2006 Major - American Lake Wylie - Charlotte, NC, Jul 27 - 30, 2006

American Qualifiers Prepare To Battle For $250,000

Field is Set for First Bassmaster Major of 2007, May 17-20 in Greensboro, N.C.

CELEBRATION, Fla. — With the conclusion of the Bassmaster Elite Series Southern Challenge presented by Purolator, BASS has finalized the 51-angler field for the Bassmaster American presented by Advance Auto Parts — the first of three Bassmaster Majors in 2007 — set for May 17-20 in Greensboro, N.C.

 Heading into the April 26-29 Southern Challenge on Alabama's Lake Guntersville, only three anglers had cemented their status as participants in the Bassmaster American: 2007 Bassmaster Classic champion Boyd Duckett; 2006 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year Mike Iaconelli; and Dave Wolak, the defending champion of the Bassmaster American.

 The other 48 anglers qualified at the culmination of the Guntersville Elite event. They include the top 47 anglers in combined Angler of the Year standings over the past two years, plus the leader in the Toyota Rookie of the Year race, Derek Remitz of Madison, Ala.

 Coverage of the Bassmaster American presented by Advance Auto Parts can be seen on ESPN2 Saturday, May 26 at 9 a.m. ET.

 "Anytime you're fishing for a $250,000 grand prize, you have to be pleased," said California's Skeet Reese, who currently is first in the 2007 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings. "I am looking forward to Greensboro. It should be a fantastic venue."

 Anglers will fish High Rock Lake the first two days of competition. After the field is cut to the top 12 anglers for the third day of competition, the tournament will move to Lake Townsend and a six-hole course. The final day of action will also be on Lake Townsend, but with only the top six competing.

 The American is in honor of the late Bryan Kerchal, BASS' first and only Federation Nation angler to win the Bassmaster Classic. Kerchal won in 1994.

 A complete list of Bassmaster American qualifying anglers is below.

 Daily weigh-ins will be at the Greensboro Convention Complex starting at 4:30 p.m. CT. Daily tournament launches will begin at 7 a.m. from Abbots Creek for the first two days of competition and will move to the Lake Townsend Marina for the final two days of competition.

 Additionally, www.ESPNOutdoors.com will have complete coverage, including live video of the weigh-ins, a real-time leaderboard, and analysis.

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

 For more information, contact BASS Communications at (407) 566-2208 or visit www.bassmaster.com.

 BASS is the worldwide authority on bass fishing, sanctioning more than 20,000 events through the BASS Federation Nation annually. Guided by its mission to serve all fishing fans, BASS sets the standard for credibility, professionalism, sportsmanship and conservation, as it has for nearly 40 years.

 BASS stages bass fishing tournaments for every skill level and culminates with the Bassmaster Classic. Through its clubs, youth programs, aquatic resource advocacy, magazine publishing and multimedia platforms, BASS offers the industry's widest array of services and support to its nearly 530,000 members. The organization is headquartered in Celebration, Fla.

2007 Bassmaster Majors

 

May 17-20		Bassmaster American, High Rock Lake	Greensboro, N.C. 

 

July 26-29	Bassmaster Memorial, Oneida Lake	Syracuse, N.Y. 

 

Aug. 23-26	Bassmaster Legends, Arkansas River	Little Rock, Ark. 

 

2007 MAJORS QUALIFIERS

 

After Guntersville, AL ending 04-29-2007, Day 3

 

2007 Classic Champion: Boyd Duckett

 

2006 Angler of the Year: Michael Iaconelli

 

2007 Rookie of the Year Leader: Derek Remitz

 

2006 Bassmaster American Champion: Dave Wolak

 

Top 47 2006,2007  Angler of the Year Combined Standings

 

Place  Angler Name                 Total     2 Day Weight
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1. Kevin VanDam                      5      524-15

 

2. Skeet Reese                       8      537-00

 

3. Steve Kennedy                    11      520-04

 

4. Aaron Martens                    12      510-04

 

5. Jared Lintner                    21      497-14

 

6. Kelly Jordon                     24      505-11

 

7. Tommy Biffle                     25      494-12

 

7. Gerald Swindle                   25      486-09

 

9. Dean Rojas                       32      517-15

 

10. Mike McClelland                  33      487-12

 

10. Alton Jones                      33      479-01

 

12. Kevin Wirth                      38      505-02

 

13. Jeff Kriet                       39      474-01

 

14. Ishama Monroe                    41      465-12

 

15. Todd Faircloth                   42      470-03

 

16. Terry Scroggins                  44      492-01

 

17. Jason Quinn                      47      507-07

 

18. John Murray                      48      470-02

 

19. John Crews                       50      492-14

 

20. Edwin Evers                      53      490-13

 

21. Timmy Horton                     55      472-07

 

22. Peter Thliveros                  57      463-09

 

22. Scott Rook                       57      454-06

 

24. Greg Hackney                     58      482-11

 

25. Brent Chapman                    59      446-15

 

26. Jeff Reynolds                    60      472-02

 

27. Gary Klein                       65      469-08

 

27. Stephen Browning                 65      446-06

 

29. Russ Lane                        66      483-06

 

30. Randy Howell                     70      422-08

 

31. Denny Brauer                     75      458-08

 

32. Fred Roumbanis                   76      435-02

 

32. Paul Elias                       76      427-15

 

32. Chris Lane                       76      411-11

 

35. Mark Tucker                      78      438-04

 

36. Greg Gutierrez                   80      448-01

 

37. Takahiro Omori                   84      449-00

 

38. Matt Reed                        85      462-12

 

39. Brian Snowden                    90      418-00

 

40. Shaw Grigsby, Jr                 91      419-12

 

41. Bill Lowen                       92      452-11

 

41. Mark Menendez                    92      428-12

 

43. Lee Bailey                       94      432-00

 

44. Davy Hite                        95      445-04

 

44. Ray Sedgwick                     95      420-13

 

46. Zell Rowland                     97      445-01

 

47. Mike Wurm                        98      447-07

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