Bassmaster Tour Points to Guntersville Lake

Famed Alabama Lake Expected To Be Generous to Nation's Pros

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

America's top tournament anglers are always excited about returning to Alabama's Lake Guntersville where they know the shallow grassbeds harbor one of the best largemouth fisheries anywhere.

But as the Alabama CITGO Bassmaster Tour event presented by Busch Beer approaches (competition days are Feb. 26 - 29), their enthusiasm is almost overwhelming.

"I am truly looking forward to the Guntersville tournament," said veteran Alabama pro Randy Howell. "There are going to be record catches there, and I cannot wait."

The last time the BASS train pulled into the 69,100-acre Tennessee River impoundment, Texan Kelly Jordon was the big winner with 81 pounds, 11 ounces. But Howell believes that Kelly's 2002 catch will be dwarfed by the 2004 winner's weight.

"I don't think I'm going out on a limb in predicting that the winner will have a lot more than Kelly did," he said. "Guntersville is probably the best lake in the country right now."

Howell, who lives about an hour from the lake, took three trips to Guntersville before it was placed off limits to tournament competitors.

"All three trips were awesome," he said. "The last time I went, I fished from the dam all the way up the lake, and I caught good fish everywhere I went. I'm talking about good fish. Of the 21 fish we caught, 15 of them were 3 to 6 pounds.

"There are so many 3- to 6-pound fish in this lake it's amazing."

Local tournaments held throughout the fall and winter also offered evidence of Guntersville's resurgence in the past few years. Howell said it routinely takes five bass weighing 23 to 28 pounds to win those one-day contests. A recent tournament was won with 34 pounds, despite water temperatures that dipped to 41 degrees.

"The only thing that could make our tournament less than awesome would be a lot of rain right before the tournament that would make the Tennessee River carry a lot of high, muddy water through Guntersville," Howell said. "That would make it tougher.

"Worst case scenario, I predict it would take 78 pounds to win. Best case scenario, it could take 100 pounds."

Howell expects that fishing shallow-running crankbaits and lipless crankers in grass to be the productive pattern.

Daily weigh-ins take place at Lake Guntersville State Park at 2:45 p.m. Anglers launch beginning at 6 a.m.

THE CITGO BASSMASTERS ON ESPN2
Fans can catch the third event of the 2004 CITGO Bassmaster Tournament Trail on Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Ala., Saturday, March 6 at 10:30 a.m. ET/9:30 a.m. CT on ESPN2.

NEXT STOP
The CITGO Bassmater Tour travels to Table Rock Lake in Kimberling City, Mo., for the fourth event of the 2004 season, March 4-7.

CITGO BASSMASTER ANGLER OF THE YEAR
Pros will be competing for CITGO Bassmaster Angler of the Year points throughout the 2003 season. Anglers are awarded points based on their finishes in each of the six Tour events. The tournament winner receives 300 points. The scoring decreases in 5-point increments to fifth place, 4-point increments through 10th place, 3-point increments through 15th place, 2-point increments to 99th place and 1-point increments for the remainder of the field.

ANGLER OF THE YEAR POINTS
1 Scott Suggs Ark. 521
2 Chris Baumgardner N.C. 495
3 Kelly Jordon Texas 482
4 Marty Stone N.C. 476
5 Edwin Evers Okla. 466
6 Gerald Swindle Ala. 437
6 Kevin Short Ark. 437
8 Mark Kile Ariz. 436
9 Tim Horton Ala. 428
10 Jason Quinn S.C. 420
11 Brian Snowden Mo. 412
12 Tommy Martin Texas 409
13 Bernie Schultz Fla. 408
13 Skeet Reese Calif. 408
15 Randy Blaukat Mo. 406
16 Davy Hite S.C. 402
17 Kotaro Kiriyama Ala. 400
18 Peter E Thliveros Fla. 398
18 Tom Biffle Okla. 398
20 Ishama Monroe Calif. 394
21 Mike Reynolds Calif. 392
21 Lee Bailey Conn. 392
23 Takahiro Omori Texas 391
24 Brooks Rogers Texas 386
24 Chad Brauer Mo. 386
26 Gary Klein Texas 380
26 Jay Yelas Texas 380
28 Brent Chapman Kan. 379
29 Dean Rojas Texas 378
30 Bud Pruitt Texas 375
31 O T Fears III Okla. 374
32 Aaron Martens Calif. 372
33 Michael Iaconelli N.J. 371
34 Dustin Wilks N.C. 364
35 Larry Nixon Ark. 354
36 Jimmy D Mize Ark. 348
37 Rick Morris Va. 342
38 Scott Rook Ark. 341
39 Charlie Weyer Calif. 339
40 Greg Hackney La. 337
41 Mark Tucker Mo. 332
42 Luke Clausen Wash. 330
43 Alton Jones Texas 323
44 Kevin Wirth Ky. 322
45 David Walker Tenn. 320
45 Jack L Wade Tenn. 320
47 Matt Reed Texas 318
48 Steve Daniel Fla. 316
49 Brett Hite Ariz. 312
50 Tim Loper Miss. 308

PUROLATOR BIG BASS
New for 2004, Purolator, the official oil filter and air filter of BASS, is instituting an incentive to the angler who catches the heaviest fish each day. Pros catching the largest fish will receive a $1,000 bonus while the amateurs can look for a $500 reward per tournament day. An additional $1,000 will be awarded to the angler (pro or amateur) who catches the largest fish of each tournament.

