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Thrift Leads FLW Event

Thrift Leads FLW Event on Loudoun/Tellico Lakes

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (April 22, 2010) – Bryan Thrift of Shelby, N.C., caught a five-bass limit weighing 15 pounds, 15 ounces Thursday to capture the lead on day two of the FLW Tour event presented by Folgers on Fort Loudoun/Tellico lakes. His two-day catch of 10 bass weighing 36 pounds, 2 ounces gives him a 2-pound, 3-ounce lead in the tournament featuring the top pros and co-anglers from across the United States.

“I knew today was going to be a lot tougher day for me,” said Thrift, who won the March FLW Tour event at Lake Norman. “In practice I’d only found six keepers and I caught all of those the first day of the tournament.”

Thrift said on Thursday he revisited the bank he caught his fish on Wednesday and more fish had moved up on it and he managed to catch five keepers off of it. Thrift said he foul hooked another bass that would have given him another pound, but he had to release it. According to rules, all fish caught outside of the mouth while sight fishing must be immediately released.

“Hopefully we can go back out there tomorrow and it’ll bite again,” Thrift said. “I found one more today I didn’t catch that I think is a keeper, so we’re going to go try to catch him.”

Thrift said he caught the majority of his fish on a Damiki Hydra and a “crawfish” bait. A forecast of rain moving into the area Friday and Saturday had most anglers wondering how it would affect their strategies.

“I’ll probably have to abandon the smallmouth,” Thrift said. “If it’s rainy and cloudy I’ll probably throw a swimbait and topwater all day and try to see if we can catch some keeper largemouth.”

Glenn Browne of Ocala, Fla., is in the No. 2 spot with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 33-15.

“I started out fairly close running to a couple of places where I’d caught some yesterday and I ended up catching one,” said Browne, who has won more than $511,000 in FLW Outdoors events. “I pulled into my primary area and I’m flipping laydowns and wood and stuff like that. It took me an hour or an hour-and-a-half to catch my limit once I got there.

“I caught a lot of fish today, Browne added. “I probably caught three limits of fish today. I went through a lot of fish to catch what I caught. It seems like they’re moving in. They’re real white and look like lake fish coming in there. I’m hoping there’s more to come. I hurt them pretty bad, or caught a lot today, out of such a small area.”

Rounding out the top-10 pros after day two on Fort Loudoun/Tellico lakes are:

3rd: Goodwill pro Chad Grigsby, Maple Grove, Minn., 10 bass, 33-1
4th: Edwin Evers, Talala, Okla., 10 bass, 29-5
5th: J.T. Kenney, Palm Bay, Fla., nine bass, 29-4
6th: Brandon Coulter, Knoxville, Tenn., 10 bass, 28-8
7th: James Watson, Waynesville, Mo., 10 bass, 28-6
8th: Cabelas pro Clark Wendlandt, Leander, Texas, 10 bass, 26-13
9th: Chevy pro Jay Yelas, Corvallis, Ore., 10 bass, 25-10
10th: National Guard pro Justin Lucas, Montevallo, Ala., nine bass, 25-6

See below or visit FLWOutdoors.com for full results.

Overall there were 506 bass weighing 1,027 pounds, 2 ounces caught by 133 pros Thursday. The catch included 65 five-bass limits.

Pros are competing for a top award of up to $125,000 this week plus valuable points in the hope of qualifying for the Forrest Wood Cup which will be held Aug. 5-8 at Lake Lanier in Atlanta, Ga., where they could win as much as $600,000 – the sport’s biggest award.

Darrell Mitchell of Taneyville, Mo., leads the Co-angler Division with a total of 10 bass weighing 18 pounds, 10 ounces, followed by Kevin Hawk of Ramona, Calif., in second place with eight bass weighing 17-6.

Mitchell caught five bass weighing 9-11 while fishing with pro Mike Surman of Boca Raton, Fla., Wednesday and five bass weighing 8-15 while fishing with pro Dan Morehead of Paducah, Ky., Thursday.

