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Two Tie at Bassmaster Southern Open on Kissimmee Chain

Two Tie at Bassmaster Southern Open on Kissimmee Chain Lanier was back on his game and, perhaps just as importantly, his fish were biting again, too. He caught a five-bass limit weighing...
 

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Redemption is sweet, and Daniel Lanier of Winter Springs, Fla., almost tasted it today at the Bassmaster Southern Open on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes. After taking a commanding lead on the first day of the tournament with a limit of bass weighing 27 pounds, 11 ounces, he saw it all slip away in the second round when he caught just two bass for a scant 2-11. It put Lanier in sixth place going into the finals, a mere 2 two pounds behind Rick Howes of nearby Oviedo.
 
But the final round was a new day for Lanier, and he made the most of it. Lanier was back on his game and, perhaps just as importantly, his fish were biting again, too. He caught a five-bass limit weighing 16-12 that include the best fish of the day, a 7-10 lunker. Lanier finished the competition with 47-2, enough to put him on B.A.S.S.’ hot seat and wait for the rest of the competition to weigh in.
 
Everything went just fine until the last angler came to the scales. Lanier had outlasted everyone but Howes. With a 14-pound, 10-ounce cushion, he knew he wasn’t safe.
 
But when the scales for Howes’ catch read exactly 14-10, both anglers had to be a little disappointed and perhaps a bit relieved. Instead of crowning a champion, handing over a trophy and checks and possibly sending an angler to the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, the big prizes have to wait for one more day.
 
Lanier and Howes will go out on tournament waters again on Sunday to fish from 7 a.m. ET until noon. They’ll weigh in at Kissimmee’s Lakefront Park on Sunday, Feb. 3. Fans and friends are welcome to attend.
 
Howes earned his share of the tie in dramatic fashion. He didn’t have a bass until 12:30 p.m. and caught his last keeper within sight of the check-in area and with less than two minutes left to fish.
 
Most of the field fought their way to the final round by flipping and pitching matted vegetation with heavily weighted soft plastic baits. For many, the bite was slow in the morning, but picked up as the sun rose and the water warmed.
 
Brian Kelly of Liverpool, N.Y., celebrated his 31st birthday with a win on the co-angler side of the competition. He ended the tournament with a three-day total of eight bass weighing 27-4. The co-angler first-place trophy and top prize of a Triton boat and Mercury outboard will make terrific birthday gifts.
 
Once a pro champion is crowned, he’ll earn $10,000 plus a Skeeter boat and Yamaha motor combo. Also at stake are critical points toward a spot in the Bassmaster Elite Series and a berth in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic for a champion who competes in all three Southern Opens this season.
 
Stay tuned. There’s more to come from this Bassmaster Southern Open.
 
 
2013 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Series Title Sponsor: Bass Pro Shops
2013 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Series Official Sponsors: Toyota, Berkley, Evan Williams Bourbon, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Yamaha
2013 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Series Supporting Sponsors: Boat U.S., Carhartt, Livingston Lures, Lowrance, Luck “E” Strike, Power-Pole. Shimano
 