PUROLATOR BIG BASS OF THE DAY
HARRIS CHAIN OF LAKES
Day 1 Alton Jones 10-13
Day 2 Mark Rizk 10-03
Day 3 Bud Pruitt 6-03
Day 4 Tommy Martin 6-00

SMITH LAKE
Day 1 Robert Hamilton Jr 5-03
Day 2 Mark Tucker 6-11
Day 3 Ben Matsubu 5-08
Day 4 Charlie Weyer 3-12

PUROLATOR BIG BASS OF THE TOURNAMENT
Alton Jones 10-13 Harris Chain of Lakes
Mark Tucker 6-11 Smith Lake

BUSCH SHOOTOUT
Another new program for 2004 is the $200,000 Busch Shootout contingency program. Qualifying Tour pros will receive a $1,000 bonus for the largest sack brought in during each tournament day.

The top 10 "Busch Heavy Weights" from the Tour and Elite 50 events will be joined by anglers with the top weights from the 2004 Classic, the 2004 Federation Championship and the 2003 Open Championship to compete in the single-day Busch Shootout tournament, Sept. 18, on a mystery lake. The winner will receive $100,000, with everyone else taking home a $5,000 check.

Arizona's John Murray was the first to qualify for the Busch Shootout tournament by having the heaviest sack at the 2003 CITGO Bassmaster Open Championship on Toledo Bend Reservoir last November. Murray's Day 3 catch of 21 pounds qualified him for the tournament.

BUSCH HEAVYWEIGHTS
1 David Wharton 26-7
2 Jason Quinn 24-14
3 Greg Hackney 16-0
4 Marty Stone 15-13
5 Scott Suggs 13-12
6 Bud Pruitt 13-10
7 Edwin Evers 8-5
8 Charlie Weyer 8-0

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD
Newcomers to the Tour this season have the opportunity to earn not only a $10,000 bonus, but also the title of Rookie of the Year. Mark Kile was the top newcomer in 2003, with a 12th place finish based on Angler of the Year point standings at the end of the 2003 Tour season.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR STANDINGS
1 Scott Suggs 521
2 Kevin Short 437
3 Greg Hackney 337
4 Jason Reyes 262
4 Mark Shepard 262
6 R J Bennett 260
7 Bink Desaro 224
8 Jimmy Mason 213
9 Marcel Veenstra 208
10 Scott A Nielsen 189
11 Jordan Paullo 181
12 Thomas O'Bryant 111

HORIZON AWARD
At the conclusion of the 2003 season, Takahiro Omori was awarded the Horizon Award for the angler who posts the greatest improvement over the 2002 season. Omori finished 40th in 2003, a 98-place improvement from the previous year. The award, which will be given out again in 2004, includes a check for $25,000.

HORIZON AWARD STANDINGS

After Jasper, AL 2003 Finish Current Standings
1 Davy Hite 163 16
2 Aaron Martens 147 32
3 Tommy Martin 117 12
4 Lee Bailey 122 21
5 Mark Tucker 138 41
6 Jason Quinn 103 10
7 Scott Rook 129 38
8 Larry Nixon 120 35
9 Chuck Economou 159 77
10 Bernie Schultz 94 13
11 Art Ferguson III 165 85
12 Steve Sennikoff 173 94
13 Tom Biffle 93 18
14 Marty Stone 78 4
15 John Crews 157 84
16 Brooks Rogers 96 24
17 Michael Iaconelli 102 33
18 Rick Clunn 119 51
19 Chad Brauer 92 24
20 Kotaro Kiriyama 84 17

CLASSIC WATCH
The top 25 anglers in point standings from the CITGO Bassmaster Tour will earn a berth in the 2004 CITGO Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer, however, there are 12 anglers who have already qualified for the 2004 Classic through the CITGO Bassmaster Open divisions. These 12 include:

CITGO Bassmaster Open - Southern Division
Tim Horton
David Walker
Denny Brauer

CITGO Bassmaster Open - Central Division
Edwin Evers
Tim Carroll
Steve Sennikoff

CITGO Bassmaster Open - Northern Division
Art Ferguson III
Kevin Wirth
Chuck Economou

CITGO Bassmaster Open - Western Division
Bink Desaro
John Murray
Skeet Reese

BASSMASTER ELITE 50
New for 2004, BASS introduces the $1.6 million, no-entry-fee Bassmaster Elite 50 series. Fifty anglers, comprised of the top 20 active anglers on the BASS All-Time Money List, the top 27 in cumulative points from the 2002, 2003 and 2004 Tour seasons, and the 2004 CITGO Bassmaster Angler of the Year, the 2004 BASS Rookie of the Year and the 2003 CITGO Bassmaster Classic champion, will compete in the four-event series with the winner taking home a $100,000 check.

