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Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Opens to wrap up in Maryland

Mark it: Sept. 16-18, Upper Chesapeake Bay out of Maryland's Cecil County, the final Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open of 2010. It's a tournament that could make or break many an angler's season.

A few are new to the BASS scene, like Open rookies and points leaders Ryan Said of Michigan and Travis Manson of Wisconsin, and Indiana's Chip Harrison. Others include a boatload of veteran Bassmaster Elite Series pros: Jeremy Starks, Kevin Short, Ish Monroe, Jason Quinn and Randy Howell, to name a few.

All are frontrunners for the Bassmaster Classic entries to be awarded to the top two points-earners from the three-event Northern season. The two winners will make it into the field for the Feb. 18-20 Classic on the Louisiana Delta out of New Orleans.

Anglers will also be competing in Maryland for prize money. First place on the pro side will be $45,000 based on a pro field of 175. In the co-angler division, the big prize is a Triton 18XS boat with a Mercury 150 Optimax engine.

For pros, Elite qualifications for the 2011 season are also on the line. Wisconsin's Manson has said he will go to the Elite level if he qualifies. Michigan's Said, a Chrysler mechanical engineer who designs steering wheels and airbags, hasn't made a decision.

"I'm looking at going full-time if I can find a way to do it," was as far as Said would commit. "I've been working at it pretty hard. When I was 16, I got my first Bassmaster Magazine, I opened it up and read about a tournament where a guy earned money. I'd never heard of that. By 18, I started fishing tournaments; I'm 29 now, and I fish 10 to 15 tournaments a year."

Leading in points going into the Chesapeake event, Said has his eye on a Classic ticket. "I've got a good chance here," he said. "I've never been to the Chesapeake, so it will definitely be a challenge."

He has 585 points, a solid head start of 73 points over Wisconsin angler Manson, whose tally is 512. The full standings can be found below.

Manson has his work cut out for him in defending his No. 2 spot. His first move will be to stave off Indiana's Harrison; Harrison trails Manson by just one point. Manson must also protect his status from Starks and Short, each less than 10 points back. The top 10 in points, in fact, are within 64 ticks of Manson.

The top 12 includes not only Short and Starks but three other experienced Elite pros — Monroe, Quinn and Howell — who plan to compete in the Chesapeake event.

Manson can't fall back on his Chesapeake background; like Said, he doesn't have any.

"Just like for the last two events, I've never been on that body of water (Chesapeake)," Manson said. "From what I hear, it's going to be mostly largemouth. I probably will dabble in smallmouth, but realistically, it's going to be a largemouth bite."

The largemouth vs. smallmouth question is just one of the event's built-in trip wires. Others are tidal waters, pinpointing productive water within a very big playing field and fishing at the tail end of a hot summer.

Manson is already in Maryland so he can hit the water for a long practice. He's likely finding that the bass bite's steady, according to a spokeswoman at Herb's Tackle Shop in North East, Md., at the northernmost tip of the bay.

Dave Mansue is the pro who won the April 2009 Chesapeake Open. He's not planning to compete in this year's event, but he's been keeping an eye on the bay.

"It's a great fishery, yet September is a tricky time of year," he said. "The water could be starting to cool a bit. Although there's a lot of grass in the upper Chesapeake right now, and they've had a lot of good weights come in this summer, it appears the bass are starting to transition a bit."

He expects this year's winning weight to surpass his of 47-6. The April 2009 tournament was after a cold front and in rain that stalled the spawn, factors that Mansue said helped him while it hurt others. This year, with more favorable conditions in the forecast, he estimated 13 to 14 pounds a day will be needed to make the top 30 cut and compete the final day; to win will take 50 to 55 pounds.

"Anyone who gets on the right grassbed — one with some quality fish — will do well," he said.

The public is invited to attend the Thursday-Saturday launches and weigh-ins at Anchor Boats Marina, 36 Iroquois Drive, North East, MD 21901. Launches are set for 6:30 a.m. ET; weigh-ins will begin at 2:30 p.m. ET. All events are free and open to the public.

Daily results and photo galleries will be available at Bassmaster.com.

The event host is the Cecil County Office of Economic Development & Tourism.

Bassmaster Open Title Sponsor: Bass Pro Shops

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Bassmaster Supporting Sponsors: Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats and Triton Boats

BASS PRO SHOPS BASSMASTER NOTHERN OPEN POINTS STANDINGS


2010 BPS Bassmaster Northern Open Tour 2 - Detroit, MI - Northern Open 2 - Detroit, MI Boater Points After Detroit River, Detroit, Mich. Ending 08-21-2010, Day 3

