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Stone Wins Bass Fishing Tournament on Harris Chain of Lakes

Stone Wins Bass Fishing Tournament on Harris Chain of Lakes Stone, who has not placed higher than 33rd in the past two Tour seasons, pulled 61 pounds, 12 ounces of bass out of the Harris Chain of Lakes, earning the tournament's $100,000 top prize. Stone's last BASS victory came five years ago at Alabama's Lake Wheeler.
 

 LEESBURG, Fla. - North Carolina's Marty Stone recovered from his "self-proclaimed slump" on Sunday, sweeping past the competition to win the first bass fishing event of the 2004 Bassmaster Tour.
   Stone, who has not placed higher than 33rd in the past two Tour seasons, pulled 61 pounds, 12 ounces of bass out of the Harris Chain of Lakes, earning the tournament's $100,000 top prize. Stone's last BASS victory came five years ago at Alabama's Lake Wheeler.
   An emotional Stone told the crowd at the Pat Thomas Ballfield, "I've seen the bottom of this sport and this just goes to show, you never give up.
   "I'll be the first to admit, when I made that first Classic, I thought I was a pretty good fisherman," he said, "but I've been in a self-proclaimed slump for the past few years. I want to be a good fisherman, and to do that I'm going to have to be on the water. I have a lot of work to do."
   Stone's victory came by fishing a 7-inch Sweebo Worm, junebug in color, with an American Rodsmith 71/2-foot flipping stick. Stone also used a 3/8-ounce Gambler Ninja Spin spinnerbait, a minnow style spinnerbait that has a white and blue head.
   "Those are ideal colors for cloudy weather like today," Stone said.
   Stone also picked up an additional $1,000 as the of the day, the daily award for having the heaviest catch of the day. His 15-pound, 13-ounce sack for Day 4 earned him some money, but Stone doesn't think he'll see much of it.
   "My wife and I made a deal," he joked. "I can keep all the trophies and she gets the money."
   Arkansas pro Scott Rook came up a spot from third to finish the tournament in second, earning him $38,000. Rook came in with a 12-13 sack Sunday, giving him a total of 60-9 for the four days.
   Brent Chapman took home third place Sunday and a check for $23,000. Chapman, who was fishing his 100th BASS event, wasn't satisfied with his performance.
   "I need to make sure I put every fish in the boat," Chapman said. "I missed two fish today that could have been the difference in the tournament. I'm really trying hard not to think about that now, but it's hard not to."
   New Jersey's Mike Iaconelli, who led Saturday's round, wound up fourth (58-12), with Texans Tommy Martin (56-7) and Bud Pruitt (48-1) taking fifth and sixth places, respectively.
   The Purolator Big Bass of the day went to Martin, who brought in a 6-pound bass to earn him the $1,000 bonus. The Purolator Big Bass of the Tournament and its $1,000 prize went to Day 1 leader Alton Jones. His 10-pound 13-ounce lunker had already earned him $1,000 for Day 1.
   On Friday, tournament officials erred while determining which of the two amateur anglers tied for 12th place would qualify to fish in Saturday's final amateur round.
   After tournament officials discovered the error, they contacted the anglers in question and discussed reparations with the amateur who was incorrectly cut. Final measures will be determined when BASS officials meet next week.
   Tournament Director Trip Weldon called the incident unfortunate and assured that corrective steps are being taken to prevent a similar situation in the future.
   The Bassmaster Tour heads north next week to Smith Lake in Jasper, Ala., for the second event on the 2004 Tournament Trail, Feb. 5-8.Fans can catch a telecast of the Harris Chain tournament on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 10:30 a.m. ET/9:30 a.m. CT on ESPN2.
   Thousands of fans were on hand Sunday afternoon to take part in the highly interactive and family friendly BASS Sponsor Expo area. Sponsors presented interactive exhibits and provided a fun family experience for all ages.

2004 Florida Bassmaster Tour Pro 01/29-02/01
Harris Chain Of Lakes, Leesburg  Fla.
