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6/23/2015

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.

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6/08/2015

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.

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5/07/2015

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.

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5/06/2015

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.

 

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5/06/2015

Aul and Aul Take Day Two Lead at Eufaula Military Event

The team of Paul and Jeffrey Aul took over the lead on Day Two of the ABA Military Team Bass Tournament on Lake Eufaula with a two day total of 36.60 pounds. The pair have weighed in two bags of bass over 18 pounds by fishing a frog and a 1/2 ounce Strikezone Swimtastic jig in shallow grass. "We've been fishing patches of grass from one end of the lake to the other. The early bite is key and it is a flat out grind for the rest of the day. Quality fish are really hard to come by right now. Hopefully, we can get the right bites tomorrow," said Pau Aul. (A photo of Aul and Aul was not available from today’s weigh in.)

 

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5/06/2015

Aul and Aul Win Eufaula Military Event Two Years Straight

The team of Paul and Jeffrey Aul won the ABA Military Team Bass Tournament on Lake Eufaula for the second year in a row with a three day total of 54.59 pounds. The pair weighed in three bags of bass in the 18 pound range to take the win. They took home a check for $3000 and an all-expense paid trip to Ray Scott's Trophy Bass Retreat. Last year, the father and son team donated their trip to Ray Scott's Trophy Bass Retreat to two wounded servicemen and they donated this year's trip as well. Their Day One and Day Two fish were caught fishing shallow grass with a 1/2 ounce Strikezone Swimtastic jig and a frog. On Day Three, the water on Lake Eufaula was dropping and the team was forced to move to offshore brush piles 6-12 feet of water. They used a green pumpkin colored ribbon tail worm while fishing brush piles. "We probably hit 50 piles today," said Paul Aul. "We would like to thank ABA for putting on the event. We have enjoyed it these past two years," said Jeffrey Aul.  

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5/06/2015

Lundien Wins Revo at Military Event

Shane Lundien of Crestview, FL won the Abu Garcia Revo Big Bass Bonus after using an Abu Garcia reel to catch the 6.53 pound Big Bass on Day Two of the ABA Military Team Bass Tournament at Lake Eufaula on May 7, 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.

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