|Place||Angler||Day 1||Day 2||# Fish||Total Wt.||Big Fish||Option Pot||Payback||Points|
|1||Matt Mollohan||12.44||11.2||10||23.64||-||Day 1 1st||$1,124||398|
|2||Phillip Anderson||9.23||11.79||10||21.02||-||Day 2 2nd||$666||396|
|3||Gene Parker||4.22||16.46||8||20.68||5.9||Day 2 1st/BF||$377||394|
|4||Mike Dimatteo||11.18||8.55||10||19.73||5.72||Day 1 BF||$95||392|
|6||Don Kneece||9.99||7.24||10||17.23||-||Day 1 2nd||$50||388|
First place, Matt Mollohan of Lexington, SC caught a 10 fish limit weighing 23.64 pounds. He fished the middle part of the lake and relied many on flukes but also caught fish on jigs and frogs through both days. Matt has always been consistent but all year has finished just out of the money at our 1-day qualifiers. That consistency on both days gave him the biggest win for this Division 96 season. Matt took home $1124 for first place and the day one first place option.
Phillip Anderson of Saluda, SC was second with 10 fish weighing 21.02 pounds fishing the upper part of the lake. Phillip caught his fish on day one by fishing a frog over grass. On day two he flipped brush piles in 8 to 10 feet of water with soft plastics. Both days he fished the upper part of the lake. For second place, option pot and big fish Phillip won $666.
Phillip Anderson also finished first in the points race for the Division 96 Angler of the Year. He accumulated an almost perfect 1194 points to win by a 20 point margin. Phillip is already a past AFT National Champion and will be a threat to win the AOY Event during this 2016 AFT National Championship to be held on Lake Eufaula in October.
Gene Parker of Asheville, NC finished in third place with 8 fish weighing 20.68 pounds. Gene caught his fish by fishing the middle part of the lake with flukes, soft plastics and crank baits. The tournament big fish for day two of 5.90 pounds came on the crank bait. Gene was in 16th place after day one and came in with 16.46 pounds on day two for this 3rd place finish. He admitted that he had so much confidence on day one that he threw back two 12 inch fish sure that he would catch bigger fish. That decision really cost him as he only weighed 3 fish on day one. Gene took home $377 for third place, day two big fish and the option pot.
Our ALX Rod Big Fish Winner for the 2016 season is John Stevenson of Orangeburg, SC. John caught his 7.65 pound largemouth on Lake Murray in the February 28th tournament. John has his pick of any ALX IKOS Series rod.
Day one started out with a misty rain and 63 degrees. The day turned out to be a very pleasant 80 degrees and partly cloudy. Day two was clear and started at 57 degrees and ended a little windy and at 78 degrees. Water temps were in the mid 70s. The lake was clear but stained in the creeks and about one and half feet from full pool. The rain earlier this week did not muddy or affect the level for this tournament.
Our winners from left to right: 1st placeMatt Mollohan of Lexington, SC / 2nd place and Division 96 Angler of the Year Phillip Anderson of Saluda, SC / 3rd place and day two big fish winner Gene Parker of Asheville, NC / 4th place and day one big fish winner Mike dimatteo of Spartanburg, SC / 5th place Steve Christie of Gray Court, SC.
Matt Mollohan of Lexington, SC the D-96 2016 Season champion.
Phillip Anderson of Saluda, SC the D-96 2016 Season Angler of the Year. Phillip will now compete for the National Angler of the Year title and the AOY Triton Boat in October at Lake Eufaula in Eufaula Alabama.
Mike Dimatteo of Spartanburg, SC holding the day one big fish at 5.72 pounds.