Rounding out the top-10 co-anglers are:

3rd: Johnny Manning, Arkadelphia, Ark., eight bass, 15-7
4th: Keith Honeycutt, Temple, Texas, seven bass, 14-3
5th: Keith Iddins, Knoxville, Tenn., five bass, 14-2
6th: Alan Hults, Gautier, Miss., seven bass, 13-15
7th: Brian Wilson, Somerset, Ky., five bass, 13-6
8th: Spencer Shuffield, Bismarck, Ark., eight bass, 13-2
9th: Greg Schultz, Wayzata, Minn., five bass, 12-14
10th: Todd Lee, Jasper, Ala., five bass, 12-9

Overall there were 222 bass weighing 402 pounds, 3 ounces caught by 114 co-anglers Thursday. The catch included five five-bass limits.

Co-anglers are fishing for a top award of $25,000 this week plus valuable points that could help them qualify for the 2010 Forrest Wood Cup.

Anglers will take off from Tellico Recreational Area Ramp east of Lenoir City, Tenn. at 7 each morning. Friday’s weigh-in will be held at Tellico Recreational Area Ramp at 3 p.m. Saturday’s final weigh-in will be held at the Knoxville Convention Center located at 701 Henley St. in Knoxville beginning at 4 p.m.

Fans will be treated to a Family Fun Zone & Outdoor Expo at the Knoxville Convention Center on Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday prior to the final weigh-in from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a drawing for a Can-Am ATV courtesy of WNML-AM and rod and reel combos will be given to the first 300 kids under 14 in attendance on Saturday compliments of the Knoxville News Sentinel. The Family Fun Zone & Outdoor Expo includes Ranger boat simulators, the opportunity to interact with professional anglers, enjoy interactive games, activities and giveaways provided by sponsors, and learn more about the sport of fishing and other outdoor activities. All activities are free and open to the public. For a full schedule of events, additional information and to register for the ATV, visit http://www.flwoutdoors.com/knoxville/.

Coverage of the Fort Loudoun/Tellico lakes tournament will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on VERSUS. “FLW Outdoors,” will air June 6 from 12:30 to 1:30 ET. “FLW Outdoors,” hosted by Jason Harper, is broadcast to approximately 500 million households worldwide.

