American Fishing Tour
-Final Results - 09/23/2018 - Hartwell
Place Name Fish BB Total Points Payout
1 Kim Neal 5 0.00 11.34 200 $651
2 Chris D. Nelson 5 0.00 11.22 199 $404
3 Joe McDonie 5 0.00 10.12 198 $137
4 Butch Pitts 5 0.00 9.10 197 $108
5 James Stone 5 0.00 9.09 196 $72
6 David L. Griswold 5 0.00 9.05 195 $0
7 Donald E. Kneece 5 0.00 8.34 194 $0
8 Joey D. Miller 5 0.00 8.09 193 $0
9 Blake S. Campbell 5 0.00 6.08 192 $0
10 Nolan Pulley 3 0.00 6.04 191 $0
11 Jason Turner 5 0.00 6.00 190 $0
12 Bryan Waddell 5 0.00 5.48 189 $0
13 Grover B. Jones 5 0.00 5.27 188 $0
14 Mark K. Ezuka 3 0.00 5.19 187 $0
15 Gene Parker 2 0.00 4.92 186 $0
16 Zachary Green 3 0.00 4.59 185 $0
17 Bill M. Pinion 3 0.00 3.86 184 $0
18 Allen G. Murray 3 0.00 3.44 183 $0
19 Rodney Cromer 3 0.00 3.29 182 $0
20 Tim Weredyk 3 0.00 3.18 181 $0
21 Phil Morris 2 0.00 2.66 180 $0
22 Gary Kirkbride 2 0.00 2.26 179 $0
23 Logan Watkins 1 0.00 1.52 178 $0
24 Randy Ables 1 0.00 1.37 177 $0
25 Edward Matthews 1 0.00 0.88 176 $0
26 Mike Strickland 0 0.00 0.00 50 $0
26 Wayne Davenport 0 0.00 0.00 50 $0
26 Jonathon D. Webb 0 0.00 0.00 50 $0

 

Division News

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Divisional News

Kim Neal wins Northwest SC D25  Tournament on Lake Hartwell

September 23rd, 2018   Anderson, SC.  Twenty-eight anglers launched from Green Pond Landing near Anderson, SC.  Twelve of those anglers brought back five-fish limits to the scales, but when the scales closed Kim Neal from Easley, SC took the victory with 11.34lbs.  He accredited his win to topwater baits. For the win, Kim took home $651 in prize money plus an additional $150 for 1st Place Option Pot for total earnings of $801.

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Jason Burroughs takes the win on Lake Hartwell

Thirty-six anglers participated in the final AFT D25 One-Day tournament of the 2018 season. The weather started out at 55 degrees with mostly cloudy skies at take off and warmed to around 63 degrees with a light rain by check in time. The bite was off for some but as usual a few guys figure them out and catch them good.

Jason Burroughs of Hodges, SC took first place honors with a limit weighing in at 18.37lbs. Jason also earned Big Fish honors with a 4.72lb largemouth. Jason took home $745 for 1st Place - $210 for 1st Place Option Pot - $180 for the Big Fish Pot for total earnings of $1135.

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Tracy Watkins takes the win on Clarks Hill Lake

 Thirty three anglers participated in the March 25th, 2018 AFT D25 tournament at Clarks Hill Lake. The day started out at 40 degrees and raining, by the 3:30pm weigh in time the temperature had risen to 55 degrees and the sun had began to shine through the clouds. The water temps were ranging from 52-55 degrees depending upon what section of the lake you were fishing. The bite is still off a little due to the night temperatures fluctuating so much and being in the middle of the spawn.

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Russell Clark  wins on Lake Russell


Twenty-two anglers competed in the March 11, 2018 AFT D25 tournament at Lake Russell. The day started out at 51 degrees with a light rain that lasted throughout the day with temps rising by a just a few degrees before the 3:30pm weigh in time. Water temps were ranging in the low to mid 50’s with water on the main lake being clear and the creeks being stained due to the rainfall.

