Cromer Wins ABA Ram Trucks South Carolina Open on Clarks Hill Lake

Rodney “Krowbar” Cromer of Pomaria, South Carolina won the Ram AFT, presented by American Bass Anglers, South Carolina Division 96 1-day qualifier tournament held March 19, 2017, on Clarks Hill Lake running out the Dorn Boating Facility near McCormick, South Carolina.
First place, Rodney “Krowbar” Cromer had a five fish limit weighing 17.21 pounds that was anchored with the 6.82 pound tournament big fish. Krowbar was fishing the middle part of the lake and caught some of his fish on a crankbait but all the fish he weighed in were taken on a Shooter Jig. He fished docks and brush piles. The big fish was caught in 21 feet of water but some were caught in as little as 3 feet. Krowbar took home a total of $722 for first place, first place option and big fish.

Eddie Temples of Saluda, South Carolina was second with five fish weighing 16.03 pounds. Eddie was fishing rocky points in the mid lake area and caught his fish on crankbaits. He won $373 for second place and second place option.

The most productive lures for this one were jigs and crankbaits.

This day started out at cold 40 degrees and was at 61 degrees by the 3 pm weigh-in. Sunny skies with the wind out of the WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Clarks Hill was down 10 feet with surface temp in the low to mid 50s. There were 19 anglers fishing this tournament out of the Dorn Boating Facility near McCormick, SC.

Top Five finishers:
1. Rodney Cromer       17.21 lbs
2. Eddie Temples        16.03 lbs
3. Bobby Stanfill         13.57 lbs
4. Don Kneece            8.36 lbs
5. David Griswold        7.78 lbs

These anglers are qualifying to compete in the 2017 Ram AFT National Championship on the Ouachita River, Monroe, LA in October 2017.

The next Division 96 tournament qualifier for Division 96 will be Aril 9, 2017 on Lake Wateree out of Clear Water Cove near Camden, SC.

For more information, contact D-96 Director Phil Morris at 864-993-0346; email [email protected]  or call ABA at (256) 232-0406. On-line, see or for complete results. Also check out our facebook page at D-96 American Fishing Tour.

These anglers are earning valuable points toward the divisional angler of the year title. The points champion from each division will compete in the annual Ram American Bass Anglers AFT Angler of the Year Final Round at the Ram American Fishing Tour National Championship.

The Ram 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 Ram American Fishing Tour National Championship. For more information on American Bass Anglers please visit or call (256)232-0406.