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Lambert Wins Western Open Bass Fishing Tournament on the Columbia River

Lambert Wins Western Open Bass Fishing Tournament on the Columbia River Chris Lambert knew it was his bass fishing tournament to lose when he launched into the Columbia River Saturday morning. And when he returned to Columbia Park after a full day of fishing, he was pretty sure he had lost it.
 

KENNEWICK, Wash. - After leading the first two days at the Bassmaster Northern Open, Chris Lambert knew it was his bass fishing tournament to lose when he launched into the Columbia River Saturday morning. And when he returned to Columbia Park after a full day of fishing, he was pretty sure he had lost it.
   "I thought I needed about 16 pounds today to win it," the Olympia, Wash., angler said. "I had about 12 pounds. I thought I would maybe be able to hold on to second (place)."
   But Lambert got some lucky breaks - chief among them that his closest competitor, Gene Batey, of Pasco, Wash., only brought in 9 pounds, 15 ounces, not enough to close the 2-ounce gap that separated the two after Friday's weigh-in.
   "After I checked in, I heard a few of the guys that were right behind me had a tough day, and it was at that point that I figured I might win."
   And win he did, weighing in a cumulative 42-9, enough to pick up the $46,850 top prize in the boater division, along with a hefty trophy - his first from BASS.
   "I'm going to put this in our living room," Lambert joked. "It's decorated real frou-frou and I think this trophy will fit in great."
   Lambert was drop-shotting a combination of watermelon- and smoke-colored Yamamoto 3-inch Senko lures and sand-colored Sniper Snubs into a small patch of water on the Snake River. He planned to fish from the spot for as long as it kept producing competitive smallmouth bass, but said it took a lot of discipline to stick to that strategy on the final day.
   "Today it took about an hour before I got a bite," he said. "I almost left."
   The home team made a good showing this week, with Washington anglers taking the first four of the top five spots in the competition. David Kromm, of Kennewick, ended in second with 40-6; followed by fellow Kennewickian Ron Mace (39-6); Clint Johanson, of Benton City, Wash., (38-12); and California's Skeet Reese (37-7).
   In the non-boater division, Japan's Hisashi Kawashima led the field with 33-8, followed by Kyle Rasmussen, of Angel's Camp, Calif. (32-10); Patrick Wilson, of Petaluma, Calif. (28-8); David Swendseid, of Aloha, Ore. (26-12); and Kevin Gray, of Hermiston, Ore. (26-11).
   This was the first of three events in the Western Division that will send the top anglers to the inaugural Bassmaster Open Championship in December - and, ultimately, the Bassmaster Classic next summer.

2003 Washington Western Open BO 09/18-09/20
Columbia River, Kennewick  Wash.
(BOATER) Standings Day 3
   Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts  Total $$$
1.  Chris Lambert          Olympia, Wash.         15   42-09  175   $46,850.00
  Day 1: 5   15-04    Day 2: 5   14-09    Day 3: 5   12-12   
2.  David Kromm            Kennewick, Wash.       15   40-06  174   $38,950.00
  Day 1: 5    9-14    Day 2: 5   11-13    Day 3: 5   18-11   
3.  Ron Mace               Kennewick, Wash.       15   39-06  173   $15,000.00
  Day 1: 5   13-09    Day 2: 5   10-05    Day 3: 5   15-08   
4.  Clint Johanson         Benton City, Wash.     15   38-12  172   $12,000.00
  Day 1: 5   14-01    Day 2: 5   15-10    Day 3: 5    9-01   
