Wolak, Reehm and Fuller get Classic berths

DEL RIO, Texas — Bassmaster Elite Series pro Dave Wolak of Wake Forrest, N.C., qualified Saturday for the 2008 Bassmaster Classic through the Bassmaster Central Open circuit along with Clark Reehm of Russellville, Ark., and Jay Fuller of Kingston, Okla.

 The three pros won the coveted Classic entries by holding on to the top three spots in the Central Open's year-long points race, which reached the finish line Saturday at the conclusion of the season finale on Lake Amistad out of Del Rio.

 Wolak, Reehm and Fuller join the 36 pros who qualified earlier this month through the Elite Series to compete for the $500,000 first prize of the Classic, set for Feb. 22-24 on Lake Hartwell out of Greenville, S.C. Elite pro Boyd Duckett of Demopolis, Ala., automatically qualified as defending Classic champion.

 Wolak, 31, prevailed in his struggle to gain his third Classic berth, which he narrowly missed securing this year through the Bassmaster Elite Series.

 "This year I was almost the first person out," said Wolak, who was the 2005 Toyota Rookie of the Year. "It was one of the most disappointing things of my career last year being at the Classic, but not being in it. Making it this year is awesome.

 "I felt relaxed on the water today knowing I made the Classic. It was a big sense of relief."

 Fuller, 24, who works for a Lake Texoma marina, competed this year for the first time as a pro.

 "I'm speechless," Fuller said. "The Classic is a dream come true, and I am looking forward to it."

 Only 10 of the 50 Classic contenders are left to be determined. Three will be Bassmaster Southern Open pros who lead the circuit's points race when that season ends Oct. 21. Six will be BASS Federation Nation anglers who will qualify through their championship event, Nov. 8-10 on Florida's Lake Tohopekaliga, an event that will air on ESPN2 at 9 a.m. ET, Feb. 16, 2008.

 The final Classic slot will be filled by the winner of the Nov. 14-17 championship of the Bassmaster Weekend Series Operated by American Bass Anglers on Georgia's Clarks Hill Lake.

 Elite Series qualifiers
The five pros at the top of the Central Open points standings earned eligibility to advance in 2008 to the upper echelon of competitive bass fishing, the Bassmaster Elite Series. Even though points leader Wolak re-qualified through the 2007 Elite Series, he takes his qualifier through the Central Open.

 Besides Wolak, Reehm and Fuller, the pros who obtained Elite status Saturday were Brian Clark, 31, of Haltom City, Texas, who turned to fishing after an injury put an end to his bull-riding career; and Pat Golden of High Point, N.C.

 Clark was the points leader until the Central Open's season finale, but his points tally fell to fourth place after the Lake Amistad event. He said he will join the Elite Series.

 Oklahoman Fuller also intends to use his eligibility.

 Said Fuller: "The Elite Series has been a goal of mine for quite a while. I'm ready. I'm 24 and single and if I'm going to do it, this is the time to do it."

 The top 50 pro and co-angler points leaders are awarded a one-week priority window to register as either a pro or a co-angler in all 2008 Bassmaster Open events. Full standings can be found below.

Bassmaster Central Open final points standings
 

Place  Name               St            Pts

 

1 Dave Wolak N.C. 819

 

2 Clark Reehm Ark. 767

 

3 Jay Fuller Okla. 736

 

4 Brian Clark Tex 692

 

5 Pat Golden N.C. 676

 

6 Bobby Myers Okla. 669

 

7 Danny Smith La. 659

 

8 Trevor Rogge Minn. 635

 

9 Larry Byrd La. 632

 

10 Robert Byrd Texas 630

 

11 Dave Parsons Texas 620

 

12 Bradley Hallman Okla. 611

 

13 Paul Ferguson Texas 601

 

14 Ken Adamson Ark. 598

 

15 Billy Brewer Texas 587

 

16 Chip Hawkins Ark. 577

 

17 Chad Griffin Texas 565

 

18 David Sherrer La. 557

 

19 Mike Pickett Ky. 542

 

20 Ross Watkins Miss. 539

 

21 Teddy Bogard Ark. 536

 

22 Randy Allen La. 532

 

23 Corey Waldrop Texas 524

 

24 Billy McCaghren Jr. Ark. 517

 

