2008 Central Open #3 Lake Texoma 0810c3n - Denison, TX, Oct 30 - Nov 1, 2008

2008 Central Open #3: Lake Texoma Determine Classic Elite Series Qualifiers

A lot is on the line next week for Bassmaster Central Open competitors when they hit Lake Texoma for the circuit's season-ending tournament out of Texoma, Ala.

The pros in the Oct. 30-Nov. 1 Bassmaster Central Open season finale on Lake Texoma out of Denison, Texas, will be fishing for points as well as for pounds.The top prize of $45,000 is the goal of every pro in next week's tournament. But several of the pros are within range of another big prize — one of three 2009 Bassmaster Classic berths up for grabs through the Central Open — and they'll need points earned at Texoma to make that happen.The top three finishers in the Central Open points standings, fashioned after the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year points, after the Texoma event will qualify for the Classic, Feb. 20-22 out of Shreveport-Bossier City, La. The Central Open pros will join 48 other anglers for the competition on the Red River.To secure a ticket to the Classic, the current top three in the Central points race will have to fend off all comers. Points leader Jerry Williams of Conway, Ark., has a 65-point margin to ride on, thanks to a strong showing in the season's first two Open events.In second place is Aaron Johnson of Bossier City, who won the Kentucky Lake event in September. Johnson is only six points in front of Billy McCaghren Jr. of Mayflower, Ark., winner of the season-opener on the Red River.

 

"The Classic's my goal," said McCaghren. "I'm going to do the best I can to stay up there in points. I'll just have to wait and see when I get to Texoma. I've been there once, so I have seen the lake. I've thought a lot about the Elite Series, but I'll have to wait and see how this ends up."McCaghren's thoughts on the Bassmaster Elite Series have to do with the fact that the 10 pros with the highest point totals from the Central Open season will get a coveted invitation to join the 2009 Elite circuit, which will kick off March 12-15 on another Texas fishery, Lake Amistad.

 

But no one has the points race in the bag. One of the anglers making a run at a Classic berth is Michael Burns of Plano, Texas, a 39-year-old financial manager competing in his second Open season. He sits sixth in the standings, just 10 points below McCaghren"Making it to the Classic was definitely a goal when I entered the Opens," Burns said. "Fishing the Classic would be a once-in-a lifetime event."Perhaps in Burns' favor is that he considers Texoma to be home water.

 "It's a time of the year I like to fish up there," he said. "The question will be who can find the bigger fish. I think limits will be easy to find, but it will be harder to catch the big fish.

 "It's an interesting time of year. Usually the shad are into their normal fall migration and become shallower, and the bass will definitely follow them. The strong patterns that time of the year will depend on the weather — the bass will either be on the points, the rocks, or back in coves chasing shad. Brushpiles sometimes can become a factor, but that's really dependent upon the weather. If we get clear and sunny conditions, the fish will pull back on any brushpiles, otherwise they'll be out roaming, chasing the shad."

 \Fans are invited to the Open's Thursday-Saturday takeoffs and weigh-ins at Highport Resort and Marina, 120 Texoma Harbor Drive in Pottsboro, Texas. The pros will launch at 7:30 a.m. CT, and the weigh-ins are scheduled to begin at 3:45 p.m. CT. All events are free and open to the public.

 Bassmaster.com will provide coverage that includes live, streaming video of the daily weigh-ins and real-time leaderboards beginning at 4:45 p.m. ET each day. Photo galleries and daily results also will be available at Bassmaster.com.Competing from the back of the pros' boats will be co-anglers vying for their division's top award, a $32,000 Triton/Mercury rig.The Lake Texoma event is hosted by the Denison Chamber of Commerce. Information about the city — known as the birthplace of 34th U.S. president Dwight D. Eisenhower — is at www.denisontexas.us. The host hotels are Comfort Inn & Suites and Holiday Inn Express in Denison.

 

Bassmaster Open sponsors include Toyota Tundra, Advance Auto Parts, Berkley, Lowrance, Mercury, Purolator, Skeeter, Yamaha, Optima Batteries and Triton Boats.

 

Bassmaster Central Open

 

Lake Texoma

 

Denison, Texas

 

Oct. 30- Nov. 1, 2008

 

 

Field

 

Cut to top 30 pros and co-anglers after Day 2

 

 

Launch/Weigh-in

 

7:30 a.m. CT/3:50 p.m. CT

 

Highport Resort and Marina

 

120 Texoma Harbor Drive

 

Pottsboro, Texas

 

 

BASSMASTER CENTRAL OPEN POINTS STANDINGS- PROS

 

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Place  Name               St            Pts

 

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1 Jerry Williams        Ark.          595

 

2 Aaron Johnson         La.           530

 

3 Billy Mccaghren       Ark.          524

 

4 Homer Humphreys       La.           522

 

5 Jami Fralick          S.D.          519

 

