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11/13/2017

AFT Championship Returns to Lake Hartwell in 2018


ATHENS, Ala. – The 2018 Ram Trucks American Fishing Tour Championship, presented by American Bass Anglers, will be hosted by the Anderson Convention & Visitors Bureau and will take place Oct. 21-26, 2018 at Green Pond Landing and Event Center on Lake Hartwell in Anderson, SC. The onsite registration and dinner will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018.

Since opening in December 2014, Green Pond Landing has hosted the ABA Ray Scott Championship, the ABA American Fishing Tour National Championship, the GEICO Bassmaster Classic as well as the Wal-Mart FLW Tour. The Anderson community provides a multitude of excellent lodging and dining options close to Green Pond Landing for the competitors, as well as many activities for the families and participating anglers. The competitors will fish Lake Hartwell, the 56,000 acre reservoir along the Savannah and Tugaloo Rivers, which spans part of the South Carolina-Georgia border.

“We are extremely excited about the opportunity to have the ABA AFT Championship back in Anderson County, Green Pond Landing and Lake Hartwell after hosting such a memorable championship in October 2015, where a local angler won the championship in a borrowed truck and boat. The AFT Championship was the first ABA event that we hosted at Green Pond Landing. In hosting the AFT Championship, we found the participants made a significant economic impact to our community in addition to being able to enjoy our great facilities and our championship lake. Since that successful event in 2015, we have been very grateful for the relationship we have with the great team at ABA. Our community continues to be very supportive of fishing and with the commitment that Anderson County has made to improving Green Pond Landing, we expect to raise the bar on the service that our guests experience each time they visit Anderson County,” said Neil Paul, Executive Director of Visit Anderson.

This event will be open to anglers that are in the top 500 points standings nationally. There will be three new Triton Boats with Mercury Outboards, Garmin electronics, T-H Marine products, and Carlisle Tires on the line for anglers from over 30 states that qualify for this event.

“Returning to Lake Hartwell is always a pleasure and our anglers love the fishing and the community support.  Anderson County is the most angler-friendly of any host community we have been associated with, their support for the fishermen is second to none,” said Morris Sheehan, President of American Bass Anglers. 

Since Lake Hartwell sits on the South Carolina-Georgia line, anglers can fish the lake with a license from either state. For Anderson County area information, call the Anderson County Convention & Visitors Bureau at (864) 716-3660 or visit www.andersoncountysc.org .

For more information on this tournament, call ABA at 256-232-0406 or see www.americanbassanglers.com.

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 and the Ram American Fishing Tour, the Ram Truck Open Series, the Ram 100% Plus Team Tour, or the American Couples Series visit www.americanbassanglers.com.

American Bass Anglers, Inc. is supported by Ram Trucks, Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, Carlisle Tires, Hydrowave, T-H Marine, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Livingston Lures, Best Western Hotels, Simms, Garmin, Maui Jim, Power Pole, SiriusXM, and GEICO.  American Bass Anglers, Inc. can be contacted at (256) 232-0406 or visit AmericanBassAnglers.com.

 

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