ABA American Fishing Tour Divisions in South Carolina

Ouachita River is Destination for the 2017 Championship

AFTLogoAthens, AL. The top 500 Ram American Fishing Tour anglers for the 2016-2017 season will be invited to attend the 2017 Ram Trucks American Fishing Tour National Championship at the Ouachita River in Monroe, LA on October 15-20, 2017. Event launch and weigh-in will take place at Forsyth Park, located at 2101 Riverside Drive; Monroe, LA 71201. The Championship will be hosted by the Monroe-West Monroe Convention & Visitors Bureau. More info on the local Monroe, LA area is available at this link.

€œWe are excited to be hosting the 2017 Championship, and look forward to welcoming the anglers to Louisiana in anticipation of a great week of fishing on the Ouachita River. We are proud to be a partner with ABA and look forward to showing all of their competitors a warm welcome to Monroe-West Monroe,LA€ said Scott Bruscato, Monroe-West Monroe Convention & Visitors Bureau.

€œThis will be the first time that American Bass Anglers has held a championship on the Ouachita River. Many anglers have asked over the past couple of years to visit a body of water that has not hosted a Championship in the past and there has also been several requests that we visit a river fishery. This makes the Ouachita River a great destination. We look forward to working with the Monroe-West Monroe Convention & Visitors Bureau to make this a great event, said Morris Sheehan, ABA President.

The Ouachita River(wah-shi-tah). The river is named for the Ouachita tribe, one of several historic tribes who lived along it. Others included the Caddo, Osage Nation,Tensa,Chickasaw, and Choctaw. Washita is an Indian word meaning "good hunting grounds" and "sparkling silver water."

The river has held some large championships in the past. The most notable was the Albert Collins B.A.S.S. Federation Nation Championship win in 2015 with 44 pounds, 15 ounces over three days. In an interview with Bassmaster Collins said there was a lot of backwater, stumps and a good channel and reported he caught most of his bigger fish on white/chartreuse spinnerbait with silver and gold willow blades.

The Ram Trucks American Fishing Tour offers low cost, close to home bass tournaments that are designed for the weekend angler. All ABA anglers fish for money and points. The points advance the angler to their divisional championship and the top 500 anglers in the US are invited to the Ram Trucks American Fishing Tour National Championship. For more information on the Ram Trucks American Fishing Tour visit this link.

About: American Bass Anglers is committed to providing low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler and at the same time offer each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers, the Ram Truck Open Series, the Ram American Fishing Tour, the American Couples Series, the Military Team Bass Tournament, or the Ram 100% Plus Team Tour visit www.americanbassanglers.com.

American Bass Anglers, Inc. is supported by Ram Trucks, Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, Carlisle Tires, GEICO, T-H Marine, Hydrowave, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Livingston Lures, Best Western Hotels, Simms, Garmin, Maui Jim, Power Pole, Dr Dan's, and LiT Coolers. American Bass Anglers, Inc. can be contacted at (256) 232-0406 or visit AmericanBassAnglers.com.

2017 Ram American Fishing Tour National Championship
Ouachita River - Monroe, LA - October 15-20, 2017

Registration Begins July 31, 2017

Launch and Weigh-In Site: Forsyth Park: 2101 Riverside Drive, Monroe, LA 71201

Official Practice: Safelight on Sunday October 15, 2017 until 3:00 pm on Tuesday October 17, 2017.

Onsite Safety and Pairing Meeting: Tuesday October 17 6pm Monroe Civic Center

Tournament Days: Wednesday October 18th, Thursday October 19th and Friday October 20th.

Locking will be allowed.

Host Hotels:

Best Western West Monroe Inn: 405 Thomas Rd, West Monroe, LA 71292 (318) 322-9922

Best Western Airport Inn: 1475 Garrett Rd, Monroe, LA 71202 (318) 345-4000

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