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Tournament Pathfinder
by John Presley

The 2005 Bassmaster Pro Tour began at Lake Tohopekaliga in Kissimmee, FL on January 27-30. After the second day of the event, the field will be cut to the top twelve anglers and after the third day, the field will be cut to six anglers. Heavy fog delayed the start of the first day for two hours and fifteen minutes. After the first day of the tournament, Kevin Wirth of Crestwood, KY was in first with 5 fish that weighed 15-05, second place was Lee Bailey of Hebron, CN with 5 fish that weighed 15-03, and third place was Takahiro Omori of Emory, TX with 4 fish that weighed 13-06. After the second day, Takahiro Omori took the lead with 9 fish that weighed 31-05, second place was David Walker of Sevierville, TN with 10 fish that weighed 25-08, and third place Terry Scoggins of Palatka, FL with 9 fish that weighed 24-15. The top 12 anglers advanced to fish the third day of the tournament. After the third day, Takahiro Omori was in first with 14 fish that weighed 42-10, second place as David Walker with 15 fish that weighed 37-00, third place was a tie with Gerald Swindle of Hayden, AL and Ron Shuffield of Bismarck, AR with 15 fish that weighed 33-10, fifth place was Jeff Reynolds of Platter, OK with 14 fish that weighed 33-04, and sixth place was Terry Scroggins with 13 fish that weighed 32-14. Only these top 6 anglers advanced to the fourth and final day of the tournament. On the final day of the tournament, Takahiro Omori won the tournament with 18 fish 50-11 good for $100,000. Second place was David Walker with 20 fish 48-07 good for $38,000, third place was Jeff Reynolds with 18 fish 42-01 good for $23,000, fourth place was Ron Shuffield with 17 fish 37-08 good for $20,000, fifth place was Terry Scoggins with 15 fish 36-06 good for $15,000, and sixth place was Gerald Swindle with 16 fish 35-15 good for $14,000. Big bass each day also paid $1,000. The winners were first day David Mansue with a 9-04 fish, second day was Michael Iaconelli with a 8-04 fish, third day was Gerald Swindle with a 6-03 and the fourth day was Jeff Reynolds with a 3-07. Also a $1,000 was paid to the biggest bass of the tournament which was won by David Mansue with his 9-04. A $1,000 prize was also paid for each day's largest stringer. The first day was Kevin Wirth with 15-05, second day was Takahiro Omori with 17-15, third day was Gerald Swindle with 12-04 and the final day was Jeff Reynolds with 8-13. 948 fish were weighed in during the tournament for a total weight of 1919-05 pounds. The top 3 amateurs were: Tom Burks, Scott Hughes and Doug Borer.

The next Pro Tour tournament was at Harris Chain of Lakes at Leesburg, FL on February 3-6. After the first day, Jim Bitter of Fruitland Park, FL was in first with 5 fish that weighed 26-12, second place was Aaron Martens of Castaic, CA with 5 fish that weighed 26-03, and third place was Tommy Martin of Hemphill, TX with 5 fish that weighed 19-02. After the second day, Jim Bitter was still in the lead with 10 fish that weighed 40-05, second place George Cochran of Hot Springs, AR with 10 fish that weighed 36-13 and third place was Todd Faircloth of Jasper, TX with 10 fish that weighed 36-07. The top 12 anglers advanced to fish the third day of the tournament. After the third day, Jasper's Todd Faircloth took the lead with 15 fish that weighed 52-03, second place was Peter Thliveros of Jacksonville, FL with 15 fish that weighed 49-06, third place was Jim Bitter with 13 fish that weighed 49-01, fourth place was Larry Nixon of Bee Branch, AR with 13 fish that weighed 46-09, fifth place was Guy Eaker of Cherryville, NC with 14 fish that weighed 45-02, and sixth place was Aaron Martens with 11 fish that weighed 42-05. Only these top 6 anglers advanced to the fourth and final day of the tournament. On the final day of the tournament, Peter Thliveros won the tournament with 19 fish 69-05 good for $100,000. Second place was Jim Bitter with 18 fish 67-10 good for $38,000, third place was Todd Faircloth with 19 fish 64-06 good for $23,000, fourth place was Guy Eaker with 19 fish 60-14 good for $20,000, fifth place was Larry Nixon with 13 fish 46-09 good for $15,000, and sixth place was Aaron Martens with 11 fish 42-05 good for $14,000. Big bass each day also paid $1,000. The winners were first day Tim Horton of Muscle Shoals, AR with a 9-07 fish, second day was Art Ferguson of St Clair Shores, MI with a 11-01 fish, third day was Mark Rogers of Naples, FL with a 7-13 and the fourth day was Jim Bitter with a 8-09. Art Ferguson won the biggest bass of the tournament good for $1,000. A $1,000 prize was also paid for each day's largest stringer. The first day was Jim Bitter with 26-12, second day was Scott Rook with 22-08, third day was Peter Thliveros with 16-13 and the final day was Peter Thliveros with 19-15. During the tournament, there were 1017 limits caught with a total weight of 2516-11 pounds. The top 3 amateurs were: Scott Sunday, Timothy Dennis and Gary Simpson.

In my next article, I will give you the results of the next BASS Pro Tour tournament on February 24-27 at the Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, AL and the on March 3-6 at the J Strom Thurmond in Augusta, GA.

If you are looking for a boat or motor come see me at Dawson Marine or call me at 409-489-9600.

By the way, when I am not fishing tournaments, I am a fishing guide on Lake Sam Rayburn. If you would like to book a trip please call me at 409-698-9713 or Ann's Tackle Shop at 409-384-7685.

Or e-mail me at JOHNPRESLEY@HOTMAIL.COM.

Good Luck and Good Fishing.

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