ATHENS, Ala. – Bobby Stanfill of Greenwood, South Carolina won the American Fishing Tour, presented by American Bass Anglers, South Carolina Division 96 qualifier tournament, held January 5, 2013, on Clarks Hill Lake, running out of the Dorn Boating Facility near McCormick, SC.
It was another raw day that started out at 34 degrees and ended with the 3:00 pm weigh-in at 48 degrees. Only 12 anglers came to fish this one. Light rain on and off all day long with a wind out of the SW at 5 mph. Water temp averaged in the high 40’s to the low 50’s. The main lake was stained to muddy but it was clear to stained in the backs of creeks depending on what creek you were in. The clear water could be found on the lower end of the lake.
Our winner, Bobby Stanfill of Greenwood, SC, caught five fish at 15.19 pounds that included a 3.95 pound kicker. Bobby was fishing the lower part of the lake and caught his fish on crankbaits and jigs off grass. Bobby took home $425 for this win.
Coming in second place was Darren Taylor of Oglethorpe County, GA with five fish weighing 9.98 pounds, which earned him $213. Evan Buller of Lincolnton, GA ended in third place with five fish at 7.84 pounds. Fourth place was Russell Anderson of Saluda, SC with three fish at 6.92 pounds. Big fish winner was Phil Morris with a 4.40 pound largemouth caught on a shakey-head worm off riprap in the middle part of the lake. Phil won $60 for the big fish payoff.
The most productive lures mentioned by our anglers were jigs, crankbaits, spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Grass even in January seemed to be the best place to find the fish.
These anglers accrued 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 various divisions will earn the right to compete in the three-day ABA, 2014 AFT National Championship Tournament on Old Hickory Lake near Hendersonville, Tennessee in October 22-24, 2014.
The next Division 96 tournament will be held for the 2014 season on February 23rd, 2014 on Lake Greenwood out of Greenwood State Park near Ninety Six, 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.