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TWELVE ANGLERS ADVANCE TO FINAL ROUND OF $1.5 MILLION FORREST L. WOOD CHAMPIONSHIP
by Dave Washburn, communications / FLW Outdoors



Dean Rojas takes a good look at his fish and likes what he sees - his 8-1 stringer was plenty enough to knock over bracket-mate Danny Correia.
Photo by Jennifer Simmons 


Reigning Bassmaster Classic champ Takahiro Omori put himself in position to claim a Forrest L. Wood Championship title with a 7-2 catch on day three.
Photo by Jennifer Simmons 
(Jul. 15, 2005 - HOT SPRINGS, AR.)... J.T. Kenney, a 7UP pro from Frostburg, Md., caught a semifinal-round total of five bass weighing 8 pounds, 11 ounces to displace No. 44 seed Michael Bennett of Roseville, Calif., and advance to the final round of the Wal-Mart FLW Tour Forrest L. Wood Championship presented by Castrol on Lake Hamilton. Friday's semifinal round determined which 12 pros would earn a berth to fish in Saturday"s final round for the sportís most lucrative first-place award - $500,000.

"I caught a limit early under the (Hwy. 270) bridge," Kenney said, "but none of them were big. Iíve caught a limit there every day, and Iíll go to the same spot first thing tomorrow. Hopefully Iíll catch a limit early then Iíll go run a buzzbait the rest of the day. Thatís what I caught my two best fish on today."

With hot, muggy weather, pressured, clear-water bass and a torrential downpour during the last hours of Fridayís competition, anglers struggled to bring keeper bass to the scale all week.

The event began with six Arkansas pros vying for one of the 12 spots in the final round. Now, only two Arkansas pros remain -Larry Nixon of Bee Branch and George Cochran of Hot Springs. Both pros are veterans in the world of tournament bass fishing, and the competition between the two pros, who are also friends of many years, should be intense.

Cochran caught five bass weighing 5 pounds, 15 ounces to beat No. 9 seed Brent Chapman of Lake Quivira, Kan.A crowd favorite, Cochran has displayed a definite home-field advantage on Lake Hamilton. Having been home for only two weeks since January due to his busy tournament schedule, Cochran made it clear that fishing fewer, bigger-money events would be his agenda for 2006, and winning the championship would be a great start to a more relaxed pace. "Iím fishing exclusively the FLW Tour next year," Cochran said.

"I feel good. The field is narrowed down to 12, and Iím real familiar with the lake. Iím hoping for more rain and storms tonight." Cochran has been concentrating on a shallow-water pattern all week, and he said the heavy rains during Fridayís competition could help cool the shallows. "Iím just covering lots of water," Cochran said. "I caught five small keepers early today where I thought I could catch them, then left. The larger fish are toward the dam and the hatchery."

Another crowd favorite, Chevy pro and No. 24 seed Larry Nixon caught three bass weighing 4 pounds, 3 ounces to displace Land OíLakes Angler of the Year Greg Hackney of Gonzales, La.

"It feels good," Nixon said of his advancement to the final round. "Fortunately, Greg didnít have a good day. Iím glad itís over and I squeaked in. I know some places I can go back to Saturday where fished missed my lures today," Nixon said. Several large bass struck at Nixonís offerings on Friday, but he said they never touched the hooks. Like Cochran, Nixon is hoping for more cloud cover on Saturday, as he believes this will cause the bass to commit to striking.

No. 38 seed Dean Rojas of Grand Saline, Texas, boated a nice catch of four bass weighing 8 pounds, 1 ounce - the second heaviest catch of the semifinal round.

"Things went pretty well today," Rojas said. "I just didnít get enough bites for a limit. But Iím in the right area on the right quality fish. I caught my fish on my (Bronze-Eyed) frog."

Fridayís action saw the conclusion of the co-angler competition after the co-angler field cut down from 48 to 24 on Thursday. Trevor Janscasz of White Pigeon, Mich., walked away with a check for $25,000, thanks to his tournament-winning catch of three bass weighing 6 pounds, 10 ounces. "I feel great. Iíve never been tingling so hard in my life!" Janscasz said, shortly after exiting the stage with his prize check.

"I was catching my bass with a 5-inch cut-tail worm, rigged on a 1/8-ounce ballhead jig," Jascasz said. "I caught my first couple fish from weeds, but my largest bass came from a creek channel."

Also notable in the Co-angler Division was Kim Bain of Brisbane, Australia, who caught one bass in the final round to slip to 12th place. Bain was the highest-qualifying female angler to ever fish the championship, and she sat in the top 10 at the end of day two.

"Iím really proud of myself," Bain said. "Iíve been consistent throughout the year, and Iíve learned so much. Itís really great being here, but I knew the fishing would be tough. But, we all love to fish, and thatís why weíre here."

In conjunction with the championship is a world-class outdoor show at the Hot Springs Convention Center and Summit Arena featuring more than 140 exhibits and free daily giveaways, including 500 hats and T-shirts, 500 tackle kits, 500 tackle boxes and 1,500 rods and reels courtesy of KATV in Little Rock. The outdoor show also features daily fishing seminars by Hank Parker, Chevy pro Jimmy Houston, Chevy pro Dion Hibdon, Guido Hibdon, Forrest L. Wood and other bass-fishing legends.

Admission is absolutely free and show hours run from noon to 9 p.m. July 15, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 16. One lucky fan attending the final weigh-in Saturday will win a new Ranger Z-20 Comanche bass boat powered by Yamaha courtesy of Allen Tillery Chevrolet. Qualifiers for the boat giveaway will be drawn daily, and you must be present to qualify and win.

