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Phillip Anderson wins D-96 AFT Qualifier on Lake Russell

Phillip Anderson wins D-96 AFT Qualifier on Lake Russell

ATHENS, Ala. – Phillip Anderson of Saluda, SC won the American Fishing Tour, presented by American Bass Anglers, South Carolina Division 96 qualifier tournament, held March 23, 2013, on Lake Russell, running out of the Hwy 72 Ramp near Calhoun Falls Six, SC.

19 anglers fished this Lake Russell 1-day tournament. The day started out at 42 degrees and ended with the 3pm weigh-in at 62 degrees. It stayed cloudy all day with a light wind and a light rain that came through briefly. Water temp averaged in the mid 50’s. The main lake was clear but it was a little stained in the creeks.

Our winner, Phillip Anderson caught 5 fish at 13.20 pounds that included a 4.38 pound kicker. Phillip was fishing spinnerbaits and jigs on the upper part of the lake.  Phillip kicker fish came on the spinnerbait. Phillip won $553 for his finish.
Butch Pitts of Watkinsville, Ga. took 2nd place with 5 fish weighing 12.05 pounds and the big fish pot with a 4.98 pound largemouth. Butch took home $372.

3rd place was Mike Dimatteo of Spartanburg, SC with 5 fish at 10.52 pounds and a $91 payback.
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 Fish-Off during the AFT National Championship. 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 April 13th, 2014 on Clarks Hill Lake out of the Dorn Boating Facility near McCormick, 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.



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