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Early Times Operation Rod & Reel a big success!!!

From Pennsylvania Division 9, October 6, 2012 - Early Times Operation Rod & Reel. 12 AFT members and 18 Volunteer Boaters combined efforts to take 30 area soldiers fishing. American Bass Anglers and Early Times Kentucky Whisky joined to create Operation Rod & Reel. Through this program, active-duty service members from selected military installations each received fishing equipment and a free fishing trip to an ABA bass tournament on lake Wallenpaupack, PA.

30 Solders competed for prizes supplied by Calvitti Co. and Pro Staff Bass Mafia. The Top five Solders:
1Brendan Mummart 36.66
2Kevin Watson46.31
3Dana MacDonald46.24
4Ryan Purcell36.11
5Litho Ware 46.06

Ryan Purcell took home big fish honors with a 3.06 lb bass.

18 Volunteer Boaters competed in a one fish lunker tournament The Top four Volunteers:
1Jack Mellin 13.21
2Jay Newsome 13.16
3John Lodolce 12.93
4Ed Cowen 11.87


12 AFT Members Boaters competed in a division 9 AFT tournament The Top Five AFT:
1Scott McDonough 514.15
2Jim Struble511.38
3Don Philpots23.59
4Steve Lowe 23.38
5Den Budzitowski11.65

Scott McDonough landed big fish a 6.75 lb largemouth

Calvitti Company
Pro Staff Bass Mafia
Scranton Yankees
Meager Insurance
Hunter's Gallery
Jack Williams Tire
NY Jets
Paul Jr Designs
Rusty Palmer
Baer HD
Memory Lane Candy
Buffalo Bills
Philadelphia Flyers
Legend Outdoors
J. J. White Products Inc.
Paupack Sport Shop
Morgan Lures
Pro Edge Baits
C&C Equipment Rental
Matt Davis Guide Trips
Lake Region IGA

For compete results click here.

Next Divisional Tournament:
October 13, 2012 from Anchor Marine, North East, Maryland map

These anglers accrued 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 Fish-Off. In addition, the top 500 anglers from the various divisions will earn the right to compete in the three-day ABA, AFT National Championship tournament.

For more information, you may call the natioanl ABA office at (888) 203-6222. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com/. Or the PA Division 9 Director Wayne Alker at (215) 396-7787. Division website www.pabasstournaments.com. or by email at Walker4755@verizon.net

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.


Wayne Alker

October 6, 2012
Many thanks to Kevin & Wayne

SGT Brendan Mummart - 1st Soldiers, 6.66 lbs

TSGT Kevin Watson - 2nd Soldiers

SPC Dana MacDonald - 3rd Soldiers

SRA Ryan Purcell - 4th Soldiers

CWA Litho Ware - 5th Soldiers

SRA Ryan Purcell - Big Bass Soldiers

Scott McDonough - 1st AFT 14.15 lbs

Scott McDonough - Big Bass AFT 6.75 lbs

Jim Struble - 2nd AFT

Don Philpots - 3rd AFT

Special Thanks to John Kirkpatrick
and the Calvitti Company for donating
$800 in giftcards for the soldiers

Thanks to Debra Tally and
and Susan McCleneon of the ABA
for supporting such a wonderful event.

Thanks to Ron "Buckeye" Terlop,
for donating $300 for big fish
and Kevin & Jody Miller for
making this happen