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Clark Leads Santee Cooper Bass Fishing Tournament

 

MANNING, S.C. - Preston Clark has a shot at rewriting the record books, again. The Palatka, Fla., Elite angler brought in another impressive limit - 23 pounds, 15 ounces - on Day 3 of the Santee Cooper Showdown bass fishing tournament on Santee Cooper Reservoir, the third stop of the 11-event Bassmaster Elite Series. In total, Clark had 92-10 on Saturday and was in position to shatter the BASS record for heaviest four-day catch.
   The 41-year-old is just 16 pounds, 3 ounces away from breaking Dean Rojas' BASS record for heaviest four-day weight, currently 108-12. With Clark's dominating performance on three of the four tournament days, the rookie had a commanding 9-pound lead over West Coast mainstay Skeet Reese.
   Clark's possible record-breaking performance will be well-documented on The Bassmasters on ESPN2 Saturday, April 8, at 10 a.m. ET.
   "With the wind blowing today, I didn't even touch my best fish," Clark said. "I have more big fish to start the day tommorrow than I have had all week. I am fishing for college educations tommorrow," Clark continued, speaking of the triplets he and his wife, Katrina, are expecting in October. "I wanted to fish as a pro for so long and I am just living the dream right now."
   Much like Thursday, Clark used a push-pole to locate bedding fish. The increased wind made it necessary and Clark attributed much of his success using it as a navigational tool. Although Clark revealed that he used a ¼ ounce sinker and 20-pound line, he wouldn't say which bait he found success with, though it's been the same one for nearly the entire tournament.
   Although Clark had a seemingly insurmountable lead, second-place angler Skeet Reese was not giving up Saturday. The Auburn, Calif., angler - who had a three-day total of 83-1 - remained consistent through the tournament and said he has chosen new water to fish on Sunday that could put pressure on Clark.
   The pro angler will start on a pair of large bedding fish he found traveling back in today.
   With these tournament weights so massive, Reese is in the strange position of potentially breaking Rojas' record, but still finishing in a distant second to Clark.
   "I really want that record to fall because this is such a tremendous fishery," the 36-year-old said. "After I started thinking about it a bit, I realized I had a chance to break that record too. I just hope it's enough to win as well."
   Rounding out the Elite 12 were Alabama's Steve Kennedy (83-0) just 1 ounce behind Reese; Kentucky's Kevin Wirth (80-12); Florida's Terry Scroggins (79-14); Lone Star Shootout Elite Series event winner Greg Hackney (78-7); 2004 Bassmaster Tour at Santee Cooper winner Kelly Jordon (78-6); Texan Dean Rojas (77-11); Virginia's John Crews (76-8); 2005 Bassmaster Angler of the Year Aaron Martens (75-10); Arkansas' Mike Wurm (74-5); and Idaho's Bink Desaro (72-4).
   Wurm snuck into the Elite 12 with a Saturday bag of 32-4, which secured him the Bag and a $1,000 premium. Additionally, Wurm's biggest bass (8-13) was good enough to split Purolator Big Bass honors with Martens and earn the Arkansas angler an extra $500.
   On the co-angler side, Californian Tom Frink took home a Triton boat package with Mercury outboard valued at $45,000 with 34-11 after catching three consecutive limits. Frink was followed by Oklahoma's Lance Peck (33-3) and Alabama's Charlie Raia (29-7).
   Rojas, who could potentially break his own record if he catches more than 30 pounds on Sunday, said he is resigned to his five-year record falling - to someone - tomorrow. "I am going down swinging," the pro angler said. "But I have to say, I think they are going to shatter that record tommorrow."

2006 Santee Cooper Showdown Pro 03/30-04/02
Santee Cooper Reservoir, Manning  S.C.
(PRO Division) Standings Day 3
 
   Angler                  Hometown             No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$
 
