ABA Introduces the Professional League
Empowering Anglers to Control Their Own Destiny (UPDATE)
September 18, 2023, Athens, AL - American Bass Anglers, Inc. is excited to announce the launch of the ABA Professional League. The new 2024 League brings a revolutionary concept to the world of weekend bass angling, allowing weekend anglers to take control of their destiny on the water.
The ABA Professional League allows weekend anglers to compete solo for the first time in a National Series. With the first events scheduled in early January 2024, the series comprises 16 divisions, each hosting three (3) one-day Divisional qualifying tournaments and one (1) two-day Divisional Championship.
The entry fee for each one-day qualifying tournament Championship is $325, including big bass. The series will offer the strongest payout in the tournament, fishing for a national series at 80%. Anglers tired of fishing for way less than 70% at single-day events should take a hard look at this tour.
The top award for a one-day divisional event jumps to $10,000 with a full field, and Caymas Owners can earn an additional $7,000 through the Caymas Cash program. $17,000 at a one-day event is a great payout.
Anglers will also accumulate points based on their performance in each event. The system will combine the best three one-day events and the best two-day event, fished in any division, to establish the national standings. The system will also combine the best three one-day and the best two-day events, fished within a division to establish the angler’s divisional standings. The National standings will play a significant role in determining the invitations to the 2025 Championship.
The ABA Professional League also empowers anglers with unparalleled flexibility. If they encounter a low-scoring tournament, they can choose to fish in one-day or two-day events from different divisions to enhance their total National points and influence their national standing within the series.
Divisional points will be very important heading into the 2025 Championship. Each Division’s Angler of the Year will compete head-to-head for the coveted title of Angler of the Year. Notably, the highest-finishing AOY at the Championship will earn a cash award.
Integrity and fair play are paramount, and in the ABA Professional League truth verification will be implemented at events, ensuring a level playing field for all participants.
The Championship will be held in spring 2025 at Lake Eufaula, AL.
Morris Sheehan, Owner of American Bass Anglers, Inc., expressed his enthusiasm for the ABA Professional League, stating, "Our aim is to provide a platform where anglers can rely on their instincts and fishing skills to chart their own path. While the Open Series goes away, the ABA Professional League will redefine weekend bass tournaments and set a new standard by offering a higher level of competition. As for our Co-Anglers, we will have more exciting news coming that will also provide them a path."
While schedules for the upcoming events are being finalized to avoid conflicts with other major tournaments, below are the Divisions and Lakes planned for the ABA Solo Tour in 2024. Our tournament managers are the best in the country, and they have worked meticulously to plan and schedule the 2024 tournaments. While we know no matter what we do, others will schedule on top of these, we applaud our tournament managers for doing what they could to avoid any conflicts.
The Professional League is for anglers who want to fish solo without distraction, control their own destiny, and fish for more money while being treated as professional anglers.
2024 Rules located under Professional League on AmericanBassAnglers.com
- October 2, 2023 – Priority Package Entries
- 2023 Open Series Competitors
- 2023 American Fishing Tour Competitors
- 2023 American Couples Series Competitors
- 2023 Top150 Solo Series Anglers Competitors
- Caymas Boat Owners
- October 9, 2023 – Package with Deposits
- October 9, 2023 – Open Registration
2024 Professional League schedule
2/24/2024 Guntersville Goosepond Colony
3/23/2024 Weiss Leesburg Landing
6/29/2024 Neely Henry Coosa Landing
9/28-29/2024 Neely Henry Coosa Landing
2/17/2024 Eufaula Lakepoint Resort
3/16/2024 Mitchell Higgins Ferry
5/04/2024 Martin Wind Creek
9/07-08/2024 Martin Wind Creek
2/17/2024 Norman Pinnacle
3/16/2024 Norman Pinnacle
4/13/2024 High Rock Southmont
6/08-09/2024 Kerr Nutbush
2/03/2024 Keowee South Cove
3/02/2024 Keowee South Cove
3/23/2024 Hartwell Green Pond
4/20-21/2024 Hartwell Green Pond
1/13/2024 Harris Chain Hickory Point
3/2/2024 Toho Lakefront Park
4/27/2024 Toho Lakefront Park
9/14-15/2024 Harris Chain Venetian Gardens
1/20/2024 Okeechobee Scott Driver
2/24/2024 Okeechobee Roland Martin Marina & Resort
4/13/2024 Okeechobee Scott Driver
9/21-22/2024 Okeechobee Scott Driver
2/10/2024 Lanier Laurel Park
3/09/2024 Oconee Sugar Creek Marina
3/23/2024 Sinclair Dennis Station
9/28-29/2024 Oconee Sugar Creek Marina
2/10/2024 Caddo Earl G Williamson
3/23/2024 Bistineau State Park
4/20/2024 Toledo Bend Cypress Bend
6/22-23/2024 Caddo Earl G Williamson
5/04/2024 Chesapeake Bay Anchor Marina
6/01/2024 Potomac Smallwood
6/29/2024 Chesapeake Bay Anchor Marina
9/07-08/2024 Potomac Smallwood
2/17/2024 Ross Barnett Tommy’s Landing
3/09/2024 Ross Barnett Tommy’s Landing
5/04/2024 Ross Barnett Tommy’s Landing
10/05-06/2024 Ross Barnett Tommy’s Landing
New York (Updated)
6/15/2024 Cayuga Union Springs
7/13/2024 1000 Islands French Creek
8/03/2024 Champlain Plattsburgh Dock Street
9/21-22/2024 Oneida Oneida Shores
3/16/2024 Eufaula South Point
4/27/2024 Grand Wolf Creek
6/01/2024 Tenkiller Chicken Creek
9/21-22/2024 Grand Wolf Creek
3/09/2024 Percy Priest Fate Sanders
4/13/2024 Old Hickory Bull Creek Ramp
5/18/2024 Center Hill Ragland Bottoms
9/21-22/2024 Percy Priest Fate Sanders
2/17/2024 Chickamauga Dayton Boat Dock
4/27/2024 Nickajack Marion County Park
5/11/2024 Chickamauga Chester Frost
9/14-15/2024 Nickajack Marion County Park
3/02/2024 Lake of the Pines Lakeside Park
4/13/2024 Sam Rayburn Cassels Boykin
5/18/2024 Lake Palestine Villages Resort
9/14-15/2024 Sam Rayburn Cassels Boykin
3/09/2024 Kerr Nutbush
4/27/2024 Gaston Summit
6/22/2024 Kerr Nutbush
9/14-15/2024 Kerr Nutbush
More information, sample payouts, and Rules are available under Professional Series on AmericanBassAnglers.com
American Bass Anglers is proud to be sponsored by industry-leading companies, including Caymas Boats, Mercury Marine, MotorGuide, T-H Marine, Power Pole, RT Outdoors, Optima Batteries, HotelPlanner.com, and LurePartsOnline.com.
About American Bass Anglers: Committed to providing low-cost, close-to-home tournaments for weekend anglers, American Bass Anglers offers an exciting platform for individual angler progression.
For more information about American Bass Anglers and its various series, including the American Fishing Tour, the American Couples Series, the Professional League, the annual Military Team Bass Tournament, the Top 150 Solo Tour, and the all-new ABA Professional League for 2024, presented by Caymas Boats, visit www.americanbassanglers.com or call (256) 232-0406 for more information.
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