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Anglers predict tough fishing in Southern Open

What's at stake: $166,250 in cash and merchandise to the top 30 pro anglers and valuable points towards qualifying for the Bassmaster Classic and Bassmaster Elite Series. The top 30 co-anglers will compete for $69,700 in prizes. This is the second event of the Bassmaster Southern Opens.


The Pros Said It

"The practice has been pretty tough on me. I've been getting three or four bites a day and I've caught some quality fish, but what scares me is that I'm just not getting the numbers. It has been a tough practice outside of the quality bites I've gotten, and I don't know if I can duplicate it or not. I'd like to be catching them a lot better, that's for sure."— Todd Auten, 41, Lake Wylie, S.C., two-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier (1999 and 2003).

"Right now it's really slow. You will find fish on the bed one day and then they're gone the next. If I can catch 15 pounds a day, I'll be thrilled. I assure you someone will be on them. Someone will find a way to catch the big ones because they certainly live here."— John Kremer, 39, Sanford, Fla.

"I think that the fish have probably been spawning and now are moving out into deeper water and I just haven't been able to locate them. I haven't caught many fish, but the ones I have caught have been quality-sized bass. I think that when the tournament comes along, you'll see a lot of big fish weighed in. "— Roger Schofield, 61, Killen, Ala.

The Strategy
Auten: Auten is fishing a shallow pattern and using a variety of lures including worms and crankbaits. He describes the fishing as "real spotty" and is covering a lot of water to find locations on all sides of the lake, regardless of how the wind may blow. He is keying on 3 to 4 spots and estimates that it will take 9 pounds a day to make the Day Two cut to the Top 30.

Kremer: Kremer is targeting spawning bass in water three to four feet deep, pitching a worm into vegetation.

Schofield: The Alabama pro is fishing shallow water 2 to 4 feet deep and using a variety of lures including flipping a plastic craw, Senko, and shallow-running crankbait.

Location and Field
Bassmaster Southern Open
Santee Cooper Reservoir
Manning, S.C.
May 3-5

Field
Cut to top 30 after Day 2

Launch & Weigh-in
Land, III, Boating & Sportfishing Facility
State Route 260
Manning, S.C.
6:45 a.m./2:45 p.m.

Background
Previous BASS events
2006 ESPN Outdoors Bassmaster Series
2006 Bassmaster Southern Tour
2006 Bassmaster Elite Series
2006 ESPN Outdoors Bassmaster Series
2005 ESPN Outdoors Bassmaster Series
2005 ESPN Outdoors Bassmaster Series
2004 Bassmaster Tour
2003 Bassmaster Tour
1998 Bassmaster Invitational
1997 Bassmaster Invitational
1994 Bassmaster Invitational
1994 Bassmaster Invitational
1976 Bassmaster Invitational
1975 Bassmaster Invitational

Previous winners on lake
Kent M. Ware, 29.5, 2006
Glenn Kimbrell, 20-13, 2006
Preston Clark, 115-15, 2006
Lex Costas, 19-15, 2006
Lex Costas, 25-13, 2005
Joey Outlaw, 25-14, 2005
Kelly Jordon, 93-13, 2004
Zell Rowland, 98-9, 2003
Scott Martin, 39-2, 1998
Julian Reitzel, 61-13, 1997
Kevin Wirth, 39-15, 1994
O.T. Fears III, 77-4, 1994
Jimmy Houston, 67-5, 1976
Roland Martin, 64-0, 1975

Weather
Temperature
86 degrees

Lake level
75.42 feet above mean sea level

Local Sponsors: Local sponsor is Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce

Bassmaster Southern Open sponsors: Toyota Tundra, Triton Boats, Mercury Marine, Purolator, Berkley, Advance Auto Parts, Lowrance Electronics and MotorGuide

