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Steve Christie Takes First Place on Clarks Hill Lake

Steve Christie Takes First Place on Clarks Hill Lake

ATHENS, Ala. – Steve Christie of Gray Court, SC won the American Fishing Tour, presented by American Bass Anglers, South Carolina Division 96 1-day qualifier tournament, held June 2, 2013, on Clarks Hill Lake , running out of the Dorn Boating Facility near McCormick, SC.

Steve caught 5 bass weighing 18.12 pounds and took home a check for $688. Steve fished the lower part of the lake with Trick Worms on a Carolina Rig for all his fish.

In second place of these AFT competitors, William Hooker of Appling, Ga. William caught 5 bass weighing 17.68 pounds. He was also fishing the lower part of the lake and caught all his fish on a fluke including the tournament big fish at 7.18 pounds. William took home a check for $562.

In third place was Don Kneece of Saluda, SC. Don caught 5 bass weighing 15.68 pounds and took home a check for $129.

In 4th place was Chris Hadden of Augusta, Ga. Chris caught 5 bass weighing 13.30 pounds. Chris took home a check for $104.

The day started out cloudy and 68 degrees. It remained cloudy for most of the day and the wind varied from 5 to 15 mph out of the SE. It was 86 degrees by the 3pm weigh-in. Water temp averaged in the lower 80’s and the lake is almost at full pool. Our fish mortality rate was not good for this event. It was 11% with 12 of the 109 bass dead at weigh-in.

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 July 14th, 2013 on Lake Greenwood out of Greenwood State Park near Ninety Six, SC.

For more information, contact D-96 Director Phil Morris at 864-993-0346; email  or call ABA at (256) 232-0406. On-line, see or for complete results.

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.)


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