Lloyd takes AFT championship title
ATHENS, Ala. – Sean J. Lloyd emerged victorious despite intense competition during the 2013 American Fishing Tour National Championship tournament, operated by American Bass Anglers and held Oct. 23-25 on Clarks Hill Lake.
Running out of Wildwood State Park in Appling, Ga. to fish the 71,535-acre lake on the Savannah River, Lloyd won two out of three days of competition to finish with 14 bass weighing 42.47 pounds. For the victory, he won a fully rigged Triton 21XS bass boat powered by a Mercury 200-horsepower Pro XS outboard motor and a MotorGuide trolling motor. The package also includes a set of Carlisle trailer tires, Odyssey batteries and generous supplies of Royal Purple oil products. The entire package retails for about $60,000.
After trailing in second on the first day with 16.79 pounds topped by a 6.88-pound kicker, he took the lead on Day 2 with 10 bass weighing 33.48 pounds. He caught five bass for 16.69 pounds including a 6.42-pounder on the second day. On the final day of the tournament, Lloyd landed four bass weighing 8.99 pounds to seal the victory.
In second, Bobby W. Stanfill finished with a perfect 15-bass three-day limit weighing 38.59 pounds. He held third on Day 1 with 14.17 pounds including a 7.33-pounder. He added 12.58 pounds on the second day to take second place and finished strong with an 11.84-pound bag.
Woody Parks made the most significant improvement over three days to finish third with three consecutive five-bass daily tournament limits for 31.90 pounds. On Day 1, he held 27th place with 6.82 pounds. On the second day, he jumped 14 spots to 13th place with 18.18 total pounds after catching 11.36 pounds. On the final day, he tallied 13.72 pounds, the largest bag of the day, to move up another 10 places.
Landing in fourth place, Tom O’Bryant finished with 15 bass and 30.72 pounds. He held 11th place on Day 1 after catching 9.31 pounds. On the second day, he moved up six places to fifth with a 13.22-pound bag for a two-day total weighing 22.53 pounds. On Day 3, O’Bryant climbed another notch with an 8.19-pound bag.
Keith Williamson rounded out the top five anglers for 2013 with 13 bass going 30.30 pounds. On Day 1, he sat in fourth place with five bass at 12.89 pounds. He dropped to ninth place on Day 2 with 19.66 pounds after bringing in a 6.77-pound bag. On Day 3, Williamson moved up four spots with a 10.64-pound bag.
Day 1 leader Bobby W. Crisman finished seventh with a three-day total of 12 bass weighing 28.89 pounds. On the first day, he landed the largest single-day bag of the tournament, 17.87 pounds anchored by a 7.17-pound kicker. He made other catches of 5.42 pounds and 5.60 pounds.
Dave L. Wild landed the tournament lunker, a 7.77-pounder he caught on the last day. He finished in 12th place with 13 bass weighing 26.25 pounds.
More than 200 of the best anglers from about 80 AFT divisions across the country came to Clarks Hill Lake to compete in the championship event. The American Fishing Tour offers low cost, close to home bass tournaments designed for the weekend angler. The 2013 AFT National Championship tournament is sponsored by Triton Boats, Mercury Marine, Royal Purple, Best Western Hotels, BioBor, Busch Beer, Livingston Lures, Raymarine, Carlisle Tire & Wheel, Odyssey Batteries, T-H Marine.
For more information on this tournament, call ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
About American Bass Anglers: American Bass Anglers commitment is to provide low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler and at the same time offer each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.