Monday, May 27, 2024

American Fishing Tour Tournaments This Weekend

The American Fishing Tour (AFT) is ready to host a series of bass fishing tournaments this weekend, ideal for the avid weekend angler. With a low entry fee and a focus on local participation, the AFT offers a unique draw format where participants can bring and use their own boats. The upcoming events, scheduled across various states, will provide participants with an opportunity to compete close to home and possibly secure a spot in the national standings.

Tournament Details and Locations

  • Tensaw / Cliffs Landing, Alabama – Mobile (04/13/2024): Directed by Barry Woodward, this tournament will take place in the Tensaw River delta, a diverse ecosystem known for its brackish waters and abundance of bass. Contact: (251) 423-0753.
  • AR River / Maumelle Park, Arkansas (04/13/2024): Anglers will navigate the expansive Arkansas River under the guidance of Eric Turner, challenging themselves in its varied riverine environment. Contact: (501) 952-1514.
  • Lillinonah / Steel Bridge, Connecticut (04/13/2024): Managed by AJ Said, Lake Lillinonah is known for its deep, clear waters and scenic beauty, making it a popular spot for large bass. Contact: (845) 596-6089.
  • Oconee / Sugar Creek Marina, Georgia – Central (04/13/2024): Directed by Benny Howell (Reigning King of the Hill), Lake Oconee is renowned for its robust largemouth bass population. Contact: (770) 365-4795.
  • Blackshear / Gum Creek Ramp, Georgia – Blackshear (04/13 & 04/14/2024): This lake offers varied cover from submerged timber to lush lily pads, directed by Henry Starks. Contact: (478) 808-9701.
  • West Point / Highland Marina, Georgia – West Point (04/13/2024): Directed by Deacon Collins, West Point Lake is known for its healthy bass fishery and scenic vistas. Contact: (404) 862-4233.
  • Big Hill / Mound Valley, Kansas – Big Hill (04/13/2024): Overseen by Terry Rittenhouse, Big Hill Lake is praised for its clear waters and plentiful bass habitat. Contact: (620) 252-5951.
  • Whitehall / State, Massachusetts – Central New England (04/13/2024): Directed by Jeff Tibbetts, Lake Whitehall is a quiet, often overlooked gem with ample fishing opportunities. Contact: (774) 437-1377.
  • Pascagoula / Indian Point, Mississippi Gulf Coast (04/13/2024): Joel Davis directs this event in the briny waters of the Gulf, offering a unique challenge for bass fishing. Contact: (228) 860-9907.
  • Double Header Tuckertown / Flat Creek and Badin / Circle Dr., North Carolina – Charlotte (04/13 & 04/14/2024): Directed by Lance Eckford, these lakes are known for their large populations of both largemouth and spotted bass. Contact: (919) 628-3383.
  • Roanoke River / Water Street, North Carolina Central (04/13/2024): Mike Colbert will host anglers on the Roanoke River, famous for its spring and fall bass runs. Contact: (252) 223-2325.
  • Kentucky Lake / Grays Landing and Birdsong Resort, Tennessee (04/13/2024): With Bill Stines and Eddie Scott as directors, these tournaments will capitalize on Kentucky Lake’s vast waters and abundant fish. Contacts: (731) 924-9206 and (931) 622-5273 respectively.
  • Kerr / Rudds Creek, Virginia (04/13/2024): Directed by Gary Conner, Kerr Lake is a large reservoir that straddles the Virginia-North Carolina border, popular for its deep-water fishing. Contact: (757) 293-8651.
  • Smith Lake / Smith Lake Dam, Alabama (04/14/2024): Directed by Michael Donaldson, Smith Lake is known for its deep, clear waters and rocky shores, ideal for fishing. Contact: (205) 559-4083.
  • Amon Carter / Selma Park, Texas – Wichita Falls (04/14/2024): Managed by Rob Eckle, this lake offers diverse fishing conditions with plenty of cover and structure. Contact: (940) 867-2198.

Tournament Format and Entry

Anglers can register the morning of the event prior to the safety briefing. The entry fees are $70 for one-day events and $140 for two-day division championships. The unique draw formats; anglers just show up, ready to compete. Payouts are calculated at 1 place per 7 anglers, ensuring a fair chance at winnings.

Members Exempt from any late fees: Active Military, ABA Life Members, Visiting Directors, Caymas Boat Owners, ABA Platinum Members, and New and Renewing Members (at the event).

About American Bass Anglers

American Bass Anglers, committed to providing low-cost, close-to-home tournaments, offers an exciting platform for individual angler progression. With the support of industry-leading companies, ABA continues to advance the sport of bass fishing.

For more information about the ABA Professional League and other series, visit or call (256) 232-0406.

American Bass Anglers is proud to be sponsored by Caymas Boats, Mercury Marine, T-H Marine, Power Pole, RT Outdoors, Optima Batteries, Hotel, and

About American Bass Anglers: American Bass Anglers is dedicated to organizing affordable, local tournaments for weekend anglers while offering opportunities for individual angler advancement. To learn more about American Bass Anglers, including the Team Series, American Fishing Tour, American Couples Series, annual Military Team Bass Tournament, ABA Team Series, Top 150 Solo Tour, and Pro League, all presented by Caymas Boats, please visit or call (256) 232-0406.

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