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DOUG THOMPSON HEADING TO THE 2014 BASSMASTERS CLASSIC

Doug Thompson (with the Natural States Bass Club), representing the ARKANSAS B.A.S.S. NATION this past week at the 2013 B.A.S.S. NATION CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT that was held on Lake Dardanelle, is CLASSIC BOUND. Doug was the top qualifier in the B.A.S.S. NATION CENTRAL DIVISION and will be competing in the BASSMASTERS’ CLASSIC that will be held on Lake Guntersville in February 2014. Doug also finished 3rd in the overall standings.

The DREAM of making the BASSMASTERS CLASSIC came true for Doug this weekend. He will now be fishing against the worlds’ greatest pro fishermen and a chance to be the BEST in the fishing world with a CLASSIC championship.

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2013 ABN STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT RESULTS
FROM BEAVER LAKE OCTOBER 11-12 2013

TRAY HUDDLESTON WINS THE 2013 ABN STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT

The 42nd Annual ARKANSAS B.A.S.S. NATION Championship Tournament is now in the books. We had 144 ABN anglers from 28 clubs from across the State competing for the Individual Championship, Team Championship, and to insure a spot on the 2014 ABN Central Division Team (who will represent ABN in the 2014 B.A.S.S. NATION CENTRAL DIVISION TOURNAMENT that will be held in Oklahoma in June, 2014). The ABN team will be fishing for the team championship and also for an individual birth into the 2015 B.A.S.S. NATION CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT for a chance at a birth into the 2015 BASSMASTERS CLASSIC.

The tournament was held out of the Hickory Creek Marina Park with registration being held at Hook, Line, & Sinker after we had to make changes due to the Government Shut Down as we could not host the tournament at the selected site. Our grateful THANKS & appreciation go out to Hook, Line, & Sinker and Hickory Creek Marina for working with us in order to make this tournament happen with the issues we faced.

The anglers were met with changing weather conditions along with a tough bite due to transitioning patterns of the fish during the 2 day tournament. We had 31 5-fish limits weighed in during Friday’s competition, 396 fish weighed in for a total weight of 520.90 pounds.

The final competition day started off with cloudy, rainy conditions, then clearing with wind, and ended up with clouds again. What a challenge it was for the anglers. We only had 16 5-fish limits to cross the scales today but still had 367 fish weighed in for a total weight of 523.63 pounds. We ended the tournament with 736 fish weighed for a total weight of 1,044.53 pounds.

Tray HuddlestonThe 2013 ABN State Champion is Tray Huddleston, Cabin Creek Bassmasters, with a 2 day total weight of 21.70 pounds, second place went to David Frank, Bear Creek Bass Club 2, with a 2 day total weight of 21.27 pounds, and 3rd place went to Josh Wray, Green Forest Bass Club, with a total2 day weight of 18.80 pounds.

The 2013 ABN State Team Champions is the Harrison Bassmasters with a total weight of 67.53 pounds with Central Arkansas Bassmasters in second place with 57.96 pounds, and Alma Bassmasters 3rd place with 53.64 pounds.

The 2013 ABN Big Bass honors go to Roscoe Moore, Johnson County Bassmasters, with the 4.66 pound largemouth.

We want to say THANKS to our sponsors; BASS CAT BOATS, MERCURY MOTORS, HUMMINGBIRD, MINN KOTA.

Also want to give a special thanks to HOOK, LINE, & SINKER, HICKORY CREEK MARINA, MOBILE MARINE and TACKLE for all their help and assistance with our tournament. Also, I would like to say thank you to the Bear Creek Bass Club & Northwest Arkansas Bassmasters for all the work and assistance to make this a success.

FINAL INDIVIDUAL STANDING TOP 20:

                NAME                                                   CLUB                                                          WEIGHT

  1. TRAY HUDDLESTON                   CABIN CREEK BASSMASTERS                            21.70
  2. DAVID FRANK                               BEAR CREEK BASS CLUB 2                                 20.27
  3. JOSH WRAY                                   GREEN FOREST BASS CLUB                             18.80
  4. JOHN DAVID HILL                          VALLEY SPRINGS BASSMASTERS                   18.01
  5. DUAINE FEARS                             ALMA BASSMASTERS                                          17.77
  6. GARY W. DANIEL                           HARRISON BASSMASTERS                                17.26
  7. MARK STAFFORD                         ALMA BASSMASTERS 2                                      16.73
  8. HARVEY HORNE                            NW ARKANSAS BASSMASTERS                       16.01
  9. KRIS COOLEY                                 TWIN LAKES BASS CLUB                                   15.33
  10. MICHEAL SMITH                             HARRISON BASSMASTERS                               14.52
  11. DUSTIN BLEVINS                            HARRISON BASSMASTERS                              13.82
  12. JACK WOOD                                   ANVIL JAW                                                             13.17
  13. BROCK BERTRAND                      NW ARKANSAS BASSMASTERS 2                  13.06
  14. CODY BURKE                                 NORTH LITTLE ROCK BASS ANGLERS          12.98
  15. JIM HENSLEY                                  HARRISON BASSMASTERS                              12.93
  16. JOSH THOMPSON                         CENTRAL ARKANSAS BASSMASTERS         12.86
  17. GENE NETHERTON                       BEAR CREEK BASS CLUB                                12.69
  18. TODD CHAPEN                              ALMA BASSMASTERS                                        12.69
  19. CHUCK PRICHARD                       CENTRAL ARKANSAS BASSMASTERS          12.63
  20. JEFF COOPER                               CRAIGHEAD CTY BASSMASTERS                   12.48

FINAL TEAM STANDINGS TOP 10;

