Four Georgia Big Sticks make it to the All American Top 10
Four Georgia pros fish for $100,000 prize and ticket to the Forest Wood Cup
Two Georgia co-anglers also will fish for $60,000 payday tomorrow
And then there were ten. The final field is set tomorrow for the top ten anglers and co-anglers in the T-H Marine All American tournament being held on Cross Lake, near Shreveport, La.
Rob Jordan from Flowery Branch leads the Georgia contingent on the boater side–where he sits in 4th place after sacking 39-10 in two days (Rob had 16-10 pounds today while bagging 21-11 on Day 1).
Other Georgia pros getting the chance to compete for one of bass fishing’s most prestigious prizes are Tyler Morgan in 6th, (15-5 on Day 2), John Duvall in 7th (15-15 today and 35-6 for the tournament)) and Ellijay’s Heath Pack (33-1 after two days, including 12-14 today).
Duvall told georgiabigsticks.com tonight that he was fishing a row of docks in shallow water and his “…four largest fish came off one dock.” Asked whether he had enough fish located to win the tournament, he said “…I feel like I could catch 15 pounds tomorrow.”
John is nearly 11 pounds behind leader Randy Deaver, but in this tournament you never know. Duvall said “you have to remember you only have 10 folks competing tomorrow, so it’s not like there will be a lot of people fishing the same spots.” Duvall qualified for the All American–his second trip to the prestigious event in the last three years–by finishing fourth at the Wheeler Regional last fall.
Two other Georgia Big Sticks made it into the Top 20, with Jeremy Strong finishing 12th with 31-10 for the two days. Jeremy earned $3,000 for his week. Kip Carter, who finished with 29-5, ended up in 17th place, earning $5,000 (which included $2,000 in Ranger Points).
The Top 10 on the boater side after Day 2
|1||RANDY DEAVER||46 – 3 (10)|
|2||NICK LEBRUN||42 – 9 (10)|
|3||ROGER FITZPATRICK||39 – 10 (10)|
|4||ROB JORDAN||38 – 5 (10)|
|5||ADAM WAGNER||38 – 1 (10)|
|6||TYLER MORGAN||37 – 9 (10)|
|7||JOHN DUVALL||35 – 6 (10)|
|8||MARTY SISK||33 – 11 (10)|
|9||HEATH PACK||33 – 1 (10)|
|10||BEN BLASCHKE||32 – 7 (10)|
Georgia also represented on the co-angler side
Two Georgia co-anglers will also fish for the top prize from the back deck, up to a $60,000 payday.
Byron’s Daniel Tuten sits in 6th place with 19-4, just 7 pounds behind the leader, Jesse Parks of Avondale, Az.
Also making the final cut is Matthew O’Connell of Brooks, Georgia, who weighed in 10-1 today for a two-day total of 18-2.
Two other Georgia Big Sticks finished in the Top 20. Andrew Nickeson of Valdosta was 13th and Harold Grizzle of Gainesville was 15th. Andrew weighed in only two fish today, so it could have been a very different story had he gotten his limit. Harold came in with four fish weighing 6-14. Both of those co-anglers picked up a well-deserved check for $1,500.
With a high temperature tomorrow forecast to be 99 degrees, it promises to be a hot finish, either way. Congrats to all the Georgia Big Sticks who made it to the greatest tournament in bass fishing. They should all feel proud.
Co-Angler Results Going Into the Final Day Saturday
|1||JESSE PARKS||26 – 4 (10)|
|2||MIKE ALLEN||25 – 12 (10)|
|3||MATTHEW BOULDIN||21 – 1 (10)|
|4||MICHAEL NELMS||20 – 5 (7)|
|5||JAMES MCWHORTER||19 – 11 (6)|
|6||DANIEL TUTEN||19 – 4 (7)|
|7||RAY BLASH||18 – 4 (8)|
|8||MATTHEW OCONNELL||18 – 2 (8)|
|9||HERNANDEZ RUFFIN||17 – 6 (6)|
|10||BRANDON BROCK||17 – 6 (7)|