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Wayne Davenport Wins on Lake Hartwell


Wayne Davenport of Anderson, SC won the American Fishing Tour Division 25 tournament on Lake Hartwell held February 18th. Wayne brought in a 5-fish limit weighing 15.22lbs and earned $559.00 for the win

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AFT D25 Ramp Change

Due to the closure and construction that is going on at the Green Pond Ramp in preparation for the Bassmaster Classic AFT D25 will move the Sunday, February 18th, 2018 tournament to the Gum Branch Mega Ramp located in Hartwell, GA. The address is 1352 Vanna Weller Road Hartwell, GA 30643. This ramp is one of the few that still has sufficient dock space with the water being nine feet below full pool.

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Mike Guilbeau wins on Clarks Hill Lake


Thirty anglers fished the D25 AFT tournament at Clarks Hill Lake. The day started out with temps in the low 30’s and increased to the mid 50’s for the 3pm weigh in. Clarks Hill Lake is down around nine feet from full pool with water temps from 47-54 degrees and clear to stained water in the creeks. Fishing was tough to say the least as only 13 of the 30 anglers caught a 5 fish limit. Fish were reported being caught on a variety of baits by all anglers due to how tough the bite was. 

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            Jason Burroughs wins on Lake Russell

 

Twenty-eight anglers fished the D25 AFT tournament at Lake Russell. The day started out with temps in the low 50’s and increased to just above 60 for the 3 pm weigh in. There were 105 fish weighed in and all were released alive, thanks to all the anglers for taking care of their fish so that they could be released and caught another day.

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Jason Burroughs wins on Lake Hartwell

Eighteen anglers fished the D25 AFT tournament at Lake Hartwell. Fishing is still off a little as the water temperatures remain in the mid 70’s. As the water cools the bite should get better in the coming weeks.

Jason Burroughs of Hodges, SC took the win with a limit weighing in at 15.63lbs. Jason reported catching fish on top water baits. Jason earned $500 for 1st Place + $102 for 1st Place in the Option Pot for total earnings of $602. 

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Tracy Webb Takes the win on Clarks Hill

Tracy Webb of Elberton, GA won the RAM American Fishing Tour, presented by American Bass Anglers South Carolina – Northwest Division 25 held September 24th , 2017 on Clarks Hill Lake.  Running out of the Dorn Facility near McCormick, SC Tracy brought back a five-fish limit that locked in the scales at 13.84 pounds.. Tracy beat out the other 14 competetors for first place in the Division 25 opener. He took home $432 for his victory.   Tracy reported catching his fish on top water baits. For the win and First Place Option pot Tracy earned $516.

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Pearson Wins on Lake Russell

Todd Pearson of Anderson, South Carolina won the AFT D25 event on Lake Russell held on November 27th. Todd won with a five fish limit of Spotted Bass that weighed in at 14.99 pounds. Todd reported catching his fish on ledges with a jig. Todd had big fish of the tournament that weighed 3.76 pounds. He also won First Place in the Option Pot for a total of $480 for the win.

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Neal Takes Win On Russell

Kim Neal of Easley, South Carolina won the Ram American Fishing Tour South Carolina D25 season opener on Lake Russell on September 18th. Kim was the only angler to catch a five fish limit weighing 11.24 pounds. He reported catching fish on the upper part of the lake on a Shakey head worm. Kim earned a total of $430 for his efforts.

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Kim Neal Wins Ram AFT D25 Championship and AOY Title


Ten anglers participated in the Ram American Fishing Tour D25 Two-Day Divisional Championship on Lake Hartwell. The weather for Saturday was in the lower 80’s, bright sunshine and 20mph+ winds making it difficult to fish anywhere on the lake. Sunday brought calmer winds, bright sunshine and temperatures in the upper 70’s.  The main lake was clear with the creeks having some slightly stained water. Fishing was tough due to the post spawn bite that is happening on the lake. However, someone always figures out how to catch them.

Kim Neal of Easley, SC took the win with a 10 fish limit weighing 21 pounds worth $674 + 1st Place option pot of $54 for a total of $728.

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TAPS

Salute to a Longtime Friend Toby Hicks

Toby Hicks passed away Saturday, April 10 after a battle with cancer. Toby has been a part of American Bass Anglers since its beginning and previously with MBAA. Toby was both a tournament director and a state director in Northeast Georgia.

