By John Johnson
BassFan Senior Editor


The overall weights were much lower than anticipated at last week's Lake Okeechobee Southeastern EverStart, likely due to a cold front that swept into Florida in the preceding days and sent the water temperature plummeting as much as 15 degrees. Only two sacks exceeding 20 pounds were brought to the scale – both courtesy of wire-to-wire winner Keith Fels.

The 46-year-old Ocala, Fla. resident's victory provided vindication for last year, when he would've prevailed if not for a final-day disqualification due to a kill-switch violation that stemmed from a dead trolling motor. The most significant triumph of his career garnered him $40,000, plus a new boat package.

He carried 12-pound lead into the final day and needed almost all of it as powerful winds blew up his pitching pattern. He weighed just four fish that day (he had the fifth hooked up several times, but was unable to boat it) for 7-15 – less than a third of his day-2 haul.

His 54-15 total held off runner-up Jared McMillan by 2 1/4 pounds. Here's how he went about compiling it.

Practice

There's not much to write about here as Fels practiced for just one day and didn't get a single bite.

"I had a wheel bearing go out on my trailer and that took some time to get fixed," he said. "I was planning to go for 3 days, but it was okay because I always seem to do better there when I don't go and practice."

He lives 3 hours from the closest Big O boat launch ramp and doesn't have a great deal experience on the lake – he considers the Kissimmee Chain his home water. Understandably, he wasn't brimming with confidence going into day 1.

Competition

> Day 1: 5, 20-09
> Day 2: 5, 26-07
> Day 3: 4, 7-15
> Total = 14, 54-15

The places at Okeechobee at which Fels is confident he can catch fish can easily be counted on one hand. The first one he tried on day 1 was a bust.

"There were 30 boats in there," he said. "I fished around for a little while and watched everybody else catch them."

He'd come upon an area during practice that was surrounded by thick hydrilla, but was somewhat open in the middle (about 100 yards from the bank).

"Most of it, you could almost walk across it, but there was place in there that was about 30 yards around where it opened up like a big canopy. The fish are usually under the mats in a cold front, and I think when the front left, those fish came off the main lake.

"Some were real light (colored), but some were dark."

He boated all his weight within about an hour of arriving and was back at the ramp by 11:00 after helping his co-angler procure a limit. His sack gave him a lead of a little more than a pound over the 226-angler field.

His day-2 sack was far and away the best of the derby, courtesy of a 10 1/2-pounder that he was forced to hand-line into the boat after it busted his 65-pound braided line at the reel.

"That's never happened before, but I guess there's a first time for everything," he said. "I think when I got hung up earlier, some of the line got down in there (inside the wraps on the reel) and got pinched in."

That fish replaced a 12-incher in his livewell and thus represented a cull of more than 9 pounds. His advantage over the massive field swelled into double digits.

Things were much more difficult on the final day as the fierce wind wreaked havoc with his program.

"You had to make these perfect pitches, and I couldn't do it that day even with an ounce-and-a-quarter jig. I was still missing the spots and the wind was blowing bows in the line and dragging it around. It was all about presentation.

FLW/Rob Newell
Photo: FLW/Rob Newell

Fels weighed in less than 8 pounds on day 3, but it was enough to close out his wire-to-wire victory.

"I think the fish were still there – I had a couple that day that just didn't take (the bait). I had fish No. 5 on three times when I stopped at one spot and threw a frog, but they just came off."

Because of the hefty lead he began the day with, though, he knew that all was not lost.

"Well, somebody had to catch 20 pounds, and nobody (other than him) had done that all week, so I knew my chances were still pretty good. When we were standing in the weigh-in line, Jared told me he had about 19 pounds, but it looked to me like 21 or 22.

"When (the emcee) said I only needed 5 pounds and something, I knew I had it."

Winning Gear Notes

> Pitching gear: 7'6" and 7'10" heavy-action FitzGerald rods, Shimano Chronarch casting reel (7:1 ratio), 65-pound Sufix braided line, 3/4-, 1- or 1 1/4-ounce Gambler Jigzilla (black/blue), Gambler Megadaddy or Gambler Why Not trailer (black/blue).

> He caught one weigh-in fish on a Stanley Ribbit Top Toad (black).

The Bottom Line

> Main factor in his success – "Probably the determination I had after what happened last year. I thought about that all year long."

> Performance edge – "It'd have to be my Minn Kota Fortrex 101 (trolling motor). I wore that thing out putting so my pressure on it by pulling up all that grass and stuff."

