ATHENS, Ala. – Phil Morris of Saluda, SC won the American Fishing Tour, presented by American Bass Anglers, South Carolina Division 96 1-day qualifier tournament, held February 24 2013, on Lake Greenwood, running out of Greenwood State Park near Ninety Six, SC.
Phil caught 5 bass weighing 16.47 pounds which included a 5.82 pound kicker and took home a check for $800. He caught his fish on a crankbait fished around docks in a creek on the middle part of the lake.
In second place of these AFT competitors, Curtis Temples of Saluda, SC. Curtis caught 5 bass weighing 15.29 pounds. Curtis was fishing a crankbait around points and any wood he could find on the lower & middle parts part of the lake. His earnings were $508.
In third place was Ryan McMurtury of Abbeville, SC. Ryan caught 3 bass weighing 11.20 pounds which included the 8.03 pound tournament big fish and took home a check for $333. Ryan caught the big fish on a jig fished on a rocky point.
In fourth place was Joey Miller of Waterloo, SC. Joey caught 4 fish weighing 11.11 pounds and received $129. In fifth place was Sean Anderson of Leesville, SC with 5 fish weighing 10.13 pounds and received $97.
Weather was good for this one after 2 days of rain. It started out at 40 degrees with cloudy conditions and was bluebird skies by 11am but 65 degrees by the 3pm weigh-in. The was out of the NW wind of 5 to 10mph. Lake Greenwood was 4 feet below full pool, high 40’s water temp stained on the main lake but a little less stained in the creeks.
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 March 24h, 2013 on Lake Murray out of Dreher Island State Park near Prosperity, 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.)