Field set for Bassmaster Legends presented by Goodyear

CELEBRATION, Fla. — Pro anglers have just wrapped up this week's Capitol Clash on the Potomac River presented by BUSCH Beer and with that, BASS has finalized the 55-angler field for the third and final Bassmaster Major, the Bassmaster Legends presented by Goodyear, on the Arkansas River in Little Rock, Ark., Aug. 24-27.

 The field includes six anglers who hail from Arkansas, including Kevin Short of Mayflower.

 "I have fished the river hundreds of times in my life," said Short, who did not qualify for either of the earlier Bassmaster Majors. This is the tournament I was most looking forward to on the schedule. I really wanted to qualify for this one."

 But Short will have to contend with homegrown competition. Mike McClelland, Mike Wurm, Jimmy Mize, Stephen Browning and Scott Rook all qualify for the Legends through their three-year combined CITGO Bassmaster Angler of the Year averages — and all are looking to take home the $250,000 top prize. So, what is Short going to do?

 

 

"I have a pretty good history on the river at this time of year," he said. "It's going to be tough, but I plan to fish my butt off." Short has never fished a BASS event on the Arkansas River, but won a 2005 ESPN Outdoors Bassmaster Series event on nearby Lake Dardanelle.

 

 

Also in the field will be inaugural Bassmaster Majors winner Peter Thliveros of Jacksonville, Fla., — who is BASS' sixth all-time active money winner — and Bassmaster American winner Dave Wolak, qualifying because he is the 2005 Toyota Rookie of the Year.

 

 

Anglers will fish the Arkansas River on Days 1 and 2 and then fish a marked off, six-hole course of the river on Days 3 and 4. Anglers also will fish from their own wrapped boats on all four days of competition, offering unmatched exposure for their sponsors and individual brands.

 

 

Forty anglers qualified for the Bassmaster Legends based on three-year combined Angler of the Year standings. Also qualifying are the top 10 active anglers from the BASS all-time money list. Once again, Steve Kennedy is currently leading the Toyota Rookie of the Year race and qualifies as well. Also qualifying under an exemption is Mark Menendez.

 

 

2005 CITGO Bassmaster Classic champ Kevin VanDam and 2005 CITGO Bassmaster Angler of the Year Aaron Martens also will compete.

 

 

The Legends is in honor of the BASS founder Ray Scott. A complete list of qualifying anglers is below.

 

 

Additionally, www.Bassmaster.com will have complete coverage, a real-time leaderboard, live video of the weigh-ins and on-the-water live chats with anglers powered by Mobile ESPN. Daily tournament launches begin at 6:50 a.m. and weigh-ins begin at 3:30 p.m. CT, Aug. 24-27. Fishing fans that can't make it to the weigh-in can see the tournament Sept. 2 at 10 a.m. on ESPN2.

 

 

2006 Legends qualifiers

 

 

2005 Classic Champion: Kevin VanDam

 

2005 Angler of the Year: Aaron Martens

 

2005 Rookie of the Year: David Wolak

 

2006 Rookie of the Year Leader: Steve Kennedy

 

Previous Announcement: Mark Menendez

 

 

Top 10 All Time Money

 

 

Place Angler Name Winnings

 

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1. Denny Brauer $2,100,851.71

 

2. Rick Clunn $1,771,894.53

 

3. Gary Klein $1,428,674.97

 

4. Shaw Grigsby, Jr $1,348,755.23

 

5. Davy Hite $1,267,000.00

 

6. Peter Thliveros $1,202,789.00

 

7. Zell Rowland $1,089,265.90

 

8. Michael Iaconelli $1,064,579.00

 

9. Tommy Biffle $1,049,878.80

 

10. Takahiro Omori $1,006,093.00

 

 

 

 

Top 40 2004, 2005, 2006 Angler of the Year Combined Standings

 

 

Place Angler Name

 

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1. Greg Hackney

 

2. Skeet Reese

 

3. Kevin Wirth

 

4. Edwin Evers

 

5. Timmy Horton

 

6. Gerald Swindle

 

7. Marty Stone

 

8. Terry Scroggins

 

9. Mark Tucker

 

10. Kelly Jordon

 

11. Brent Chapman

 

12. Dean Rojas

 

13. Jason Quinn

 

14. Bernie Schultz

 

15. Lee Bailey

 

16. Scott Rook

 

17. Brian Snowden

 

18. Ishama Monroe

 

19. Mike McClelland

 

20. Jeff Reynolds

 

21. Alton Jones

 

22. John Crews

 

23. Paul Elias

 

24. Jeff Kriet

 

25. Chad Brauer

 

26. Mike Wurm

 

27. Matt Reed

 

28. Jimmy Mize

 

29. Randy Howell

 

30. Mark Tyler

 

31. Keynon Hill

 

32. Mike Reynolds

 

33. John Murray

 

34. Guy Eaker

 

35. Todd Faircloth

 

36. Charlie Hartley

 

37. Morizo Shimuzu

 

38. Kotaro Kiriyama

 

39. Stephen Browning

 

40. Kevin Short

 

 

Local sponsors include the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau.

 

Sponsors of the Bassmaster Majors include CITGO Petroleum Corp., Toyota, Busch Beer, Purolator, Triton Boats, Mercury Marine, Berkley, Lowrance Electronics, MotorGuide, Advance Auto Parts and Theraseed®.