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Russell Clark Wins AFT D96 on Clarks Hill

By Phil Morris Jan. 7, 2018

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This was a cold day. Started out at 12 degrees and was at 34 degrees by the 4 pm weigh-in. Because of the cold we started out a 8am. Mostly sunny skies all day long and a wind out of the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Clarks Hill Lake is at 9 feet below full pool with surface temp in the mid 40s.

There were 18 anglers fishing this Division 96 1-day qualifier tournament out of the Dorn Boating Facility near McCormick, SC.

First place, Russell Clark had 5 fish weighing 23.67 pounds that was anchored by a kicker fish at 5.86 pounds. His total weight takes the lead for the Level Performance Rod Big Sack Rod. Russell caught his fish on jigs fishing rocks in the middle part of the lake. The combined payback for first place and first place option pot earned Russell $610.

Jonathan Botts was second with 5 fish weighing 22.36 pounds which included the 9.45 pound tournament big fish. The big fish puts Jonathan in the lead for the ALX Rod Big Fish Rod. He caught his big fish on a Shad Rap fishing the upper part of the lake. The rest of his fish came on a jig or a medium diver crank bait fishing creek channels. Jonathan took home $448 for second place, second place option pot and big fish.

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Shane Abbott took third place with 5 fish weighing 17.56 pounds which included a 4.73 pound kicker. Shane caught his fish on a jig fishing the lower part of the lake. He was targeting rocks and hydrilla. He won a total of $94 for third place.

Fourth place was Truett Hill with 4 fish weighing 9.38 pounds. Truett won a $25 coupon from WolfStone Tungsten for his fourth place finish.

Fifth place was Danny Ashley with 4 fish weighing 8.54 pounds that included a kicker fish of 5.45 pounds. Danny won an ALX Rod Hat and a $50 off coupon towards the purchase of an ALX Rod.

Evan Buller finished sixth with 5 fish weighing 8.29 pounds. Evan won an Level Performance Rod Hat for his sixth place finish.

The next D-96 tournament for the 2018 season is February 25, 2018 on Lake Murray out of Dreher Island State Park near Prosperity, SC.

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