2007 Elite Series - Champion's Choice: Horton

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — Using only a fraction of his allotted fishing time Sunday, Timmy Horton of Muscle Shoals, Ala., cruised to his first Bassmaster Elite Series win in the Champion's Choice presented by Toyota Tundra at Lake Champlain, finishing with a four-day weight of 83 pounds, 10 ounces for a victory of nearly 13 pounds over Skeet Reese of Auburn, Calif.

But Reese was also a winner Sunday: His runner-up finish propelled him past Kevin VanDam and into the lead in the Toyota Tundra Angler of the Year standings. With three tournaments left in the 11-event Elite Series season, Reese is 12 points in front of VanDam in the battle for the $125,000 AOY title. The top 50 anglers will share in a total purse of $601,000.

Horton collected $109,000 Sunday. Fishing fans can watch all the action of the Champion's Choice presented by Toyota Tundra on The Bassmasters Saturday, July 21, at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN2.

Horton, who entered the final day with a 10-pound lead, made a 90-minute run south on Lake Champlain after the 5:40 a.m. launch and was back at the Plattsburgh, N.Y. Boat Basin by 10 a.m., well ahead of his scheduled check-in time of 3:15 p.m. With a five-fish limit of 19 pounds, 4 ounces of largemouth bass boated in one hour of fishing, he decided to play it safe and get back to the dock.

"I knew a 30-pound bag was virtually impossible," said Horton, the 2000 Bassmaster Angler of the Year who scored the fourth BASS win of his career on Sunday. "I've never come in early like that before, but I thought about it and one thing I was really worried about was the wind getting up and not being able to get back in."

Horton said all his fish were caught on a Booyah Football Head jig. He said he managed his best spots on the massive lake over the three previous days and saved his most productive spot for Sunday.

"I fished for an hour and that was absolutely the most unbelievable hour I've ever had," he said. "I wish everybody who enjoys fishing could have a chance to hit a spot like that. It was incredible and was like experiencing fishing for the first time. It was total bliss."

Reese, who was in fourth place entering the final day, boated the largest weight of the final day — 20 pounds, 4 ounces — to finish second. He said he caught all of his fish Sunday cranking a Lucky Craft BDS 3 on the outside edge of grass.

"I found a school the second day of the tournament and I didn't know what I had found," said Reese. "I found out a little bit more (Saturday) and I caught 17 pounds off of it, but I didn't start on it until later. So I started on that school (Sunday) and I caught 20 pounds. When you got around them, they let you know. It was fun."

He said he plans to take the Angler of the Year race one day at a time over the final three tournaments.

"That's all I can do," he added. "There's still 12 days of competition left and I hope I fish all 12 days. My ultimate goal in tournament fishing is to achieve that title. I hope I'm able to get it."

Steve Kennedy of Auburn, Ala., who led the first day and held second place Friday and Saturday, finished third with 68 pounds, 13 ounces. Tommy Biffle of Wagoner, Okla., was fourth with 68 pounds, 11 ounces; and Cliff Pace of Petal, Miss., rounded out the top five with 67 pounds, 2 ounces.

The next Bassmaster Elite Series tournament is July 19-22 on Lake Erie and the Niagara River out of Buffalo, N.Y.

 

 

Fishing fans can watch live, streaming video of all Elite Series weigh-ins at www.ESPNOutdoors.com. On the final day of competition, fans can also monitor www.ESPNOutdoors.com throughout the day for live updates and Hooked Up with Tommy Sanders and ESPN Outdoors personality Mark Zona.

 

Day 4 Purolator Big Bass

 

Pro: Takahiro Omori; Emory, Texas; 6-3

 

 

Location and Field

 

Champion's Choice presented by Toyota Tundra — Bassmaster Elite Series

 

Lake Champlain

 

Plattsburgh, N.Y.

 

July 12-15

 

 

Field

 

108 pros, 108 co-anglers

 

Cut to top 50 after Day 2

 

Cut to top 12 pro anglers after Day 3

 

 

Launch

 

Plattsburgh Boat Basin

 

5 Dock Street

 

Plattsburgh, N.Y.

 

5:30 a.m. ET

 

 

Weigh-in

 

Plattsburgh Boat Basin

 

5 Dock Street

 

Plattsburgh, N.Y 3 p.m. ET

 

 

Local sponsors: Local sponsors include city of Plattsburgh.