1.  Preston Clark          Palatka, Fla.          15  92-10 315    $1,500.00
  Day 1: 5   39-06    Day 2: 5   29-05    Day 3: 5   23-15  
2.  Skeet Reese            Auburn, Calif.         15  83-01  295
  Day 1: 5   29-12    Day 2: 5   30-03    Day 3: 5   23-02  
3.  Steve Kennedy          Auburn, Ala.           15  83-00  290
  Day 1: 5   23-06    Day 2: 5   31-13    Day 3: 5   27-13  
4.  Kevin Wirth            Crestwood, Ky.         15  80-12 285    $1,000.00
  Day 1: 5   27-06    Day 2: 5   31-15    Day 3: 5   21-07  
5.  Terry Scroggins        Palatka, Fla.         15  79-14  280
  Day 1: 5   33-06    Day 2: 5   27-12    Day 3: 5   18-12  
6.  Greg Hackney           Gonzales, La.          15  78-07 276
  Day 1: 5   21-09    Day 2: 5   25-11    Day 3: 5   31-03  
7.  Kelly Jordon           Mineola, Texas         15  78-06 272      $500.00
  Day 1: 5   31-15    Day 2: 5   31-10    Day 3: 5   14-13  
8.  Dean Rojas             Lake Havasu, Ariz.     15  77-11  268
  Day 1: 5   25-09    Day 2: 5   31-11    Day 3: 5   20-07  
9.  John Crews             Salem, Va.            15  76-08  264
  Day 1: 5   29-09    Day 2: 5   29-04    Day 3: 5   17-11  
10. Aaron Martens         Leeds, Ala.           15  75-10  260      $500.00
  Day 1: 5   22-13    Day 2: 5   27-06    Day 3: 5   25-07  
11. Mike Wurm              Hot Springs, Ark.      15  74-05 257    $1,500.00
  Day 1: 5   14-06    Day 2: 5   27-11    Day 3: 5   32-04  
12. Bink Desaro            Boise, Idaho           14 72-04  254
  Day 1: 5   22-08    Day 2: 5   28-15    Day 3: 4   20-13  
13. Jimmy Mize            Ben Lomond, Ark.       15  71-08 251   $10,800.00
  Day 1: 5   27-08    Day 2: 5   25-02    Day 3: 5   18-14  
14. Bradley Hallman        Norman, Okla.         15  71-00  248   $10,700.00
  Day 1: 5   32-05    Day 2: 5   14-15    Day 3: 5   23-12  
15. John Murray            Phoenix, Ariz.         15  70-06 245   $10,600.00
  Day 1: 5   26-02    Day 2: 5   20-03    Day 3: 5   24-01  
16. Jason Quinn            York, S.C.             15 69-09  243   $10,500.00
  Day 1: 5   23-08    Day 2: 5   25-15    Day 3: 5   20-02  
17. Russ Lane             Prattville, Ala.      15  68-14  241   $10,500.00
  Day 1: 5   23-00    Day 2: 5   25-07    Day 3: 5   20-07  
18. Michael Iaconelli      Runnemede, N.J.        15  68-09 238   $10,500.00
  Day 1: 5   20-06    Day 2: 5   27-14    Day 3: 5   20-05  
18. William Smith, Jr      Somerset, Ky.          15  68-09 238   $10,500.00
  Day 1: 5   22-02    Day 2: 5   21-10    Day 3: 5   24-13  
20. Jeff Reynolds          Idabel, Okla.          15 68-05  235   $10,500.00
  Day 1: 5   21-08    Day 2: 5   29-00    Day 3: 5   17-13  
21. Randy Howell          Springville, Ala.      15  68-04 233   $10,250.00
  Day 1: 5   19-09   Day 2: 5   26-15    Day 3: 5  21-12  
22. Timmy Horton           Muscle Shoals, Ala.    15  68-03  231   $10,250.00
  Day 1: 5   18-09    Day 2: 5   30-14    Day 3: 5   18-12  
23. Takahiro Omori         Emory, Texas           15 67-13  229   $10,250.00
  Day 1: 5   21-07    Day 2: 5   27-11    Day 3: 5   18-11  
24. Paul Elias            Laurel, Miss.          15 66-10  227   $10,250.00
  Day 1: 5   22-09    Day 2: 5   18-10    Day 3: 5   25-07  
25. Ishama Monroe          Hughson, Calif.        15  65-14 225   $10,250.00
  Day 1: 5   16-10    Day 2: 5   25-12    Day 3: 5   23-08  
26. Bernie Schultz         Gainesville, Fla.      15  65-11  223  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   21-01    Day 2: 5   22-01    Day 3: 5   22-09  
27. Denny Brauer           Camdenton, Mo.         15  64-12 220   $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   26-06    Day 2: 5   17-07    Day 3: 5   20-15  
27. Todd Faircloth         Jasper, Texas          15 64-12  220   $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   24-10    Day 2: 5   24-11    Day 3: 5   15-07  
29. Gerald Swindle         Hayden, Ala.           15 63-03  217   $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   23-15    Day 2: 5   16-00    Day 3: 5   23-04  