Currently 2003 Classic champ Michael Iaconelli is the only angler with a guaranteed spot. Anglers are sure to be jockeying for position in the points and money during the 2004 Tour season with hopes of gaining entry into the series.

If the Elite 50 were to start today, these are the anglers who would be in.

TOP 20 ALL-TIME MONEY
1 Denny Brauer $1,715,664.21
2 Rick Clunn $1,532,419.53
3 Larry Nixon $1,527,133.58
4 Jay Yelas $1,248,432.00
5 Shaw E Grigsby, Jr $1,210,555.23
6 Kevin VanDam $1,175,683.33
7 Gary Klein $1,159,568.97
8 Ron Shuffield $969,996.00
9 Roland Martin $967,142.16
10 George Cochran $864,501.45
11 Davy Hite $842,800.00
12 Mark Davis $842,771.30
13 David Fritts $824,805.00
14 Zell Rowland $768,190.90
15 Tom Biffle $740,978.80
16 Jim Bitter $727,018.60
17 David Wharton $705,030.80
18 Randy Blaukat $678,792.70
19 Alton Jones $671,916.67
20 Peter E Thliveros $671,654.00

TOP 10 ON BUBBLE FOR MONEY
1 Ken Cook $640,067.20
2 Woo Daves $538,210.80
3 Stacey D King $510,676.00
4 Paul L Elias $462,114.73
5 Takahiro Omori $439,625.00
6 Dean Rojas $439,248.31
7 Guy H Eaker $404,647.40
8 Harold Allen $380,468.69
9 Joe Thomas $365,048.47
10 Aaron Martens $361,022.33

TOP 27 2002, 2003, 2004 POINTS
1 Bud Pruitt 1811
2 Edwin Evers 1785
3 Kelly Jordon 1781
4 Brent Chapman 1749
5 Tim Horton 1725
6 Dustin Wilks 1684
7 John Murray 1660
8 Mike Wurm 1601
9 Skeet Reese 1570
10 Kevin Wirth 1550
11 Bernie Schultz 1524
12 Ishama Monroe 1506
12 Elton Luce Jr 1506
14 Brian Snowden 1477
15 O T Fears III 1469
16 Randy Howell 1458
17 Todd Faircloth 1457
18 Gerald Swindle 1455
19 Tommy Martin 1430
20 Kotaro Kiriyama 1426
21 Todd Auten 1421
22 Mike Auten 1370
23 Kenyon Hill 1365
24 Tom Mann, Jr 1347
25 Scott Rook 1328
26 Ben Matsubu 1327
27 Roger Boler 1311

TOP 10 ON BUBBLE FOR POINTS
1 Jeff Kriet 1308
2 Dean Rojas 1301
3 Marty Stone 1299
4 Gary Yamamoto 1290
5 Jack L Wade 1276
6 Takahiro Omori 1274
7 Mark Menendez 1266
8 Jack A Gadlage 1265
9 Chad Brauer 1255
10 Guy H Eaker 1247

LAST TIME IN GUNTERSVILLE
The CITGO Bassmaster Tournament Trail returns to a familiar site. This will mark the 13th time Lake Guntersville has hosted a BASS event. Texan Kelly Jordan was the victor in 2002, the last time BASS visited Guntersville, with a four-day weight of 83 pounds, 11 ounces. That tournament also set the Tour record for heaviest total weight in a tournament when the field of pros brought in an astonishing 5,645 pounds, 4 ounces.

BASS RECORDS AT GUNTERSVILLE

Last BASS event hosted/winner: April 2002/ Kelly Jordon

Number of previous BASS events hosted: 12

Previous Winners:
2002 Kelly Jordon 83-11
1997 Chris Baumgardner 52-6
1992 Denny Brauer 27-3
1992 George Cochran 55-1
1991 Zell Rowland 55-10
1990 Larry Nixon 30-6
1990 Edward Gettys 71-0
1989 Robert Byrd 60-7
1988 Don Snyder 47-5
1987 Rick Clunn 42-6
1980 Basil Bacon 53-10
1976 Rick Clunn 59-15

Heaviest winning weight: Kelly Jordon, 83-11 (2002)

Lowest winning weight: Denny Brauer, 27-3 (1992)

BASS IN ALABAMA
The Guntersville event will mark the 61st event conducted in Alabama, which holds the record for most BASS events (followed by Florida with 47). There are two additional BASS events scheduled in Alabama before the 2004 CITGO Bassmaster Classic -the season's fifth Tour stop, slated for Lake Eufaula, March 18-21, and the third stop on the all-new Bassmaster Elite 50 series, set for June 2-5 on the Alabama River.

WHO'S HOT ON THE TRAIL

HEAVIEST SINGLE-DAY LIMIT
Alton Jones - 27 pounds, Harris Chain of Lakes (Fla.)