 

 

Bassmaster Elite Series sponsors: Sponsors of the Bassmaster Elite Series include Toyota Tundra, Purolator, Triton Boats, Mercury Marine, Berkley, Advance Auto Parts, Lowrance Electronics, MotorGuide, Evan Williams Bourbon, Ramada Worldwide and Costa Del Mar.

 

 

For more information, contact BASS Communications at (407) 566-2208 or visit www.bassmaster.com. Visit www.espnmediazone.com for ESPN's latest releases, schedules and other news, plus photos, video and audio clips and more.

 


 

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2007 Champion's Choice 7/12-7/15

 

Lake Champlain, Plattsburgh NY.

 

(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 4

 

Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Pts Total $$$

 

1. Timmy Horton Muscle Shoals, AL 20 83-10 315 $109,000.00

 

Day 1: 5 21-02 Day 2: 5 24-12 Day 3: 5 18-08 Day 4: 5 19-04

 

2. Skeet Reese Auburn, CA 20 70-13 295 $31,000.00

 

Day 1: 5 16-04 Day 2: 5 16-13 Day 3: 5 17-08 Day 4: 5 20-04

 

3. Steve Kennedy Auburn, AL 20 68-13 295 $26,000.00

 

Day 1: 5 21-06 Day 2: 5 17-14 Day 3: 5 15-05 Day 4: 5 14-04

 

4. Tommy Biffle Wagoner, OK 20 68-11 285 $18,000.00

 

Day 1: 5 15-14 Day 2: 5 17-00 Day 3: 5 16-09 Day 4: 5 19-04

 

5. Cliff Pace Petal, MS 20 67-02 280 $17,000.00

 

Day 1: 5 15-00 Day 2: 5 16-00 Day 3: 5 18-00 Day 4: 5 18-02

 

6. Takahiro Omori Emory, TX 20 67-00 276 $18,500.00

 

Day 1: 5 17-09 Day 2: 5 12-07 Day 3: 5 19-05 Day 4: 5 17-11

 

7. Shaw E Grigsby, Jr Gainesville, FL 20 65-15 272 $15,000.00

 

Day 1: 5 16-11 Day 2: 5 14-03 Day 3: 5 18-14 Day 4: 5 16-03

 

8. Yusuke Miyazaki Mineola, TX 20 65-11 268 $14,500.00

 

Day 1: 5 13-00 Day 2: 5 20-07 Day 3: 5 16-13 Day 4: 5 15-07

 

9. Fred Roumbanis Auburn, CA 20 64-15 264 $15,000.00

 

Day 1: 5 17-01 Day 2: 5 20-03 Day 3: 5 14-05 Day 4: 5 13-06

 

10. Britt Myers Lake Wylie, NC 20 64-02 260 $13,500.00

 

Day 1: 5 14-10 Day 2: 5 18-07 Day 3: 5 18-13 Day 4: 5 12-04

 

11. Peter E Thliveros Jacksonville, FL 20 63-04 257 $12,500.00

 

Day 1: 5 17-04 Day 2: 5 14-07 Day 3: 5 19-02 Day 4: 5 12-07

 

12. Bradley Hallman Norman, OK 20 62-01 254 $13,300.00

 

Day 1: 5 15-14 Day 2: 5 16-00 Day 3: 5 16-09 Day 4: 5 13-10

 

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PUROLATOR BIG BASS

 

Day

 

1 Davy Hite Ninety Six, SC 05-08 $1,000.00

 

2 Fred Roumbanis Auburn, CA 05-07 $1,000.00

 

3 Bradley Hallman Norman, OK 04-13 $1,000.00

 

4 Takahiro Omori Emory, TX 06-03 $1,000.00

 

PUROLATOR BIG BASS OF TOURN

 

Takahiro Omori Emory, TX 06-03 $1,000.00

 

BERKLEY HEAVYWEIGHT

 

Day

 

1 Steve Kennedy Auburn, AL 21-06 $1,000.00

 

2 Timmy Horton Muscle Shoals, AL 24-12 $1,000.00

 

3 Takahiro Omori Emory, TX 19-05 $1,000.00

 