6 Michael Burns         Texas         514

 

7 Rick Clunn            Mo.           505

 

8 Mark Smith            La.           465

 

9 Roger Boler           La.           460

 

10 Bradley Hallman       Okla.         456

 

11 Scott Pennington      Ark.          454

 

11 John Gray             Ind.          454

 

13 Vince Fulks           Okla.         450

 

14 Terry Butcher         Okla.         443

 

15 Preston Clark         Fla.          439

 

16 Justin Haynes         Okla.         432

 

17 Jamie Laiche          La.           431

 

18 Patrick Pierce        Fla.          419

 

19 Lonnie Dean           La.           418

 

20 Mark Goines           Okla.         415

 

21 Clark Reehm           Ark.          410

 

22 J Todd Tucker         Ga.           406

 

23 Mike Ward             Tenn.         391

 

24 Danny Smith           La.           389

 

25 Doug Garrett          Ark.          388

 

26 Brent Broderick       Ohio          378

 

26 Richard Gay           Ark.          378

 

28 Mark Burgess          Mass.         371

 

29 Lucy Mize             Ark.          369

 

30 Zachary King          Ark.          366

 

31 Preston Johnson       Wisc.         357

 

32 James Biggs           Texas         356

 

32 Bobby Kilzer          Tenn.         356

 

32 Aaron Jakub           Neb.          356

 

32 Marvin Ettredge       La.           356

 

36 Mike Pickett          Ky.           351

 

37 Ken Adamson           Ark.          349

 

38 Kenneth Chapman       Tenn.         346

 

39 Ray Brazier           Tenn.         338

 

40 Kyle Fox              Fla.          335

 

41 Sammy Burks           Mo.           331

 

41 Chris Michels         Texas         331

 

43 Randy Dearman         Texas         324

 

44 Billy Hurt            Tenn.         321

 

45 Russell Parrish       Texas         319

 

46 Mike Pedroza          La.           305

 

47 Willard Moore         La.           303

 

48 Tom Hamlin            Ga.           296

 

49 Larry Byrd            La.           293

 

50 Paul Ferguson         Texas         292

 

51 Johnny Grice          Texas         288

 

52 Scott Dean            Texas         286

 

53 Billy Schroeder       Ky.           285

 

53 Dustin Evans          Tenn.         285

 

55 Mike Blaha            Kan.          282

 

56 Teddy Bogard          Ark.          278

 

57 Doug Anderson         Mo.           274

 

58 Gerald Swindle        Ala.          272

 

59 Yukinari Uchiyama     Texas         266

 

60 Charlie Youngers      Fla.          264

 

61 Chris Burnham         La.           261

 

62 Gary Giudice          Okla.         259

 

63 Luke Estel            Ill.          258

 

64 Monty Fralick         S.D.          257

 

64 Chad Griffin          Texas         257

 

66 Lee Sanders           Okla.         255

 

67 Byron Velvick         Texas         252

 

68 Randy Alexander       Ky.           251

 

68 Mike Myers            Okla.         251

 

70 Bruce Brown           La.           250

 

70 Jeff Stevens          Texas         250

 

72 Joe Erwin             Okla.         249

 

73 Marc Schilling        Texas         245

 

74 Lee Hartley           Ga.           244

 

75 Frank Scalish         Ohio          243

 

75 Trent Huckaby         Texas         243

 

77 Greg Hackney          La.           237

 

77 Brandon Mosley        Okla.         237

 

77 Kenyon Hill           Okla.         237

 

80 Michael Adams         Miss.         235

 

81 Brad Outersky         Mo.           233

 

82 Thomas Loving         Texas         231

 

83 Pat Golden            N.C.          229

 

84 Darrell Newman        Texas         226

 

85 Jason Lieblong        Ark.          221

 

85 Robert Byrd           Texas         221

 

87 Karla Bullard         Texas         213

 

87 Jeff Avery            Ark.          213

 

89 Lance Vick            Texas         211

 

90 Dale Jackson          Texas         210

 

91 Eric Shelton          Tenn.         207

 

92 Scott Smith           Tenn.         206

 

93 Jason Berg            Minn.         204

 

93 Jonathan Garrie       Texas         204

 

95 Dave Wolak            N.C.          196

 

96 Benjamin Jackson      Okla.         189

 

97 Ernest Smoak          La.           186

 

98 Bob Morin             Tenn.         184

 

98 Tyler Swaney          Colo.         184

 

100 Darrell West          Ark.          183

 

101 Sean Dassau           Ala.          181

 

101 Kevin Ledoux          Okla.         181

 

103 Brent Anderson        Tenn.         179

 

104 Mike Edwards          Texas         177

 

105 Wayne Brown           Okla.         175

 

105 Stacy Benningfield    Ky.           175

 

107 Brian Kanke           Texas         174

 

107 Rob Burns             Texas         174

 

109 Spencer Grace         Ark.          173

 