HEAVIEST BASS
Alton Jones - 10-13, Harris Chain of Lakes (Fla.)

MOST LIMITS
1. Marty Stone - 4
2. Scott Rook - 4
3. Brent Chapman - 4
4. Michael Iaconelli - 4

HEAVIEST TOTAL WEIGHT TOURNAMENT (FIELD)
Harris Chain of Lakes (Fla.) 3,105 pounds, 5 ounces

LOWEST TOTAL WEIGHT TOURNAMENT (FIELD)
Smith Lake (Ala.) 923 pounds, 2 ounces

MOST LIMITS (FIELD)
Harris Chain of Lakes (Fla.) 164 limits

FEWEST LIMITS (FIELD)
Smith Lake (Ala.) 5 limits

MOST BASS CAUGHT (FIELD)
Harris Chain of Lakes (Fla.) 1,238 bass

FEWEST BASS CAUGHT (FIELD)
Smith Lake (Ala.) 357 bass

ORIGINS OF THE TOUR
While BASS has conducted tournaments since 1967, records for the CITGO Bassmaster Tour presented by Busch Beer begin with the 1994-95 season, as that was the first year the pro-am tournaments earned points toward the Angler of the Year award.

The heaviest total weight tournament in CITGO Bassmaster Tour history took place in April 2002 on Alabama's Lake Guntersville, where the field of pros brought in an astonishing 5,645 pounds, 4 ounces of bass.

BASS is the world's largest fishing organization, sanctioning more than 20,000 tournaments worldwide through its Federation. The CITGO Bassmaster Tournament Trail presented by Busch Beer is the oldest and most prestigious pro bass-fishing tournament circuit and continues to set the standard for credibility, professionalism and sportsmanship as it has since 1968.

BIG PAYDAY
West Hills California's Charlie Weyer had the big payday at Smith Lake. The second event for the 2004 CITGO Bassmaster Tour presented by Busch Beer earned him a check for $101,000 as he looks to add to his winnings on Alabama's Lake Guntersville Feb. 26-29.

BASS MILLIONAIRES CLUB
Seven anglers will begin the 2004 Tour in the BASS Millionaires Club. Those are the anglers who have racked up over $1 million in career BASS prize money. Those seven anglers are:

1 Denny Brauer $1,715,664.21
2 Rick Clunn $1,532,419.53
3 Larry Nixon $1,527,133.58
4 Jay Yelas $1,248,432.00
5 Shaw E Grigsby, Jr $1,210,555.23
6 Kevin VanDam $1,175,683.33
7 Gary Klein $1,159,568.97

Two anglers to watch in 2004 are Ron Shuffield, and Roland Martin. Shuffield, with $969,996 and Martin with $967,142 are poised to join the BASS Millionaires Club by the end of 2004.

CASTINGKIDS
The CastingKids program, sponsored by CITGO will be held in conjunction with the BASS Sponsor Expo Saturday, Feb. 28 from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Lake Guntersville State Park Beach. Children between the ages of 7 and 14 can participate in the contest with the chance to earn a scholarship.

The event and instruction to youngsters will be facilitated by the River City Bass Club.

BASS SPONSOR EXPO (ADMISSION IS FREE)
A popular component of the CITGO Bassmaster Tour events this season is the highly interactive and family friendly BASS Sponsor Expo area. Sponsors present interactive exhibits and provide a fun family experience for all ages. The Expos take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and from 12 p.m. until 6 Sunday at the Lake Guntersville State Park Beach.

SCHEDULE - CITGO BASSMASTER TOUR EVENT 3

Registration: Wed., Feb. 25, 3 p.m.
Guntersville State Park Lodge

Briefing - Wed., Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m.
Guntersville State Park Lodge

Day 1 launch - Thurs., Feb. 26, 6 a.m.
Lake Guntersville State Park Beach

Day 1 weigh-in - Thurs., Feb. 26, 2:45 p.m.
Lake Guntersville State Park Beach

Day 2 launch - Fri., Feb. 27, 6 a.m.
Lake Guntersville State Park Beach

Day 2 weigh-in - Fri., Feb. 27, 2:45 p.m.
Lake Guntersville State Park Beach

Day 3 launch - Sat., Feb. 28, 6:30 a.m.
Lake Guntersville State Park Beach

BASS Sponsor Expo - Sat., Feb. 28, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Lake Guntersville State Park Beach

CastingKids Competition - Sat., Feb. 28, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Lake Guntersville State Park Beach

Day 3 weigh-in and cut - Sat., Feb. 28, 3:30 p.m.
Lake Guntersville State Park Beach

Day 4 launch - Sun., Feb. 29, 6:30 a.m.
Lake Guntersville State Park Beach

BASS Sponsor Expo - Sun., Feb. 29, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Lake Guntersville State Park Beach

