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Anderson Takes the Win on Lake Murray

Athens, Ala. Phillip Anderson of Saluda, SC won the American Fishing Tour, presented by American Bass Anglers, South Carolina Division 96 1-day qualifier held February 25, 2018 on Lake Murray running out of the Dreher Island State Park near Prosperity, SC.

The day started out at 63 degrees with a light SW wind. At the 3pm weigh-in it was 75 degrees with a light WSW wind. In between we experienced light and heavy rain with wind at 15 to 20mph and gusts of 40mph.

There were 40 anglers fishing this Division 96 1-day qualifier tournament out of the Dreher Island State Park near Prosperity, SC. 

First place, Phillip Anderson had 5 fish weighing 21.51 pounds that was anchored by the tournament ALX Rod Big Fish at 7.24 pounds. Phillip caught his fish on jigs and spinner baits fishing beds on the middle part of the lake. The combined payback for first place, Big Fish and first place option pot earned Phillip $1195. Phillip also took home the first-place trophy and the big fish trophy.

Steve Gilstrap was second with 5 fish weighing 19.75 pounds which included a 6.14-pound kicker fish. He caught his fish on a jig and a buzzbait fishing around wood on the middle part of the lake. Steve took home the second-place trophy and $695 for second place, second place option pot.

Roy Stuart took third place with 5 fish weighing 19.20 pounds which included a 5.66-pound kicker. Roy won third place trophy and $238.

Fourth place was Andy Lake with 5 fish weighing 18.65 pounds. Andy won a $180 for his fourth-place finish.

Fifth place was Les Westberry with 5 fish weighing 18.38 pounds that included a kicker fish of 6.69 pounds. Les won $144 for fifth place.

Chase Stewart finished sixth with 5 fish weighing 18.01 pounds after a one pound penalty for two dead fish. Chase took home $108 for sixth place.
Top 5 finishers:           

1 Phillip Anderson 5-fish 21.51 pounds 200 points
2 Steve Gilstrap 5-fish 19.75 pounds 199 points
3 Roy Stuart 5-fish 19.20 pounds 198 points
4 Andy Lake 5-fish 18.65 pounds 197 points
5 Les Westberry 5-fish 18.38 pounds 196 points

These anglers are qualifying to compete in the 2018 AFT National Championship on Lake Hartwell in Anderson, SC on October 21-26, 2018. 

The next Division 96 tournament for Division 96 will be on Clarks Hill Lake out of the Dorn Boating Facility near McCormick, SC on March 18, 2018.

For more information, contact D-96 Director Phil Morris at 864-993-0346; email plmorrisd96@gmail.com  or call ABA at (256) 232-0406. On-line, see www.americanbassanglers.com or www.aba-sc.com for complete results. Also check out our facebook page at D-96 American Fishing Tour.

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. 
About American Bass Anglers: American Bass Anglers is committed to providing low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler and at the same time offer each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers, the ABA Open Series, the American Fishing Tour or the American Couples Series, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.

American Bass Anglers, Inc. is supported by Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, Hydrowave, T-H Marine, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Livingston Lures, Best Western Hotels, Garmin, Maui Jim, Power Pole, Optima Batteries and GEICO.  American Bass Anglers, Inc. can be contacted at (256) 232-0406 or visit AmericanBassAnglers.com



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