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Pos. Name City, State Two-day total
Fish lbs-oz
1 BRYAN THRIFT SHELBY, NC 10 36-02
2 GLENN BROWNE OCALA, FL 10 33-15
3 CHAD GRIGSBY MAPLE GROVE, MN 10 33-01
4 EDWIN EVERS TALALA, OK 10 29-05
5 JT KENNEY PALM BAY, FL 9 29-04
6 BRANDON COULTER KNOXVILLE, TN 10 28-08
7 JAMES WATSON WAYNESVILLE, MO 10 28-06
8 CLARK WENDLANDT LEANDER, TX 10 26-13
9 JAY YELAS CORVALLIS, OR 10 25-10
10 JUSTIN LUCAS MONTEVALLO, AL 9 25-06
11 CHRIS BAUMGARDNER GASTONIA, NC 10 25-04
12 VIC VATALARO KENT, OH 10 25-02
13 MIKE WURM HOT SPRINGS, AR 10 24-13
14 RON SHUFFIELD BISMARCK, AR 10 24-04
15 JONATHAN NEWTON ROGERSVILLE, AL 10 23-10
16 CLIFFORD PIRCH PAYSON, AZ 10 23-07
17 JASON CHRISTIE PARK HILL, OK 10 23-03
18 JAMES STRICKLIN JR TEXARKANA, AR 10 22-06
19 ISHAMA MONROE HUGHSON, CA 10 22-00
20 BRENT EHRLER REDLANDS, CA 8 21-15
21 OTT DEFOE KNOXVILLE, TN 8 21-14
22 LUKE CLAUSEN GAINESVILLE, GA 10 21-14
23 KYLE MABREY MCCALLA, AL 8 21-09
24 MARK ROSE MARION, AR 10 21-07
25 JUSTIN KERR SIMI VALLEY, CA 10 21-06
26 KEITH COMBS DEL RIO, TX 10 21-04
27 RANDALL THARP GARDENDALE, AL 10 21-02
28 SHAD SCHENCK WAYNETOWN, IN 10 21-02
29 SEAN HOERNKE THE WOODLANDS, TX 9 20-15
30 ROY HAWK SALT LAKE CITY, UT 5 20-14
31 DAVE LEFEBRE UNION CITY, PA 10 20-06
32 CHRIS MARTINKOVIC LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, OH 10 20-05
33 RUSTY SALEWSKE ALPINE, CA 10 20-03
34 PETE GLUSZEK MT LAUREL, NJ 10 20-02
35 DAN MOREHEAD PADUCAH, KY 10 19-15
36 JOHN DEVERE BEREA, KY 9 19-11
37 ANDY MONTGOMERY BLACKSBURG, SC 10 19-11
38 JIMMY HOUSTON COOKSON, OK 9 19-10
39 BRETT HITE PHOENIX, AZ 9 19-06
40 STACEY KING REEDS SPRING, MO 10 19-05
41 SHINICHI FUKAE PALESTINE, TX 10 19-04
42 WESLEY STRADER SPRING CITY, TN 7 19-01
43 TIM JOHNSON DALLAS, GA 10 18-12
44 ANDY MORGAN DAYTON, TN 10 18-12
45 THANH LE LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ 9 18-06
46 JACOB POWROZNIK PRINCE GEORGE, VA 10 18-00
47 GREG BOHANNAN ROGERS, AR 10 17-15
48 MICHAEL BENNETT LINCOLN, CA 7 17-13
49 DAVID FRITTS LEXINGTON, NC 9 17-13
50 DARREL ROBERTSON JAY, OK 10 17-11
51 ANTHONY GAGLIARDI PROSPERITY, SC 9 17-10
52 CODY MEYER GRASS VALLEY, CA 10 17-09
53 ERIC AMBORT MABELVALE, AR 10 17-07
54 LARRY NIXON BEE BRANCH, AR 10 17-06
55 BUD PRUITT HOUSTON, TX 10 17-03
56 TODD AUTEN LAKE WYLIE, SC 8 17-03
57 GEORGE COCHRAN HOT SPRINGS, AR 10 17-02
58 BOBBY CURTIS SILOAM SPRINGS, AR 9 16-15
59 JASON CORDIALE ORINDA, CA 8 16-15
60 TIM MCDONALD LEXINGTON, KY 9 16-12
61 DAVID DUDLEY LYNCHBURG, VA 10 16-12
62 GUIDO HIBDON SUNRISE BEACH, MO 10 16-09
63 CLINT BROWNLEE TIFTON, GA 10 16-07
64 MIKE HAWKES SABINAL, TX 8 16-06
65 JASON REYES HUFFMAN, TX 10 16-03
66 JACK WADE KNOXVILLE, TN 8 16-01
67 TOM REDINGTON ROYSE CITY, TX 10 16-01
68 KEITH MONSON BURGIN, KY 8 15-14
