2018 Lake Ozark
Florida- Harris Chain- Venetian Gardens 11/18/2018 Harris Chain
South Carolina- Savannah River 11/18/2018 Savannah River
Alabama- West 11/18/2018 Bankhead
Florida- St Johns North 11/18/2018 Rodman
North Carolina Southeast 11/24/2018 NE Cape Fear River (Open)
Georgia Central 11/24/2018 Oconee
South Carolina-Greenwood 11/25/2018 Russell
North Carolina Piedmont 12/01/2018 Jordan
Florida Harris Chain 12/01/2018 Harris Chain
Georgia North 12/01/2018 Allatoona
Texas- Central 12/01/2018 Stillhouse
Mississippi- Ross Barnett 12/01/2018 Ross Barnett
Georgia Central 12/01/2018 Sinclair
Louisiana- Toledo Bend South 12/01/2018 Toledo Bend
Texas- Wichita Falls 12/01/2018 Graham
Alabama-Mobile 12/08/2018 Tensaw River
Louisiana Central 12/08/2018 Hosston
North Carolina East 12/08/2018 Tar River
Dallas Fort Worth Texas 12/08/2018 Texoma
Alabama Lay Lake- Logan Martin 12/08/2018 Lay Lake
Mississippi Gulf Coast 12/08/2018 Pearl River
Virginia- Western 12/08/2018 Kerr
Florida-Istokpoga South 12/09/2018 Istokpoga
South Carolina- Northwest 12/09/2018 Hartwell
Alabama-Wheeler Lake 12/12/2018 Wheeler Lake
Mississippi- Ross Barnett 12/14/2018 Ross Barnett
North Carolina Southeast 12/15/2018 Elwell Ferry
Texas- Sam Rayburn- North 12/15/2018 Toledo Bend
South Carolina- Savannah River 12/15/2018 Savannah River
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