Notable

> Fels, the owner of a Federal Express delivery service, is on the waiting list to fish the FLW Tour this year. He expects to be notified this week as to whether he'll get to fish for even bigger money at the Big O next month.

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Final Standings

1. Keith Fels -- Ocala, Fl -- 20-09 (5) -- 26-07 (5) -- 47-00 (10) -- 7-15 (4) -- 54-15 (14) -- $40,000

2. Jared McMillan -- Belle Glade, Fl -- 19-04 (5) -- 14-06 (5) -- 33-10 (10) -- 19-01 (5) -- 52-11 (15) -- $15,500

3. Randy Haynes -- Counce, Tn -- 12-08 (3) -- 18-04 (5) -- 30-12 (8) -- 18-06 (5) -- 49-02 (13) -- $12,000

4. Val Osinski -- Pompano Beach, Fl -- 14-10 (5) -- 17-03 (5) -- 31-13 (10) -- 14-10 (5) -- 46-07 (15) -- $10,000

5. Keith Pace -- Monticello, Ar -- 13-07 (5) -- 18-07 (5) -- 31-14 (10) -- 13-05 (5) -- 45-03 (15) -- $9,000

6. Brandon McMillan -- Clewiston, Fl -- 15-11 (5) -- 15-07 (5) -- 31-02 (10) -- 13-06 (5) -- 44-08 (15) -- $8,000

7. Joseph Kremer -- Osteen, Fl -- 15-10 (5) -- 16-11 (5) -- 32-05 (10) -- 11-15 (5) -- 44-04 (15) -- $7,000

8. Miles Burghoff -- Guntersville, Al -- 13-15 (5) -- 17-09 (5) -- 31-08 (10) -- 11-09 (5) -- 43-01 (15) -- $6,000

9. Thomas Helton -- Charleston, Tn -- 19-08 (5) -- 12-02 (5) -- 31-10 (10) -- 10-09 (5) -- 42-03 (15) -- $5,000

10. Kent Ware -- Wadmalaw Island, SC -- 15-11 (5) -- 19-00 (5) -- 34-11 (10) -- 5-11 (4) -- 40-06 (14) -- $4,000

11. Thadeus Ragan -- Miami, Fl -- 12-05 (5) -- 17-15 (5) -- 30-04 (10) -- $3,750

12. Brian Merriman -- Falkville, Al -- 13-14 (5) -- 16-03 (5) -- 30-01 (10) -- $3,500

13. Jason S. Smith -- Albany, Ga -- 13-08 (5) -- 16-04 (5) -- 29-12 (10) -- $3,000

14. Will Yelverton -- Hazel Green, Al -- 11-10 (4) -- 18-00 (5) -- 29-10 (9) -- $3,000

15. Shaye Baker -- Tallassee, Al -- 13-15 (5) -- 14-12 (5) -- 28-11 (10) -- $3,000

16. John Cox -- Debary, Fl -- 14-09 (5) -- 13-11 (5) -- 28-04 (10) -- $3,000

17. Charlie Hartley -- Grove City, Oh -- 14-15 (5) -- 12-13 (5) -- 27-12 (10) -- $3,000

18. Timothy Feller -- Coral Springs, Fl -- 11-03 (5) -- 16-07 (5) -- 27-10 (10) -- $3,000

19. Lionel Botha -- Okeechobee, Fl -- 15-14 (5) -- 11-11 (5) -- 27-09 (10) -- $3,000

20. Wayne Hauser -- Mooresville, NC -- 15-04 (5) -- 11-11 (5) -- 26-15 (10) -- $3,000

21. Trevor Fitzgerald -- Belleview, Fl -- 13-10 (5) -- 13-04 (5) -- 26-14 (10) -- $2,750

22. Bryan Honnerlaw -- Moore Haven, Fl -- 14-10 (5) -- 12-02 (5) -- 26-12 (10) -- $2,750

23. Clent Davis -- Montevallo, Al -- 9-01 (5) -- 17-08 (5) -- 26-09 (10) -- $2,750

24. Barry Wilson -- Birmingham, Al -- 11-03 (5) -- 15-06 (5) -- 26-09 (10) -- $2,750