Day 4 weigh-in - Sun., Feb. 29, 3:30 p.m.
Lake Guntersville State Park Beach

2004 CITGO BASSMASTER TOUR SCHEDULE

Site: Harris Chain of Lakes - Leesburg, Fla.
Winner: Marty Stone - 61-12
Site: Smith Lake - Jasper, Ala.
Winner: Charlie Weyer - 32-10
Site: Lake Guntersville - Guntersville, Ala.
Feb. 26-Feb. 29
Site: Table Rock Lake - Kimberling City, Mo.
March 4-7
Site: Lake Eufaula - Eufaula, Ala.
March 18-21
Site: Santee Cooper Reservoir - Manning, S.C.
March 25-28

2004 BASSMASTER ELITE 50 SCHEDULE

Site: Lake Dardenelle - Russellville, Ark.
April 14-17
Site: Tenn-Tom Waterway - Columbus, Miss.
May 19-22
Site: Alabama River - Prattville, Ala.
June 2-5
Site: Ohio, Cumberland & Tennessee Rivers - Paducah, Ky.
June 16-19

BASS ON THE INTERNET
For information and news about BASS events, www.bassmaster.com is available to members of the media and the general public and provides daily wrap-ups and standings from each event as well as schedules of events and other BASS news. Working media can access stats, stories and photos at www.espnoutdoorsmedia.com. Please apply for a password today.

BASS SPONSORS
Sponsors of the CITGO Bassmaster Tournament Trail presented by Busch Beer include CITGO Petroleum Corp., Busch Beer, Purolator, Triton Boats, Skeeter Boats, Mercury Marine, Yamaha Outboards, Berkley, Abu Garcia, Lowrance Electronics, Flowmaster Exhaust Systems, MotorGuide, Bass Pro Shops, and BankOne.

Associate Sponsors include G3 Boats and Bryant Heating and Air Conditioning.

Local Sponsors include the City of Guntersville, State of Alabama Conservation Department, Marshall County Convention & Visitors Bureau

For more information, contact BASS Communications at (334) 551-2375 or visit www.bassmaster.com.

ENTRY LIST FOR LAKE GUNTERSVILLE

PROS
ALABAMA
DALTON BOBO, NORTHPORT
COBY CARDEN, SHELBY
TIM HORTON, TUSCUMBIA
RANDY HOWELL, SPRINGVILLE
KOTARO KIRIYAMA, MOODY
KYLE MABREY, BIRMINGHAM
JIMMY MASON, ROGERSVILLE
GREG PUGH, CULLMAN
MARK RIZK, ARAB
GERALD SWINDLE, HAYDEN

ARKANSAS
STEPHEN BROWNING, HOT SPRINGS
GEORGE COCHRAN, HOT SPRINGS
MARK DAVIS, MOUNT IDA
DOUG GARRETT, CABOT
MIKE MCCLELLAND, VELLA VISTA
JIMMY MIZE, BEN LOMOND
LARRY NIXON, BEE BRANCH
SCOTT ROOK, LITTLE ROCK
KEVIN SHORT, MAYFLOWER
RONNIE SHUFFIELD, BISMARCK
SCOTT SUGGS, ALEXANDER
MIKE WURM, HOT SPRINGS

ARIZONA
BRETT HITE, PHOENIX
CASEY IWAI, LAVEEN
MARK KILE, TONTO BASIN
JOHN MURRAY, PHOENIX
MARK TYLER, SCOTTSDALE

CALIFORNIA
R J BENNETT, GRASS VALLEY
ROBERT LEE, ANGELS CAMP
AARON MARTENS, CASTAIC
ISHAMA MONROE, PATTERSON
MIKE O'SHEA, WESTLAKE VILLAGE
SKEET REESE, AUBURN
MIKE REYNOLDS, MODESTO
MORIZO SHIMIZU, MURRITA
CHARLIE WEYER, WEST HILLS

COLORADO
JARRETT EDWARDS, DEL NORTE

CONECTICUT
LEE BAILEY, HEBRON
TERRY BAKSAY, MONROE
JORDAN PAULLO, COVENTRY

FLORIDA
JIM BITTER, FRUITLAND PARK
STEPHEN DANIEL, CLEWISTON
CHUCK ECONOMOU, REDINGTON SHORES
SHAW GRIGSBY, GAINESVILLE
ROLAND MARTIN, NAPLES
MARK ROGERS, NAPLES
BERNIE SCHULTZ, GAINESVILLE
TERRY SCROGGINS, PALATKA
TERRY SEGRAVES, KISSIMMEE
MARK SHEPARD, LABELLE
PETER THLIVEROS, JACKSONVILLE

GEORGIA
JODY CORDELL, NORCROSS
JOHNNY LESESNE, BLUE RIDGE
TOM MANN, BUFORD
DUKE MCCARDLE, MARIETTA
ERIC NETHERY, ACWORTH
DANIEL WHITE, MILLEDGEVILLE