Named after the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW Outdoors administers the Wal-Mart FLW Tour and seven other national tournament circuits offering a combined $30 million in awards through 214 events in 2005. The 27-year-old organization is the purveyor of Americaís largest and most prestigious fishing tournaments, including the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, EverStart Series, Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour and Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series.

Wal-Mart and many of Americaís most respected companies support FLW Outdoors and its six tournament trails. Wal-Mart has been the title sponsor of FLW Outdoors since 1997.

Day Three Notes:

- In one of the fascinating twists of the bracket-style format, Texas pro Lendell Martin Jr. and Robert Karbas Jr. of Wake Forrest, N.C., both failed to catch a keeper bass on Friday. The tiebreaker is determined by the highest seed entering the event, which was Karbas at No.19. Martin was the No. 43 seed.

- The two Arkansas pros remaining in the event - Larry Nixon and George Cochran - have combined earnings of $3.4 million, 52 Forrest L. Wood and Classic qualifications, three Classic wins and 20 tour-level wins. They are two of the most successful bass anglers in history.

- Once again, the fishing was extremely tough Friday. The 24 co-anglers competing Friday weighed a total of 39 pounds, 2 ounces on 35 bass.

- Ten of the 12 finalists were seeded 29 or higher.

- Nine pros representing Texas qualified for the Forrest L. Wood Championship, and three - Takahiro Omori, Alton Jones and Dean Rojas - advanced to the final round of 12 anglers.




Alton Jones benefitted from Matt Herren\ís dried-up fishing hole to advance to the final round.
Photo by Jennifer Simmons 
 
Trevor Jancasz of White Pigeon, Mich., takes the Co-angler Division title of the Wal-Mart FLW Tour Championship, and the $25,000 that goes with it.
Photo by Rob Newell
FLW Championship Day 3 Standings
FLW Championship Pro Day 3 Standings
Pl. First Name  |  Last Name City / State
Day 1&2
Day 3
Winnings



Fish
lbs-oz
Fish
lbs-oz

1 ANTHONY GAGLIARDI PROSPERITY, SC
9
11-07
2
1-09

2 J T KENNEY FROSTBURG, MD
10
13-14
5
8-11

3 CHIP HARRISON BREMEN, IN
10
10-11
5
5-08

4 TAKAHIRO OMORI EMORY, TX
9
12-03
5
7-02

5 GEORGE COCHRAN HOT SPRINGS NP, AR
8
10-01
5
5-15

6 ROBERT KARBAS JR WAKE FOREST, NC
7
9-07
0
0-00

7 ALTON JONES WACO, TX
9
13-06
5
7-04

8 LARRY NIXON BEE BRANCH, AR
10
17-08
3
4-03

9 CHAD GRIGSBY COLON, MI
7
8-14
5
7-06

10 WESLEY STRADER SPRING CITY, TN
10
15-03
5
7-00

11 JOHN MURRAY PHOENIX, AZ
7
14-05
4
4-10

12 DEAN ROJAS GRAND SALINE, TX
9
15-07
4
8-01

13 MICKEY BRUCE BUFORD, GA
10
12-01
5
5-06
$17,000
14 BRENT CHAPMAN LAKE QUIVIRA, KS
10
12-04
4
4-12
$17,000
15 TOSHINARI NAMIKI HACHIOJI- CITY, TO
6
7-12
5
4-10
$17,000
16 MIKE HAWKES SABINAL, TX
10
13-13
5
4-10
$17,000
17 TRACY ADAMS WILKESBORO, NC
10
23-05
3
4-02
$17,000
18 DANNY CORREIA MARLBOROUGH, MA
10
18-01
4
3-11
$17,000

FLW Championship Co-angler Day 3 Standings
PL Name City, State #Fish Day 3
lbs
Day 3
oz
Winnings
1 TREVOR JANCASZ WHITE PIGEON, MI 3 6 10 25000.00
2 BILL GIFT ALIX, AR 5 5 7 15000.00
3 JASON KNAPP UNIONTOWN, PA 4 5 4 10000.00
4 TODD LEE JASPER, AL 3 2 15 9000.00
5 TEE WATKINS EAST POINT, KY 3 2 13 8000.00
6 BRET BELL O FALLON, MO 2 2 13 7000.00
7 GREG LINEBERRY GALAX, VA 3 2 11 6000.00
8 WILLIAM BRIDGES TALLAPOOSA, GA 2 1 11 5000.00
9 MASAFUMI KATO ISHIKAWA JAPAN, JP 2 1 10 4000.00
10 MATT AREY SHELBY, NC 1 1 2 3500.00
11 TERRY CHAPMAN CORNELIUS, NC 1 1 1 3000.00
12 KIM BAIN AUSTRALIA, 1 1 0 2500.00
13 RICK PARNELL CASSELBERRY, FL 1 0 14 2000.00
14 RUSSELL BURROUGHS JACKSONVILLE, AL 1 0 14 2000.00
15 ERIC FOLTIN LEBANON, PA 1 0 14 2000.00
16 FRANK MEYER MARIANNA, FL 1 0 13 2000.00
17 BILL ROGERS JASPER, TX 1 0 10 2000.00
18 DEREK JONES CHICAGO, IL 0 0 0 2000.00
19 CRAIG CLAYTON HINDSVILLE, AR 0 0 0 1500.00
20 BOB BJORKLUND AURORA, CO 0 0 0 1500.00
21 ROGER W HESTER II WALNUT COVE, NC 0 0 0 1500.00
22 CHRIS KOESTER WINSTON SALEM, NC 0 0 0 1500.00
23 DAVID BRUNAUGH CARBONDALE, IL 0 0 0 1500.00
24 ROBERT BLOSSER POYNETTE, WI 0 0 0 1500.00


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