ATHENS, Ala. – Kevin Fulmer, of Prosperity, SC took home the win in South Carolina’s Division 96 one-day tournament, held March 24, 2013, on Lake Murray, running out of Dreher Island State Park near Prosperity, SC. Kevin caught five bass weighing 20.67 pounds which included a 6.40 pound kicker that was the tournament big bass and took home a check for $520. He caught his fish on jigs and crankbaits fished on the middle and lower parts of the lake.
In second place was Phillip Anderson, of Saluda, SC. Phillip caught 5 bass weighing 14.96 pounds and took home a check for $235.
In third place was Michael Royals, of Chapin, SC. Mike caught 5 bass weighing 14.17 pounds and took home a check for $71.
The weather was pretty miserable for this one. It started out with rain, thunder & lightning, 40 degrees and wind out of the NE at 15 to 20 mph. The thunder & lightning quit about 6:30am just before the tournament started. It rained all day on and off, heavy and light. The wind only got worst at times and we reached 48 degrees by the 3pm weigh-in time. Lake Murray was brought to almost full pool with the rain. It also added some color to the water and strong current up the rivers. Water temps were in the low 50’s in the rivers and upper 50’s down the lake. Lake Murray is going to be hot when this weather balances out.
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 April 21st, 2013 on Lake Wateree out of Clearwater Cove near Camden, 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.)