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Place Name St Pts
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1 Ryan Said Mich. 585
2 Travis Manson Wisc. 512
3 Chip Harrison Ind. 511
4 Jeremy Starks W.Va. 508
5 Kevin Short Ark. 502
6 Tracy Adams N.C. 499
7 Ish Monroe Calif. 468
8 David Walker Tenn. 465
9 Jason Quinn S.C. 456
10 Nate Wellman Mich. 448
11 Randy Howell Ala. 438
12 Timmy Horton Ala. 428
13 Casey Lyon Vt. 419
14 Joe Balog Mich. 418
15 J Todd Tucker Ga. 415
16 Michael Simonton Ohio 414
17 Trevor Jancasz Mich. 409
18 Chad Pipkens Mich. 407
19 Ben Parker Tenn. 388
20 Koby Kreiger Fla. 382
21 Todd Schmitz Ind. 370
22 Gary Gaussiran Canada 366
23 Gerald Swindle Ala. 364
24 Adrian Avena N.J. 360
25 Jason Knapp Pa. 354
26 Charlie Ingram Tenn. 350
27 Pat Golden N.C. 344
28 Brandon Coulter Tenn. 338
29 Casey Ashley S.C. 334
30 Joseph Thompson Pa. 326
31 Shawn Skobel Pa. 318
32 Troy Sitar Mich. 314
33 Jack Rinkers Pa. 312
34 Mike McClelland Ark. 310
34 Dave Wolak N.C. 310
36 Dave Mansue Texas 308
37 Michael Woolley Mich. 307
38 David Hasty Ohio 300
39 Scott Dobson Mich. 299
40 Scott Rook Ark. 297
41 Chris Sumansky Pa. 296
42 Trevor Knight Del. 294
43 Matt Greenblatt Fla. 292
44 Matthew Sphar N.Y. 291
45 Art Ferguson Mich. 285
46 Mike Haggerty Tenn. 280
47 Jared Rhode Ohio 272
48 Kotaro Kiriyama Ala. 270
49 John Zubkoff Mich. 268
50 Nathan Kawlewski Ind. 265
51 Hugh Crumpler Fla. 264
52 Brian Hensley Mich. 261
53 Michael Trombly Ohio 257
54 Mike Elkins Mich. 256
55 Todd Cole N.Y. 252
56 James Niggemeyer Texas 251
57 Craig Townsend N.J. 250
57 Alvin Shaw N.C. 250
59 Brian Bylotas Pa. 248
60 Brian Ward Mich. 244
61 Mike Wolfenden R.I. 241
62 Chris King Ohio 240
62 Jason Root Ohio 240
64 Donald Hewkin Ill. 239
65 David Dudley Ohio 238
66 Thomas Lavictoire Vt. 237
66 Michael Weaver Ind. 237
68 Brian Cook Ohio 235
69 Preston Johnson Wisc. 234
70 Bryan Coates Ohio 233
71 Jamey Way N.C. 231
72 Todd Glover Mich. 229
73 Gaspare Costabile Canada 227
74 Leo Reiter Ind. 224
75 Brian Gates Vt. 223
75 Bryan Plenzler Ohio 223
77 Charlie Hartley Ohio 221
77 Mark Desjardin Maine 221
77 Gerald Gostenik Mich. 221
80 Bill Day Ky. 219
80 David Mccrone Minn. 219
82 Steve Schubert Ohio 217
83 Brent Ehrler Calif. 215
83 David Reault Mich. 215
85 Jimmy Kennedy Vt. 213
86 Derek Jones Ill. 211
86 TOMMY WILLIAMS Ky. 211
88 John Hempel Mich. 210
89 Marty Robinson S.C. 209
90 Jeff Miller Ill. 207
91 Jonathon Vandam Mich. 205
92 Mark Burgess Mass. 203
93 Jerry Williams Ark. 199
94 Chris Lane Ala. 198
95 Chad Morgenthaler Ill. 196
96 Todd Koehler Mich. 193
97 Gregory Dipalma N.J. 191
98 Ryan Rogers Canada 190
99 Todd Auten S.C. 187
99 Chris Baumgardner N.C. 187
99 Donald Haskins Md. 187
102 Scott Patton Ky. 185
102 Josh Myers Canada 185
104 Doug Kirkbride N.Y. 179
105 Luke Gritter Mich. 172
106 James Castillo Ala. 171
106 J Judd Vt. 171
106 Bobby Lane Fla. 171
109 Jason Ober Pa. 169
110 Erhardt Tulgestka Mich. 165
111 Dana Perrotte Vt. 163
112 Keith Williams Ark. 161
113 Chris Jackson Ala. 158
114 Al Farace Md. 155
115 Rob Webster Canada 153
116 Chris Noffsinger Mich. 150
117 Kaku Usui Mich. 146
118 Bernie Schultz Fla. 145
119 Douglas Wilson Vt. 141
120 Matt Elkins Ohio 139
121 Curtis Richardson Canada 137
121 Mike Weiss Wisc. 137
121 Mark Hicks Ohio 137
121 Mark Hickory Vt. 137
121 Todd Hatch Canada 137
126 Ken Phillips Calif. 135
