Woody Parks took fourth place with a five-bass limit for 11.27 pounds, just ahead of Bobby Standfield with five bass and 11.01 pounds for fifth place. Joshua Masters landed in sixth place with five bass weighing 10.74 pounds, but anchored his catch with a 7.57-pound bass that won the tournament lunker title and a check for $125.
The anglers could fish anywhere on the 71,535-area lake on the Savannah River. Also called Lake Strom Thurmond, the reservoir forms part of the Georgia-South Carolina line. The largest lake in Georgia offers anglers more than 1,200 miles of shoreline along the Savannah River and associated tributaries. With water levels about 13.5-feet below normal due to a drought, anglers had to watch where they ran.
Each of these anglers earned valuable points toward the divisional angler of the year title. 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 AFT divisions in more than 40 states will earn the right to compete in the three-day AFT National Championship tournament, slated for this same lake on Oct. 23-25, 2013.
For more information, call ABA at 256-232-0406. 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.