Bassmaster Southern Open Points Standings

2007 Denison, TX - Denison, TX Boater Points
After Lake Texoma, Denison, Texas Ending 03-17-2007, Day 3
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Place Name St Pts
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1 Brian Clark Texas 305
2 Trevor Rogge Minn. 300
3 Dave Wolak N.C. 290
4 Pete Cherkas Iowa 285
5 Bradley Hallman Okla. 280
6 Jay Fuller Okla. 276
7 Charlie King La. 272
8 CLARK Reehm Ark. 268
9 Chip Hawkins Ark. 264
10 Scott Dean Texas 260
11 Matt Hupp Texas 259
12 Pat Golden N.C. 257
13 Anton Silvester Ill. 251
14 Alan Kelly Okla. 248
15 Craig Schuff Texas 245
16 James Morgan Okla. 243
17 Jason Christie Okla. 241
18 MIKE PICKETT Ky. 239
19 Ken Adamson Ark. 237
20 Bobby Myers Okla. 235
21 Teddy Bogard Ark. 233
22 Steve Sennikoff Texas 231
23 Dee Cagle Texas 229
24 Paul Ferguson Texas 227
25 Randy Allen La. 225
26 Doug Stump Okla. 223
27 Gary Graffagnino La. 221
28 STAN GERZSENYI Texas 219
29 Thomas Loving Texas 217
30 Jeff Bruhl La. 215
31 Chad Griffin Texas 213
32 Danny Smith La. 211
33 Matt Mize Ark. 209
34 Rob Lee Ala. 207
35 Royce Dennington Okla. 205
36 Stacy Leonard La. 203
37 Wayne Brown Okla. 201
38 Trent Huckaby Texas 199
39 Ryan Lovelace Texas 197
40 Larry Byrd La. 194
40 Thomas Law Texas 194
42 Craig Gipe Ky. 191
43 Vincent Parello Texas 189
44 Jason Cyboron Neb. 187
45 Dwayne Mcpeek Texas 185
46 Ross Watkins Miss. 183
47 Billy McCaghren Jr. Ark. 181
48 Dave Parsons Texas 179
49 Mark Hicks Ohio 176
49 Monty Fralick S.D. 176
51 Gary Riffle Texas 170
51 Randy Dearman Texas 170
51 Scott Ashmore Okla. 170
51 Corey Waldrop Texas 170
55 Billy Brewer Texas 165
56 Jeff Vanderpool Ark. 163
57 Al Fisher Ark. 161
58 Randy Alexander Ky. 159
59 Dean Gilbert Texas 157
60 Benjamin Jackson Okla. 155
61 Matthew McCabe La. 153
62 Jeff Cloud Texas 151
63 Sean Hoernke Texas 148
63 Steve Pyle Ky. 148
65 Robert Byrd Texas 145
66 Casey Merriman Texas 142
66 James Harrison Texas 142
68 Darren Burkett Okla. 139
69 Homer Humphreys, Jr La. 137
70 Michael Burns Texas 135
71 Teb Jones Miss. 133
72 Mark Smith La. 131
73 Marvin Ettredge La. 127
73 Yoshikazu Sato 127
73 Sherman Nofire Okla. 127
76 PATRICK PIERCE Fla. 122
76 Ronald Rogers Fla. 122
78 J TODD TUCKER Ga. 118
78 Timmy Reneau Texas 118
80 Cliff Crochet La. 115
81 Glenn Eastwood Ark. 113
82 Ray Brazier Tenn. 111
83 Richard Kennedy La. 109
84 Ray Hanselman Texas 106
84 Randy McCarty Ky. 106
86 David Sherrer La. 102
86 Darrell West Ark. 102
88 Trent Loukas Texas 97
88 David Stewart Texas 97
88 Logan Sherrer La. 97
91 Aaron Lee Jakub Neb. 93
92 E.P. Fletcher Ark. 91
93 Donnie Courtney La. 89
94 Joe Gilbert Texas 87
95 Shawn Rook Ark. 83
95 Wes Roberts Ark. 83
95 Max Wayne Grubb Ark. 83
98 Raul Morineau Mexico 78
98 Kip Bodkin Texas 78
100 Ryan Brown La. 76
101 Austin Banks Miss. 75
102 LEE COX Md. 74
103 Dale Jackson Texas 73
104 Rick Pierce Ark. 72
105 Steven Bunt N.Y. 71
106 Chad Kallina Texas 70
107 Keith Phillips Texas 68
107 Mike Lott Texas 68
109 Travis Loyd Ill. 67
110 Brandon Mosley Okla. 66
111 Doug Drummonds Ark. 65
112 Dean Perkins Texas 64
112 Sean Wieda Ohio 64
114 Jason Welch Texas 62
115 Bob Morin Tenn. 61
116 Guy Adams Texas 60
117 Frank Boothe N.M. 58
117 Kelly Owens La. 58
119 Darrell Newman Texas 57
120 Kevin Daigle Texas 56
121 Brad Outersky Mo. 55
122 Jeff Stevens Texas 54
122 JUSTIN TITUS Okla. 54
124 Randy Yarnall Pa. 52
124 Thomas Warren Ill. 52
126 Roger Boler La. 50
126 Dwight Dickerson Texas 50
128 GREG Terzia La. 48
129 James Buchanan Miss. 46
129 ROBERT Collett Texas 46
131 Tim Dungan Ohio 45
132 Preston Domingue La. 44
132 Marc Schilling Texas 44
134 Jason Pittman La. 42
135 Mark Morton Ark. 40
135 Deryl Janzen Texas 40
135 Anre' De Villiers South Africa 40
135 Jeremy Montoya Colo. 40
139 Shawn Johnson Fla. 36
139 JUSTIN Malone Texas 36
141 Ed Whaley Texas 35
142 Robert Bryant Ark. 34
142 Larry Ford Ark. 34
144 Ron Cherkas Iowa 32
145 Tommy Durham Texas 31
146 Chad Brauer Mo. 30
146 Kevin Stanley Texas 30
148 Hugh Rose Okla. 28
149 Jonathan Garrie Texas 26
149 Scott Smith Tenn. 26
151 Aaron Martin Mo. 25
152 Blane Dyess Texas 24
153 Gregory Jones Tenn. 23
154 Doug Luper Va. 22
155 Marvin Wells Okla. 21
156 Jeremy Vandenbosch Mich. 20
157 Scott Mcgehee Miss. 18
157 Lee Wheeler, III Texas 18
159 Brent Broderick Ohio 16
159 Tony Chachere La. 16
159 Terry Bloom Fla. 16
162 Bruce Brown La. 12
162 Rocky Cummings Ark. 12
162 Jamie Jones Ark. 12
162 Dean Gilbert Texas 12
166 Brandon Collins La. 10
167 Dennis Edmonds Colo. 8
167 Jack Sananikone Texas 8
169 Sammy Burks Mo. 7
170 Keith Stephenson Texas 6
171 Gary Giudice Okla. 0
171 Doug Spigler Texas 0
171 Joe Conway Colo. 0
171 Ken Peaker Mo. 0
171 H D (Howard) Dotson Ky. 0
171 Chuck Devereaux Okla. 0
171 roy Sanford Texas 0