Registration for the 2017 Military Team Bass Tournament
May 9-12, 2017 on Lake Hartwell in Anderson, SC
2017 Military Team Bass Tournament Location Announced
ATHENS, Ala. – The 2017 Military Team Bass Tournament, presented by American Bass Anglers, will be hosted by the Anderson Convention & Visitors Bureau and will take place May 9-12, 2017 at Green Pond Landing and Event Center on Lake Hartwell in Anderson, SC. The onsite registration and dinner will take place on Tuesday, May 9, 2017.
Since opening in December 2014, Green Pond Landing has hosted the ABA Ray Scott Championship, the ABA American Fishing Tour National Championship, the GEICO Bassmaster Classic as well as the Wal-Mart FLW Tour. The Anderson community provides a multitude of excellent lodging and dining options close to Green Pond Landing for the competitors, as well as many activities for the families and participating anglers. The competitors will fish Lake Hartwell, the 56,000 acre reservoir along the Savannah and Tugaloo Rivers, which spans part of the South Carolina-Georgia border.
Aul & Aul Seal the Deal at ABA Military Team Event
Paul and Jeffrey Aul have won the 2016 ABA Military Team Bass Tournament at Lake Eufaula with a three-day total of 45.55 pounds. The father and son duo took home $3300 for their win. This makes the third year in a row that Aul & Aul have won this event. Their pattern consisted of using topwater baits while chasing the shad spawn on Day One. On Day Two, the water began falling and Aul & Aul had to move to offshore structure using a Strikezone Lures Mega Worm and crankbaits for the remainder of the event. They focused on areas from Cowikee Creek to the dam.
Aul & Aul Stay Consistent to Lead Day Two of ABA Military Team Event
Paul and Jeffrey Aul are sitting in first place with a two-day total of 33.42 pounds at the end of Day Two of the ABA Military Team Bass Tournament at Lake Eufaula. “We threw topwater yesterday chasing the shad spawn first thing and continued using topwater all day with only a few bites, but good ones. Today, with falling water, we were forced to move offshore with jigs and big worms. We fished almost everything we knew today from the dam to Cowikee Creek,” said Paul Aul.
Collins & Hudnall Lead Day One of ABA Military Team Event
Deacon Collins & Tommy Hudnall are sitting in first place after weighing in 17.92 pounds on Day One of the ABA Military Team Bass Tournament at Lake Eufaula. “We started out using topwater this morning and went through everything in the bait to get five fish. We ran from one end of the lake to the other. We’re just proud to be here and proud to have caught fish. It was a really hard bite,” said Collins.
Permissive TDY Letter 2016
For those that need a Permissive TDY letter for the upcoming Military Team Bass Tournament, you may download it here.
2016 Military Team Bass Tournament Dates Announced
ATHENS, Ala. – The 2016 Military Team Bass Tournament, presented by American Bass Anglers and hosted by the Eufaula-Barbour Chamber of Commerce will take place May 4th-6th, 2016 at Lake Eufaula, AL. The onsite registration and dinner will take place on May 3rd, 2016 at the Eufaula Recreation Center.
The 26th annual Military Team Bass Tournament will take place out of Lakepoint State Resort (link) in Eufaula, AL. The resort provides excellent dining, lodging and water access facilities for the competitors, tournament officials and families of competitors. The competitors will fish the 45,181 acre reservoir along the Chattahoochee River, which spans part of the Alabama-Georgia border.
"This will be the third year that Eufaula has hosted the ABA Military Team Bass Tournament and we are looking forward to having the anglers back in 2016," said Jack TIbbs, Mayor of Eufaula. "This event has always had special meaning to me, as it was one of the last events that I was able to fish here with my father several years ago," he added.
Members of the United States Armed Forces from all over the country make the drive to compete in the 2016 event at Lake Eufaula. Any active duty Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, National Guard, Reserve or Coast Guard member may fish in this event. Families of military members, honorably discharged veterans, Department of Defense civilians, contractors, and retired military members may also fish this event.
