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Tharp still leads; Preuett scores big

SHREVEPORT — ULM angler Paul Clark said he should have known. His two-day catch in the Forrest L. Wood Cup on the Red River here the past two days wasn’t enough to get him into the top 20 for the final two days. “I should have known,” he said Friday afternoon. “I had a great practice earlier this week and when I have a great practice, I usually have a bad tournament.”

Paul Clark talks to members of the media during the Forrest Wood Cup Friday.

Paul Clark talks to members of the media during the Forrest Wood Cup Friday.

It wasn’t bad. For his finish in the tournament, the young angler takes home a check for $10,000 for 12 pounds, 12 ounces of bass in two days! In fact, just being there is almost like a once in a lifetime opportunity. But like anyone, Clark wanted to do better. His former ULM partner, Brett Preuett, was fishing in the co-angler division and made a mad dash into the top 10 Friday, earning himself a $4,500 paycheck.

Randall Tharp of Port St. Joe, FL, maintained the top spot with two days to go. He landed 11 pounds, 3 ounces for a two-day total of 29-11. That’s four ounces better than Bryan Thrift of Shelby, N.C. The top 20 will be pared down to only 10 for the finals Sunday, with the overall winner taking home $500,000.

There were 223 bass weighing 435 pounds caught Friday, including 43 five-bass limits.

The top 20 pros that will continue to Saturday’s competition are:
            1st:       EverStart pro Randall Tharp, Port St. Joe, Fla., 10 bass, 29-11
            2nd:     Chevy pro Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., 10 bass, 29-7
            3rd:       Chevy pro Larry Nixon, Bee Branch, Ark., 10 bass, 27-9
            4th:       3M Scotch Tape & Peltor Brands pro Ray Scheide, Dover, Ark., 10 bass, 25-3
            5th:       Walmart pro Mark Rose, West Memphis, Ark., 10 bass, 24-13
            6th:       Tom Monsoor, La Crosse, Wis., 10 bass, 24-11
            7th:       John Cox, Debary, Fla., 10 bass, 23-15
            8th:       Robbie Dodson, Harrison, Ark., 10 bass, 23-7
            9th:       Mark Daniels Jr., Fairfield, Calif., 10 bass, 23-2
            10th:     Justin Lucas, Guntersville, Ala., 10 bass, 23-0
            11th:     Straight Talk pro J.T. Kenney, Palm Bay, Fla., 10 bass, 22-2
            12th:     Adrian Avena, Vineland, N.J., 10 bass, 22-0
            13th:     Michael Neal, Dayton, Tenn., 10 bass, 22-0
            14th:     Troy Morrow, Eastanollee, Ga., 10 bass, 21-9
            15th:     Kerry Milner, Bono, Ark., 10 bass, 21-3
            16th:     Matt Arey, Shelby, N.C., 10 bass, 21-0
            17th:     Keystone Light pro Brent Ehrler, Redlands, Calif., 10 bass, 20-12
            18th:     Jacob Wheeler, Indianapolis, Ind., 10 bass, 20-11
            19th:     Walmart pro Wesley Strader, Spring City, Tenn., 10 bass, 20-4
            20th:     Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., 10 bass, 19-13
The co-angler portion of the competition ended Friday.  The top 10 co-anglers are:
            1st:       Theo Corcoran, Kansas City, Mo., 10 bass, 26-10, $50,000
            2nd:      Brock Mosley, Collinsville, Miss., 10 bass, 19-1, $10,000
            3rd:       Alan Woodford, Winslow, Ind., 10 bass, 17-8, $9,000
            4th:       Bryan New, Belmont, N.C., 10 bass, 17-5, $8,000
            5th:       Patrick Stines, Granger, Ind., 10 bass, 17-4, $7,000
            6th:       Benjie Seaborn, Guin, Ala., 10 bass, 16-9, $6,000
            7th:       Mike Hardin Sr., Robertsdale, Ala., eight bass, 14-15, $5,500
            8th:       Jeff Sprague, Point, Texas, 10 bass, 14-14, $5,000
            9th:       Brett Preuett, ULM,  Colfax, La., eight bass, 14-5, $4,500
            10th:     Richard Peek, Centre, Ala., nine bass, 14-2, $4,000

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