In second place of these AFT competitors, George Berry of Saluda, SC. George caught five bass weighing 16.37 pounds including tournament big fish at 6.13 pounds. He fished the upper part of the lake flipping soft plastics. George pocketed a check for $473.
In third place was Mark Richardson of Irmo, SC. Mark caught five bass weighing 12.21 pounds. He fished the lower part of the lake with topwaters. Mark took home a check for $97.
In fourth place was Sean Anderson of Leesville, SC. Sean caught three fish weighing 10.01 pounds. Sean was flipping on the upper part of the lake and took home $71.
Weather was pretty nice for this event. The trouble was a dry front came through overnight and gave us a steady wind of 10 to 15 mph all day with high pressure and blue bird skies. We started out at 63 degrees and were at 80 degrees by weigh-in. The top 3 anglers were the only ones with a 5 fish limit. These 3 adjusted to the conditions and finished on top.
These anglers accrued valuable points toward the divisional angler of the year title for the 2013 season. 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.
The next divisional tournament will be held October 14, 2012 on Clarks Hill Lake out of the Dorn Boating Facility near McCormick, SC.
For more information, contact D-96 Director Phil Morris at 864-993-0346; email firstname.lastname@example.org or call ABA at (888) 203-6222. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
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.