  1. HARRISON BASSMASTERS                                          67.63
  2. CENTRAL ARKANSAS BASSMASTERS                     57.96
  3. ALMA BASSMASTERS                                                    53.64
  4. NW ARKANSAS BASSMASTERS 2                              52.15
  5. GREEN FOREST BASS CLUB                                        51.52
  6. DARDANELLE BASS CLUB                                           49.79
  7. NATURAL STATES BASS ANGLERS                           47.59
  8. CRAIGHEAD COUNTY BASSMASTERS                    46.80
  9. TEAM ARKOUTDOORS.COM                                        46.76
  10. VALLEY SPRINGS BASSMASTERS                             46.45
Weigh In Station with Sponsors

2013 Arkansas BASS Nation Junior State Championship
                    
Press Release....              Schultz and Myers Capture State B.A.S.S Titles

Russellville, AR, April 28th, 2013: When the 42 best junior anglers in Arkansas arrived at Lake Dardanelle on Friday to practice for the 2013 Arkansas B.A.S.S. Nation Junior State Championship, mother nature did greet them kindly. Rain, wind, and hail were constant throughout practice Friday and Saturday. However, the fish were as ready for some action as the junior anglers. Reports of numerous 20 pound plus limits were floating amongst the soaked contestants on Friday and Saturday. Several fish over 8 pounds were also reported. The stage was set for a great tournament day when the competitors took off Sunday to the same cloudy, windy conditions.
Early morning catches had many excited about their chances to win and be a part of the 2013 Arkansas State Team. However, as the sun finally broke through the clouds for the first time all weekend, the majority of Lake Dardanelle's big bass went....      (read more..) or winners pictures

2013 Winners


DOUG THOMPSON HOPING FOR A 2014 BASSMASTER CLASSIC BIRTH

Doug ThompsonDoug will be the second member of the ARKANSAS B.A.S.S. NATION to qualify and fish the BASSMASTERS’ CLASSIC since 2004. The last ABN member to fish the CLASSIC was Mr. William Pippen in 2004 when he qualified on Keystone Lake in Oklahoma. William was 67 years old when he qualified for the Classic. So, that goes to show you that you are never too old.

Doug qualified for the B.A.S.S. NATION CHAMPIONSHIP thru a series of tournaments. First is the club level in which they qualify to fish the Arkansas B.A.S.S. Nation State Championship. Doug won the 2012 ABN State Championship Tournament in October 2012 on Lake Dardanelle. He then fished with the 2013 ABN Central Division Team on Lake Sam Rayburn this past June and won the Arkansas birth into the 2013 B.A.S.S. NATION CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMNET by beating the other 11 team members that made up our team.

We all wish Doug the BEST OF LUCK in the CLASSIC.

We also want to thank our Arkansas .B.A.S.S. Nation sponsors: BASS CAT BOATS, MERCURY MOTORS, MINN KOTA, HUMMINGBIRD, & LURE NET

We also want to thank all the sponsors of the B.A.S.S. NATION:
OFFICAL SPONSORS - Toyota, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, Evan Williams, Hummingbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro, Skeeter, Triton, Yamaha.
 SUPPORTING SPONSORS: BoatUS Angler, Carhartt, Diet Mountain Dew, Livingston Lures, Lowrance, Luke-E-Strike, MotorGuide, Power-Pole, and Shimano.

If anyone is interested in becoming a member of the ARKANSAS B.A.S.S. NATION, please visit our web site at ‘arkansasbass.org’ and contact us. Or go to ‘bassmasters.com’ and click on the NATION tab.

GOOD FISHING,


“WINNER OF THE 2012 ABFN RAFFLE BOAT IS...
  JIMMY SHELBURN of POTEAU, OKLAHOMA!”

JIMMY SHELBURN



The Arkansas B.A.S.S. State Nation (ABSFN) is the state organization for B.A.S.S. affiliated clubs throughout the State of Arkansas. We invite you to visit our web site often. As you move through the web-site you will see pages that deal with the condition of the bass fishing environment in Arkansas. We will discuss the activities of the ABSFN and affiliated clubs including the 2 major bass tournaments that the Nation hosts each year; THE ARKANSAS B.A.S.S. STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT and THE ARKIE CUP. You will have the opportunity to learn more about our youth program and about the issues of environmental protection as it relates to the fisheries habitat.

We will provide you with the ability to quickly link with various local, state, and national organizations that have impact on the state of the Bass fisheries in Arkansas. Members of our BASS Nation can follow their dream of competing against the best bass anglers in the world, they start by competing against anglers from their own club, then against anglers from all of the clubs in the Arkansas State Championship Tournament, where they qualify to represent Arkansas in a Central Divisional Tournament that will pit them against the best anglers from 7 surrounding states with the opportunity to advance to the National Championship Tournament and finally culminating with a trip to compete in the most prestigious Bass Tournament the BASSMASTERS CLASSIC.

If you would like to join a local club or start a local club just contact one of the Officers listed on our contact page and you will receive quick assistance in your efforts. Please visit our site often as we continue to update our presence on the Web and report on the state of the Nation in Arkansas and the State of the Bass Fisheries in Arkansas.

2013 ARKANSAS B.A.S.S. NATION STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT TOP 13

ABFN Central Divisional Champs
Front Row (L-R); Tray Huddleston, David Frank, Josh Wray, John David Hill, Duane Fears, Gary Daniels.
Back Row (L-R): Mark Stafford, Harvey Horne, Kris Cooley, Michael Smith, Dustin Blevins, Jack Woods, & Brock Bertrand

The 2014 ABN Central Division Team (who will represent ABN in the 2014 B.A.S.S. NATION CENTRAL DIVISION TOURNAMENT that will be held in Oklahoma in June, 2014).