5.  Skeet Reese            Auburn, Calif.         15   37-07  171    $5,925.00
  Day 1: 5   10-15    Day 2: 5   14-04    Day 3: 5   12-04   
6.  Mark Tyler             Concord, Calif.        15   37-03  170    $5,372.00
  Day 1: 5   12-07    Day 2: 5    9-11    Day 3: 5   15-01   
7.  Gene Batey, Jr         Pasco, Wash.           15   35-15  169    $4,345.00
  Day 1: 5   14-14    Day 2: 5   11-02    Day 3: 5    9-15   
8.  Robert Lee             Angels Camp, Calif.    15   33-06  168    $3,950.00
  Day 1: 5   13-07    Day 2: 5   11-07    Day 3: 5    8-08   
9.  John Murray            Phoenix, Ariz.         15   33-04  167    $3,555.00
  Day 1: 5   13-10    Day 2: 5    9-08    Day 3: 5   10-02   
10. Darryl Burkhardt       Gresham, Ore.          15   32-15  166    $3,160.00
  Day 1: 5   11-02    Day 2: 5    7-10    Day 3: 5   14-03   
11. Tony Lind              Kent, Wash.            15   32-00  165    $2,765.00
  Day 1: 5   11-00    Day 2: 5   11-03    Day 3: 5    9-13   
12. Jason Allred           Dallas, Ore.           14   31-07  164    $2,370.00
  Day 1: 4    6-15    Day 2: 5   13-13    Day 3: 5   10-11   
13. Bink Desaro            Boise, Idaho           15   31-06  163    $1,935.50
  Day 1: 5   11-08    Day 2: 5   10-10    Day 3: 5    9-04   
13. Don Hogue              Pasco, Wash.           15   31-06  163    $1,935.50
  Day 1: 5    8-11    Day 2: 5   10-06    Day 3: 5   12-05   
15. Mike O'Shea            Thousand Oaks, Calif.  15   30-08  161    $1,817.00
  Day 1: 5    6-14    Day 2: 5   12-11    Day 3: 5   10-15   
16. Jeff Boyer             Auburn, Wash.          15   30-02  160    $1,740.00
  Day 1: 5    8-05    Day 2: 5   10-11    Day 3: 5   11-02   
17. Jarrett Edwards        Del Norte, Colo.       11   30-00  159    $1,740.00
  Day 1: 5   15-04    Day 2: 1    3-03    Day 3: 5   11-09   
18. Justin Kerr            Semi Valley, Calif.    14   29-11  158    $2,530.00
  Day 1: 5    9-03    Day 2: 4    8-03    Day 3: 5   12-05   
19. Ishama Monroe          Patterson, Calif.      15   29-04  157    $1,740.00
  Day 1: 5    9-02    Day 2: 5   10-00    Day 3: 5   10-02   
20. Luke Clausen           Veradale, Wash.        15   29-01  156    $1,740.00
  Day 1: 5   12-04    Day 2: 5    8-01    Day 3: 5    8-12   
21. Aaron Coleman          Oakland, Calif.        15   28-15  155    $1,660.00
  Day 1: 5   11-13    Day 2: 5    7-14    Day 3: 5    9-04   
22. Byron Velvick          Boulder City, Nev.     13   28-09  154    $1,660.00
  Day 1: 5    8-12    Day 2: 4   11-01    Day 3: 4    8-12   
23. Gabriel Bolivar        Ramona, Calif.         13   28-08  153    $1,660.00
  Day 1: 3    5-06    Day 2: 5   11-08    Day 3: 5   11-10   
23. Jack A Gadlage         Benton, Ky.            14   28-08  153    $1,660.00
  Day 1: 4    6-06    Day 2: 5   12-10    Day 3: 5    9-08   
25. Ron Colby              West Jordan, Utah      15   28-06  151    $1,500.00
  Day 1: 5   12-13    Day 2: 5    8-11    Day 3: 5    6-14   
25. Phillip Ruffcorn       Athena, Ore.           13   28-06  151    $1,500.00
  Day 1: 4   11-06    Day 2: 4    6-02    Day 3: 5   10-14   
27. James Broberg          Spokane, Wash.         14   28-02  149    $1,340.00
  Day 1: 5   11-03    Day 2: 5    9-02    Day 3: 4    7-13   
28. Gary Dobyns            Yuba City, Calif.      14   28-01  148    $1,340.00
  Day 1: 5   14-06    Day 2: 4    5-07    Day 3: 5    8-04   
29. Phil Strader           Glide, Ore.            15   27-15  147    $1,340.00
  Day 1: 5    8-03    Day 2: 5   10-03    Day 3: 5    9-09   
