|Angler||# Fish||Big Bass||Penalty||Total Wt.||Points||Payout|
|5||Gene Parker||4||11.63||196||ALX Rod Hat|
|6||Steve Wicker||4||11.1||195||Parker Bait|
Group picture from left to right; 1st place and Big fish winner Andy Lake of Batesburg, SC / 2nd place Philip Anderson of Saluda Six, SC / 3rd place John Stevenson of Orangeburg, SC / 4th place Roger Farr of Lexington, SC / 5th place Gene Parker of Asheville, NC / 6th Place Steve Wicker of Pomaria, SC.
Our winner, Andy Lake, was fishing the middle part of the lake. He caught his fish jigs and spinnerbaits in shallow water. Andy also took the tournament big fish with a 6.23 pound largemouth. The big fish was caught on the jig. Andy’s 5 fish weighing 19.35 pounds won first place, big fish pot and first place option for a total of $900.
Phillip Anderson of Saluda, SC finished in second place was fishing the lower part of the lake and caught his fish on spinnerbaits and bladed jigs in shallow water. Phillip’s 5 fish weighing 16.84 pounds won $479 for second place and the second place option pot.
John Stevenson of Orangeburg, SC finished in third place with 5 fish weighing 15.38 pounds. He fished the lower part of the lake and caught his fish on crankbaits. John won $137 for third place. Roger Farr of Lexington, SC finished in fourth place with 5 fish weighing 14.32 pounds and took home $108.
The day was a cloudy morning and a mostly sunny afternoon with a W wind at 5 to 10mph for most of the day. We started at 32 degrees and were at 50 degrees for the 3pm weigh-in. Water temps were in the mid to mid 50’s. The lake was completely muddy and almost at full pool.
A tough day for most with only 4 five fish limits and 10 anglers did not bring fish to the scales. The anglers who managed a limit all finished in the money. Fish were active if you could find them. Other productive lures were square bill crankbaits and soft plastics.
It's not everyday you see so many past ABA Champions at one tournament. These four Division 96 anglers have all won a National event.
From left to right: Phillip Anderson of Saluda, SC ABA AFT National Champion (Lake Murray - 2000) Gene Parker of
Asheville, NC ABA AFT National Champion (Lake Murray - 2011) Andy Wicker of Pomaria, SC ABA AFT National Champion
(Lake Hartwell - 2015) Sean Anderson of Leesville, SC ABA AFT National Angler of the Year (Lake Greenwood - 2011)