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Nixon, Cochran get shot at FLW payday

Posted on Saturday, July 16, 2005

HOT SPRINGS ó Two Arkansas bass fishing legends will be among the final 12 competing for $500,000 in the final round of the Forrest L. Wood Championship today at Lake Hamilton.

Larry Nixon of Bee Branch and George Cochran of Hot Springs each won in Fridayís semifinals to advance to the championship round.

Also in the championship round will be Anthony Gagliardi of Prosperity, S. C., J. T. Kenney of Frostburg, Md., Chip Harrison of Bremen, Ind., Robert Karbas Jr. of Wake Forest, N. C., Takahiro Omori of Emory, Texas, Chad Grigsby of Colon, Mich., John Murray of Phoenix, Dean Rojas of Grand Saline, Texas, Alton Jones of Waco, Texas, and Wesley Strader of Spring City, Te n n.

In the co-angler division, Trevor Jancasz of White Pigeon, Mich., caught three bass weighing 6-10 to win the title and $25,000. In Fridayís marquee matchup, Nixon (No. 24) caught three bass weighing 4 pounds, 3 ounces to dispatch No. 1 seed Greg Hackney of Gonzales, La. A native of Star City, Hackney is the FLW Angler of the Year. He caught one bass weighing 1 pound, 4 ounces, but suffered an 8-ounce penalty because the fish died. His final weight was 12 ounces. Like almost every other angler, Nixon got bites Friday, but he had trouble catching his fish. Consequently, he said heís concerned about his prospects today. "Yesterday, I thought I can win this thing, but today they wouldnít eat," Nixon said. "Iíll just keep beating shallow water. Thatís the only way I know to catch any this whole tournament." Based on similar finishes, Hackney predicted a Nixon victory. "Every guy whoís ever beat me on the third day has won the tournament," Hackney said.

Cochran advanced to the final by catching five fish that weighed 5-15. He beat Brent Chapman of Lake Quivira, Kan., who caught four bass weighing 4-12.

Because of time constraints coupled with the richer purses on the FLW Tour, Cochran said heís retiring from the BASS circuit next year and will fish the FLW Tour exclusively. He won a total of $150,000 for his two Bassmasters Classic victories, compared to $500,000 to the winner of this tournament. Nixon has been Cochranís house guest this week. "Weíre both fortunate to be in the top 12," Cochran said. "If I donít win it, I hope Larry does."

Cochran and Nixon were clearly the crowd favorites at Summit Arena. Cochran said he appreciated whatever advantage their support provides. "I hope it psyches everybody else out so they donít even show up tomorrow," Cochran said.

Lake Hamilton was so stingy on Friday that three of the 24 pro semifinalists didnít catch a fish.

Two of those, Karbas and Lendell Martin of Spring City, Tenn., were in the same bracket. Karbas advanced to the championship round of 12 because he was seeded higher. Zell Rowland of Montgomery, Texas, also failed to catch a fish on Friday.

Todayís takeoff will be at 7 a.m. Weigh-in will be at 5 p.m. at Summit Arena. RESULTS

PROFESSIONALS Larry Nixon (24) Bee Branch, 4-1, def. Greg Hackney (1) Gonzales, La., 0-12 J T Kenney (8) Frostburg, Md., 8-11, def. Mike Hawkes (17) Sabinal, Texas, 4-10 Chip Harrison (13) Bremen, Ind., 5-8, Scott Suggs (12) Bryant, 2-3 Anthony Gagliardi (3) Prosperity, S. C., 1-9, def. Zell Rowland (27) Montgomery, Texas, 0-0 Robert Karbas Jr. (19) Wake Forest, N. C., 0-0, def. Lendell Martin Jr. (43) Nacogdoches, Texas, 0-0 Takahiro Omori (15) Emory, Texas, 7-2, def. Mickey Bruce (39) Buford, Ga., 5-6 Chad Grigsby (26) Colon, Mich., 7-6, def. Toshinari Namiki (2) Hachioji-city, Japan, 4-10 John Murray (31) Phoenix, 4-10, def. Andy Morgan (42), Dayton, Tenn., 1-4 Dean Rojas (38) Grand Saline, Texas, 8-1, def. Danny Correia (35) Marlborough, Mass., 3-11 Alton Jones (21) Waco, Texas, 7-4, def. Matt W. Herren (4) Trussville, Ala., 1-3 Wesley Strader (29) Spring City, Tenn., 7-0, def. Tracy Adams (44) Wilkesboro, N. C., 4-2 George Cochran (16) Hot Springs, 5-15, def. Brent Chapman (9), Lake Quivira, Kan., 4-12 Seedings in parenthesis () Weight represents one-day total

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