Howell Takes the win on Clark’s Hill

ATHENS, Ala. – Daniel Howell of Prosperity, South Carolina won the American Bass Anglers Open Series event held 6/9/2018 on Clark’s Hill Lake. Running out of the Dorn Facility in McCormick South Carolina, Howell weighed in a five bass limit weighing 15.37 pounds. His catch was anchored by a bass weighing 6.85 pounds. For the win Howell took home a check for $5000.00. Howell’s kicker fish was the largest bass weighed in for the boaters. He collected an additional $410.00. For weighing in the largest bass of the tournament and for catching the bass on an ABU Garcia reel, Howell also took home an ABU Garcia SX reel valued at $160.00.  

“I caught around 10 fish today all on a frog in a foot of water. Most of my bites came early in the day,” said Howell. 

In second for the boaters, Justin DeBose of Anderson, South Carolina, landed a five bass limit weighing 14.64 pounds. 

“I started out shallow with a buzz bait. Later in the day I moved out deeper and caught some on rocks with a jig,” said DeBose.    

Chris Tinsley of Pisgah Forest, North Carolina placed third with a five bass limit weighing 12.67 pounds.. 

“I started down the lake and had my five by 9:00 fishing a Carolina Rig. I then went up the river to try and upgrade but was unable to,” said Tinsley.    

In fourth place for the boaters, Randy Childers of Townville, South Carolina, weighed in a five bass limit weighing 11.89 pounds and rounding out the top five, Ross Burns of Columbia, South Carolina, weighed in five bass weighing 11.85 pounds.

In the co-angler division William O’Dell of Hodges, South Carolina, weighed in a three bass limit weighing 7.20 pounds. His catch was anchored by a bass that weighed 4.98 pounds. O’Dell took home a check for $1000.00 for the win.

“I caught three fish today on three different lures. One on an Ima slim stick, one on a Skitter pop, and my third fish on a frog with less than 10 minutes left,” said O’Dell.

Taking second for the co-anglers, Bobby Henderson of Charlotte, North Carolina, weighed in a three bass co-angler limit weighing 6.54 pounds. He took home $400.00 For the effort.

“I caught around 15 fish today all on a shakey head. We were fishing anywhere from dirt shallow to 20 feet,” said Henderson.

Taking third for the co-anglers, Lonnie Drusch of Sumter, South Carolina, weighed in three bass weighing 6.44 pounds. He took home $300.00 for his catch.

“My boater had engine issues early and we were restricted to the trolling motor but we both were able to catch our limits. I had my three by 8:00 using a Strike King KVD Popper,” said Drusch.

In fourth among the co-anglers, Michael Norris of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, weighed in a three bass limit weighing 6.43 pounds and rounding out the top five, James Atkins of Cumming, Georgia, weighed in two bass weighing 6.37 pounds.

The biggest bass weighed in for the co-anglers was a 5.16 pounder caught by James Atkins of Cumming, Georgia. He took home a total of $315.00 for the day.

Slated for October 6-7 the next South Carolina Division event will be the Divisional Championship on Lake Norman running out of Blythe Landing in Huntersville North Carolina.

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 Open Series, the American Fishing Tour or the American Couples Series, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.

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