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Andy Lake Wins on Russell

May 11, 2024, Elberton, GA — Andy Lake from Batesburg, SC, secured victory at the Division 25 South Carolina Northwest Tournament held on Lake Russell. Despite the rain and crowds, the anglers launched from the Highway 72 ramp between Elberton, GA, and Calhoun Falls, SC. Out of these, 12 anglers returned with five-fish limits to the scales.

Andy Lake topped the competition with a total weight of 17.53 pounds, including a 4.25-pound largemouth bass. He earned $522, a first-place plaque, and an additional $96 from the first-place option pot, totaling $618. Congratulations, Andy!

Matthew Benson from Watkinsville, GA, finished second with a total weight of 13.16 pounds, including a 3.89-pound fish. He received a plaque, $308 in cash, and an additional $64 from the second-place option pot.

Josh Morton of Duncan, SC, claimed third place with a total weight of 12.08 pounds, including a 3.48-pound spotted bass, earning him $101 in cash.

Andy Lake also caught the tournament’s biggest bass, a 4.25-pound largemouth, earning him an additional $85 and a plaque. Great job, Andy!

The next event in this division is the 2-day Divisional Championship on June 1st and 2nd, 2024, at Clark’s Hill Lake, launching from Dorn Fishing Facility in McCormick, SC.

For more information on this event or the division, please get in touch with local director Zach Green at 478-733-6473 or visit American Bass Anglers.

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About The American Fishing Tour

Anglers earn valuable points toward the divisional Angler of the Year title. The points champion from each division will compete in the American Bass Anglers AFT Angler of The Year Final Round at the AFT Championship. The top 500 anglers from various divisions will qualify for the three-day ABA AFT National Championship tournament.

The American Fishing Tour offers affordable, local bass tournaments designed for weekend anglers. Participants compete for both money and points, which advance them to their divisional championship and potentially the national championship held this fall on Lake Hartwell in Anderson, SC.

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American Bass Anglers, committed to providing low-cost, close-to-home tournaments, offers an exciting platform for individual angler progression. With the support of industry-leading companies, ABA continues to advance the sport of bass fishing.

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