4 Skeet Reese Auburn, CA 20-04 $1,000.00

 

BERKLEY HEAVYWEIGHT OF TOURN

 

Timmy Horton Muscle Shoals, AL 24-12 $8,000.00

 

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Totals

 

Day #Limits #Fish Weight

 

1 103 530 1509-14

 

2 104 532 1438-08

 

3 48 246 723-08

 

4 12 60 192-02

 

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267 1368 3864-00

 

TOYOTA TUNDRA BASSMASTER ANGLER OF THE YEAR STANDINGS

 

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Place Name St Pts

 

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1 Skeet Reese Calif. 2008

 

2 Kevin VanDam Mich. 1996

 

3 Jared Lintner Calif. 1915

 

4 Terry Scroggins Fla. 1790

 

5 Timmy Horton Ala. 1740

 

6 Steve Kennedy Ala. 1737

 

7 Kelly Jordon Texas 1729

 

8 Aaron Martens Ala. 1728

 

9 Jeff Kriet Okla. 1715

 

10 Fred Roumbanis Calif. 1710

 

11 Ishama Monroe Calif. 1702

 

12 Scott Rook Ark. 1678

 

13 Tommy Biffle Okla. 1655

 

14 Peter Thliveros Fla. 1650

 

15 Stephen Browning Ark. 1643

 

16 Edwin Evers Okla. 1625

 

17 Todd Faircloth Texas 1622

 

18 Chris Lane Fla. 1601

 

19 Derek Remitz Texas 1599

 

20 John Murray Ariz. 1592

 

21 John Crews Va. 1576

 

22 Mike McClelland Ark. 1558

 

22 Greg Hackney La. 1558

 

22 Takahiro Omori Texas 1558

 

25 Casey Ashley S.C. 1557

 

26 Kevin Wirth Ky. 1554

 

27 Brent Chapman Kan. 1552

 

27 Dean Rojas Texas 1552

 

29 Alton Jones Texas 1548

 

30 Michael Iaconelli N.J. 1546

 

31 Cliff Pace Miss. 1519

 

32 Boyd Duckett Ala. 1515

 

33 Gary Klein Texas 1507

 

34 Davy Hite S.C. 1504

 

34 Kevin Short Ark. 1504

 

36 Mark Tyler Okla. 1492

 

37 Shaw Grigsby, Jr Fla. 1475

 

38 Jason Quinn S.C. 1469

 

39 Jeff Reynolds Okla. 1460

 

40 Morizo Shimizu Calif. 1453

 

41 Bryan Hudgins Fla. 1446

 

42 Dave Wolak N.C. 1445

 

43 Denny Brauer Mo. 1438

 

44 Mark Menendez Ky. 1437

 

45 Gerald Swindle Ala. 1433

 

46 Scott Campbell Mo. 1404

 

47 Matthew Sphar N.Y. 1401

 

48 Jason Williamson S.C. 1389

 

49 Yusuke Miyazaki Texas 1387

 

50 Mark Tucker Mo. 1379

 

51 Ray Sedgwick S.C. 1378

 

52 Britt Myers S.C. 1377

 

53 James Niggemeyer Texas 1359

 

54 Kotaro Kiriyama Ala. 1351

 

55 Marty Robinson S.C. 1345

 

56 Kenyon Hill Okla. 1343

 

57 Pete Ponds Miss. 1341

 

58 Russ Lane Ala. 1334

 

59 Randy Howell Ala. 1333

 

60 Paul Elias Miss. 1328

 

61 Brian Snowden Mo. 1311

 

62 Mike Wurm Ark. 1295

 

63 Rick Morris Va. 1288

 

64 Ken Cook Okla. 1287

 

65 Lee Bailey Ala. 1273

 

66 Bernie Schultz Fla. 1272

 

67 Matt Reed Texas 1265

 

68 Rick Clunn Mo. 1257

 

69 Bradley Hallman Okla. 1246

 

70 Ben Matsubu Texas 1245

 

71 Bill Lowen Ohio 1234

 

72 Kurt Dove Va. 1223

 

73 James Kennedy La. 1222

 

74 Ken Brodeur Conn. 1221

 

75 Marty Stone N.C. 1215

 

76 Jim Murray Ga. 1210

 