127 Lance Spencer Mich. 133
128 Paul Pagnato Va. 131
128 Michael Iaconelli N.J. 131
130 Miles Johnson Ohio 129
131 Marcos Malucelli S.C. 127
132 Rodney Sorrell N.C. 125
133 Kyle Kempkers Mich. 124
133 Andrew Upshaw Texas 124
133 Ray Brazier Tenn. 124
136 Jason Dudek Minn. 123
136 Skip Sjobeck Vt. 123
138 Nick Gainey S.C. 121
139 Teddy Carr Va. 117
140 Jim Tedesco Canada 116
141 William Roe Mass. 115
142 Nick Mumbower Ind. 112
143 Bill Rea Ohio 108
144 Jeremy Prouty Fla. 107
144 Brian Metry Mich. 107
146 Skip Johnson Mich. 105
147 Greg Pugh Ala. 102
148 Stetson Blaylock Ark. 101
149 Bill Spence Vt. 99
150 Larry Materia N.J. 97
151 Frank Scalish Ohio 95
152 James Jeffries N.Y. 93
153 Luke Shrader N.J. 91
153 John Devries Ind. 91
155 Jon Bondy Canada 89
155 Mark Peiser Ind. 89
157 Jack Mumbower Ind. 88
158 Michael Kopcok Canada 87
159 Jeffrey Randall N.Y. 83
160 Dennis Price Ill. 81
161 Pete Gluszek N.J. 79
162 Mike Oberski Mich. 77
163 Larry Butler Vt. 76
163 Brian Jackson Ill. 76
165 James Moorey Mass. 75
166 Brian Kanke Texas 74
167 Thomas Waltz Vt. 72
168 Marty Hottot Canada 71
169 Ed Spicker Ohio 70
169 William Lortz N.Y. 70
169 Joby Poster Pa. 70
172 George Acord Pa. 69
173 Tom Spangler Tenn. 68
174 Leon Dykas Conn. 67
175 Wayne Macklin Mich. 66
176 Mark Schafer N.J. 64
177 Chris Johnson W.Va. 63
177 Mike Leblanc Vt. 63
179 Tony DeFilippo Mich. 62
180 Kevin Broadwood Canada 61
181 Thomas Kiefer Mich. 58
182 Mike Emrich Canada 57
183 Steve York Mich. 56
184 JAYSON TIEDEMAN Mich. 54
185 Steve Lucarelli N.H. 53
186 Mike Nolan Mich. 52
187 Jim Tutt Texas 51
187 Josh Giran Pa. 51
187 Jess Caraballo Conn. 51
190 Robert Cook Mich. 50
191 Joseph Trinko N.C. 49
191 Benjamin Felton Mich. 49
193 Brian Easler S.C. 47
193 Jeff Stoner Pa. 47
195 Matt Arey N.C. 46
195 Peter Savoia Canada 46
197 Jim Dillard Ark. 45
197 Mark Goetsch Mich. 45
199 Ben Bilott Pa. 44
199 Andrew Dick Del. 44
201 BRANDON BEALE Mich. 43
202 Dylan Freeze Ohio 42
203 Frank Novock Mich. 41
204 Bruce Bingenheimer N.Y. 40
204 Kent Hart Mich. 40
206 Eric Miller N.Y. 38
206 Kevin Long Fla. 38
208 David Ottman N.Y. 35
208 Tommy Robinson Mich. 35
210 Stu Martel Ill. 33
211 Emery Peine N.J. 32
212 Chad Wentzell Canada 30
213 George Martin N.Y. 28
213 Jim Turner Ind. 28
215 Henry Stone N.Y. 27
215 Ron Plocek N.Y. 27
217 Callum Johnson Canada 25
218 Roger Zalucky N.Y. 24
218 Brad Wall Ohio 24
220 Eric Smith Mich. 23
221 Thomas Beale Mich. 21
222 Randy Crawford Ohio 20
223 Louis Iribarren N.Y. 19
223 Douglas Arter Mich. 19
225 Rick Ash Pa. 17
226 Lyle Atkins W.Va. 16
227 William Johnson Va. 15
228 John Shumate Md. 13
228 Kyle Sommer Ind. 13
230 Steve Oleksyn N.Y. 12
231 Darrin Schwenkbeck N.Y. 10
231 John Lyson Mich. 10
233 Mike Kaminskas N.J. 9
234 Ken Lang Wisc. 7
234 Kyle Walling Ky. 7
236 Kurt Johns Pa. 6
237 Louis Consoli Pa. 4
237 Sam Dewey Ohio 4
239 Denis Lavoie Canada 3
240 Terry Baksay Conn. 2
241 Fred Roumbanis Okla. 0
241 Will Jefferies Utah 0
241 Tim Aldrich Mass. 0
241 Arnie Lane Fla. 0
241 Jason Bezio N.Y. 0
241 Luke Clausen Ga. 0
241 Kraig Kettelkamp N.Y. 0
241 Garry Welch Canada 0
241 Michael Randolph Texas 0
241 Marc Kinnelly Md. 0
241 John Pelletier N.Y. 0
241 Jerrod Lloyd N.J. 0
241 James Wilson N.Y. 0
241 Brandon Sykes N.C. 0
241 Woo Daves Va. 0
241 Matthew Belletini Mich. 0
241 Doug Samsal Mich. 0
241 Kevin Hawk Calif. 0
241 Byron Haseotes Mass. 0