Rip Bass wins on Lake Gaston

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ATHENS, Ala. – Rip Bass, of Spring Hope, NC won the American Fishing Tour North Carolina Division 17 tournament, held April 14th, on Lake Gaston.

Rip caught 5 bass weighing 10.50 lbs. Rip reported catching his fish on a chatter baits. Melvin Jiggetts of Courtland, VA brought in the biggest bass of 3.18 lbs.

Top 5 Anglers
1        Rip Bass                      10.50 lbs
2        Melvin Jiggetts             9.22 lbs
3        Mike Colbert                9.06 lbs
4        Bobby Davis                 6.97 lbs
5        Gary Howard               3.87 lbs

The next divisional tournament will be held on Saturday 4-28-18, on Chowan out of Hwy 13 (Sloups Landing). Any questions can be directed to local Director Mike Colbert at (252)223-2325

For more information, call ABA at (888) 203-6222.On line, see

These anglers are earning valuable points toward the divisional angler of the year title. The points champion from each division will compete in the annual American Bass Anglers AFT Angler of the Year Final Round at the American Fishing Tour National Championship.

The 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 American Fishing Tour National Championship. For more information on American Bass Anglers please visit or call (256)232-0406.

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