30. Mitch Ratchford        Kennewick, Wash.       14   27-10  146    $1,340.00
  Day 1: 5    9-05    Day 2: 5    8-13    Day 3: 4    9-08   
31. Peter Krause           Outlook, Wash.         15   27-03  145    $1,190.00
  Day 1: 5    8-08    Day 2: 5    9-08    Day 3: 5    9-03   
32. Dub LaShot             Walterville, Ore.      12   27-01  144    $1,190.00
  Day 1: 5   13-15    Day 2: 2    3-10    Day 3: 5    9-08   
33. James P Jeffords       Hillsboro, Ore.        13   26-12  143    $1,190.00
  Day 1: 5   12-00    Day 2: 3    5-09    Day 3: 5    9-03   
34. Charlie Weyer          West Hills, Calif.     15   26-09  142    $1,190.00
  Day 1: 5    9-04    Day 2: 5    9-15    Day 3: 5    7-06   
35. Rob VanderKooi         Mesa, Ariz.            14   26-04  141    $1,190.00
  Day 1: 5   11-12    Day 2: 5    8-02    Day 3: 4    6-06   
36. Scott A Nielsen        Salt Lake City, Utah   15   26-02  140    $1,030.00
  Day 1: 5   11-02    Day 2: 5    8-10    Day 3: 5    6-06   
37. David Baca             Prescott Valley, Ariz. 13   25-15  139    $1,030.00
  Day 1: 5   12-10    Day 2: 4    8-15    Day 3: 4    4-06   
38. Bob Adkinson           Kennewick, Wash.       14   25-14  138    $1,030.00
  Day 1: 5   13-11    Day 2: 4    5-01    Day 3: 5    7-02   
39. Roy Hawk               Salt Lake City, Utah   14   25-11  137    $1,030.00
  Day 1: 5    7-12    Day 2: 5   10-00    Day 3: 4    7-15   
40. Zachary Thompson       Orinda, Calif.         15   25-09  136    $1,030.00
  Day 1: 5    8-04    Day 2: 5   10-05    Day 3: 5    7-00   
41. Roger Benedict         Albany, Ore.           13   25-05  135      $950.00
  Day 1: 5   11-05    Day 2: 5    7-07    Day 3: 3    6-09   
42. Clayton Meyer          San Diego, Calif.      13   24-05  134      $950.00
  Day 1: 5    9-13    Day 2: 5   10-02    Day 3: 3    4-06   
43. Jason Hickey           Weiser, Idaho          11   22-14  133      $950.00
  Day 1: 4   10-13    Day 2: 4    8-07    Day 3: 3    3-10   
44. Kotaro Kiriyama        Moody, Ala.            12   21-14  132      $950.00
  Day 1: 5   12-07    Day 2: 4    5-10    Day 3: 3    3-13   
45. Bruce Ratchford        Kennewick, Wash.       13   21-12  131      $950.00
  Day 1: 5    9-09    Day 2: 5    7-12    Day 3: 3    4-07   
46. Brian Belleisle        Hamilton, Mont.        12   21-05  130      $870.00
  Day 1: 5   11-07    Day 2: 4    6-14    Day 3: 3    3-00   
47. Jimmy Reese            Witter Srpings, Calif. 13   21-01  129      $870.00
  Day 1: 5    7-12    Day 2: 5   10-00    Day 3: 3    3-05   
48. Jerry Ballesteros      Burbank, Calif.        11   18-15  128      $870.00
  Day 1: 5    9-07    Day 2: 5    8-07    Day 3: 1    1-01   
49. Tim Grinolds           Canyon Country, Calif. 11   18-14  127      $870.00
  Day 1: 5    7-09    Day 2: 5    9-11    Day 3: 1    1-10   
50. Roy Van Slyke          Cashmere, Wash.         8   17-01  126    $1,660.00
  Day 1: 5    7-04    Day 2: 3    9-13    Day 3: 0    0-00   
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Big Bass
Day
 1   Jack Sykes              Huntingdon Beach, Calif.   5-14    $790.00
 2   Roy Van Slyke           Cashmere, Wash.            7-05    $790.00
 3   Justin Kerr             Semi Valley, Calif.        5-11    $790.00
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
 1       93       580      1097-04
 2       54       472       860-09
 3       34       217       431-03
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        181      1269      2389-00

2003 Washington Western Open NB 09/18-09/20
Columbia River, Kennewick  Wash.