(PRO Division) Standings Day 4
   Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts  Total
   $$$
1.  Marty Stone            Linden, N.C.           20   61-12  305 
$100,000.00
  Day 1: 5   19-09    Day 2: 5   14-00    Day 3: 5   12-06    Day 4: 5  
  15-13   
2.  Scott Rook             Little Rock, Ark.      20   60-09  295  
$38,000.00
  Day 1: 5   18-03    Day 2: 5   16-10    Day 3: 5   12-15    Day 4: 5  
  12-13   
3.  Brent Chapman          Shawnee, Kan.          20   60-02  290  
$23,000.00
  Day 1: 5   21-15    Day 2: 5   12-01    Day 3: 5   12-01    Day 4: 5  
  14-01   
4.  Michael Iaconelli      Runnemede, N.J.        20   58-12  290  
$20,000.00
  Day 1: 5   19-04    Day 2: 5   17-04    Day 3: 5   13-05    Day 4: 5   
  8-15   
5.  Tommy Martin           Hemphill, Texas        19   56-07  280  
$16,000.00
  Day 1: 5   15-10    Day 2: 5   17-01    Day 3: 5   11-05    Day 4: 4  
  12-07   
6.  Bud Pruitt             Spring, Texas          13   48-01  276  
$15,000.00
  Day 1: 5   17-06    Day 2: 5   17-01    Day 3: 3   13-10    Day 4: 0   
  0-00   
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Totals Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
 1       87       625      1554-06
 2       68       553      1392-13
 3        5        36        94-01
 4        4        24        64-01
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        164      1238      3105-052004 Angler of the Year
After Leesburg, Fla.  Ending 02-01-2004
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Place  Name               St            Pts
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  1 Marty Stone           N.C.          305
  2 Scott Rook            Ark.          295
  3 Michael Iaconelli     N.J.          290
  3 Brent Chapman         Kan.          290
  5 Tommy Martin          Texas         280
  6 Alton Jones           Texas         277
  7 Bud Pruitt            Texas         276
  8 Jason Quinn           S.C.          273
  9 Scott Suggs           Ark.          264
 10 Chris Baumgardner     N.C.          260
 11 David Wharton         Texas         257
 12 Takahiro Omori        Texas         254
 13 Larry Nixon           Ark.          251
 14 Steve Daniel          Fla.          248
 15 Terry Scroggins       Fla.          245
 16 David Walker          Tenn.         243
 17 Bernie Schultz        Fla.          241
 18 Tom Biffle            Okla.         239
 19 Kelly Jordon          Texas         237
 20 Harold Allen          Texas         235
 21 Tim Horton            Ala.          233
 22 Byron Velvick         Nev.          231
 23 Mike Auten            Ky.           229
 24 Skeet Reese           Calif.        227
 25 Terry Baksay          Conn.         225
 26 Gary Klein            Texas         223
 27 Kevin Wirth           Ky.           221
 28 Koby Kreiger          Fla.          219
 28 John Murray           Ariz.         219
 30 Mark Kile             Ariz.         215
 31 Brian Snowden         Mo.           213
 32 Randy Blaukat         Mo.           211
 33 Danny Correia         Mass.         209
 34 Jimmy D Mize          Ark.          207
 35 Matt Reed             Texas         205
 36 Ishama Monroe         Calif.        203
 36 Chad Brauer           Mo.           203
 36 Jason Reyes           Texas         203
 39 Randy Howell          Ala.          197
 40 Davy Hite             S.C.          195
 40 O T Fears III         Okla.         195
 42 Mike Reynolds         Calif.        191
 43 Mike McClelland       Ark.          189
 44 Curt Lytle            Va.           187
 45 Aaron Martens         Calif.        185
 46 Kevin Short           Ark.          183
 47 Tim Loper             Miss.         181
 47 Edwin Evers           Okla.         181
 49 Brooks Rogers         Texas         177
 50 Art Ferguson III      Mich.         175
 51 Steve Sennikoff       Texas         173
 52 Mark Rizk             Ala.          171
 53 Kotaro Kiriyama       Ala.          169
 54 Jimmy Mason           Ala.          167
 55 Shaw E Grigsby, Jr    Fla.          165
 56 Jay Yelas             Texas         163
 57 Mark Davis            Ark.          161
 58 Todd Faircloth        Texas         159
 59 Gerald Swindle        Ala.          157
 60 Peter E Thliveros     Fla.          155
 61 Jeff Reynolds         Okla.         153
 62 Woo Daves             Va.           151
 62 Dustin Wilks          N.C.          151
 62 Charlie Hartley       Ohio          151
 65 Mark Rogers           Fla.          145
 66 Scott A Nielsen       Utah          143
 67 Dean Rojas            Texas         141
 68 Chuck Economou        Fla.          139
 69 Robert Lee            Calif.        137
 70 Jim Bitter            Ind.          135
 70 Jordan Paullo         Conn.         135
 72 George Cochran        Ark.          131
 73 John Crews            Va.           129
 74 Johnny Lesesne        Ga.           127
 75 Elton Luce Jr         Texas         125
 76 Randall R Romig       Pa.           123