IDAHO
BINK DESARO, BOISE

ILLINOIS
TOM BURNS, CARBONDALE
CHAD MORGENTHALER, COULTERVILLE

JAPAN
NORIO TANABE, TOKYO

KANSAS
BRENT CHAPMAN, SHAWNEE

KENTUCKY
MIKE AUTEN, BENTON
JACK GADLAGE, BENTON
MARK MENENDEZ, PADUCAH
KEVIN WIRTH, CRESTWOOD

LOUISIANA
ROGER BOLER, SLIDELL
GREG HACKNEY, GONZALES
HOMER HUMPHREYS, MINDEN

MASSACHUSETTS
DANNY CORREIA, MARLBOROUGH

MARYLAND
FRANK IPPOLITI, SMITHSBURG
J T KENNEY, FROSTBURG
CHRIS PRICE, CHURCH HILL

MICHIGAN
ART FERGUSON, SAINT CLAIR SHORES
GERALD GOSTENIK, DEARBORN
KEVIN VANDAM, KALAMAZOO
MARCEL VEENSTRA, BRIGHTON

MISSOURI
RANDY BLAUKAT, LAMAR
CHAD BRAUER, OSAGE BEACH
DENNY BRAUER, CAMDENTON
RICK CLUNN, AVA
STACEY KING, REEDS SPRING
BRIAN SNOWDEN, SPRINGFIELD
MARK TUCKER, SAINT LOUIS

MISSISSIPPI
PAUL ELIAS, PACHUTA
ROBERT HAMILTON, HATTIESBURG
TIM LOPER, TERRY
JEFF MAGEE, MENDENHALL
PETE PONDS, MADISON

NORTH CAROLINA
CHRIS BAUMGARDNER, GASTONIA
GUY EAKER, CHERRYVILLE
DAVID FRITTS, LEXINGTON
MARTY STONE, LINDEN
DUSTIN WILKS, ROCKY MOUNT

NEW JERSEY
PETE GLUSZEK, FRANKLINVILLE
MICHAEL IACONELLI, RUNNEMEDE
DAVE MANSUE, ROBBINSVILLE

NEVADA
DENNIS KOLENDER, HENDERSON
BYRON VELVICK, BOULDER CITY

OHIO
CHARLIE HARTLEY, GROVE CITY
FRANK SCALISH, CLEVELAND
JOE THOMAS, MILFORD

OKLAHOMA
TOMMY BIFFLE, WAGONER
TIM CARROLL, OWASSO
KEN COOK, LAWTON
EDWIN EVERS, MANNSVILLE
O T FEARS, SALLISAW
KENYON HILL, NORMAN
JIMMY HOUSTON, COOKSON
JEFF KRIET, ARDMORE
JEFF REYNOLDS, PLATTER

OREGON
DARRYL BURKHARDT, GRESHAM

PENNSYLVANIA
RANDALL ROMIG, BARTO
RANDY YARNALL, WOMELSDORF

SOUTH CAROLINA
TODD AUTEN, LAKE WYLIE
DAVY HITE, PROSPERITY
JASON QUINN, CLOVER
RAY SEDGWICK, CROSS

TENNESSEE
CHARLIE INGRAM, SANTA FE
JAY KENDRICK, OOLTEWAH
THOMAS O'BRYANT, DRUMMONDS
TOMMY STILES, MC MINNVILLE
JACK WADE, KNOXVILLE
DAVID WALKER, SEVIERVILLE

TEXAS
HAROLD ALLEN, SHELBYVILLE
JASON BARBER, GUN BARREL CITY
CODY BIRD, GRANBURY
RANDY DEARMAN, ONALASKA
TODD FAIRCLOTH, JASPER
CHARLES HAMMACK, NEW CANEY
SEAN HOERNKE, MAGNOLIA
ALTON JONES, WACO
KELLY JORDON, MINEOLA
GARY KLEIN, WEATHERFORD
ELTON LUCE, BROOKELAND
TOMMY MARTIN, HEMPHILL
BEN MATSUBU, HEMPHILL
YUSUKE MIYAZAKI, MINEOLA
TAKAHIRO OMORI, EMORY
BUD PRUITT, SPRING
MATT REED, MADISONVILLE
JASON REYES, HUMBLE
BROOKS ROGERS, QUITMAN
DEAN ROJAS, GRAND SALINE
ZELL ROWLAND, MONTGOMERY
STEVE SENNIKOFF, FORNEY
LANCE VICK, MINEOLA
DAVID WHARTON, SAM RAYBURN
GARY YAMAMOTO, MINEOLA
JAY YELAS, TYLER

UTAH
SCOTT NIELSEN, SALT LAKE CITY

VIRGINIA
JOHN CREWS, JETERSVILLE
CHRIS DAVES, HOPEWELL
WOO DAVES, SPRING GROVE
MICHAEL HICKS, MINERAL
CURT LYTLE, SUFFOLK
RICK MORRIS, VIRGINIA BEACH