77 Grant Goldbeck Md. 1208

 

78 Jeremy Starks W.Va. 1206

 

79 Jimmy Mize Ark. 1201

 

80 Greg Gutierrez Calif. 1185

 

81 Preston Clark Fla. 1157

 

82 Jami Fralick S.D. 1148

 

83 Zell Rowland Texas 1135

 

84 James Charlesworth Fla. 1128

 

85 Kevin Langill N.C. 1117

 

86 Jeff Connella La. 1088

 

87 Paul Hirosky Pa. 1083

 

88 Mark Rogers Fla. 1073

 

89 Bill Smith Ky. 1069

 

90 Matt Amedeo Ohio 1048

 

91 Glenn Delong Ohio 1037

 

92 Bradley Stringer Texas 1017

 

93 Guy Eaker N.C. 1012

 

94 Charlie Hartley Ohio 1009

 

95 Darrin Schwenkbeck N.Y. 1004

 

96 Steve Daniel Fla. 997

 

97 Keith Phillips Ala. 966

 

98 Eric Nethery Ga. 953

 

99 Jimmy Mason Ala. 943

 

100 Dave Smith Okla. 930

 

101 Doc Merkin Ill. 917

 

102 Terry Butcher Okla. 908

 

103 Jon Bondy Canada 898

 

104 Frank Scalish Ohio 882

 

105 Byron Velvick Texas 862

 

106 Rick Ash Pa. 817

 

106 Charlie Youngers Fla. 817

 

108 Elton Luce Jr Texas 595

 

TOYOTA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR STANDINGS

 

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Place Name St Pts

 

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1 Derek Remitz Texas 1599

 

2 Casey Ashley S.C. 1557

 

3 Bryan Hudgins Fla. 1446

 

4 Scott Campbell Mo. 1404

 

5 Matthew Sphar N.Y. 1401

 

6 Jason Williamson S.C. 1389

 

7 James Niggemeyer Texas 1359

 

8 Marty Robinson S.C. 1345

 

9 James Kennedy La. 1222

 

10 James Charlesworth Fla. 1128

 

11 Matt Amedeo Ohio 1048

 

12 Glenn Delong Ohio 1037

 

TOYOTA MOVING FORWARD AWARD

 

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Place Name 2006 Finish 2007 Standings

 

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1 Fred Roumbanis 69 10

 

2 Chris Lane 61 18

 

3 Scott Rook 47 12

 

4 Kevin Short 67 34

 

5 Stephen Browning 45 15

 

6 Mark Tyler 64 36

 

7 Terry Scroggins 31 4

 

8 Ishama Monroe 37 11

 

8 Pete Ponds 83 57

 

10 Timmy Horton 30 5

 

11 Mark Menendez 68 44

 

11 Jeff Kriet 33 9

 

11 Britt Myers 76 52

 

11 Ken Brodeur 98 74

 

15 Rick Morris 81 63

 

16 Jared Lintner 18 3

 

17 Brent Chapman 41 27

 

18 Takahiro Omori 35 22

 

19 Grant Goldbeck 88 77

 

19 Mark Rogers 99 88

 

21 Kurt Dove 82 72

 

22 Ken D Cook 73 64

 

23 Morizo Shimizu 48 40

 

24 Davy Hite 40 34

 

24 Yusuke Miyazaki 55 49

 

24 Skeet Reese 7 1

 

24 Todd Faircloth 23 17

 

28 Ray Sedgwick 56 51

 

28 Peter E Thliveros 19 14

 

30 Kelly Jordon 10 7

 

30 Gary Klein 36 33

 

32 Shaw E Grigsby, Jr 39 37

 

33 David Wolak 43 42

 

33 Kevin VanDam 3 2

 

BERKLEY HEAVYWEIGHT REPORT

 

Place Name Lbs-Ozs

 

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1 Kevin VanDam 300-14

 

2 Jared Lintner 278-12

 

3 Skeet Reese 274-07

 

4 Timmy Horton 272-02

 

5 Aaron Martens 269-12

 

6 Fred Roumbanis 269-01

 

7 Terry Scroggins 267-10

 

7 Derek Remitz 267-10

 

9 Steve Kennedy 265-02

 

10 Ishama Monroe 261-01

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