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Andy Lake Takes the win on Clarks Hill

Athens, Ala. - Andy Lake of Batesburg, SC won the Ram American Fishing Tour, presented by American Bass Anglers, South Carolina Division 96 1-day qualifier held October 1, 2017 on Clarks Hill Lake running out of the Dorn Facility near McCormick, SC.

The day started out at 55 degrees and was at 75 degrees by the 3 pm weigh-in. Sunny bluebird skies with the wind out of the NE at 15 to 25 mph. Clarks Hill Lake is at 8 feet below full pool and falling with surface temp in the mid to high 70s.There were 26 anglers fishing this Division 96 1-day qualifier tournament out of the Dorn Facility. 

First place was taken by Andy Lake, with 5 fish weighing 13.80 pounds that was anchored by the tournament big fish of 5.91 pounds. That fish puts Andy in the lead for the 2018 Season ALX Rod Big Fish. Andy caught all his fish on soft plastics fishing brush piles on the middle part of the lake. His big fish came on a plastic worm in 12 feet of water. The combined payback for first place and big fish gave Andy $770.

Tracy Webb was second with 5 fish weighing 11.45 pounds. Tracy took home $539 for second place and first place in the option pot.

Jonathon Webb took third place with 4 fish weighing 10.88 pounds anchored with a 5.23 kicker. James won $237 for third place and second place in the option pot.

Fourth place was Steve Christie of Gray Court, SC. Steve had 5 fish weighing 10.70 pounds. Steve fished the middle part of the lake and caught his fish on crankbaits. Steve won $108 for his fourth-place finish.
 
Top 5 finishers:           
1 – Andy Lake - 5 fish 13.80 pounds 200 points
2 – Tracy Webb – 5 fish 11.45 pounds 199 points
3 – Jonathon Webb – 5 fish 10.88 pounds 198 points
4 – Steve Christie – 5 fish 10.70 pounds 197 points
5 – Bill Cain – 5 fish 10.45 pounds 196 points
 
These anglers are qualifying to compete in the 2018 Ram AFT National Championship on a date and lake to be announced at the 2017 Ram National Championship being held on the Ouachita River, Monroe La. in October 2017. 

The next Division 96 tournament for Division 96 will be on Lake Murray out of Dreher Island State Park near Prosperity, SC on October 1, 2017.

For more information, contact D-96 Director Phil Morris at 864-993-0346; email plmorrisd96@gmail.com  or call ABA at (256) 232-0406. On-line, see www.americanbassanglers.com or www.aba-sc.com for complete results. Also check out our Facebook page at D-96 American Fishing Tour.


These anglers are earning valuable points toward the divisional angler of the year title. The points champion from each division will compete in the annual Ram American Bass Anglers AFT Angler of the Year Final Round at the Ram American Fishing Tour National Championship.

The Ram 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 Ram American Fishing Tour National Championship. For more information on American Bass Anglers please visit www.americanbassanglers.com or call (256)232-0406.

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Texas - Wichita Falls 2/24/2018 Nocona
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