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March 7, 2013

FISHING: Ehrler leads FLW Tour event at Smith Lake


JASPER — The top 10 pros after Day 1 are:

% First, Brent Ehrler, Redlands, Calif., five bass, 17-8

% Second, Dave Lefebre, Erie, Pa., five bass, 17-0

% Third, Wayne Hauser, Mooresville, N.C., five bass, 16-8

% Fourth, Randy Haynes, Counce, Tenn., five bass, 16-2

% Fifth, Brandon McMillan, Clewiston, Fla., four bass, 15-2

% Sixth, Koby Kreiger, Okeechobee, Fla., five bass, 15-0

% Seventh, Blake Nick, Adger, Ala., five bass, 14-15

% T-eighth, Jacob Powroznik, Prince George, Va., five bass, 14-11

% T-eighth, Spencer Shuffield, Bismarck, Ark., five bass, 14-11

% 10th, John Voyles, Petersburg, Ind., five bass, 14-7


McMillan won the Big Bass Award and $500 on the pro side with a fish weighing 6 pounds, 7 ounces.

Overall, there were 693 bass weighing 1,398 pounds, 9 ounces caught by 161 pros on Thursday. The haul included 112 five-bass limits.

FLW was issued a permit from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for this event that exempted tournament competitors from the normal lake-slot limit that states all bass measuring 13 to 15 inches must be immediately released.

Pros are competing for a top award of up to $125,000 this week, plus valuable points in the hope of qualifying for the 2013 Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing. The top 35 anglers in the point standings from the six events on the 2013 FLW Tour will qualify. The 2013 Forrest Wood Cup will be in Shreveport, La., Aug. 15-18 on the Red River.

Patrick Stines of Granger, Ind., leads the co-angler division with five bass weighing 11 pounds, 1 ounce, followed by Tom Stark of Angola, Ind., in second place with five bass weighing 10-7.

The top 10 co-anglers are:

% First, Patrick Stines, Granger, Ind., five bass, 11-1

% Second, Tom Stark, Angola, Ind., five bass, 10-7

% Third, Rick Bowen, Jackson, Tenn., five bass, 10-6

% Fourth, Mark Hardin Sr., Robertsdale, Ala., five bass, 10-5

% Fifth, Benjie Seaborn, Guin, Ala., four bass, 9-15

% Sixth, Don Harvey, Franklin, Tenn., four bass, 9-14

% Seventh, Jeff Sprague, Point, Texas, five bass, 8-15

% Eighth, Alan Woodford, WInslow, Ind., five bass, 8-14

% Ninth, Hoyt Tidwell, West Point, Tenn., five bass, 8-7

% 10th, Glenn Day, Cumming, Ga., five bass 8-6

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