WASHINGTON
LUKE CLAUSEN, SPOKANE VALLEY


AMATEURS

ALABAMA
BOB BEHRLE, HOOVER
MIKE BIRGE, FLORALA
ANTHONY BOYETT, ROBERTSDALE
TOMMY BRYANT, OPELIKA
WILLIAM CARTER, OWENS CROSS ROADS
HADLEY COAN, HUNTSVILLE
JOHN CONWELL, GARDENDALE
STACY CREWS, MADISON
BRENT CROW, HARTSELLE
JONATHAN DENTON, DECATUR
CHRIS DILL, HUEYTOWN
DONNIE DODD, GUNTERSVILLE
KEN DODSON, ASHVILLE
EUVAUGHN DUKES, RAINSVILLE
PHILIP DUKES, RAINSVILLE
T R FULLER, AUBURN
STEVEN GAUTNEY, DECATUR
FLYNN GERALD, CHELSEA
STAN GRETT, ENTERPRISE
CLAYTON HADLEY, PERDIDO
TIM HARBISON, PINSON
DAVID HARRISON, HUNTSVILLE
JAMES HILL, OZARK
CHARLES JOHNSON, EASTABOGA
MARK JONES, BREMEN
JOHN KILBOURN, HUNTSVILLE
DAVID KILGORE, JASPER
THOMAS KING, AUBURN
ANDREW LAMBERT, MUSCLE SHOALS
BILL LEDBETTER, GRANT
AL LEE, JACKSONVILLE
BILL LOGSDON, OZARK
CHRIS MCCOLLUM, NEW HOPE
VERN MOODY, WEST BLOCTON
MIKE MOSTELLA, ALBERTVILLE
BRANDON NORRIS, HALEYVILLE
BEN PICKLE, BEAVERTON
WAYNE PIERCE, HARVEST
HARRY POTTS, OZARK
STEVEN SMITH, GUNTERSVILLE
MICHAEL SOUTH, ALABASTER
WALTER STRINGER, TALLASSEE
CHUCK THURLOW, AUBURN
GREG VINSON, WETUMPKA
RANDY WEATHERFORD, MILLBROOK
WAYNE WHISONANT, HAYDEN
TAL WHITE, FLORENCE
TIMOTHY WINDHAM, JACKSON

ARKANSAS
ARNOLD COONS, SHERWOOD
WAYNE JOHNSON, CONWAY
SCOTT PENNINGTON, CROSSETT

ARIZONA
LAWRENCE SIFERT, SCOTTSDALE
DEREK YAMAMOTO, TEMPE

CALIFORNIA
GRANT OLGUIN, SAN RAMON

DELAWARE
DAVID RUSSELL, DELMAR

FLORIDA
JIM CONNELL, PLANT CITY
HINTON DAY, LAUREL HILL
COLIN MARTIN, CRESTVIEW
BILL POIRIER, RIVERVIEW
RON WARREN, OCKLAWAHA
RANDY WEBB, CHRISTMAS
JOHN WERF, ATLANTIC BEACH

GEORGIA
ED AMOS, CHATSWORTH
PATRICK BROWN, SWAINSBORO
MARSHALL CAUTHEN, CARROLLTON
JOE EUBANKS, MARIETTA
ARTHUR FIELDER, STONE MT
VAN FOSTER, DALTON
GARY HENRY, HAMPTON
DON HUDSON, ACWORTH
DAVID KENT, LUMPKIN
ROGER MORROW, GRIFFIN
CURTIS REEVES, RIVERDALE

IOWA
DAVID BROWN, SIOUX CITY

ILLINOIS
DALE GUETERSLOH, NASHVILLE
PATRICK WELCH, MACKINAW

INDIANA
STEPHEN BOGGS, COLUMBUS
BILL CHICOS, VALPARAISO
CHRIS HARRISON, SEYMOUR
DOUG KLUEH, SELLERSBURG
PETER PAULSON, CHESTERTON
MARK SCHABEL, WESTPORT

KANSAS
ALAN SMITH, MAIZE
RYAN SMITH, MAIZE

KENTUCKY
ROGER FAIRCHILD, LOWMANSVILLE
KRAIG GRAYSON, INEZ
MICHAEL HEARN, PARIS
BRUCE LUCKETT, GOSHEN
BILL MCCRAY, PIKEVILLE
GARY VARNEY, MC CARR

LOUISIANA
KEVIN PORCHE, GRETNA
MIKE WILLIAMS, DELHI

MICHIGAN
DANIEL ROMANO, FARMINGTON

MINNESOTA
PATRICK PORTER, CENTERVILLE
DALE YOUNGQUIST, OGILVIE

MISSOURI
MAX WILSON, EVERTON

MISSISSIPPI
JERRY GORDON, WIGGINS
JIMMY MILLER, MADISON
FRANK WHITE, WEST POINT

NORTH CAROLINA
GARY ABERNETHY, SKYLAND
DAVID GALLOWAY, RALEIGH
MARK LAMB, WALE FOREST
JEFF SMITH, RALEIGH
DAVID UNGER, CLEVELAND

