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.
For more information, contact D-96 Director Phil Morris at 864-993-0346; email email@example.com or call ABA at (256) 232-0406. On-line, see www.americanbassanglers.com or www.aba-sc.com 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.