(NON-BOATER) Standings Day 3
   Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts  Total $$$
1.  Hisashi Kawashima      Murrieta, Calif.       15   33-08  175   $24,000.00
  Day 1: 5   10-02    Day 2: 5    9-13    Day 3: 5   13-09   
2.  Kyle Rasmussen         Angels Camp, Calif.    15   32-10  174   $12,000.00
  Day 1: 5   12-03    Day 2: 5   11-13    Day 3: 5    8-10   
3.  Patrick Wilson         Petaluma, Calif.       15   28-08  173    $3,015.00
  Day 1: 5   11-15    Day 2: 5    8-08    Day 3: 5    8-01   
4.  David Swendseid        Aloha, Ore.            12   26-12  172    $2,815.00
  Day 1: 2    3-10    Day 2: 5   17-01    Day 3: 5    6-01   
5.  Kevin Gray             Hermiston, Ore.        14   26-11  171    $2,144.00
  Day 1: 5    9-04    Day 2: 4    6-00    Day 3: 5   11-07   
6.  Mike Lander            Castaic, Calif.        12   25-09  170    $1,675.00
  Day 1: 5   10-13    Day 2: 5   10-05    Day 3: 2    4-07   
7.  Brian Boadwine         Vancouver, Wash.       13   25-06  169    $1,340.00
  Day 1: 5   10-09    Day 2: 5    8-04    Day 3: 3    6-09   
8.  Rodney Reed            Bakersfield, Calif.    13   24-10  168    $1,206.00
  Day 1: 5   10-01    Day 2: 3    2-13    Day 3: 5   11-12   
9.  Jason Eastman          Hillsboro, Ore.        13   24-09  167    $1,005.00
  Day 1: 4    9-10    Day 2: 5    8-00    Day 3: 4    6-15   
10. Anthony Klonowski      Eagle, Idaho           14   24-03  166      $938.00
  Day 1: 5   10-06    Day 2: 4    5-02    Day 3: 5    8-11   
11. Frank Morrin           Lakeside, Calif.       12   24-02  165      $871.00
  Day 1: 2    3-00    Day 2: 5    9-13    Day 3: 5   11-05   
12. Darrel R Startin, Jr   Spokane, Wash.         12   23-12  164      $804.00
  Day 1: 4    6-08    Day 2: 3    5-03    Day 3: 5   12-01   
13. Jeff Walker            Glendale, Ariz.        14   23-11  163      $737.00
  Day 1: 5    8-10    Day 2: 4    5-08    Day 3: 5    9-09   
14. Joe Patz               Peoria, Ariz.          13   22-00  162      $670.00
  Day 1: 5    7-14    Day 2: 3    5-05    Day 3: 5    8-13   
15. Clinton Knox           West Richland, Wash.   11   21-12  161      $571.50
  Day 1: 4    7-12    Day 2: 2    5-02    Day 3: 5    8-14   
15. Michael Mahan          Kennewick, Wash.       11   21-12  161      $571.50
  Day 1: 5    9-15    Day 2: 5    8-06    Day 3: 1    3-07   
17. Robert Bowers          Clovis, Calif.         11   21-11  159      $540.00
  Day 1: 5    9-06    Day 2: 1    2-02    Day 3: 5   10-03   
18. Blaine Ruddy           Mesa, Ariz.            11   21-06  158      $540.00
  Day 1: 3    6-02    Day 2: 5   10-10    Day 3: 3    4-10   
19. Larry Vance            Tacoma, Wash.          11   21-04  157      $810.00
  Day 1: 4    7-00    Day 2: 2    3-06    Day 3: 5   10-14   
20. Bill Stuzman           Nampa, Idaho           12   20-12  156      $540.00
  Day 1: 5    8-00    Day 2: 3    5-14    Day 3: 4    6-14   
21. Kim Bain               Queensland, Australia   9   20-01  155      $470.00
  Day 1: 5   11-08    Day 2: 1    1-09    Day 3: 3    7-00   
22. Mike Bell              Nampa, Idaho           11   19-02  154      $470.00
  Day 1: 5    8-06    Day 2: 4    6-09    Day 3: 2    4-03   
23. Ken Day                Kennewick, Wash.       10   18-13  153      $470.00
  Day 1: 0    0-00    Day 2: 5   10-15    Day 3: 5    7-14   
24. Gary Haraguchi         Antioch, Calif.        11   18-12  152      $470.00
  Day 1: 4    6-09    Day 2: 4    7-08    Day 3: 3    4-11   
25. Franklin Sergeant      West Richland, Wash.    9   18-10  151      $470.00
  Day 1: 4    9-06    Day 2: 1    3-02    Day 3: 4    6-02   
26. John Blair             Clearlake Oaks, Calif. 13   18-06  150      $400.00
  Day 1: 5    6-12    Day 2: 5    7-02    Day 3: 3    4-08   
27. Izz Byrd               San Jose, Calif.       10   18-00  149      $400.00
  Day 1: 5   11-08    Day 2: 0    0-00    Day 3: 5    6-08   