NEW JERSEY
THOMAS KESSELL, STANHOPE
DAN MARTIN, SOMERS POINT

NEW MEXICO
PHILLIP ADAMS, EDGEWOOD

NEW YORK
KEITH ALLEN, THERESA
CRAIG DAINO, CENTRAL SQUARE
DAVID LIVINGSTON, SCOTTSVILLE

OHIO
JIM CROUCHER, MONROE
KENNETH DAVIS, CINCINNATI
MITCHELL LAKES, CARLISLE
JIM MOODY, SYLVANIA
BRIAN RUNYON, MC ARTHUR

OKLAHOMA
KENNETH HAYES, HASKELL

ONTARIO
JIM STEPHENS, MIDLAND

PENNSYLVANIA
JASON KNAPP, UNIONTOWN

SOUTH CAROLINA
WADE GROOMS, BONNEAU
JEREMY LYNCH, SUMMERVILLE
BRIAN MEYER, SPARTANBURG

TENNESSEE
KIRK ADAMS, WARTBURG
BRIAN ANDERSON, SPRINGFIELD
MARC ARNOLD, KINGSPORT
RICK BOWEN, JACKSON
RICHARD BRADLEY, MURFREESBORO
LARRY BRYANT, GOODLETTSVILLE
JOHN CARROLL, LA FOLLETTE
ROBERT COLSON, NASHVILLE
FRANKLIN DURHAM, MINOR HILL
MARK GOUGE, JOHNSON CITY
DARIO GUERRA, TULLAHOMA
THOMAS GUNTER, PULASKI
CHAD LIVINGSTON, HAMPTON
LYNN MCWHORTER, COOKEVILLE
RUSS REYNOLDS, TULLAHOMA
JASON RISLEY, CORDOVA
R G ROSE, KNOXVILLE
C L SNOW, MC MINNVILLE
SCOTT WHITSON, ERWIN

TEXAS
DICK CRIGGER, PLAINVIEW

VIRGINIA
ROBERT CLARK, WOODBRIDGE
DON MALLOW, FREDERICKSBURG
PETE ROBBINS, VIENNA
WILLIAM ROBERTS, FAIRFAX
WILLIAM ROBINSON, CLINTWOOD
ALEX SOWELL, ALTIVISTA
JASON STOWERS, NARROWS
RON WARD, SALEM
BURLEY WARF, MONETA
ROBERT WILKINSON, SUFFOLK
RICHARD WISSWELL, CHESAPEAKE

VERMONT
LARRY BUTLER, NEW HAVEN

WISCONSIN
JOSHUA GRAMS, KENOSHA
DAVID LONGRIE, STOUGHTON

WEST VIRGINIA
BLAINE BUCY, WEIRTON


PHOTOS: Sandhill Cranes Arrive

Chattanooga Tree Commission And Take Root Chattanooga To Hold Citizen Forester Classes

TFWC Meeting Set For Dyersburg


The Chattanooga Tree Commission and Take Root Chattanooga will hold their annual Citizen Forester Classes over four Saturdays in February from 9 a.m. to noon at several locations around Hamilton ... (click for more)

The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold its first 2022 meeting Jan. 20-21 at the Lannom Center in Dyersburg. Thursday, the 20th meeting begins at 1 p.m. Friday, the 21st, begins ... (click for more)



Outdoors

PHOTOS: Sandhill Cranes Arrive

Chattanooga Tree Commission And Take Root Chattanooga To Hold Citizen Forester Classes

The Chattanooga Tree Commission and Take Root Chattanooga will hold their annual Citizen Forester Classes over four Saturdays in February from 9 a.m. to noon at several locations around Hamilton County. Two Beginner Classes will be offered on Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Ivy Academy (8520 Dayton Pike, Soddy Daisy) and Feb. 12 at the Hamilton County Ag Center (6183 Adamson Cir., Chattanooga). ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Several Hamilton County Schools Shift To Remote Learning

Several Hamilton County Schools are shifting to remote learning due to a rise in COVID-19 cases. Officials said, "The health and well-being of all Hamilton County students and staff has and will always be our highest priority. We are monitoring the current wave of COVID-19 spreading across our community and schools. "Current state law does not permit the entire school ... (click for more)

Hamilton County Reports 10 More COVID Deaths And 600 Positive Cases

The Hamilton County Health Department on Wednesday reported 600 new positive COVID-19 cases, up from 479 on Tuesday. The total number of cases in the county now stands at 81,080. There were 10 more deaths from the virus in Hamilton County reported on Wednesday, for a total of 946. “The ten deaths reported today by the Hamilton County Health Department occurred within the last ... (click for more)

Opinion

My Family Is Afraid And So Am I, A Tale Of American Healthcare

My father fears what I’m about to say will make me unable to find a job in the future. He may be right. My whole family worries about my health, as do I, and we have good reason to do so. I feel now more than ever that I must speak up regardless of consequence or retribution because to remain silent about this truly and uniquely American experience would be wrong. I did all the ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Works

I was driving south on 153 back to East Brainerd and looking out at the mountains in the distance and the lake so calm now and thought to myself, Chattanooga is a good place to be and a good place to be in constant awe of the beauty that surrounds us. I am not native to Chattanooga, nor the south, but more and more I love it. There is another point that needs to be shared and ... (click for more)