“Today was an amazing day to fish,” said Lane, who has won over $235,000 in career earnings with FLW Outdoors. “I caught a lot of fish today. The key to the Potomac River is to fish in and around grass. I think I have enough fish in the area I am fishing to keep me in this.”
Rounding out the top five pros are Michael Hall of Annandale, Va. (10 bass, 34-6); Bruce Neal of Manheim, Pa. (10 bass, 33-15); and Barton Wines of Warrenton, Va. (10 bass, 12-3). Lane earned $268 for the Snickers Big Bass award in the Pro Division thanks to a 7-pound bass.
Overall there were 684 bass weighing 1469 pounds, 15 ounces caught Thursday. The catch included 105 five-bass limits.
Pros are competing for as much as $65,000, including a 519VX Ranger powered by Evinrude or Yamaha if contingency guidelines are met, and valuable points toward qualifying for the $1 million Stren Series Championship in Mobile, Ala., Nov. 8-11 for a shot at $140,000. After four qualifying events are complete in each of the circuit’s five divisions, the top 40 pros from each division will advance to the championship. The highest-finishing pro from each division at the championship will also earn a spot in the $2 million 2008 Forrest Wood Cup, where they will compete against top pros from the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Series, Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, Ranger Owners Tournament Championship Series and TBF (The Bass Federation) for bass fishing’s biggest prize – $1 million.
Valeri Timofeev of E. Stroudsburg, Pa., leads the Co-angler Division in the chase for a top award of $35,000, including a 519VX Ranger if contingency guidelines are met. He caught five bass weighing 6-14 on Wednesday and five bass weighing 17-10 on Thursday for a total of 10 bass weighing 24-8.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Charlie Reed of Hayes, Va. (10 bass, 23-13); David Williams of Fredericksburg, Va. (10 bass, 23-5); Michael Baker of Laurel, Md. (10 bass, 22-4); and Teddy Bradley of Mishawaka, Ind. (10 bass, 21-8).
Sharon Balon of Clewiston, Fla., earned $138 for the Snickers Big Bass award in the Co-angler Division thanks to a 6-pound, 9-ounce bass.
Overall there were 438 bass weighing 833 pounds, 11 ounces caught Thursday. The catch included 37 five-bass limits. The top 40 co-anglers from each Stren Series division will also advance to the championship, where they will fish for as much as $70,000. The highest-finishing co-angler from each division at the championship will then advance to the 2008 Forrest Wood Cup.
Anglers will take off at 6:30 each morning from Smallwood State Park located at 2750 Sweden Point Rd. in Marbury, Md. Friday’s weigh-in will be held at the marina beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday’s weigh-in will be held at the Wal-Mart store located at 40 Drury Drive in La Plata beginning at 4 p.m. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.
Stren Series tournaments are four-day events consisting of two rounds. The entire field competes Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. At the conclusion of Friday’s weigh-in, the field is cut to the top 10 pros and co-anglers based on the heaviest three-day accumulated weights. These anglers continue competition Saturday, with the winners determined by the heaviest accumulated weight from all four days.
FLW Outdoors historically maintains a 98 percent live release rate in all of its bass tournaments.
Named after the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW Outdoors administers the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Series, Stren Series, Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail presented by Abu Garcia, Ranger Owners Tournament Championship Series, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Series, Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series and Wal-Mart FLW Striper Series. These circuits offer combined purses of nearly $43 million through 241 events in 2007.
Wal-Mart and many of America’s largest and most respected companies support FLW Outdoors and its tournament trails. Wal-Mart signed on as an FLW Outdoors sponsor in 1997 and today is the world’s leading supporter of tournament fishing.
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