The team of the Huntsville, Ala. based firm; a sponsor of the event, featuring their ATLAS jack plate as the official jack plate of the PAA, smashed a 32.13-pound limit of Pickwick Lake bass to bring their two day total to 60.39 pounds. Their consistent quality gives them an advantage heading into the final day of the PAA Corporate Cup presented by OPTIMA® Batteries, and at grabbing the $100,000 1st place prize.
Not to be outdone, the Haynes Hardwood team of Mark Rose, Greg Hackney, Randy Haynes and Tony Browning also posted their second consecutive solid limit to give them 2nd place. The Haynes Hardwood team has proven to be as steady as their namesake company, as they kept pace with the leaders by hefting a 31.33-pound limit of their own on the scales; bringing their two day total to 59.27; little more than a pound out of the lead.
In 3rd place following day two were the opening round’s leaders, Team Longhorn. Led by Jeff Kriet and Derek Remitz, along with Bill and Warren Jackson, the foursome’s limit of 24.18 pounds was slightly off of their first day performance, but kept them solidly in position to challenge for the championship with 55.73 pounds.
Rounding out the top five were the Orange County Choppers team of Fred Contaoi, Craig Powers, Jim Campbell and Jamie Clovis. The gang of bikers placed their 27.43 on the scales; which brought their two day total to 54.02, good enough to hold down 4th place.
Team Timberghost, led by Andy Morgan and Luke Clausen placed 23.04 on the scales, bringing their total to 52.27 pounds; good for 5th place.
The final 12 teams will launch on the water of Pickwick Lake at McFarland Park at 9:00 AM Saturday in hopes of claiming the $100,000 top prize. Along with the crowning of champions and the presentation of the PAA Corporate Cup presented by OPTIMA® Batteries trophy, designed by MTM Recognitions, Saturday’s final round will also include a full day of vendor displays, a Kids Fun Zone and much more at Florence, Alabama’s McFarland Park, the site of the PAA Corporate Cup presented by OPTIMA® Batteries.
About the Corporate Cup presented by OPTIMA® Batteries
The PAA Corporate Cup presented by OPTIMA® Batteries will be held October 9 – 11, 2008 on Alabama’s Pickwick Lake in conjunction with Florence – Lauderdale Tourism. The event will feature a unique format utilizing PAA Tour level members paired with corporate partners sharing the thrill of professional competition. Presented in conjunction with Florence-Lauderdale Tourism, The PAA Corporate Cup will be unlike other Pro-am styled events in that all contestants will be competing for a share of a sizeable purse.
PAA Corporate Cup Sponsor Information:
The PAA Corporate Cup presented by OPTIMA® Batteries is sponsored by OPTIMA® Batteries, MTM Recognition, T-H Marine ATLAS jack plate, WFN, Vicious Fishing, Alabama Mountain Lakes and Florence-Lauderdale Tourism Board, State of Alabama, Shoals Distributing – Budweiser, Catch-A-Dream.
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Vicious Fishing is a family owned company from Dora, Ala. who manufactures premium co-polymer, fluorocarbon and braided fishing lines for fresh and saltwater use, as well as a line of soft plastic lures. The company also licenses and markets many other products in conjunction with other manufacturers through the Vicious brand, believing that all parties can benefit from the strength of a united marketing, sales, and field staff/tournament team to quickly reach consumers. Visit www.vicious-fishing.com to find out more.
For more on visiting Florence – Lauderdale, Alabama, visit: www.visitflorenceal.com and for Alabama Mountain Lakes click: www.alabamamountainlakes.org.
For more information about the Professional anglers Association or The PAA Corporate Cup presented by OPTIMA® Batteries, visit: www.fishpaa.com.