25. Steve Daniel -- Clewiston, Fl -- 15-11 (5) -- 10-13 (5) -- 26-08 (10) -- $2,750

26. Darrell Davis -- Dover, Fl -- 12-08 (5) -- 13-15 (5) -- 26-07 (10) -- $2,500

27. Keith Burden -- Seminole, Fl -- 11-02 (5) -- 14-14 (5) -- 26-00 (10) -- $2,500

28. Koby Kreiger -- Bokeelia, Fl -- 12-01 (5) -- 13-13 (5) -- 25-14 (10) -- $2,500

29. Jared Dial -- Winter Haven, Fl -- 18-08 (5) -- 7-05 (3) -- 25-13 (8) -- $2,500

30. Vu Au -- Tucson, Az -- 16-03 (5) -- 9-10 (5) -- 25-13 (10) -- $2,500

31. Rick Taylor -- West Olive, Mi -- 15-06 (5) -- 10-04 (5) -- 25-10 (10) -- $2,000

32. Daniel Welch -- New Martinsville, WV -- 10-11 (5) -- 14-12 (5) -- 25-07 (10) -- $2,000

33. Bill Day -- Frankfort, Ky -- 7-13 (3) -- 17-08 (5) -- 25-05 (8) -- $2,000

34. Shinichi Fukae -- Palestine, Tx -- 14-03 (5) -- 11-01 (5) -- 25-04 (10) -- $2,000

35. Anthony Ford -- New Smyrna, Fl -- 8-08 (5) -- 16-10 (5) -- 25-02 (10) -- $2,000

36. Chad Aaron -- Lawrenceburg, Tn -- 14-11 (5) -- 10-05 (5) -- 25-00 (10) -- $2,000

37. Derrick Blake -- Rockwood, Tn -- 11-14 (5) -- 13-01 (5) -- 24-15 (10) -- $2,000

38. Sandy Melvin -- Boca Grande, Fl -- 11-03 (5) -- 13-11 (5) -- 24-14 (10) -- $2,000

39. Sean Skey -- Sumter, SC -- 14-03 (5) -- 10-08 (5) -- 24-11 (10) -- $2,000

40. Donnie Smith -- St. Johns, Fl -- 13-08 (5) -- 11-02 (5) -- 24-10 (10) -- $2,000

41. Micah Frazier -- Newnan, Ga -- 10-09 (5) -- 14-00 (5) -- 24-09 (10) -- $1,200

42. Trent Pardue -- Troy, NC -- 15-12 (5) -- 8-12 (5) -- 24-08 (10) -- $1,200

43. Drew Benton -- Panama City, Fl -- 6-14 (5) -- 17-07 (5) -- 24-05 (10) -- $1,200

44. William Kisiah -- Slidell, La -- 12-05 (5) -- 12-00 (5) -- 24-05 (10) -- $1,200

45. Jacob Wheeler -- Indianapolis, In -- 7-02 (5) -- 17-00 (5) -- 24-02 (10) -- $1,200

46. Alex Davis -- Albertville, Al -- 14-01 (5) -- 9-11 (5) -- 23-12 (10) -- $1,200

47. James Kemper -- Frankfort, Ky -- 10-01 (5) -- 13-08 (5) -- 23-09 (10) -- $1,200

48. Jeffery Swearingen -- Albany, Ga -- 11-10 (5) -- 11-14 (5) -- 23-08 (10) -- $1,200

49. Robert Morin -- Seymour, Tn -- 13-02 (5) -- 10-00 (5) -- 23-02 (10) -- $1,200

50. Anthony Gagliardi -- Prosperity, SC -- 7-14 (3) -- 15-03 (5) -- 23-01 (8) -- $1,200

51. Todd Auten -- Lake Wylie, SC -- 8-12 (5) -- 14-04 (5) -- 23-00 (10) -- $1,200

52. Maurice Cobb -- Kuttawa, Ky -- 13-01 (5) -- 9-15 (5) -- 23-00 (10) -- $1,200

53. Wayne Christopher -- Huntsville, Al -- 12-04 (4) -- 10-11 (5) -- 22-15 (9) -- $1,200

54. Jason Harris -- Marianna, Fl -- 12-10 (5) -- 10-02 (5) -- 22-12 (10) -- $1,200

55. Chuck Howard -- Elloree, SC -- 11-06 (5) -- 11-06 (5) -- 22-12 (10) -- $1,200

56. David Hendrick -- Cherryville, NC -- 8-14 (5) -- 13-13 (5) -- 22-11 (10) -- $1,200

