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Announcing The APT Solo Challenge

APT Solo Challenge
The USA Bass Trails (BLT), Angler’s Pro Tackle & Outdoors (APT) and Scott Gordon have teamed up to bring premium level “Open” Solo tournaments to the DFW area lakes in 2014. We are all very excited to be able to provide a high level entry fee Solo tournament program in 2014. We encourage anglers that are interested to contact us and give us your thoughts. As we move through the 2014 schedule, we will be tweaking the program so that a quality Solo trail can emerge in 2015.* The entry fees are $200 per tournament
* These will be “Open” tournaments and no membership required
* Trailering will be allowed
* The payout is will be based on 1 place paid per 5 entries.
* The schedule is as follows:
Squaw Creek Jan 26
Texoma Mar 23
Ray Roberts April 27
Lewisville Jun 29
Cedar Creek July 13
* There will be a $1,000 APT gift Certificate bonus given to the Angler of the Year, plus free entry into the 2015 schedule
* There will be a $500 APT gift certificate awarded to the winner at each tournament
* A website will be up soon with all the details at www.aptsolochallenge.com .Note: Please contact Scott Gordon at 214-801-2611 with any questions.


FLW Outlaws A-Rig

alabama rigWell, now the FLW has banned A-Rigs, Alabama Rigs, Umbrella Rigs…or whatever you want choose to call them. It won’t be long before other regional and local tournament organizations will follow. Soon after that you will be able to buy all the A-Rigs you want on the clearance racks at your local retailer.

I hadn’t seen a rush to buy a new technology since the introduction of the hollow belly swimbaits. Just think about all the baits that came to market in the past couple years in support of the A-Rig. New swimbait styles by the dozens. Swim head with every sort of hook you can imagine. I wonder now were or what will happen to all those things.

Here’s what FLW has to say about it…

In addition, for the 2014 season, umbrella rigs – commonly known as the Alabama rig or A-rig – will be prohibited from FLW Tour competition.

“FLW has thoughtfully studied the use of umbrella rigs for two seasons, and we’ve decided to no longer permit their use on the FLW Tour,” said FLW President of Operations Kathy Fennel. “The rigs have simply evolved to a point that we can no longer wait for state-enforced restrictions to be developed. That said, umbrella rigs will be permitted in our other tournament circuits, but with restrictions that limit them to a maximum of five wires outfitted with a maximum of five spinners and five lures, only three of which can have hooks. This decision is consistent with the wishes of a majority of our anglers while heading off potential conservation concerns.”

After taking a wait-and-see approach with regard to use of umbrella rigs on the FLW Tour in 2012 and 2013, FLW officials came to the conclusion, after seeking input from FLW Tour pros, that it was in the best interests of the sport to prohibit the use of umbrella rigs at the Tour level.

“It’s definitely a step in the right direction,” said 2013 Forrest Wood Cup champion Randall Tharp. “From the very first tournament of the year I saw where this was heading. The biggest reason I didn’t like it was that it made a whole lot of other technologies obsolete and that’s not good for the sport. The question for me was: Where do you draw the line? At Beaver Lake some people were throwing 20 baits on one rig. So where does it end? I realize that new technology has always been part of the sport, but I think in this case, FLW did a good job drawing a line where they did.”

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