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New ABA Divisions Starting for Couples Series and the American Fishing Tour & ABA Searching for Top Quality Directors for 2014
6/24/2013
Credit:
ABA press release
New ABA divisions are forming for 2014 for the American Couples Series and the American Fishing Tour. We have new directors/divisions in AL, FL, IL, MO, MS, NY, SC, TN and ABA is still taking director applications for 2014. See the bottom of this email on how you can sign up to start your own division.

Here are two of the new couples divisions for 2014.

New Couples Division set for Mid-South

ATHENS, Ala. -- Angling couples in northern Mississippi and parts of Tennessee will soon enjoy more opportunities for completion, cash and camaraderie when a new American Couples Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, division begins to hold tournaments.

Headed by Darren L Chaney, tournament director, the new American Couples Series North Mississippi/Western Tennessee Division will hold its first tournament in February 2014 on the Tennessee River our of Waverly, Tenn. The annual season will run through June. During its first season, the division will also hold events on Sardis Lake in Mississippi, Gibson County and Carroll County lakes in Tennessee, Kentucky Lake and on the Mississippi River out of Memphis.

“We’re going to fish some of the backwaters off the Mississippi River,” explained Chaney from Munford, Tenn. “It’s a good catfishing area, but not many people fish for bass in that area. Bill Dance suggested we fish it. I fish professionally and enjoy couples tournaments. My wife and I have fished in the Alabama Central Division with Mark and Amy Shannon. I am currently on the Bass Pro Shops Pro Team and Mercury Pro Team and have been fishing professionally for more than 10 years.”

The American Couples Series features teams of two anglers -- one man and one woman, not necessarily married, related or in a relationship competing against similar other teams for cash prizes. Quite often, husband and wife, brother and sister or father and daughter teams compete against each other. At the end of the year, the best teams from divisions across the country gather to compete in an annual championship.

During an event, each team may weigh in up to five bass per day, regardless of which team member catches them. Prizes vary based upon participation rates in each event.

Besides consulting for the U.S. Navy and fishing, Chaney owns a fishing accessory company (www.fishintoolbag.com.) He manufactures canvas and camouflaged tool bags where anglers can place such items as knives, clippers and pliers and keep them handy while fishing.

For more information on this tournament series, call Chaney at 901-277-6079 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com/Couples.

New Couples Division to run in South Florida

ATHENS, Ala. -- Angling couples in the Sunshine State will soon enjoy more opportunities for completion, cash and camaraderie when a new American Couples Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, division begins to hold tournaments.

Headed by Tom Welgos, tournament director, the American Couples Series South Florida Division will hold its first tournament in November 2013 on Lake Okeechobee in southern Florida. The annual season will run from November through March. The division will also hold events on various lakes in the Kissimmee Chain of central Florida and Lake Conway near Orlando during its first season.

“I am excited about this new tour and hope to exceed all expectations for its first season,” explained Welgos, a retired U.S. Army veteran from St. Cloud, Fla. “I hope a lot of people come out to participate in our events and take advantage of what we have to offer. So many tournaments isolate the guys from the girls. We’d like to give people an opportunity to fish with their wives, girlfriends or daughters. We have a lot of really good lady anglers who can fish well on their own. We’ll keep the events during the cooler times of the year when the bass bite best in Florida.”

Welgos often fishes with his girlfriend, Denise Beck. The American Couples Series features teams of two anglers -- one man and one woman, not necessarily married, related or in a relationship competing against similar other teams for cash prizes. Quite often, husband and wife, brother and sister or father and daughter teams compete against each other. At the end of the year, the best teams from divisions across the country gather to compete in an annual championship.

During an event, each team may weigh in up to five bass per day, regardless of which team member catches them. Prizes vary based upon participation rates in each event.
For more information on this tournament series, call Welgos at 407-414-8393 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com/Couples.


ABA Searching for Top Quality Directors for 2014

American Bass Anglers is accepting applications for new tournament directors to run American Fishing Tour and the American Couple Series events for the 2014 season. ABA operates more than 800 bass tournaments a year through our different series. All ABA events are coordinated through our national office working together with local directors and providing professionally run bass tournaments for the weekend bass angler.

We are searching for quality individuals who are committed to providing professionally operated bass tournaments for their local bass anglers. The American Fishing Tour is a grassroots tournament series, and as you might suspect there is work and commitment required to run a successful local division. ABA provides a lot of assistance, including most of the items directors will need to operate our events.

ABA has a dedicated national staff which works very closely with directors and provides the assistance they need on a daily basis.

If you are interested in becoming an American Bass Anglers tournament director and would like to learn more, we first request you fill out a director’s application form at the following address: https://www.americanbassanglers.com/directorapplication.php

Once this application is completed and sent we will be in contact with you and go through all of the details with you.