Scott James Wins Aba Aft Div. 39 Divisional Championship On Mississippi River Pool 13

Scott James of Wilmington, Illinois won the AFT D39 two day Divisional Championship held on Mississippi Pool 13 on August 20th and 21st. High water, fast current, and muddy water slowed a normally great bass catching river, but the conditions didn’t slow Scott who caught three fish each day with a total weight of 13.25 pounds.

Eric Heck of Joliet, Illinois also bagged a total of six fish for a second place finish and a weight of 12.14 pounds.
Dave Schultz of Wilmington IL, had big bass for the two day event weighing 3.26 pounds.

Top Five Finishers:
1. Scott James     13.25 lbs
2. Eric Heck         12.14 lbs
3. Matt Marques   10.66 lbs
4. Mike Koenig     10.15 lbs
5. Rich Buss         7.48 lbs

Local Sponsor BIG R contributed a $25 gift card for the Big Bass and a bucket o’ bait valued at over $200 for 1st place!

Thank you for the great participation this year and I look forward to seeing you all next year! For more information on this event or any future events please contact local director, Mike Koenig, at (708)514-7258 or visit

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 Ram American Bass Anglers AFT Angler of the Year Final Round at the Ram American Fishing Tour National Championship.

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