25 Scott Dean Texas 513

 

25 Craig Schuff Texas 513

 

27 Trent Huckaby Texas 504

 

28 Monty Fralick S.D. 492

 

29 Marvin Ettredge La. 491

 

30 Wayne Brown Okla. 487

 

31 Jeff Stevens Texas 475

 

32 Larry Ford Ark. 462

 

33 Randy Dearman Texas 460

 

34 Teb Jones Miss. 454

 

35 Ryan Brown La. 453

 

36 Jeff Bruhl La. 451

 

37 Thomas Law Texas 448

 

38 Benjamin Jackson Okla. 447

 

39 Austin Banks Miss. 441

 

40 Logan Sherrer La. 438

 

41 Cliff Crochet La. 435

 

42 Shawn Johnson Fla. 434

 

43 Pete Cherkas Iowa 433

 

44 Rob Lee Ala. 432

 

45 Marc Schilling Texas 428

 

46 Tony Chachere La. 426

 

47 Jonathan Garrie Texas 423

 

48 Royce Dennington Okla. 418

 

49 Patrick Pierce Fla. 414

 

50 Ed Whaley Texas 412

 

50 Stan Gerzsenyi Texas 412

 

52 Jason Christie Okla. 406

 

53 Dean Perkins Texas 402

 

54 Mark Morton Ark. 401

 

55 Gary Giudice Okla. 389

 

56 Ryan Lovelace Texas 386

 

57 Matt Mize Ark. 385

 

58 Alan Kelly 384

 

58 Aaron Lee Jakub Neb. 384

 

60 Timmy Reneau Texas 382

 

60 Al Fisher Ark. 382

 

62 Steven Bunt N.Y. 376

 

63 Joe Pope 375

 

63 E.P. Fletcher Ark. 375

 

65 Dwayne Mcpeek Texas 374

 

66 David Stewart Texas 366

 

67 Ray Hanselman Texas 363

 

68 Charlie King La. 361

 

68 Michael Burns Texas 361

 

70 Scott Ashmore Okla. 360

 

71 Aaron Martin Mo. 358

 

72 Sammy Burks Mo. 355

 

73 Casey Merriman 351

 

74 Dale Jackson Texas 344

 

75 J Todd Tucker Ga. 335

 

76 Jeremy Vandenbosch 332

 

77 Blane Dyess Texas 330

 

78 Gary Graffagnino La. 329

 

79 Mark Hicks Ohio 322

 

80 Marvin Wells Okla. 321

 

80 Craig Gipe Ky. 321

 

82 Brandon Mosley Okla. 319

 

83 Mark Smith La. 315

 

83 Matthew McCabe La. 315

 

85 Randy McCarty Ky. 313

 

86 Lee Cox Md. 312

 

87 Anton Silvester Ill. 310

 

88 Thomas Loving Texas 307

 

89 Kelly Owens La. 300

 

89 Dee Cagle Texas 300

 

91 Terry Bloom Fla. 298

 

92 Chad Kallina Texas 297

 

93 Robert Mcfarlane Texas 295

 

93 Jami Fralick S.D. 295

 

95 Scott Mcgehee Miss. 291

 

96 Vincent Parello Texas 289

 

97 Jeff Cloud Texas 288

 

98 Yoshikazu Sato 287

 

99 Doug Garrett Ark. 285

 

100 Jason Cyboron Neb. 284

 

101 Brian Penso Texas 282

 

102 Mike Bates Texas 280

 

102 Mike Pedroza La. 280

 

104 Jacky Hawthorne Texas 276

 

105 Tommy Durham Texas 269

 

106 Matt Hupp Texas 259

 

107 Glenn Eastwood Ark. 258

 

108 Stacy Leonard La. 255

 

109 Brandon Collins La. 253

 

110 Jj Ducharme Texas 250

 

111 Billy Graves La. 248

 

112 Steve Pyle Ky. 247

 

113 Homer Humphreys, Jr La. 246

 

114 Johnny Grice Texas 245

 

115 Ishama Monroe Calif. 243

 

115 James Morgan Okla. 243

 

115 Dwight Dickerson Texas 243

 

118 Ray Brazier Tenn. 239

 

119 Arron Lance La. 235

 