2013 Bassmaster Southern Open Lake Toho 1/31-2/2
Lake Toho, Kissimmee  FL.
(BOATER) Standings Day 3
 
   Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$
 
1.  Daniel Lanier Jr.      Winter Springs, FL      12  47-02  198     $750.00
  Day 1: 5   27-11     Day 2: 2   02-11     Day 3: 5   16-12   
1.  Richard Howes          Oviedo, FL              15  47-02  197     $250.00
  Day 1: 5   12-06     Day 2: 5   20-02     Day 3: 5   14-10   
3.  Brandon Lester         Fayetteville, TN        15  46-10  196  $15,048.00
  Day 1: 5   16-14     Day 2: 5   14-11     Day 3: 5   15-01   
4.  Chad Morgenthaler      Coulterville, IL        15  45-15  195  $13,464.00
  Day 1: 5   09-08     Day 2: 5   17-13     Day 3: 5   18-10   
5.  Jordan Card            Knoxville, TN           15  39-01  194  $11,748.00
  Day 1: 5   13-05     Day 2: 5   15-07     Day 3: 5   10-05   
6.  Trevor Fitzgerald      Belleview, FL           15  38-13  193  $10,032.00
  Day 1: 5   12-12     Day 2: 5   18-09     Day 3: 5   07-08   
7.  Bradley Jones          Aragon, GA              14  38-00  192   $8,448.00
  Day 1: 5   11-11     Day 2: 5   15-09     Day 3: 4   10-12   
8.  Todd Auten             Lake Wylie, SC          15  37-07  191   $6,732.00
  Day 1: 5   18-01     Day 2: 5   09-10     Day 3: 5   09-12   
9.  Derek Remitz           Grant, AL               12  36-05  190   $5,016.00
  Day 1: 5   18-01     Day 2: 5   11-03     Day 3: 2   07-01   
10. David Walker           Sevierville, TN         15  36-05  189   $4,620.00
  Day 1: 5   13-11     Day 2: 5   17-02     Day 3: 5   05-08   
11. Tracy Adams            Wilkesboro, NC          12  36-02  188   $4,224.00
  Day 1: 5   18-07     Day 2: 5   13-03     Day 3: 2   04-08   
12. Glenn Browne           Ocala, FL               15  34-14  187   $3,960.00
  Day 1: 5   13-04     Day 2: 5   14-09     Day 3: 5   07-01   
CARHARTT BIG BASS
     Daniel Lanier Jr.        Winter Springs, FL  09-11        $500.00
HEAVYWEIGHT OF TOURN
     Daniel Lanier Jr.        Winter Springs, FL  27-11        $250.00
 
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1       101       714      1420-08
2        80       652      1326-07
3         9        53       127-08
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         190      1419      2874-07
 
2013 Bassmaster Southern Open Lake Toho 1/31-2/2
Lake Toho, Kissimmee  FL.
(NON_BOATER) Standings Day 3
 
   Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$
 
1.  Brian Kelly            Liverpool, NY            8  27-04  198  $25,000.00
  Day 1: 3   13-06     Day 2: 3   09-03     Day 3: 2   04-11   
2.  Johnny Pittman         Albertville, AL          8  26-01  197   $7,218.00
  Day 1: 3   19-01     Day 2: 2   03-07     Day 3: 3   03-09   
3.  Matt Fair              Ocoee, FL                9  24-02  196   $4,884.00
  Day 1: 3   08-00     Day 2: 3   07-15     Day 3: 3   08-03   
4.  Tony Johnson           Altamonte Springs, FL    8  22-01  195   $3,300.00
  Day 1: 3   11-08     Day 2: 3   03-01     Day 3: 2   07-08   
5.  Jimbo Harris           Lenoir City, TN          9  21-06  194   $3,036.00
  Day 1: 3   04-05     Day 2: 3   09-04     Day 3: 3   07-13   
6.  Bill Capps             Auburn, AL               9  19-07  193   $2,904.00
  Day 1: 3   07-05     Day 2: 3   07-12     Day 3: 3   04-06   
7.  Preston Harris         State Road, NC           6  17-09  192   $2,772.00
  Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 3   13-06     Day 3: 3   04-03   
8.  Grady Maynard          Leesburg, FL             8  17-07  191   $2,640.00
  Day 1: 2   05-02     Day 2: 3   07-13     Day 3: 3   04-08   
9.  Sammy Bailey           Hogansville, GA          7  16-06  190   $2,508.00
  Day 1: 3   02-14     Day 2: 3   09-15     Day 3: 1   03-09   
10. Ricky Diamond          Bean Station, TN         9  16-03  189   $2,244.00
  Day 1: 3   07-06     Day 2: 3   05-04     Day 3: 3   03-09   
11. Matt Cash              Cincinnati, OH           5  14-15  188   $1,980.00
  Day 1: 3   09-05     Day 2: 1   03-08     Day 3: 1   02-02   
12. Grayson Smith          Clarksville, TN          6  13-13  187   $1,848.00
  Day 1: 3   04-05     Day 2: 3   09-08     Day 3: 0   00-00   
CARHARTT BIG BASS
     Johnny Pittman           Albertville, AL     10-04        $500.00
HEAVYWEIGHT OF TOURN
     Johnny Pitman            Albertville, AL  19-01           $250.00
 
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1        61       311       548-05
2        61       311       539-07
3         7        27        54-01
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         129       649      1141-13

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