 76 Morizo Shimizu        Calif.        123
 78 Gary Yamamoto         Texas         119
 79 Stacey D King         Mo.           117
 80 Zell Rowland          Texas         115
 81 Frank Scalish         Ohio          113
 81 Cody Bird             Texas         113
 83 Marcel Veenstra       Mich.         109
 84 Luke Clausen          Wash.         107
 85 Gerald Gostenik       Mich.         105
 86 Roland Martin         Fla.          103
 87 Kyle Mabrey           Ala.          101
 88 Randy Dearman         Texas          99
 89 Lee Bailey            Conn.          97
 90 R J Bennett           Calif.         95
 91 Brett Hite            Ariz.          93
 92 Roger Boler           La.            91
 93 Ron Shuffield         Ark.           89
 94 Terry Segraves        Fla.           87
 95 Kenyon Hill           Okla.          85
 96 Mike Hicks            Va.            83
 97 Randy Yarnall         Pa.            81
 98 Charles Hammack       Texas          79
 99 Sean Hoernke          Texas          77
100 Doug Garrett          Ark.           76
101 David Fritts          N.C.           75
101 Kevin VanDam          Mich.          75
103 Bink Desaro           Idaho          73
104 Chris Price           Md.            72
104 Jack L Wade           Tenn.          72
106 Charles Ingram        Tenn.          70
107 Rick Clunn            Mo.            69
108 Tim Carroll           Okla.          68
109 Denny Brauer          Mo.            67
110 Rick Morris           Va.            66
111 Thomas O'Bryant       Tenn.          65
112 Chris Daves           Va.            64
113 Tom Mann, Jr          Ga.            63
114 Todd Auten            S.C.           62
114 Dennis Kolender       Nev.           62
116 Greg Hackney          La.            60
117 Mark Tyler            Calif.         59
118 J T Kenney            Md.            58
119 Tom Burns             Ill.           57
119 Robert Duke McCardle  Ga.            57
119 Yusuke Miyazaki       Texas          57
122 Jason Barber          Texas          54
122 Casey Iwai            Ariz.          54
124 Jay Kendrick          Ga.            52
125 Dalton Bobo           Ala.           51
126 Ray Sedgwick          S.C.           50
126 Paul L Elias          Miss.          50
128 Mike O'Shea           Calif.         48
129 Pete Ponds            Miss.          47
129 Mark Shepard          Fla.           47
131 Jarrett Edwards       Colo.          45
132 Robert Hamilton Jr    Miss.          44
133 Frank Ippoliti        Md.            43
133 Jimmy Houston         Okla.          43
135 Norio Tanabe          Japan          41
136 Mike Wurm             Ark.           40
137 Jody Cordell          Ga.            39
138 Mark Menendez         Ky.            38
139 Mark Tucker           Mo.            37
140 Homer Humphreys, Jr   La.            36
141 Darryl Burkhardt      Ore.           35
142 Ben Matsubu           Texas          34
143 Jeff Kriet            Okla.          33
144 Chad Morgenthaler     Ill.           32
144 Jeff Magee            Miss.          32
146 Coby Carden           Ala.           30
147 Charlie Weyer         Calif.         29
148 Jack A Gadlage        Ky.            28
149 Ken Cook              Okla.          27
150 Pete Gluszek          N.J.           26
151 Danny White           Ga.            25
151 Stephen Browning      Ark.           25
153 Tommy Stiles          Tenn.          23
154 Lance Vick            Texas          22
155 Guy H Eaker           N.C.           21
156 Joe Thomas            Ohio           20
157 Eric Nethery          Ga.            19
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Purolator Big Bass Day
 1   Alton Jones             Waco, Texas               10-13  $1,000.00 2 
  Mark Rizk               Arab, Ala.                10-03  $1,000.00 3  
 Bud Pruitt              Spring, Texas              6-03  $1,000.00 4  
 Tommy Martin            Hemphill, Texas            6-00  $1,000.00
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-- ROOKIE OF THE YEAR 2004 Tournament Year After Leesburg, FL ending
02-01-2004
   Place  Angler Name           City                State  Total Points
    1  Scott Suggs           Alexander           AR          264
    2  Jason Reyes           Humble              TX          203
    3  Kevin Short           Mayflower           AR          183
    4  Jimmy Mason           Rogersville         AL          167
    5  Scott A Nielsen       Salt Lake City      UT          143
    6  Jordan Paullo         Coventry            CT          135
    7  Marcel Veenstra       Brighton            MI          109
    8  R J Bennett           Grass Valley        CA           95
    9  Bink Desaro           Boise               ID           73
   10  Thomas O'Bryant       Drummonds           TN           65
   11  Greg Hackney          Gonzales            LA           60
   12  Mark Shepard          Labelle             FL           47
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