69 FRED MARTIN NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR 10 15-14
70 CHRISTOPHER FORD KENNEDALE, TX 7 15-12
71 DION HIBDON STOVER, MO 7 15-11
72 JASON MENINGER GAINESVILLE, GA 8 15-08
73 JIM MOYNAGH CARVER, MN 7 15-06
74 TERRY SEGRAVES KISSIMMEE, FL 7 15-01
75 ROB KILBY HOT SPRINGS, AR 8 15-01
76 RUSSELL PARRISH RIESEL, TX 9 15-01
77 JIM DILLARD WEST MONROE, LA 5 15-00
78 GREG PUGH CULLMAN, AL 10 14-08
79 DAVID WALKER SEVIERVILLE, TN 8 14-08
80 ART FERGUSON III ST. CLAIR SHORES, MI 8 14-06
81 JIM TUTT LONGVIEW, TX 9 14-05
82 BOB BJORKLUND CENTENNIAL, CO 8 14-03
83 KEN WICK STAR, ID 8 14-02
84 ADAM WAGNER COOKEVILLE, TN 8 14-01
85 JOE THOMAS MILFORD, OH 8 14-01
86 JOHN VOYLES PETERSBURG, IN 6 13-13
87 MIKE SURMAN BOCA RATON, FL 10 13-13
88 RAMIE COLSON JR CADIZ, KY 6 13-10
89 MARK HARDIN JASPER, GA 6 13-06
90 STEVE KENNEDY AUBURN, AL 6 13-05
91 CRAIG DOWLING GRANT, AL 7 13-05
92 BRIAN TRAVIS CONOVER, NC 8 13-02
93 CHAD BRAUER OSAGE BEACH, MO 6 13-02
94 KENNETH (BOO) WOODS HAZARD, KY 6 13-01
95 NATE WELLMAN JENISON, MI 7 12-14
96 TIM KLINGER BOULDER CITY, NV 6 12-12
97 DARYL BIRON SOUTH WINDSOR, CT 8 12-12
98 JOHN TANNER QUITMAN, TX 9 12-12
99 MICHAEL MURPHY GILBERT, SC 6 11-14
100 TOM MANN JR BUFORD, GA 8 11-11
101 KATHRYN EALEY MOODY, AL 6 11-10
102 CHAD MORGENTHALER COULTERVILLE, IL 6 11-09
103 STETSON BLAYLOCK BENTON, AR 5 11-08
104 SCOTT MARTIN CLEWISTON, FL 7 11-08
105 TRAVIS FOX SPRINGDALE, AR 8 11-05
106 CHRISTIAN ROMANS CARROLLTON, KY 7 11-00
107 JAMES CHRISTIAN DICKSON, TN 6 10-13
108 CHRIS NEAU CASTRO VALLEY, CA 7 10-08
109 SCOTT CANTERBURY SPRINGVILLE, AL 6 10-04
110 CHIP HARRISON BREMEN, IN 4 10-03
111 CODY BIRD GRANBURY, TX 7 10-02
112 SCOTT SUGGS BRYANT, AR 6 10-02
113 MARK FISHER GLENVIEW, IL 6 9-15
114 TERRY BOLTON JONESBORO, AR 7 9-15
115 MATT AREY SHELBY, NC 7 9-14
116 JT PALMORE GASBURG, VA 7 9-14
117 LEWIS DENNEY INDIAN MOUND, TN 6 9-12
118 BRENT LONG CORNELIUS, NC 5 9-08
119 BOBBY MCMULLIN PEVELY, MO 6 9-00
120 RAY SCHEIDE DOVER, AR 5 8-12
121 TERRY BAKSAY EASTON, CT 6 8-04
122 GERALD BROWN CHICKASHA, OK 5 8-02
123 JAMES (WIL) HARDY HARLEM, GA 5 8-01
124 DICK SHAFFER ROCKFORD, OH 5 7-11
125 ROBBIE DODSON HARRISON, AR 5 7-10
126 DAVID SMITH DEL CITY, OK 5 7-10
127 NICHOLAS ALBUS TRINITY, TX 5 7-08
128 RUSTY TRANCYGIER HAHIRA, GA 5 7-08
129 ROBERT HARKNESS ELIZABETH, WV 5 7-08
130 ROBERT SHERRY SAINT CHARLES, IL 4 6-12
131 GLENN CHAPPELEAR ACWORTH, GA 3 6-11
132 MARK STEWART SPRINGVILLE, AL 5 6-00
133 BRAD KNIGHT WARTBURG, TN 4 5-11
134 DAVID KROMM KENNEWICK, WA 3 5-05
135 ROBERT PEARSON HERNDON, VA 3 5-04
136 JIMMY MILLSAPS CANTON, GA 3 4-11
137 RICHARD LOWITZKI ST CHARLES, IL 2 3-10
138 WILL JEFFERIES BOUNTIFUL, UT 2 3-05
139 RHETT FORNOF PARK CITY, UT 2 2-11
140 MARK ROUSE LEAGUE CITY, TX 1 2-01

 

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