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Tharp Leads Professional Bass Fishing's Forrest Wood Cup Presented By Walmart

Tharp Leads Professional Bass Fishing's Forrest Wood Cup Presented By Walmart

Corcoran Leads Co-Anglers

PR Newswire

SHREVEPORT, La., Aug. 15, 2013

SHREVEPORT, La., Aug. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Forty-six of the best
professional bass anglers from across the county began their four-day battle
for a top cash award of $500,000 at the Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart,
the world championship of bass fishing, at the Red River in Shreveport/Bossier
City on Thursday.

Link to photo of EverStart pro Randall Tharp

EverStart pro Randall Tharp of Port St. Joe, Fla., weighed a five-bass limit
for 18 pounds, 8 ounces to take the early lead in the tournament. Tharp now
holds a slim 1-ounce lead over Chevy pro Bryan Thrift of Shelby, N.C., who
caught five bass weighing 18-7.

"Believe it or not, it started off pretty badly for me today," said Tharp, who
finished in second place at the 2011 Forrest Wood Cup. "I had been catching
them really quick in practice, but today I didn't put my first fish in the
boat until 10:30 a.m. But, from 10:30 until 2 p.m., it was pretty special.
Once they started biting I caught a limit fairly quick. Then I was able to
fish this one little area, and was able to put the smack down on some good
ones."

Tharp said that he had tried to visit his area earlier in the day, but there
were already boats fishing it.

"I had 15 or 20 different places that I had planned on rotating through during
this tournament," Tharp said. "I went to my best spot first, but there was a
boat there. I went to my second and third spots, and there were boats on both
of them. I got stuck in a bit of a bad rotation. I started running some new
water, then went back and visited those places later. They had rested, and the
fish had repositioned where I could catch them."

Tharp was not ready to divulge any specifics about areas or baits, but did say
that he was doing something different and that it was a key for him.

"Nobody else is doing what I'm doing," Tharp said. "I feel real comfortable
fishing here. I had a top-5 finish here in a tournament earlier this year, and
tomorrow I plan on fishing an area that I fished during that tournament. I was
able to get a limit there pretty easily in practice, and I feel like if I can
catch another limit tomorrow it should be good enough to get me fishing on day
three.

"It's all about timing out there," Tharp went on to say. "My big fish didn't
bite until later in the afternoon today, so I'll be in those areas at the
right time tomorrow. If I can put some fish in the boat early, it'll settle me
down. I can never be fully comfortable when I'm fishing against these guys,
especially when Bryan Thrift is right behind me."

  The top 20 pros after day one on the Red River are:

    1st: EverStart pro Randall Tharp, Port St. Joe, Fla., five bass, 18-8

    2nd: Chevy pro Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., five bass, 18-7

    3rd: Chevy pro Larry Nixon, Bee Branch, Ark., five bass, 13-4

    4th: Adrian Avena, Vineland, N.J., five bass, 13-2

    5th: Walmart pro Mark Rose, West Memphis, Ark., five bass, 12-15

    6th: Spencer Shuffield, Bismarck, Ark., five bass, 12-8

    7th: 3M Scotch Tape & Peltor pro Ray Scheide, Dover, Ark., five bass,
    12-7

    8th: Mark Daniels Jr., Fairfield, Calif., five bass, 11-12

    9th: Tom Monsoor, La Crosse, Wis., five bass, 11-8

    10th: Matt Arey, Shelby, N.C., five bass, 11-6

    10th: David Fritts, Lexington, N.C., five bass, 11-6

    12th: Michael Neal, Dayton, Tenn., five bass, 11-5

    13th: Straight Talk pro J.T. Kenney, Palm Bay, Fla., five bass, 11-2

    13th: Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., five bass, 11-2

    15th: Robbie Dodson, Harrison, Ark., five bass, 10-15

    15th: Troy Morrow, Eastanollee, Ga., five bass, 10-15

    17th: Kellogg's Frosted Flakes pro Dave Lefebre, Erie, Pa., five bass,
    10-13

    18th: Chevy pro Jay Yelas, Corvallis, Ore., five bass, 10-11

    19th: John Cox, Debary, Fla., five bass, 10-10

    20th: Justin Lucas, Guntersville, Ala., five bass, 10-3

Theo Corcoran of Kansas City, Mo., leads the Co-angler Division with five bass
weighing 14 pounds, 13 ounces followed by Alan Woodford of Winslow, Ind., in
second place with five bass weighing 10 pounds even. Co-anglers are fishing
for a top award of $50,000.

  The top 20 co-anglers are:

    1st: Theo Corcoran, Kansas City, Mo., five bass, 14-13

    2nd: Alan Woodford, Winslow, Ind., five bass, 10-0

    3rd: Richard Peek, Centre, Ala., five bass, 9-5

    4th: Glenn Day, Cumming, Ga., five bass, 9-1

    5th: Mike Hardin Sr., Robertsdale, Ala., five bass, 8-14

    5th: Brock Mosley, Collinsville, Miss., five bass, 8-14

    7th: Josh Smith, Hamilton, Ohio, five bass, 8-9

    8th: Benjie Seaborn, Guin, Ala., five bass, 8-5

    9th: Bryan New, Belmont, N.C., five bass, 8-3

    10th: Patrick Stines, Granger, Ind., five bass, 8-2

    11th: Ben Todd, Pierson, Fla., five bass, 7-15

    12th: Dave Shively, Butler, Pa., five bass, 7-11

    13th: Forrest Smith, Pickerington, Ohio, four bass, 7-10

    14th: Jeff Gengler, Fort Collins, Colo., five bass, 7-9

    15th: Todd Lee, Jasper, Ala., five bass, 7-6

    16th: Frank Divis Sr., Fayetteville, Ark., five bass, 7-3

    16th: Jonathan Henry, Grant, Ala., five bass, 7-3

    18th: Andrew Luxon, Richmond, Ky., five bass, 6-15

    18th: Bryan Partak, Rockdale, Ill., five bass, 6-15

    20th: Nick Hensley, Cumming, Ga., five bass, 6-14

    20th: Braxton Setzer, Auburn, Ala., five bass, 6-14

Anglers will take off from Red River South Marina located at 250 Red River
South Marina Road in Bossier City, La., at 7 a.m. each morning. Weigh-ins will
be held at the CenturyLink Center located at 2000 CenturyLink Center Drive in
Bossier City, La., beginning at 5 p.m. daily.

Fans will be treated to the FLW Expo at the Shreveport Convention Center
located at 400 Caddo St. in Shreveport, La., on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. prior to the weigh-ins. The Expo includes Ranger boat
simulators, the opportunity to interact with professional anglers, enjoy
interactive games, activities and giveaways provided by sponsors, and fans can
learn more about the sport of fishing and other outdoor activities. All
activities are free and open to the public. On Saturday and Sunday, 500 free
rods and reels will be given away each day to the first 500 children 14 years
and under who are accompanied by an adult. The rod and reel giveaways are
courtesy of 1130 AM The Tiger. Also on Sunday, one lucky fishing fan will win
a Ranger Z520C with a Mercury outboard. The Ranger boat giveaway is courtesy
of KSLA News 12 and is free to enter, but the winner must be present at the
conclusion of Sunday's final weigh-in to win.

Coverage of the Forrest Wood Cup will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on
NBC when "FLW" airs Sept. 29 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET. The Emmy-nominated "FLW"
television show is hosted by Jason Harper and is broadcast to more than 564
million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly
outdoors-sports television show in the world.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWOutdoors.com. For
regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow us on Facebook at
Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.

ABOUT FLW
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anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize
money nationwide in 2013 over the course of 220 tournaments across five
tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport's richest
payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW
tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show and
is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most
widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world. FLW is
committed to providing a lifestyle experience that is the "Best in Fishing, On
and Off the Water." For more information about FLW visit FLWOutdoors.com and
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