Anderson Wins On Hartwell

ANDERSON, S.C. – Phillip Anderson won the Boater Division in the American Bass Anglers Open Series, Presented by Caymas Boats, South Carolina Division 9 regular-season finale, held July 30, 2022, at Lake Hartwell.

Launching at Green Pond Landing in Anderson, the angler from Saluda, S.C. brought in a 5-bass tournament limit for 19.49 pounds, beating his nearest competitor by more than five pounds. He capped his catch with a 5.04-pounder to up his average to 3.90 pounds per fish. 

“I caught all my fish on a swim jig in less than two feet of water,” Anderson reported. “I didn’t catch my first fish until about 10:50 a.m. It weighed about 3.5 pounds. I caught one of my 5-pounders about 10 minutes later. That got me going on what I needed to do for the rest of the day. I caught my biggest fish with about 30 minutes left in the tournament. I finished with about 25 fish.”

Anderson has won many ABA Events including the 2000 American Fishing Tour Championship and Angler of the Year. 

Coming in second among the boaters, Randy A. Childers of Townville, S.C. also landed his 5-bass limit. He brought in 14.32 pounds, but topped that bag with a 5.38-pounder that took the tournament lunker title.

“I was fishing back in a creek flipping an Ol’ Monster worm,” Childers reported. “I lost a couple fish. I came out of the creek later and caught some on top. I caught about eight keepers.”

In the third spot for the boaters, Emil B. Wagner from Marietta, Ga. landed a limit. His five bass tallied 14.03 pounds with a 4.36-pound kicker. 

“I caught all of my fish on either a fluke or a drop-shot rig,” Wagner commented. “We fished in 20 to 30 feet of water. They would come up to the top to grab the fluke. When they went back down, we caught them on the drop-shot. We caught a bunch of fish. It was fun.”

Brody R. Manley of Williamston, S.C. finished fourth among the boaters with five bass totaling 12.07 pounds. In fifth, Kerry S. Partain from Elverton, Ga. found five keepers to end with 11.67 pounds. 

In the Co-Angler Division, Chris D. Wilson from Easley, S.C. landed a 3-bass division limit for 6.66 pounds. He anchored that sack with a 4.12-pounder, the biggest bass caught by any co-angler. 

“I caught a total of five fish,” Wilson said. “My biggest one came on a shaky head. I caught a couple on a drop-shot rig and a few more on a topwater bait. Most of my fish came from the shallows, but the ones on the drop-shot were in 25 feet of water.”

Taking second for the co-anglers, Eddy S. Morgan of Mooresville, N.C. brought in three keepers for 5.72 pounds with one weighing 2.64 pounds.

“Everything I caught was on a shaky head,” Morgan described. “I caught five keepers and culled twice. I only had one fish at 1:30 p.m. Then, we pulled up to a bridge. I started throwing a shaky head and caught four more.”

Jerry L. Neuner from Rutherfordton, N.C. finished third with three bass at 5.63 pounds. Dwayne Parton from the hosting down of Anderson, S.C. landed in fourth place with three bass going 4.76 pounds. Rounding out the top five co-anglers, George V. Baucom from Salisbury, N.C. found three keepers for 4.26 pounds.

The division concludes its season by fishing the 2-day area championship tournament, set for Sept. 18-19, 2022, at Lake Norman. That tournament runs out of the Pinnacle Wildlife Access ramp, located at 1556 River Highway (Highway 150) in Mooresville, N.C. to fish the 32,475-acre impoundment on the Catawba River.

American Bass Anglers is sponsored by Caymas Boats, Mercury Marine, T-H Marine, Garmin Electronics, Power Pole, Lucas Oil, RT Outdoors, Sportsman Card, Optima Batteries, Hotel Planner.com, and LurePartsOnline.com.

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, offering each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression. 

For more information about American Bass Anglers, the Open Series, the American Fishing Tour, the American Couples Series, the annual Military Team Bass Tournament, and the Top 150 Solo Tour, all presented by Caymas Boats, visit www.americanbassanglers.com or call (256) 232-0406

This story was written by ABA staff writer John N. Felsher. To submit articles of interest email info@americanbassanglers.com.

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