Thanks to all the anglers that came out and fished the ABA Division 17 tournament on the Roanoke River.  At least we did not have a cold front for this tournament but we did have about an hour and a half fog delay.

May 22, 2021, anglers launched from the Water Street Ramp on the Roanoke River out of Plymouth, NC.  Ten anglers brought back five-fish limits to the scales, but when the scales closed Mike Colbert from Newport, NC took the victory with 17.83 lbs.  For the win Mike took home $401 in prize money.  Mike said he caught his fish about a half a mile up river on creature baits.  Mike also had BIG FISH of the tournament with a nice 6.81 lb kicker.  Congratulations Mike!

Second place was Ricky West from Rocky Mount, NC with a 5 fish limit that locked in the scales at 15.75 lbs.  Ricky said he caught his fish down river on soft plastics.   For his efforts he took home $187 in prize money.

Top 5 finishers:

Name                    Weight
Mike Colbert            17.83
Ricky West              15.75
Johnnie Beddard     14.95
Mike Roberson        12.75
Robert Conway        11.94

The next tournament in the Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour, NC Central, Division 17 will take place on Saturday, 5 June, 2021 launching from Summit Ramp in Summit, NC on the Lake Gaston.

For more information on this event or division please contact local director, Mike Colbert at – Home: (252) 223-2325, Cell: (252) 725-1504 or visit

The American Fishing Tour offers low cost, close to home bass tournaments that are designed for the weekend angler. All anglers fish for both money and points. The points advance the angler to their divisional championship and the top 500 anglers in the US are invited to the American Fishing Tour National Championship for this fall on Kerr Lake in Virginia.

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