Kim Neal wins ABA Northwest SC D25 Tournament on Lake Hartwell


Kim Neal wins Northwest SC D25  Tournament on Lake Hartwell

September 23rd, 2018   Anderson, SC.  Twenty-eight anglers launched from Green Pond Landing near Anderson, SC.  Twelve of those anglers brought back five-fish limits to the scales, but when the scales closed Kim Neal from Easley, SC took the victory with 11.34lbs.  He accredited his win to topwater baits. For the win, Kim took home $651 in prize money plus an additional $150 for 1st Place Option Pot for total earnings of $801.

Second amongst the competitors was Chris Nelson of Social Circle, GA with five-fish that locked in the scales at 11.22lbs. For his efforts, he took home $404 plus $100 for 2nd Place Option Pot for a total of $504 in prize money.

Third place was claimed by Joe McDonie of Guyton, GA with five-fish and a total weight of 10.12lbs. For his efforts, he took home $137.

Fourth place was Butch Pitts of Watkinsville, GA with a limit weighing in at 9.10lbs. For his efforts, he took home $108.

Rounding out the top five in the money was James Stone of Lowndesville, SC with a limit weighing in at 9.09lbs. James earned $72 for his fifth-place finish.

The Biggest Bass of the tournament was caught by David Griswold of Woodruff, SC.  His fish locked in the scales at 4.46lbs earning him $140 in prize money.

Top ten finishers:

1Kim Neal11.34
2Chris Nelson11.22
3Joe McDonie10.12
4Butch Pitts9.1
5James Stone9.09
6David Griswold9.05
7Don Kneece8.34
8Joey Miller8.07
9Blake Campbell6.08
10Nolan Pulley6.04

The next tournament in this division will take place on October 14th, 2018 launching from Elberton boat ramp on Lake Russell.

For more information on this event or division please contact 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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