110 Marvin Wells          Okla.         169

 

111 Eddie Borne           Miss.         162

 

112 David Stewart         Texas         155

 

113 Jay Fuller            Okla.         152

 

114 Robert Swisher        Ill.          149

 

115 Brad Mcculley         Miss.         147

 

116 Mark Hicks            Ohio          145

 

117 Dan Rodlund           Kan.          143

 

118 Brian Henley          Tenn.         139

 

119 Mike Pharr            La.           138

 

120 Ed Whaley             Texas         137

 

121 Craig Hatchel         Texas         136

 

122 Terry Bolton          Ark.          130

 

123 Steve Holland         Texas         129

 

124 Steven Lynam          Texas         125

 

125 Corey Waldrop         Texas         122

 

126 David Lee             Miss.         121

 

126 T. Isaacs             Okla.         121

 

128 Glenn Delong          Ohio          120

 

129 David Sherrer         La.           119

 

129 Marc Anderson         La.           119

 

131 Logan Sherrer         La.           118

 

132 Sam Greer             Ky.           117

 

133 Keith Blackstone      Okla.         116

 

133 Cliff Crowder         Ark.          116

 

135 Ryan Lovelace         Texas         113

 

136 Jeff Bruhl            La.           111

 

136 Harmon Davis          Okla.         111

 

138 Michael Bass          Texas         107

 

139 Kerry Kruep           Kan.          105

 

140 Louis Consoli         Pa.           103

 

141 Sam Newby             Okla.         101

 

142 Matt Michel           La.            99

 

143 Michael Randolph      Texas          91

 

144 Tom Ives              Ill.           89

 

145 Chad Kallina          Texas          88

 

146 Justin Titus          Okla.          87

 

147 Justin Russell        Kan.           85

 

148 Christopher Wayand    La.            83

 

149 Jody Floyd            La.            80

 

150 Tony Chachere         La.            75

 

150 Jeff Cloud            Texas          75

 

152 Doug Spigler          Texas          73

 

152 Mary Delgado          Fla.           73

 

154 Joel Newman           Ark.           72

 

154 Charles Hammack       Texas          72

 

154 Shane Malone          Ark.           72

 

157 Theron Caldwell       Texas          70

 

157 Ken Warren            Iowa           70

 

159 Ryan Brown            La.            69

 

159 Doc Merkin            Ill.           69

 

161 Teb Jones             Miss.          67

 

161 Russ Moran            Tenn.          67

 

163 Jason Dudek           Minn.          66

 

164 Justin Cleveland      Ark.           65

 

165 Warren Gensel         Pa.            64

 

166 David Mullins         Texas          62

 

167 Bart Doty             Texas          61

 

168 Shawn Johnson         Texas          60

 

169 Raul Morineau         Mexico         59

 

170 Frank Boothe          La.            58

 

171 Patrick Amick         Texas          56

 

171 Mike Haggerty         Tenn.          56

 

173 Ricky Fields          Ala.           55

 

174 Stan Gerzsenyi        Texas          54

 

175 Matt Mize             Ark.           51

 

175 Larry Vick            Texas          51

 

177 Morris Herring        Texas          49

 

178 Dave Parsons          Texas          46

 

179 Earl Sharpe           Minn.          44

 

180 Larry Ford            Ark.           43

 

181 Billy Glascock        Okla.          42

 

182 Craig Schuff          Texas          38

 

182 Tom O'Bryant          Tenn.          38

 

184 Jamie Jones           Ark.           34

 

184 Pete Cherkas          Iowa           34

 

186 Ken W Peaker          Kan.           30

 

187 Lewis Denney          Tenn.          29

 

188 Robert McFarlane      Texas          28

 

188 Yoshikazu Sato        Japan          28

 

188 Tim Ezell             Fla.           28

 

191 Trevor Rogge          Minn.          26

 

192 Brandon Collins       La.            24

 

192 Jim Smith             Texas          24

 

194 James Butler          Tenn.          23

 

195 Kyle Walling          Ky.            22

 

196 Ron Cherkas           Iowa           21

 

197 Brian Penso           Texas          20

 

198 Mike Bates            Texas          18

 

199 Kenny Rooke           Texas          15

 

200 David Gillham         Texas          14

 

201 Don Stringer          Texas          11

 

202 Edward Bohn           Ill.            8

 

203 John Moon             Texas           5

 

204 Mickey Thomas         Mich.           1

 

204 Matt Morris           La.             1

 

204 Jerry Savage          Miss.           1

 

204 Kevin Stanley         Texas           1

 

204 Brad Young            N.M.            1

 

209 Robert Baney          Texas           0

 

209 David Landry          Texas           0

 

209 Will Boatright        Miss.           0

 

209 Christopher Johnson   Tenn.           0

 

209 Bill Dowding          Okla.           0

 

209 Eric Johnson          Ind.            0

 

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