30. Jarrett Edwards        Page, Ariz.           15  62-11  215   $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   17-15    Day 2: 5   22-15    Day 3: 5   21-13  
31. Mark Menendez          Paducah, Ky.           15 62-10  213   $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   20-08    Day 2: 5   30-03    Day 3: 5   11-15  
32. Shaw E Grigsby, Jr    Gainesville, Fla.      15  62-00 211   $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   16-10    Day 2: 5   24-04    Day 3: 5   21-02  
33. Robert Hamilton Jr     Nashville, Tenn.       15  61-15  209  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   21-07    Day 2: 5   19-14    Day 3: 5   20-10  
34. Mark Rogers           Naples, Fla.          15  61-13  207   $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   20-11    Day 2: 5   25-05    Day 3: 5   15-13  
35. Gary Klein            Weatherford, Texas     15  61-08  205  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   21-08    Day 2: 5   19-12    Day 3: 5   20-04  
36. Zell Rowland           Montgomery, Texas      15  59-15  203  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   22-12    Day 2: 5   23-15    Day 3: 5   13-04  
37. Bill Lowen            North Bend, Ohio       15  58-10 201   $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   23-09    Day 2: 5   17-02    Day 3: 5   17-15  
38. Darrin Schwenkbeck     Silver Spring, Md.     13  57-12  199  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   21-11    Day 2: 5   18-03    Day 3: 3   17-14  
39. Kevin Langill          Terrell, N.C.          14  57-07 197   $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   21-06    Day 2: 5   20-11    Day 3: 4   15-06  
40. Dave Wolak            Warrior Run, Pa.       15  56-09 195   $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   19-06    Day 2: 5   22-14    Day 3: 5   14-05  
41. Lee Bailey            Boaz, Ala.            15  56-07  193   $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   17-02    Day 2: 5   25-07    Day 3: 5   13-14  
42. Brent Chapman          Lake Quivira, Kan.     15  55-04  191   $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   18-09    Day 2: 5   23-07    Day 3: 5   13-04  
43. Mark Tyler            Scottsdale, Ariz.      14  52-05 189   $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   23-03    Day 2: 5   17-00    Day 3: 4   12-02  
44. Bradley Stringer      Huntington, Texas      15  51-14 187   $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   27-11    Day 2: 5   13-03    Day 3: 5   11-00  
45. Kotaro Kiriyama        Moody, Ala.            14 51-01  185   $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   20-12    Day 2: 5   18-11    Day 3: 4   11-10  
46. Kurt Dove             Warrenton, Va.         15 50-09  183   $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   17-07    Day 2: 5   22-03    Day 3: 5   10-15  
47. Vince Hurtado         Waterford, Calif.     14  48-06  181   $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   16-14    Day 2: 5   25-01    Day 3: 4   6-07  
48. Byron Velvick          Boulder City, Nev.     11  42-12  179   $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   19-14    Day 2: 5   19-09    Day 3: 1   3-05  
49. Peter E Thliveros     Jacksonville, Fla.     11  42-00  177  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   27-01    Day 2: 5   12-15    Day 3: 1   2-00  
50. Scott Rook            Little Rock, Ark.      10  40-04 175   $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   26-05    Day 2: 5   13-15    Day 3: 0   0-00  
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Big Bass
Day
 1   Kelly Jordon           Mineola, Texas            9-02    $500.00
 1   Preston Clark           Palatka, Fla.             9-02    $500.00
 2   Conrad Picou            Scott, La.               10-00  $1,000.00
 3   Mike Wurm              Hot Springs, Ark.         8-13    $500.00
 3   Aaron Martens           Leeds, Ala.               8-13    $500.00
 