57. Steve Fairtrace -- Palm City, Fl -- 13-07 (5) -- 9-02 (5) -- 22-09 (10) -- $1,200

58. Roger Crafton -- Boca Grande, Fl -- 8-12 (5) -- 13-12 (5) -- 22-08 (10) -- $1,200

59. Brian Divito -- St Petersburg, Fl -- 9-13 (5) -- 12-09 (5) -- 22-06 (10) -- $1,200

60. Norris Newhouse -- Okeechobee, Fl -- 13-04 (5) -- 9-01 (5) -- 22-05 (10) -- $1,200

61. Brad Knight -- Wartburg, Tn -- 12-06 (5) -- 9-15 (5) -- 22-05 (10) -- $1,200

62. Stephen McKinnie -- Umatila, Fl -- 5-07 (4) -- 16-13 (5) -- 22-04 (9) -- $1,200

63. Thomas Toth -- Clermont, Fl -- 11-14 (5) -- 10-06 (5) -- 22-04 (10) -- $1,200

64. Curtis Lewis -- West Palm Beach, Fl -- 8-14 (2) -- 13-05 (5) -- 22-03 (7) -- $1,200

65. Chris Keith -- Gainesville, Fl -- 6-08 (5) -- 15-09 (5) -- 22-01 (10) -- $1,200

66. Casey Martin -- New Hope, Al -- 11-07 (5) -- 10-09 (5) -- 22-00 (10) -- $1,200

67. Ryan Worthington -- Middleburg, Fl -- 8-04 (5) -- 13-10 (5) -- 21-14 (10) -- $1,200

68. Ken Golub -- Pittsford, NY -- 13-03 (5) -- 8-09 (5) -- 21-12 (10) -- $1,200

69. Juan Ruiz -- West Palm Beach, Fl -- 9-06 (5) -- 12-02 (5) -- 21-08 (10) -- $1,200

70. Jonathan Henry -- Grant, Al -- 9-13 (5) -- 11-09 (5) -- 21-06 (10) -- $1,200

71. Steven Stinson -- Pickering, On -- 14-14 (5) -- 6-07 (4) -- 21-05 (9) -- $1,200

72. Clifford Dawson -- Ocala, Fl -- 14-01 (5) -- 7-04 (5) -- 21-05 (10) -- $1,200

73. Ben Todd -- Pierson, Fl -- 10-03 (5) -- 11-01 (5) -- 21-04 (10) -- $1,200

74. Derek Yasinski -- Senoia, Ga -- 5-01 (2) -- 16-02 (5) -- 21-03 (7) -- $1,200

75. Bryant Ailor -- Knoxville, Tn -- 7-11 (5) -- 13-06 (5) -- 21-01 (10) -- $1,200

76. Kazunori Okuma -- Shiga, Japan -- 11-07 (5) -- 9-06 (5) -- 20-13 (10) -- $1,200

77. Kyle Monti -- Okeechobee, Fl -- 10-06 (5) -- 10-07 (5) -- 20-13 (10) -- $1,200

78. Brett Mitchell -- Timmonsville, SC -- 6-05 (4) -- 14-07 (5) -- 20-12 (9) -- $1,200

79. Joe Holland -- Jefferson, Me -- 11-15 (5) -- 8-12 (5) -- 20-11 (10) -- $1,200

80. Matt Greenblatt -- Port St Lucie, Fl -- 11-11 (5) -- 9-00 (5) -- 20-11 (10) -- $1,200

81. Wade Shahid -- Fort Walton Beach, Fl -- 8-04 (4) -- 12-06 (4) -- 20-10 (8) -- $1,200

82. Dan Blanchard -- Sarasota, Fl -- 9-00 (5) -- 11-09 (5) -- 20-09 (10) -- $1,200

83. Ken Ellis -- Bowman, SC -- 9-03 (5) -- 11-06 (5) -- 20-09 (10) -- $1,200

84. George Kapiton -- Inverness, Fl -- 11-10 (5) -- 8-09 (5) -- 20-03 (10) -- $1,200

85. Jake Gipson -- Niceville, Fl -- 6-15 (4) -- 13-03 (5) -- 20-02 (9) -- $1,200

86. Randall Cnota -- Tucson, Az -- 8-14 (5) -- 11-04 (5) -- 20-02 (10) -- $1,200

87. JT Kenney -- Palm Bay, Fl -- 9-08 (5) -- 10-10 (5) -- 20-02 (10) -- $1,200

