Bill Pinion wins a Tough ABA one on Lake Russell


Bill Pinion wins a Tough one on Lake Russell

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October 14th, 2018   Elberton, GA.  Fifteen anglers launched from Highway 72 Ramp Landing near Elberton, GA.  The temps started around 58 degrees but warmed up to the mid 70’s by the 3 pm weigh in time. Water temps were in the mid 70’s due to several cool nights before the tournament. Eleven of those anglers brought back five-fish limits to the scales, but when the scales closed, it was Bill Pinion from Fair Play, SC who took the victory with 9.11-lbs. He reported catching his fish on a variety of baits including crankbaits and topwater baits. For the win, Bill took home $432 in prize money plus an additional $84 for 1st Place Option Pot for total earnings of $516.

Second amongst the competitors was Grover Jones of Starr, SC with five-fish that locked in the scales at 7.80-lbs. He also reported catching his fish on topwater baits. For his efforts, he took home $223 plus $56 for 2nd Place Option Pot for a total of $279 in prize money.

Third place was claimed by Zachary Green of Elberton, GA with five-fish and a total weight of 7.48-lbs. Zachary stated he used several different techniques to get a limit in the boat. For his efforts, he took home $79.

The Biggest Bass of the tournament was caught by Bill Pinion of Fair Play, SC.  His fish locked in the scales at 4.80-lbs earning him another $70 in prize money.

Top ten finishers:

1stBill Pinion9.11
2ndGrover Jones7.8
3rdZachary Green7.48
4thKim Neal7.33
5thJames Stone7.33
6thBill Deese6.96
7thBarrett Keel6.81
8thJohn Risconsin6.71
9thTJ Pittman6.6
10thBryan Waddell6.13

The next tournament in this division will take place on November 11th, 2018 launching from Dorn Facility on Clarks Hill Lake.

For more information on this event or division, please contact the local director Grover Jones at (252)217-2893 or visit

These anglers earn valuable points toward the divisional angler of the year title. The points champion from each division will compete in the annual American Bass Anglers AFT Angler of The Year Final Round at the AFT Championship. In addition, the top 500 anglers from the various divisions will earn the right to compete in the three-day ABA, AFT National Championship tournament.

The American Fishing Tour offers low cost, close to home bass tournaments that are designed for the weekend angler. All anglers fish for both money and points. The points advance the angler to their divisional championship, and the top 500 anglers in the US are invited to the American Fishing Tour National Championship.

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