Busch Heavyweight
Day
 1   Preston Clark           Palatka, Fla.            39-06  $1,000.00
 2   Kevin Wirth            Crestwood, Ky.           31-15  $1,000.00
 3   Mike Wurm              Hot Springs, Ark.         32-04 $1,000.00
 
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Totals
Day   #Limits   #Fish      Weight
 1      82       460     1797-02
 2      93       497     2060-00
 3      41       230      913-01
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       216      1187      4770-03
 
 
2006 Santee Cooper Showdown CO 03/30-04/02
Santee Cooper Reservoir, Manning  S.C.
(CO-ANGLER) Standings Day 3
 
  Angler                  Hometown             No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$
 
1.  Tom Frink             Simi Valley, Calif.     9  34-11  315  $45,500.00
  Day 1: 3   16-08    Day 2: 3    9-08    Day 3: 3   8-11  
2.  Lance Peck            Tulsa, Okla.           9  33-03  295   $25,500.00
  Day 1: 3   13-00    Day 2: 3    4-02    Day 3: 3  16-01  
3.  Charlie Raia           Gardendale, Ala.        8  29-07 290   $10,000.00
  Day 1: 3   11-09    Day 2: 3   13-03    Day 3: 2   4-11  
4.  John Proctor           Conway, S.C.            7 28-13  285    $5,000.00
  Day 1: 3    8-12   Day 2: 3   11-14    Day 3: 1   8-03  
5.  Stephen Williams       Columbus, Miss.         8 25-15    0    $4,000.00
  Day 1: 3    7-11   Day 2: 2    6-15    Day 3: 3  11-05  
6.  William Todd           Elmvale, Canada         9  24-07 276    $3,000.00
  Day 1: 3    8-12   Day 2: 3    8-09    Day 3: 3   7-02  
7.  Lutz Spika            Stamford, Conn.         8 23-13  272    $2,500.00
  Day 1: 2    4-02   Day 2: 3    8-10    Day 3: 3  11-01  
8.  Frank Mealer           Irondale, Ala.          7  23-11 268    $2,000.00
  Day 1: 1    1-06   Day 2: 3    9-10    Day 3: 3  12-11  
9.  Billy Schwach          Charleston, S.C.        9  23-01 264    $1,800.00
  Day 1: 3    6-09   Day 2: 3   10-03    Day 3: 3   6-05  
10. Jason Glen Wilson     Bessemer City, N.C.     7  23-00 260    $1,600.00
  Day 1: 2   10-15    Day 2: 3    8-14    Day 3: 2   3-03  
11. Roger Howell           Clayton, Ala.           6 22-08  257    $1,400.00
  Day 1: 1    2-01   Day 2: 2    6-01    Day 3: 3  14-06  
12. Earle Atkinson         Florence, S.C.          8  22-03 254    $1,300.00
  Day 1: 2    5-06   Day 2: 3    6-04    Day 3: 3  10-09  
13. Harry Potts            Ozark, Ala.            7  20-11  251    $1,200.00
  Day 1: 1    2-06   Day 2: 3    6-14    Day 3: 3  11-07  
14. Rodney Wrenn           Bonneau, S.C.           8 20-08  248    $1,100.00
  Day 1: 3    8-00   Day 2: 2    2-09    Day 3: 3   9-15  
15. Pat Golden            High Point, N.C.        7  19-14 245    $1,000.00
  Day 1: 1    1-00   Day 2: 3   11-14    Day 3: 3   7-00  
16. Steve Galberaith      Alpharetta, Ga.         7  19-09 243    $1,000.00
  Day 1: 2    6-04   Day 2: 3    7-05    Day 3: 2   6-00  
17. Howard Stephens        Columbia, S.C.          7  18-12 241    $1,000.00
  Day 1: 1    4-02   Day 2: 3    5-06    Day 3: 3   9-04  
18. Richard Baker          Montoursville, Pa.      5  18-09  239   $1,000.00
  Day 1: 1    1-15   Day 2: 3    8-01    Day 3: 1   8-09  
19. Gary Abernethy        Skyland, N.C.          6  18-07  237    $1,000.00
  Day 1: 2    4-04   Day 2: 3   12-08    Day 3: 1   1-11  
20. Lane Wright           Loganville, Ga.         7 17-12  235    $1,000.00
  Day 1: 3    7-01   Day 2: 3    8-14    Day 3: 1   1-13  
21. Tim Ezell             Key West, Fla.          4 17-11  233      $900.00
  Day 1: 0    0-00   Day 2: 3   13-03    Day 3: 1   4-08  
22. Kevin Cunningham      Farmingdale, N.Y.       6  17-09 230      $900.00
  Day 1: 3    7-08   Day 2: 3   10-01    Day 3: 0   0-00  
22. Jeffrey Prisza         Wyandotte, Mich.        4  17-09 230      $900.00
  Day 1: 1    6-10   Day 2: 3   10-15    Day 3: 0   0-00  
24. James Anderson         Miami, Fla.            6  17-05  227      $900.00
