23rd Military Team Bass Tournament – Bass Anglers from all services were well represented at the recent American Bass Anglers (ABA) hosted 23rd Annual Military Team Bass Tournament on the 37,500-acre Lake Seminole out of Bainbridge, Georgia May 8 -10 2013. This event is held early May each year in the Southeast US and is part of ABA’s commitment to the military. Next year’s event will be on Lake Eufaula, Alabama.A major cold front came through Saturday night just prior to the practice days and the bite was tough. In the mornings the air temperature dropped to the mid-forties and the water temperatures was 66 degrees. Winds were blowing out of the southeast 10-15 knots. Stable weather prevailed during the week and by tournament day the water temperature increased to 74 degrees. This warm up brought some late spawning fish up shallow and moved the others to the grass filled flats. The winning team had over 67 lbs for the three day event. The Air Force Bass Anglers team of Steve Jarrett and Joe Krafchak from central Florida managed to hold on to 13th place and return home with a check. They used Strike King caffeine shad baits in white to entice spawning fish off beds in 6 feet of water. Steve and Joe weighed in 35.03 lbs for 13 bass which averaged 2.7 lbs per bass. Other teams of Navy Bass Anglers Kelly Weber and Dale Waggoner and Air Force Bass Anglers George Simonof and Eric Turner struggled to find big fish but enjoyed the experience. Also present from our organization was Air Force Bass Anglers Arnie Hanson and William Wright and Army Bass Angler Benjamin Hoff. To support the cause and spread the Army Bass Angler’s mission we sold t-shirts, hats and stickers that raised over $630. Profits from this sale will go to Returning Hero’s Home (www.returningheroeshome.org) in San Antonio, TX. Joe Krafchak, Dale Waggoner, Steve Jarrett, Kelly Weber and Benjamin Hoff (not pictured) at the sales booth during registration. Air Force Bass Anglers Team Joe Krafchak and Steve Jarrett on Day 1 Navy Bass Anglers Kelly Weber and Dale Waggoner weigh in Air Force Bass Anglers Eric Turner and George Simonof weigh in Army Bass Angler Benjamin Hoff with smallest bass two fish for 1.8lbs Group photos at the end of the event – Eric Turner, George Simonof, Kelly Weber, Dale Waggoner, Steve Jarrett, Joe Krafchak and Arnie Hanson Air Force Bass Anglers Joe Krafchak and Steve Jarrett with 13th Place check Joe Krafchak with Day 1 stringer For more information on ArmyBassAnglers & The Coalition visit them at armybassanglers.com SUPPORT.DEFEND.FISH. HOOAH!
23rd Military Team Bass Tournament