Moon shining bright on Kimura

A September full moon was still shining brightly on tournament leader Kenta Kimura of Osaka, Japan, and his co-angler Caleb Black of McAlester, Okla., as they began the final day of the Bassmaster Central Open at Grand Lake O' The Cherokees today.

Kimura is attempting to post a wire-to-wire win. He began the tournament with a 20-pound, 6-ounce bag on Day 1, added 14-4 on Day 2 and leads second-place Bob Downey of Hudson, Wis., by 2 1/4 pounds entering today's final.

Kimura got off to a good start with this 2 3/4-pounder at 7:30.

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Pierson facing different day on Grand

Randy Pierson, the 48-year-old Elite Series rookie, was as surprised as anyone when he caught the second-place bag of 18 pounds, 12 ounces on Day 1 of the Bassmaster Central Open yesterday. Not only is the Oakdale, Calif., resident an Elite Series rookie, this marks his first Bassmaster Open tournament. In fact, this week is the first time he's been in the state of Oklahoma for any reason.

Pierson entered this event primarily to get a clue about how Fort Gibson Lake might fish next week in the final regular season Elite Series tournament, which, of course, has now been moved to Lake Tenkiller.

Pierson made all the right moves Thursday, when it was hot and windy on Grand Lake. Today will be a day of adjustments, as the high is expected in the lower 80s, no wind is blowing and at 9 a.m. it was raining. Photographer Andy Crawford is following Pierson this morning. The bass in the photo here didn't meet the 14-inch minimum. Pierson didn't have a keeper in the boat at 8:30 a.m., but he didn't catch them early yesterday either.

Thanks, John!

"John Cox brought me and my fish in after my boater ran out of gas. Big thanks to him."

By Jeremy Arnold

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