  Day 1: 3    9-06   Day 2: 3    7-15    Day 3: 0   0-00  
25. Marty Scoggins         Trion, Ga.             6  16-14 225      $900.00
  Day 1: 1    2-01   Day 2: 3    8-15    Day 3: 2   5-14  
26. Johnny Houser          Bishopville, S.C.       5  16-06  223
  Day 1: 1    3-01   Day 2: 3    9-09    Day 3: 1   3-12  
27. Bobby Fleming          Luray, Va.             5  15-10  221
  Day 1: 2    4-11   Day 2: 2    8-11    Day 3: 1   2-04  
28. Joe Buddin            Sumter, S.C.           6  15-08  219
  Day 1: 1    2-03   Day 2: 3    9-02    Day 3: 2   4-03  
29. Tommy Swindle          Cleveland, Ala.         8  15-06  217
  Day 1: 2    4-15   Day 2: 3    4-14    Day 3: 3   5-09  
30. James Hill            Ozark, Ala.            5  15-04  215
  Day 1: 0    0-00   Day 2: 3   10-02    Day 3: 2   5-02  
31. Joel Etheredge         Springville, Ala.       5  14-08  213
  Day 1: 1    2-15   Day 2: 2    4-13    Day 3: 2   6-12  
32. Bill Wilson           Lexington, S.C.         6 14-01  211
  Day 1: 3    7-14   Day 2: 2    4-10    Day 3: 1   1-09  
33. Mitchell Cook          Drexel, N.C.            6 13-14  209
  Day 1: 3    7-11   Day 2: 0    0-00    Day 3: 3   6-03  
34. Ron Parks             Lexington, N.C.         4 13-08  207
  Day 1: 0    0-00   Day 2: 3   11-09    Day 3: 1   1-15  
35. Deron Donohoo          Sumter, S.C.            4 13-04  205
  Day 1: 1    4-07   Day 2: 3    8-13    Day 3: 0   0-00  
36. James Jones            Pinson, Ala.            6 13-03  203
  Day 1: 3    8-01   Day 2: 1    1-15    Day 3: 2   3-03  
37. Larry Triplett         Parker, Colo.           5 12-13  201
  Day 1: 1    1-03   Day 2: 3    9-06    Day 3: 1   2-04  
38. Larry Summey           Clermont, Fla.          5  12-12 199
  Day 1: 2    3-14   Day 2: 3    8-14    Day 3: 0   0-00  
39. Jimmy Sparks           Tuscumbia, Ala.         6  12-09  197
  Day 1: 3    7-14   Day 2: 3    4-11    Day 3: 0   0-00  
40. Robert Vogelsang      Jessup, Md.            5  12-06  195
  Day 1: 0    0-00   Day 2: 3    9-09    Day 3: 2   2-13  
41. Jeffrey Brooks         Lake Worth, Fla.        6  12-05  193
  Day 1: 1    1-01   Day 2: 3    7-02    Day 3: 2   4-02  
42. Tim Dungan            Cinncinati, Ohio        6  12-04 191
  Day 1: 2    4-00   Day 2: 3    5-09    Day 3: 1   2-11  
43. Bob Sanders           Ulmer, S.C.            3  11-08  189
  Day 1: 0    0-00   Day 2: 3   11-08    Day 3: 0   0-00  
44. Frank Picha            Akron, Ohio            4  10-12  187
  Day 1: 0    0-00   Day 2: 3    9-08    Day 3: 1   1-04  
45. Johnny Urbon           Laurens, S.C.           5 10-04  185
  Day 1: 2    4-03   Day 2: 3    6-01    Day 3: 0   0-00  
46. Grady Allen           Columbia, S.C.         5   9-15  183
  Day 1: 1    2-01   Day 2: 3    7-14    Day 3: 1   0-00  
47. Richard Harris         Pittsgrove, N.J.        2   9-11 181      $500.00
  Day 1: 1    1-15   Day 2: 1    7-12    Day 3: 0   0-00  
48. Billy Hutton           Eaton, Ohio            4   8-11  179
  Day 1: 1    1-09   Day 2: 3    7-02    Day 3: 0   0-00  
49. Bob Tarlton           Lake City, Fla.         4   8-04 177
  Day 1: 3    6-11   Day 2: 1    1-09    Day 3: 0   0-00  
50. Allen Burkhalter      Columbus, Ga.          3   8-00  175
  Day 1: 0    0-00   Day 2: 3    8-00    Day 3: 0   0-00  
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Big Bass
Day
 1   Tom Frink              Simi Valley, Calif.       8-04    $500.00
 2   Richard Harris         Pittsgrove, N.J.          7-12    $500.00
 3   Lance Peck             Tulsa, Okla.              8-10    $500.00
 
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Totals
Day   #Limits   #Fish      Weight
 1       18      118       307-04
 2      43       176      479-10
 3      15       78       233-15
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        76       372     1020-13

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