Reid McGinn Takes D14 win on Lake Norman
Athens, Al - Reid McGinn of Fort Mill, SC won the American Fishing Tour division 14 tournament on Lake Norman in Mooresville, NC with five fish weighing 8.94 pounds held on 05/12/2018.
It was a warm start on Lake Norman with temperatures in the upper 60’s and winds out of the SW at 5 mph. A field of 15 anglers turned out to fish, and face tough post spawn conditions. The anglers enjoyed sunny skies throughout the day, with temperatures topping out in the mid 90’s. Water conditions varied throughout the lake with stained water from upper lake to mid lake, and gin clear conditions on the south end of the lake. Water temps varied from the low 70’s to low 80’s depending on where you were on the lake.
Despite tough conditions, Reid McGinn of Fort Mill, SC was able to put together a winning strategy. He reported starting his morning fishing shallow with a variety of baits. After a couple of keepers early and his shallow bite drying up, Reid moved off shore and was able to finish out his limit in the 20 foot depth range. Reid earned himself $432.00 for his efforts, and valuable points towards an invite to the National Championship on Lake Hartwell in October of this year.
Our other top anglers were 2nd place, James Barber of Charlotte, NC with 5 fish weighing in at 8.67 pounds, worth, $223.00. James also took big bass honors with a 3.64lb largemouth worth, $75.00. 3rd place went to Richard Bradford of Hoffman, NC with 5 fish weighing in at 8.30 pounds, worth $79.00.
Congratulations to our top finishers. Division 14’s next event will be our two day divisional Championship on Lake Norman out of McCrary Creek Access on June 2nd and 3rd. In order to fish the two day Championship you must have fished at least 4 one day divisional events. We will crown a champion and find out who will take the divisional Angler of the Year title. Should be an interesting race with our top two point holders tied for the lead and a couple more anglers just a few points behind them. Look forward to seeing you there.
Top five Anglers:
1. Reid McGinn 8.94lbs
2. James Barber 8.67lbs
3. Richard Bradford 8.30lbs
4. Thomas Tucker 8.04lbs
5. Brad Zeigler 7.99lbs
Big Bass winner: Richard Bradford 3.97 pounds
Next Event: The next tournament in division 14 is scheduled for June 2nd and 3rd on Lake Norman out of McCrary Creek Access.
For information about this division and future events visit Americanbassanglers.com or contact the local director for North Carolina-Charlotte – Lance Eckford at (919)628-3383.
These anglers earn 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 at the AFT Championship. In addition, the top 500 anglers from the various divisions will earn the right to compete in the three-day ABA, AFT National Championship tournament.
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.
About American Bass Anglers: American Bass Anglers is committed to providing 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, the ABA Open Series, the American Fishing Tour or the American Couples Series, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.
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