Nixon, Cochran get shot at FLW payday
BY BRYAN HENDRICKS
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,"
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."
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,"
Lake Hamilton was so stingy on Friday that three of the 24 pro semifinalists didnít catch a fish.
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
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