ATHENS, AL – Sean Anderson of Leesville, SC won the American Fishing Tour, presented by American Bass Anglers, South Carolina Division 96 one-day qualifier tournament, held December 9th 2012, on Lake Wateree, running out of Clearwater Cove Park near Camden, SC. Sean caught 5 bass weighing 19.81 pounds including the tournament big bass of 7.01 pounds for the victory and took home a check for $664. He caught his fish on jigs fished around docks on the upper part of the lake.
In second place of these AFT competitors, Mark Richardson of Irmo, SC. Mark caught 5 bass weighing 18.30 pounds. Mark was also fishing jigs around docks. His earnings were $324.
In third place was Don Kneece of Saluda, SC. Don caught 5 bass weighing 14.56 pounds. Don fished a jerkbait on points and took home a check for $84.
In fourth place, just out the money was Phillip Anderson of Saluda, SC. Phillip caught 5 fish weighing 13.14 pounds. In fifth place was Jack Gramling of Orangeburg, SC with 5 fish weighing 11.55 pounds.
Weather was pretty comfortable for this one. It started out At 50 degrees with a fog setting in. Skies were cloudy to partly cloudy for the day with a SSW wind of 10 mph. By weigh-in time it was 70 degree. Lake Wateree was 3 feet below full pool, mid 50’s temp and clear water down and stained water in the backs.
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 Nation’s top 500 anglers in points will earn the right to compete in the three-day ABA, 2013 AFT National Championship Tournament on Clarks Hill Lake out of Wildwood Park in Georgia.
The next divisional tournament will be held January 6th, 2013 on Clarks Hill Lake out of the Dorn Boating Facility near McCormick, SC.
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. (New this year, the top 250 in points will earn the right as guaranteed boaters.)