REMINDER: Next ABN Board meeting is May 3 at the Howard Johnson Hotel in Conway- Starting at 10AM.
2014 B.A.S.S. NATION CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT
NOVEMBER 5-7, 2014 – OUACHITA RIVER MONROE, LA
JOSH WRAY HOPING FOR A 2015 BASSMASTER CLASSIC BIRTH
Josh Wray will be representing the ARKANSAS B.A.S.S. NATION during the B.A.S.S. NATION CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT that is being held on the Ouachita River in Monroe, LA. Josh will be competing against the other 7 state champions from the B.A.S.S. NATION CENTRAL DIVISION (Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Louisiana, and Mississippi) plus the contender from Mexico for a birth into the 2015 BASSMASTERS CLASSIC which will be held in February 2015.
This is the DREAM that all the B.A.S.S. NATION members work for of making it to the BASSMASTERS CLASSIC. Just imagine fishing against the worlds’ greatest pro fishermen and a chance to be the BEST in the fishing world with a CLASSIC championship.
Josh 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. Josh made the 2014 ABN State Team and then won the 2014 BN Central Division that was held on Lake Eufaula in Oklahoma this past June and won the Arkansas birth into the 2014 B.A.S.S. NATION CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMNET by beating the other 11 team members that made up our team.
Josh has high hopes for a CLASSIC birth, especially since he qualified and fished the same waters 3 years ago when he qualified for the BN Championship. What an awesome dream come true if he could win the Central Division Birth to the CLASSIC.
We all wish Josh the BEST OF LUCK during his amazing adventure ( DREAM) for a shot at the WORLDS GREATEST TITLE, BASSMASTER CLASSIC CHAMPION!
If you have a chance, please attend the weigh-in (Thursday NOV 6th, Friday NOV 7th, & Saturday NOV 8th) and show Josh your support.
GO JOSH GO!
The Winners of the 2014 ABFN BOAT RAFFLE are:
WAYNE ANDREWS from Monticello, AR >>>>
2ND PLACE WINNER OF THE MINN KOTA TALON IS: MIKE BURNS from Plainview, AR (pic below)
3rd PLACE WINNER OF THE $500 GIFT CARD IS: CHRISTE LITTLE from Pine Bluff, AR
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS AND THANKS TO EVERYONE AND OUR SPONSORS: BASS CAT, HUMMINGBIRD, MINN KOTA, MERCURY MOTORS.
2014 ARKANSAS B.A.S.S. NATION TEAM – B.A.S.S. NATION CENTRAL DIVISION
TOURNAMENT ON LAKE EUFAULA JUNE 4-6, 2014
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.
Doug 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.
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
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
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).