88. Steve Bushore -- Bainbridge, Ga -- 10-14 (4) -- 9-03 (5) -- 20-01 (9) -- $1,200

89. Jesus Villegas -- Virginia Gardens, Fl -- 9-07 (5) -- 10-09 (5) -- 20-00 (10) -- $1,200

90. Parks Jones Jr -- York, SC -- 9-11 (5) -- 10-03 (5) -- 19-14 (10) -- $1,200

91. Royce Railey -- Columbus, Ga -- 9-08 (4) -- 10-04 (5) -- 19-12 (9) -- $1,200

92. Allen Duke -- Port St Joe, Fl -- 6-00 (3) -- 13-09 (5) -- 19-09 (8) -- $1,200

93. Ryan Edwards -- Stuart, Fl -- 9-04 (5) -- 10-04 (5) -- 19-08 (10) -- $1,200

94. Richard Peek -- Centre, Al -- 12-10 (5) -- 6-12 (5) -- 19-06 (10) -- $1,200

95. Carmen Patti -- Davie, Fl -- 12-06 (5) -- 7-00 (3) -- 19-06 (8) -- $1,200

96. Mike Surman -- Boca Raton, Fl -- 7-11 (5) -- 11-09 (5) -- 19-04 (10) -- $1,200

97. Justin Jones -- Apex, NC -- 10-10 (5) -- 8-09 (5) -- 19-03 (10) -- $1,200

98. Darren Gallaher -- Hixson, Tn -- 9-00 (5) -- 10-03 (5) -- 19-03 (10) -- $1,200

99. Kyle Walters -- Grant Valkaria, Fl -- 11-08 (5) -- 7-08 (5) -- 19-00 (10) -- $1,200

100. Kevin Stewart -- Elk Grove, Ca -- 1-15 (2) -- 16-11 (5) -- 18-10 (7) -- $1,200

101. Pat Kelly Sr -- Guntersville, Al -- 10-09 (5) -- 8-01 (5) -- 18-10 (10) -- $1,200

102. Jerry Lawler -- Athens, Al -- 6-10 (3) -- 11-15 (5) -- 18-09 (8) -- $1,200

103. Kenneth Meek -- Vincent, Oh -- 9-14 (5) -- 8-10 (5) -- 18-08 (10) -- $1,200

104. Brian Latimer -- Belton, SC -- 7-05 (4) -- 11-02 (5) -- 18-07 (9) -- $1,200

105. Dean Boruff -- Valdosta, Ga -- 7-05 (5) -- 11-01 (5) -- 18-06 (10) -- $1,200

106. Timothy Dearing -- Loudon, Tn -- 8-03 (4) -- 10-02 (5) -- 18-05 (9) -- $1,200

107. Lee Haas -- Hixson, Tn -- 9-09 (2) -- 8-11 (5) -- 18-04 (7) -- $1,200

108. Scott Canterbury -- Springville, Al -- 3-03 (2) -- 15-00 (5) -- 18-03 (7) -- $1,200

109. Jason Grape -- Attalla, Al -- 6-06 (3) -- 11-13 (5) -- 18-03 (8) -- $1,200

110. Jeff McMillan -- Belle Glade, Fl -- 7-09 (5) -- 10-10 (5) -- 18-03 (10) -- $1,200

111. Cliff Blackford -- Grass Lake, Mi -- 10-05 (5) -- 7-13 (3) -- 18-02 (8) -- $1,200

112. Adam Brown -- Attalla, Al -- 9-09 (5) -- 8-08 (5) -- 18-01 (10) -- $1,200

113. Currey Holley -- Pulaski, Tn -- 11-14 (5) -- 5-14 (4) -- 17-12 (9) -- $1,200

114. Ron Nelson -- Berrien Springs, Mi -- 9-14 (5) -- 7-13 (5) -- 17-11 (10) -- $1,200

115. Robert Behrle -- Hoover, Al -- 6-02 (5) -- 11-08 (5) -- 17-10 (10) -- $1,200

116. Brent Chitty -- Moultrie, Ga -- 9-10 (5) -- 8-00 (5) -- 17-10 (10) -- $1,200

117. Steven Lake -- Sebring, Fl -- 2-06 (2) -- 15-03 (5) -- 17-09 (7)

118. David Pollard -- Carrollton, Ga -- 3-12 (3) -- 13-13 (5) -- 17-09 (8)

119. Brad Carroll -- Hiram, Ga -- 7-13 (3) -- 9-12 (5) -- 17-09 (8)