Benedetti Awarded Key to the City at Lake Eufaula
American Bass Anglers employee, Billy Benedetti, was given the "Key to the City” by Eufaula Mayor, Jack Tibbs, during the 2015 ABA Military Team Bass Tournament. Benedetti is a RAM Weekend Bass Series tournament manager and he was fishing the annual military event with his father. Mayor Tibbs brought Benedetti up on stage during the tournament briefing of the military event to present him with this astounding award.
"I felt that we needed to do something to recognize Billy Benedetti's relationship with the community, here in Eufaula. Billy has been an asset to the Lake Eufaula community with his professionalism and bringing ABA events here each year. Billy performed the greatest act of professionalism that I have ever witnessed of a tournament director at a recent event, here in Eufaula. He was having technical issues playing the National Anthem prior to blast off, so he sang the National Anthem to all of the anglers that morning," said Tibbs.
"I am truly honored to be awarded the "Key to the City". I had no idea that this was coming and I was in complete shock when Mayor Tibbs presented me this award. Eufaula has always been a special place for me to visit each year," said Benedetti.
Billy Benedetti has been employed with American Bass Anglers, Inc. since 2009. Benedetti operates the Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama South, and Tennessee East divisions of the RAM Weekend Bass Series.
Hibdon Wins Revo Reel at Military Event
Tommy Hibdon of North Little Rock, AR won the Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus after using an Abu Garcia reel to catch the 6.81 pound Big Bass on Day One of the ABA Military Team Bass Tournament at Lake Eufaula on May 6, 2015. He was awarded an Abu Garcia Revo SX reel valued at $159.99.
The Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus is an incentive program that applies to selected American Bass Anglers events. The Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus program applies to all RAM Weekend Bass Series events and RAM 100% Plus Team Tour events along with each competition day of the Military Team Bass Event, Couples Series National Championship, AFT National Championship, and the Ray Scott Championship. There is no fee to participate in this program. Anglers that use any model Abu Garcia reel to catch the prevailing Big Bass at qualifying American Bass Anglers events will be awarded a new Abu Garcia Revo SX reel valued at $159.99. Abu Garcia has created an incentive program without any associated fees, registrations, or claim forms to be filled out.
Hibdon & Ketterer Lead Day One at Lake Eufaula Military Event
Tommy Hibdon & Raymond Ketterer are sitting in first place after weighing in 19.27 pounds on Day One of the ABA Military Team Bass Event at Lake Eufaula. The pair also weighed in the Day One Big Bass weighing 6.81 pounds. They concentrated on areas in Cowikee Creek and near Barbour Creek, mainly targeting rip rap banks. The majority of their catch came using chart/black RC 2.5 crankbaits. The Big Bass was caught in 2'-3' feet of water off of the rip rap along the trestle bridge north of Barbour Creek. "We only caught six keepers today and I don't know if we can do it again tomorrow," said Hibdon.
The team of Mitchell Oldnettle and Len Lidahl are in second place after Day One with 19.24 pounds. Their Day One catch came from way up the river using Flukes, speed worms, and frogs. "We are running way up north to get to away from all of the boats and target fish that are under less pressure. We plan on doing the same thing tomorrow," said Oldnettle.
Third place after Day One belongs to the team of George Kunkle and Clifton Holt with 18.24 pounds. They used jigs and frogs in the grass on Day One. "I think the key for tomorrow is to be able to get our spot back in the morning. We were out early this morning, but we are going out late tomorrow morning," said Kunkle.
Complete Day One results can be found at this link.
LiT Coolers Partners with the American Bass Anglers
Athens, AL (September 30, 2016) – American Bass Anglers, Inc (ABA) announced today that LiT Coolers has signed a multi-year sponsorship agreement with American Bass Anglers, beginning October 1, 2016.
The partnership brings all the benefits of LiT Coolers and Tumblers to ABA members including: