Tharp Continues To Lead Professional Bass Fishing's Forrest Wood Cup Presented By Walmart

Tharp Continues To Lead Professional Bass Fishing's Forrest Wood Cup Presented
                                  By Walmart

Missouri's Corcoran Wins Co-Angler Title, $50,000

PR Newswire

SHREVEPORT, La., Aug. 16, 2013

SHREVEPORT, La., Aug. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Forty-six of the best
professional bass anglers from across the country continued their four-day
battle for a top cash award of $500,000 at the Forrest Wood Cup presented by
Walmart, the world championship of professional bass fishing, at the Red River
in Shreveport/Bossier City on Friday.

Link to photo of EverStart pro Randall Tharp
Link to video of co-angler Theo Corcoran winning moment

EverStart pro Randall Tharp of Port St. Joe, Fla., crossed the stage with a
five-bass limit weighing 11 pounds, 3 ounces for a two-day total of 10 bass
weighing 29-11 to maintain the lead for the second consecutive day. Tharp
holds a 4-ounce lead over Chevy pro Bryan Thrift of Shelby, N.C., who weighed
five bass weighing 11-0 for a two-day total of 10 bass for 29-7.

"I started out today in a different area that I didn't fish in yesterday,"
said Tharp, who is seeking his first Tour-level win outside of the state of
Florida. "I caught two decent fish right away and it really settled me down.
It wasn't fast and furious, but I had my limit today by 9:15 a.m., and it was
pretty close to what I weighed in today.

"I really struggled from 11:30 on," Tharp continued. "I culled twice this
afternoon, but I only caught nine keeper fish throughout the day. I did see
some good fish, though, and I had some good fish roll on my bait that I know
will be there for me tomorrow."

Tharp said that he fished around 10 different areas in Pool No. 5 throughout
the day on Friday, and that he was fishing some of the same water as 3M Scotch
Tape & Peltor Brands pro Ray Scheide.

"I've still got a bunch of good areas that I have not fished in this
tournament," said Tharp. "But, a lot of them are on the river. Fishing the
river is like rolling the dice and trying to get a big bite. You can catch 50
bass and not get a big bite, and then pull up to a new spot and find a big
one. There's no rhyme or reason to it. I feel like this tournament is going to
be won in the backwaters, and that's where I need to stay to get those big
bites.

"There are still two days to go, and 11 pounds a day won't win this
tournament," Tharp continued. "I'll need at least one more day in the teens to
get this thing done."

The top 20 pros that will continue to Saturday's competition are:

1^st:  EverStart pro Randall Tharp, Port St. Joe, Fla., 10 bass, 29-11
2^nd:  Chevy pro Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., 10 bass, 29-7
3^rd:  Chevy pro Larry Nixon, Bee Branch, Ark., 10 bass, 27-9
4^th:  3M Scotch Tape & Peltor Brands pro Ray Scheide, Dover, Ark., 10
bass, 25-3
5^th:  Walmart pro Mark Rose, West Memphis, Ark., 10 bass, 24-13
6^th:  Tom Monsoor, La Crosse, Wis., 10 bass, 24-11
7^th:  John Cox, Debary, Fla., 10 bass, 23-15
8^th: Robbie Dodson, Harrison, Ark., 10 bass, 23-7
9^th:  Mark Daniels Jr., Fairfield, Calif., 10 bass, 23-2
10^th:  Justin Lucas, Guntersville, Ala., 10 bass, 23-0
11^th:Straight Talk pro J.T. Kenney, Palm Bay, Fla., 10 bass, 22-2
12^th:Adrian Avena, Vineland, N.J., 10 bass, 22-0
13^th:Michael Neal, Dayton, Tenn., 10 bass, 22-0
14^th:Troy Morrow, Eastanollee, Ga., 10 bass, 21-9
15^th: Kerry Milner, Bono, Ark., 10 bass, 21-3
16^th:Matt Arey, Shelby, N.C., 10 bass, 21-0
17^th: Keystone Light pro Brent Ehrler, Redlands, Calif., 10 bass, 20-12
18^th: Jacob Wheeler, Indianapolis, Ind., 10 bass, 20-11
19^th: Walmart pro Wesley Strader, Spring City, Tenn., 10 bass, 20-4
20^th:Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., 10 bass, 19-13

Final results for the remaining field can be found on FLWOutdoors.com.

Overall there were 223 bass weighing 435 pounds even caught by pros Friday.
The catch included 43 five-bass limits.

Theo Corcoran of Kansas City, Mo., won the co-angler division and $50,000
Friday with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 26 pounds, 10 ounces followed
by Brock Mosley of Collinsville, Miss., in second place with 10 bass weighing
19-1 worth $10,000.

"This is a dream come true, or at least the start of it," said Corcoran, who
earned the first victory of his career. "I've been dreaming about this moment
since I was five years old when I was watching Jimmy Houston on my
television."

Corcoran said that eight of the 10 fish that he weighed in came on a Nemesis
Baits Bullet Craw.

"I can put that bait on and go anywhere in the country," Corcoran said. "It's
my confidence bait. From New York to Florida to Texas, that bait catches me
fish.

"I'm going to have to fish at least one more year as a co-angler before trying
to fish the Tour as a pro," Corcoran went on to say. "Some of these pros are
so good with all of the new electronics and graphs and I still have to learn
how to do that. Punching, flipping and power fishing – I can do that. But, if
I fished on Kentucky Lake I would get my butt handed to me."

The top 10 co-anglers are:

1^st:  Theo Corcoran, Kansas City, Mo., 10 bass, 26-10, $50,000
2^nd:  Brock Mosley, Collinsville, Miss., 10 bass, 19-1, $10,000
3^rd:  Alan Woodford, Winslow, Ind., 10 bass, 17-8, $9,000
4^th:  Bryan New, Belmont, N.C., 10 bass, 17-5, $8,000
5^th:  Patrick Stines, Granger, Ind., 10 bass, 17-4, $7,000
6^th:  Benjie Seaborn, Guin, Ala., 10 bass, 16-9, $6,000
7^th:  Mike Hardin Sr., Robertsdale, Ala., eight bass, 14-15, $5,500
8^th:  Jeff Sprague, Point, Texas, 10 bass, 14-14, $5,000
9^th:  Brett Preuett, Colfax, La., eight bass, 14-5, $4,500
10^th:  Richard Peek, Centre, Ala., nine bass, 14-2, $4,000

Final results for the remaining field can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.

Overall there were 188 bass weighing 287 pounds even caught by co-anglers
Friday. The catch included 26 five-bass limits.

The 2013 Forrest Wood Cup at the Red River presented by Walmart is being
hosted by the Shreveport/Bossier City Sport's Commission.

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 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.

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