120. Bryan Thrift -- Shelby, NC -- 6-00 (4) -- 11-07 (5) -- 17-07 (9)

121. Greg Sallee -- Gilbertsville, Ky -- 10-09 (5) -- 6-14 (5) -- 17-07 (10)

122. Theo Corcoran -- Independence, Mo -- 8-05 (5) -- 9-02 (5) -- 17-07 (10)

123. Chad Prough -- Chipley, Fl -- 5-09 (3) -- 11-13 (5) -- 17-06 (8)

124. Michael Hughes -- Greenville, SC -- 3-02 (2) -- 13-15 (5) -- 17-01 (7)

125. Jason Cordell -- Pelahatchie, Ms -- 7-08 (4) -- 9-09 (5) -- 17-01 (9)

126. Jeff Stoner -- Wellsville, Pa -- 8-05 (5) -- 8-12 (5) -- 17-01 (10)

127. Keith Iddins -- Knoxville, Tn -- 6-12 (4) -- 10-04 (5) -- 17-00 (9)

128. Tim Wilson -- Gas City, In -- 7-14 (5) -- 9-02 (5) -- 17-00 (10)

129. Jason Ober -- Johnstown, Pa -- 8-04 (5) -- 8-12 (5) -- 17-00 (10)

130. Jason Abram -- Piney Flats, Tn -- 7-14 (5) -- 8-12 (5) -- 16-10 (10)

131. Merle Wells Jr -- Hammond, NY -- 4-02 (2) -- 12-07 (5) -- 16-09 (7)

132. Eric Schultz -- Minnetonka, Mn -- 2-13 (1) -- 13-09 (5) -- 16-06 (6)

133. Michael Hall -- Annandale, Va -- 7-07 (5) -- 8-15 (5) -- 16-06 (10)

134. Bill Tervin -- Pocola, Ok -- 8-05 (5) -- 8-00 (5) -- 16-05 (10)

135. Hiroshi Kojima -- Athens, Al -- 6-15 (5) -- 9-05 (5) -- 16-04 (10)

136. Rich Dalbey -- Greenville, Tx -- 7-15 (3) -- 8-03 (5) -- 16-02 (8)

137. Anthony Clark -- Hyattsville, Md -- 11-02 (5) -- 4-15 (3) -- 16-01 (8)

138. Richard Held -- Lake Worth, Fl -- 5-08 (4) -- 10-08 (5) -- 16-00 (9)

139. John Bitter -- Maitland, Fl -- 5-07 (5) -- 10-07 (5) -- 15-14 (10)

140. Timmy Thompkins -- Myrtle Beach, SC -- 8-02 (4) -- 7-11 (5) -- 15-13 (9)

141. Robert Naramore -- Hampton, Ga -- 7-01 (5) -- 8-07 (5) -- 15-08 (10)

142. Ron Brown -- Mount Pleasant, SC -- 4-02 (2) -- 11-05 (5) -- 15-07 (7)

143. Kevin Clark -- Leesburg, Fl -- 8-07 (5) -- 6-15 (5) -- 15-06 (10)

144. Van Soles -- Winter Haven, Fl -- 7-14 (5) -- 7-08 (5) -- 15-06 (10)

145. Larry Jones -- Acworth, Ga -- 10-02 (5) -- 5-03 (3) -- 15-05 (8)

146. Nick Gainey -- Charleston, SC -- 5-00 (2) -- 10-03 (5) -- 15-03 (7)

147. George Carroll -- Clinton, Tn -- 11-09 (5) -- 3-08 (3) -- 15-01 (8)

148. Chad Grigsby -- Maple Grove, Mn -- 0-00 (0) -- 15-00 (5) -- 15-00 (5)

149. Rick Nitkiewicz -- Pittsburgh, Pa -- 9-06 (2) -- 5-10 (4) -- 15-00 (6)

150. Ramie Colson Jr -- Cadiz, Ky -- 7-08 (4) -- 7-07 (5) -- 14-15 (9)

151. Kevin Hamrick -- Decatur, Al -- 6-00 (5) -- 8-13 (5) -- 14-13 (10)

152. Robert Boyd -- Russellville, Al -- 6-15 (4) -- 7-13 (5) -- 14-12 (9)

153. Mike Bodiford -- Panama City, Fl -- 6-00 (5) -- 8-10 (4) -- 14-10 (9)

154. Lonnie O'Neal -- Valdosta, Ga -- 9-12 (5) -- 4-13 (5) -- 14-09 (10)

155. Clayton Batts -- Macon, Ga -- 4-09 (2) -- 9-15 (5) -- 14-08 (7)

