Aaron Batson Wins D72 On Oconee
Aaron Batson of Oxford, GA took home the First-place trophy for the D72 Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour on October 26, 2019. There were 64 anglers competing on Lake Oconee for a total payout of $3,136 plus the optional Big Bass pot. Aaron said the frog bite was on! He brought a 5 fish limit to the scale that weighed 18.69 pounds to secure the First place cash payout of $852. Aaron also took home the Big Bass trophy and an additional cash of $640 with a 6.16-lb lunker. It was Aaron’s lucky day because his number was drawn for a crisp $50 bill as part of the draw prizes at the end of the day. He went home with $1,542 cash in his pocket for a great day on the lake!
Congratulations to the Top Ten:
1st Aaron Batson 18.69-lbs 2nd David Lowery 16.75-lbs 3rd Lance Collins 13.65-lbs 4th Chad Stahl 13.24-lbs 5th Jeff Carreker 13.22-lbs 6th Donald Beck 12.22-lbs 7th John Duvall 12.18-lbs 8th Darren Taylor 11.76-lbs 9th Mark Burns 11.74-lbs 10th Barry Collins 11.34-lbs
Director Benny Howell gave SIX $50 bills as draw prizes for the anglers present at the conclusion of the awards. The lucky winners were Aaron Batson, Tony Wooten, Jim Windham, Lee Harrison, Oliver Brooks, and Donald Beck. Tommy Cooper was the winner of a $50 Sugar Creek Marina gift card. Darren Taylor won a bottle of G Juice from TH Marine.
Assistant Director Danny Taylor did a great job to help keep the tournament running smoothly, checking boats, and weighing fish. Thanks to David Simmons for helping Danny with weighing fish.
The next tournament for D72 will be November 9, 2019, on Lake Sinclair going out of Dennis Station. If you need information, please contact Director Benny Howell at 770-365-4795.
These anglers earn valuable points toward the divisional Angler of the Year (AOY) title. The points champion from each division will compete in the annual American Bass Anglers (ABA) Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour (BPSFT) Angler of The Year Final Round at the BPSFT National Championship.
The Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour offers low cost, close to home bass tournaments that are designed for the weekend angler.
All anglers fish for both money and points. The points advance the angler to their divisional championship and the top 500 anglers in the U.S. are invited to the Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour National Championship.
American Bass Anglers are sponsored by: Bass Pro Shops, Triton Boats, Mercury Marine, Nitro Boats, Tracker Boats, MotorGuide, Garmin, T-H Marine, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Engel Coolers, Four Roses Bourbon, Lucas Oil, Optima Batteries, Maui Jim, and Power-Pole.
Mailing address: American Bass Anglers, Inc, PO Box 475, Athens, AL 35612 PH (256) 232-04
American Fishing Tour - Latest News
Russ Haughton Wins on Lake Mitchell
January 25, 2020, Clanton, AL. Russ Haughton of Verbena, Alabama won the Bass Pro Shops American Fishing Tour Division 24 tournament presented by American Bass Anglers.
Barry & Romaine Descaro win on Savannah River despite Tough Conditions
We all expected Floodwaters on the Savannah River to make for a tough bite. Therefore, we were not surprised that only 3 of the 7 couples brought fish to the scales. Barry & Romaine worked hard to bring 3 fish that weighed in at 4.90 lbs. to win $315 for 1st Place. Barry anchored their winning bag with men’s big fish at 1.93 lbs.
Florida Central Heads to Second Stop on Harris Chain
Athens, AL – The Florida Central Division of the Bass Pro Shops Open Series heads to Harris Chain for the second stop of the season on February 1st, 2020. Going into the second event Johnathan Semento leads the race for AOY for the boaters after a win on Lake Toho. Anthony Santoriello leads the way for Co-anglers after his victory on Lake Toho. This is only the second stop for the season and the title of Angler of the Year is still up for grabs and within everyone’s reach.
John Rice and Paul Arnold Take Home Two New Tritons at Chickamauga
John Rice of Huntsville, Al and Paul Arnold of Woodville, Al. won the Bass Pro Shops Team Tour Championship, held October 5th and 6th on Lake Chickamauga. Launching out of Dayton Boat Dock and Grill. John and Paul went straight to work and caught a two-day limit of 10 bass weighing 36.51 pounds. For their victory, the team took home 2 Triton TX-17 boats equipped with 60 HP Mercury outboards and Garmin electronics valued at $40,000.