28. Bob Banta              Hayden, Idaho           9   17-13  148      $400.00
  Day 1: 4    8-02    Day 2: 5    9-11    Day 3: 0    0-00   
29. Darren England         Rapid City, S.D.       10   16-11  147      $400.00
  Day 1: 4    6-05    Day 2: 3    5-12    Day 3: 3    4-10   
30. Dan Cranston           San Andreas, Calif.    12   16-09  146      $385.00
  Day 1: 5    6-13    Day 2: 4    4-08    Day 3: 3    5-04   
30. David Lewis            Ethrata, Wash.          7   16-09  146      $385.00
  Day 1: 0    0-00    Day 2: 5   14-03    Day 3: 2    2-06   
32. Jim Sall               Pasco, Wash.           10   16-07  144      $370.00
  Day 1: 2    3-10    Day 2: 5    9-02    Day 3: 3    3-11   
33. Mark J White           Tucson, Ariz.          10   16-05  143      $370.00
  Day 1: 5    8-05    Day 2: 1    2-00    Day 3: 4    6-00   
34. Kirk Beardsley         Huntington Beach, Cali  9   16-00  142      $370.00
  Day 1: 5    8-05    Day 2: 3    5-12    Day 3: 1    1-15   
35. Jason Hackerd          Upland, Calif.         10   15-14  141      $355.00
  Day 1: 5    7-14    Day 2: 2    2-13    Day 3: 3    5-03   
35. Ian Hunsaker           Kennewick, Wash.       11   15-14  141      $355.00
  Day 1: 5    6-00    Day 2: 4    6-12    Day 3: 2    3-02   
37. Kelly Salmans          Lakeside, Calif.        8   15-13  139      $340.00
  Day 1: 5   10-12    Day 2: 1    1-04    Day 3: 2    3-13   
38. Jim Valladares         West Covina, Calif.     9   15-10  138      $340.00
  Day 1: 5    9-00    Day 2: 1    1-09    Day 3: 3    5-01   
39. Michael Kenney         Deer Park, Wash.        8   15-00  137      $340.00
  Day 1: 4    9-09    Day 2: 1    1-04    Day 3: 3    4-03   
40. Bryan Seaman           Burbank, Wash.          7   14-13  136      $340.00
  Day 1: 2    3-12    Day 2: 5   11-01    Day 3: 0    0-00   
41. James R Leachman       Kennewick, Wash.        6   14-09  135      $570.00
  Day 1: 4   10-10    Day 2: 0    0-00    Day 3: 2    3-15   
42. Bill DeMaris           Nile Miles Falls, Wash 10   14-05  134      $300.00
  Day 1: 5    7-01    Day 2: 2    3-02    Day 3: 3    4-02   
43. Les Whitley            Kennewick, Wash.        9   14-02  133      $300.00
  Day 1: 5    6-13    Day 2: 2    3-15    Day 3: 2    3-06   
44. Bob Sweeney            Tacoma, Wash.           9   13-13  132      $300.00
  Day 1: 5    9-13    Day 2: 2    2-02    Day 3: 2    1-14   
45. Ruben Rodriguez        Oakley, Calif.          8   13-07  131      $285.00
  Day 1: 2    5-07    Day 2: 5    6-07    Day 3: 1    1-09   
45. Joe Spraggins          Madera, Calif.          8   13-07  131      $285.00
  Day 1: 5    8-11    Day 2: 1    2-08    Day 3: 2    2-04   
47. Andy Smith             Buckley, Wash.          9   12-09  129      $270.00
  Day 1: 5    7-05    Day 2: 4    5-04    Day 3: 0    0-00   
48. Steven Mair            Heber, Utah             7   11-13  128      $270.00
  Day 1: 4    7-03    Day 2: 2    3-05    Day 3: 1    1-05   
49. Ron Mukai              Clovis, Calif.          7   11-08  127      $270.00
  Day 1: 2    3-12    Day 2: 5    7-12    Day 3: 0    0-00   
50. Curtis Cooper          Vancouver, Wash.        7   10-05  126      $270.00
  Day 1: 5    8-00    Day 2: 2    2-05    Day 3: 0    0-00   
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Big Bass
Day
 1   James R Leachman        Kennewick, Wash.           4-15    $270.00
 2   David Swendseid         Aloha, Ore.                5-09    $135.00
 2   Brian Walters           Carnation, Wash.           5-09    $135.00
 3   Larry Vance             Tacoma, Wash.              4-05    $270.00
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
 1       34       360       622-11
 2       20       270       468-07
 3       16       154       277-05
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         70       784      1368-07
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