120 Charles Haralson 234

 

120 Justin Titus Okla. 234

 

122 Steve Sennikoff Texas 231

 

123 Darrell Newman Texas 229

 

124 Trent Loukas Texas 226

 

124 Robert Collett Texas 226

 

126 Doug Stump Okla. 223

 

127 Jamie Jones 221

 

128 Richard Kennedy La. 220

 

129 Sean Wieda Ohio 215

 

130 Pete Ponds Miss. 211

 

130 Thomas Warren Ill. 211

 

132 Bob Sealy Texas 208

 

133 Keith Phillips Texas 205

 

133 Cody Malone Texas 205

 

135 Dean Gilbert Texas 204

 

136 David Truax Texas 203

 

137 Ryan Dupriest Texas 201

 

138 Jason Welch Texas 197

 

139 Lee Wheeler, III Texas 195

 

140 Jeff Vanderpool Ark. 191

 

141 T R Andreas Texas 189

 

141 Jason Pittman La. 189

 

143 Tim Dungan Ohio 184

 

144 Bubba Haralson Texas 183

 

145 Bruce Brown La. 180

 

146 James Steed 179

 

147 Darrell West Ark. 178

 

148 Chad Brauer Mo. 173

 

149 Raul Morineau Mexico 172

 

150 Gary Riffle Texas 170

 

151 Don Stringer Texas 166

 

152 Byron Velvick Texas 162

 

153 James Buchanan Miss. 160

 

154 Randy Alexander 159

 

155 Bob Morin Tenn. 155

 

156 Donnie Courtney La. 154

 

157 Doug Drummonds Ark. 152

 

158 Wes Roberts Ark. 150

 

159 Jack Sananikone Texas 149

 

160 Sean Hoernke Texas 148

 

161 Jeremy Montoya Colo. 144

 

162 James Harrison Texas 142

 

163 Brad Outersky Mo. 139

 

163 Darren Burkett Okla. 139

 

165 Frank Boothe Texas 129

 

165 Kevin Stanley Texas 129

 

167 Rocky Cummings Ark. 128

 

167 Kip Bodkin Texas 128

 

169 Sherman Nofire Okla. 127

 

170 Ronald Rogers Fla. 122

 

171 Ronald Pierce Ark. 121

 

171 Glenn Erskine Texas 121

 

173 Kevin Daigle Texas 118

 

174 Joe Gilbert Texas 117

 

175 Brent Broderick Ohio 113

 

176 Roger Boler La. 109

 

177 Ron Cherkas Iowa 108

 

177 Preston Domingue La. 108

 

179 Deryl Janzen Texas 107

 

180 Guy Adams Texas 104

 

181 Vernon Silver La. 103

 

182 Richard Parrish Ga. 92

 

183 Dennis Edmonds Colo. 87

 

184 James Stricklin Texas 85

 

184 Scott Smith Tenn. 85

 

186 Shawn Rook Ark. 83

 

186 Max Wayne Grubb Ark. 83

 

188 Zack Keathley Texas 81

 

189 Greg Terzia La. 79

 

190 Brad Young N.M. 76

 

191 Rick Pierce Ark. 72

 

192 Kevin Short Ark. 69

 

193 Mike Lott Texas 68

 

194 Travis Loyd Ill. 67

 

195 Freddie Grant Texas 62

 

195 Dean Gilbert Texas 62

 

197 Conrad Picou La. 56

 

198 Travis Combs Neb. 54

 

198 Doug Luper Va. 54

 

200 Randy Yarnall Pa. 52

 

201 Roy Sanford Texas 46

 

202 Joseph New Texas 45

 

203 Anre' De Villiers South Africa 40

 

204 Dale Elkins Texas 39

 

205 Robert Bryant Ark. 34

 

206 Keith Stephenson Texas 31

 

207 Hugh Rose Okla. 28

 

207 Ken Peaker Mo. 28

 

209 Gregory Jones Tenn. 23

 

210 Ty Frederick La. 22

 

211 Chuck Devereaux Okla. 0

 

211 Jon Despino La. 0

 

211 Bryan Hoffman 0

 

211 H D (Howard) Dotson Ky. 0

 

211 Doug Spigler Texas 0

 

211 Joe Conway Colo. 0