In 2006, Toby was inducted into the American Bass Anglers Hall of Fame for his years of dedication to the organization, members and the industry.

Toby always had the great desire to bring more people and especially young people into the sport of bass fishing. There are so many anglers throughout the ABA and MBAA that were introduced to the sport and the organization by Toby. 

Toby’s calm, supportive demeanor is one all could strive to achieve as his life was that of a true sportsman who cared deeply about his fellow anglers and the sport.

On any given Saturday, you could find Toby at an ABA tournament and he would express that “I’m just glad to be here”.  You would find Toby not at just his events, but at ABA tournaments all over he would travel and support other divisions with equal enthusiasm. 

Visitation for Toby will be this evening from 6 – 8pm at Strickland Funeral Home, 305 Cleveland Avenue, Hartwell, GA. A memorial service will be held on Thursday at 2pm at Strickland Funeral Home.

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Bob Rutherford Wins Lake Russell with a Five Pound Lead

Bob Rutherford of Lavonia, GA won the April 3rd, 2016 Ram American Fishing Tour D25 tournament on Lake Russell with a five fish limit weighing an impressive 18.32 pounds. Bob also had big fish of the tournament with a 5.13 pounds largemouth. Jerry Kotal of Elberton, GA came in second with a limit weighing 13.33 pounds. Finishing in third place was Kim Neal of Easley, SC with a five fish limit weighing 11.67 pounds. With the upcoming events on Lake Russell, everyone wanted to keep the details of their catch at a minimum, scant details of shallow water and moving baits were reported.

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Kim Neal Takes the Win on Clarks Hill


Kim Neal of Easley, SC won the Ram American Fishing Tour Division 25 March tournament on Clarks Hill Lake with a limit weighing in at 16.46 pounds. The day started off with rain showers around 62 degrees, but by weigh in time it was full sunshine and temperatures in the low 80’s. Water temperatures ranged from 65-72 degrees and the water was stained all over the lake due to recent rains. Kim reported catching fish shallow on a variety of baits fishing the mid-section of the lake.

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Josh Vaughn Takes the Win on Lake Hartwell

Josh Vaughn of Starr, SC won the February, 21st Ram American Fishing Tour D25 tournament on Lake Hartwell with a five fish limit for a total of 12.42 pounds. Josh also had big fish of the tournament with a 4.72 pound largemouth. Josh reported using a variety of baits including crankbaits, jerk baits and a jig to fill out his limit. Darren Taylor of Watkinsville, GA came in second with a limit weighing 9.81 pounds. Darren also reported catching his fish using a crankbait. Finishing in third place was Jay Markham of Lavonia, GA with a five fish limit weighing 8.91 pounds.

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David Griswold Brings Home the Win for Ram AFT Division 25

The weather was nice with temps in the lower 70’s. Water temps were around the 60-63 degree mark for the Ram American Fishing Tour Division 25 event on December 13th, 2015 at Lake Hartwell.

The fishing was tough for most as it only took a little over ten pounds to win. David Griswold of Woodruff, SC took the win with five fish weighing in at 10.12 pounds. David also won the big fish of the tournament with a 3.95 pound largemouth. David reported catching fish shallow on a Spinnerbait to take the win.

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Brad Fowler wins on Lake Hartwell

03/15/2015

Athens, Al - Brad Fowler of Pendleton,SC won the American Fishing Tour South Carolina - North East division 25 tournament with 5 fish weighing 20.75 pounds held on Hartwell on 03/15/2015.

 

Top 5 Anglers

Pl Name Fish Total Points
1 Brad Fowler 5 20.75 194
2 Mike Strickland 5 16.12 193
3 Chris Sample 5 15.55 192
4 Larry Martin 5 13.19 191
5 Phillip Anderson 5 13.18 190

Big Bass winner: Mike Strickland 7.23pounds

Next Event for the South Carolina - North East division 25 -

Next event is on Clark Hill Lake launching out of Dorn Boating Facility on April 19th,2015

 

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