Reid McGinn Takes ABA D12 Championship win


Reid McGinn Takes D12 Championship win

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Athens, Al –  Reid McGinn of Fort Mill, SC won the American Fishing Tour division 14 Championship tournament on Lake Norman in Mooresville, NC with ten-fish weighing 25.06-pounds held on June 2nd and 3rd 2018.

It was hot and muggy throughout the two-day championship on Lake Norman, with mostly sunny conditions and light and variable winds.  A field of 18 anglers turned out to fish and face yet another change in the weather and fishing patterns.  The heavy downpours throughout the two weeks preceding the championship had the lake level full to the brim with lots of debris floating down the lake from the effort to control the massive amounts of water dumping into the river system.

Reid McGinn of Fort Mill, SC was able to put together a winning strategy by pitching and skipping a jig on the many docks of Lake Norman and capitalizing on an early topwater bite with a POP-R.  He reported that it wasn’t easy, and he had to hit as many docks as possible each day to put together a good bag.  Reid was in third place after day one with a 10.39-pound sack.  He put together another limit on day two with 5-fish weighing in at 14.67-pounds, giving him a total of 25.06-pounds.  Reid was able to wrestle a nice 5.02-pound largemouth into the boat on day two taking big bass honors worth an additional $180.00 to add to his first place purse of $1000.00.

Our other top anglers were 2nd place, Lance Eckford, of Troutman, NC with 10-fish weighing in at 21.78 pounds, worth, $576.00.  Third place went to Charles Whitaker, also of Troutman, NC with 9-fish weighing in at 18.42-pounds, worth $188.00.  Also decided this weekend was the divisional Angler of the Year.  That honor goes to Richard Bradford of Hoffman, NC.   Richard was the most consistent angler this year and has an opportunity to compete for a brand-new Triton boat at our National Championship on Lake Hartwell.

Special thanks to Muffin Top Jigs, and Forage Lures for providing products for all of our anglers to enjoy.

Congratulations to our top finishers.  Division 14’s next event is yet to be determined.  Our new schedule will be out as soon as it is finalized.

Top five Anglers:
1. Reid McGinn        25.06 lbs
2. Lance Eckford        21.78 lbs
3. Charles Whitaker    18.42 lbs
4. Richard Bradford    16.49 lbs
5. Tim Eplee        14.10 lbs

Big Bass winner: Reid McGinn 5.02 pounds

Next Event: The next tournament in division 14 is TBD.

For information about this division and future events visit or contact the local director for North Carolina-Charlotte – Lance Eckford at (919)628-3383.

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 ABA anglers fish for 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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