156. Tom Spangler -- Corryton, Tn -- 6-01 (5) -- 8-07 (5) -- 14-08 (10)

157. David Burch -- Jacksonville Beach, Fl -- 7-06 (5) -- 7-02 (5) -- 14-08 (10)

158. George Martin -- Little Valley, NY -- 4-08 (4) -- 9-10 (5) -- 14-02 (9)

159. Ben Moon -- Danielsville, Ga -- 3-11 (2) -- 10-03 (5) -- 13-14 (7)

160. Dave Patchell -- Green Cove Springs, Fl -- 7-11 (5) -- 6-00 (5) -- 13-11 (10)

161. Gary Thacker -- Athens, Al -- 7-00 (5) -- 6-10 (5) -- 13-10 (10)

162. Jeff Sparks -- Chickamauga, Ga -- 4-14 (2) -- 8-11 (2) -- 13-09 (4)

163. Troy Morrow -- Eastanollee, Ga -- 5-08 (5) -- 8-01 (5) -- 13-09 (10)

164. Laith Reagin -- Cumming, Ga -- 3-00 (1) -- 10-05 (5) -- 13-05 (6)

165. Danny Bishop -- Buchanan, Ga -- 8-05 (5) -- 5-00 (4) -- 13-05 (9)

166. Hallam Cottingham -- Greenville, SC -- 9-09 (4) -- 3-10 (2) -- 13-03 (6)

167. James Christian -- Dickson, Tn -- 5-11 (5) -- 7-08 (5) -- 13-03 (10)

168. Josh Dorr -- Pickens, SC -- 3-13 (3) -- 9-04 (5) -- 13-01 (8)

169. Phil Mansfield -- Kodak, Tn -- 4-11 (1) -- 8-05 (3) -- 13-00 (4)

170. Michael Stevens Jr -- Fayetteville, Tn -- 7-15 (4) -- 5-01 (4) -- 13-00 (8)

171. Shane Melton -- Kokomo, In -- 8-14 (5) -- 3-15 (3) -- 12-13 (8)

172. Robert Pearson -- Herndon, Va -- 5-13 (3) -- 7-00 (5) -- 12-13 (8)

173. Rick Moore -- Shalimar, Fl -- 9-11 (5) -- 2-11 (2) -- 12-06 (7)

174. Larry Schroeder -- Clayton, Oh -- 3-06 (1) -- 8-14 (4) -- 12-04 (5)

175. Leon Williams -- Fairdale, Ky -- 7-10 (5) -- 4-10 (2) -- 12-04 (7)

176. John (Jack) Morris Jr -- Robinson, Il -- 6-00 (5) -- 6-04 (3) -- 12-04 (8)

177. Harry Moore -- Valley, Al -- 3-00 (3) -- 9-01 (5) -- 12-01 (8)

178. Gary Krammes -- Pottsville, Pa -- 9-05 (5) -- 2-11 (2) -- 12-00 (7)

179. Lavoyd Lemmond -- Decatur, Al -- 9-00 (4) -- 3-00 (3) -- 12-00 (7)

180. Preston Clark -- Eagle Lake, Fl -- 2-13 (1) -- 8-12 (5) -- 11-09 (6)

181. Tony Johnson -- Altamonte Springs, Fl -- 6-02 (3) -- 5-07 (4) -- 11-09 (7)

182. Phil Cury -- Jacksonville, Fl -- 1-15 (1) -- 9-09 (4) -- 11-08 (5)

183. Timothy McFaul -- Egg Harbor Township, NJ -- 7-12 (2) -- 3-12 (3) -- 11-08 (5)

184. Robert Beatty -- Clermont, Fl -- 7-11 (5) -- 3-12 (3) -- 11-07 (8)

185. Cal Clark -- Pulaski, Tn -- 2-01 (1) -- 9-00 (4) -- 11-01 (5)

186. Brandon Medlock -- Lake Placid, Fl -- 7-04 (5) -- 3-08 (3) -- 10-12 (8)

187. Craig Taylor -- Tallahassee, Fl -- 7-10 (3) -- 3-00 (3) -- 10-10 (6)

188. Tony Bennett -- Fort Lauderdale, Fl -- 0-00 (0) -- 10-09 (5) -- 10-09 (5)

189. Danny Kirk -- Bartow, Ga -- 10-08 (5) -- 0-00 (0) -- 10-08 (5)

190. Ron Corbin -- Baldwin, Fl -- 6-02 (5) -- 4-06 (3) -- 10-08 (8)

191. Robert McCumby -- Kalkaska, Mi -- 3-06 (3) -- 6-15 (5) -- 10-05 (8)

192. Blake Marsocci -- Okeechobee, Fl -- 0-00 (0) -- 10-03 (3) -- 10-03 (3)

193. Brandon Roop -- Dayton, Tn -- 2-13 (2) -- 7-06 (5) -- 10-03 (7)

194. Jeff Fitts -- Keystone Heights, Fl -- 3-07 (2) -- 6-11 (3) -- 10-02 (5)

195. Terry Segraves -- Kissimmee, Fl -- 4-05 (2) -- 5-11 (5) -- 10-00 (7)

196. Charles Chadbourne, Jr. -- Rochester, Nh -- 6-05 (5) -- 3-08 (3) -- 9-13 (8)

197. Tony Sapp -- Dallas, Ga -- 1-04 (1) -- 8-06 (5) -- 9-10 (6)

198. Greg Johnson -- Jacksonville, Fl -- 2-10 (2) -- 6-14 (5) -- 9-08 (7)

199. Bryan Gustafson -- Fort Frances, On -- 3-08 (3) -- 5-12 (4) -- 9-04 (7)

200. Mark Gore -- Grant, Al -- 0-00 (0) -- 9-01 (5) -- 9-01 (5)

201. Leon Knight -- Guntersville, Al -- 0-00 (0) -- 8-12 (5) -- 8-12 (5)

202. Joey Thigpen -- St Johns, Fl -- 1-10 (1) -- 7-02 (4) -- 8-12 (5)

203. Greg Schultz -- Naples, Fl -- 0-00 (0) -- 8-10 (3) -- 8-10 (3)

204. Bill Hutchison -- Bessemer, Al -- 1-12 (1) -- 6-11 (4) -- 8-07 (5)

205. Tony Dumitras -- Wnston, Ga -- 0-00 (0) -- 8-05 (5) -- 8-05 (5)

206. Omari Navies -- Fort Washington, Md -- 2-03 (1) -- 6-02 (4) -- 8-05 (5)

207. Rick Gunter -- Ormond Beach, Fl -- 4-04 (4) -- 3-14 (3) -- 8-02 (7)

208. Danny Shell -- Albertville, Al -- 0-00 (0) -- 8-01 (5) -- 8-01 (5)

209. Erwin Cole -- Murfreesboro, Tn -- 1-07 (1) -- 6-07 (5) -- 7-14 (6)

210. Bo Cross -- Knoxville, Tn -- 0-00 (0) -- 7-10 (5) -- 7-10 (5)

211. Daniel Grassi -- Pooler, Ga -- 1-12 (1) -- 5-11 (5) -- 7-07 (6)

212. John Marshall -- Easley, SC -- 3-01 (2) -- 4-05 (2) -- 7-06 (4)

213. Royce McAlister -- Grayson, Ga -- 2-09 (2) -- 4-09 (5) -- 7-02 (7)

214. Jeffery Stemen -- Virginia Beach, Va -- 4-09 (2) -- 2-02 (2) -- 6-11 (4)

215. Jim Blanchard -- Albany, Ga -- 1-04 (1) -- 4-09 (3) -- 5-13 (4)

216. Tommy Robinson -- Westland, Mi -- 0-00 (0) -- 5-09 (5) -- 5-09 (5)

217. David Nichol -- Gainesville, Ga -- 5-03 (4) -- 0-00 (0) -- 5-03 (4)

218. Jason McGregor -- Glen, Nh -- 0-00 (0) -- 4-12 (1) -- 4-12 (1)

219. Greg Knick -- Ansonia, Oh -- 0-00 (0) -- 4-08 (3) -- 4-08 (3)

220. Mike Ellis -- Kingston, Tn -- 4-08 (1) -- 0-00 (0) -- 4-08 (1)

221. Richard Stevens -- Galatia, Il -- 3-03 (2) -- 1-05 (1) -- 4-08 (3)

222. Johnny Digennaro -- Amesbury, Ma -- 1-07 (1) -- 2-05 (1) -- 3-12 (2)

223. Farid Rostampour -- Clarksville, Tn -- 2-07 (1) -- 0-00 (0) -- 2-07 (1)

224. Gary Everett -- Daleville, Al -- 0-00 (0) -- 2-06 (1) -- 2-06 (1)

225. Johnny Lesesne -- Blue Ridge, Ga -- 0-00 (0) -- 1-01 (1) -- 1-01 (1)

226. Dean Inkelaar -- York, SC -- 0-00 (0) -- 0-00 (0) -- 0-00 (0)

Big Bass

> Day 1: Lee Haas -- 8-06 -- $300
> Day 2: Keith Fels -- 10-09 -- $300