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Omori Wins Bass Fishing Tournament on Norfork Lake

Omori Wins Bass Fishing Tournament on Norfork Lake Takahiro Omori put himself in that coveted category with a commanding 4 pound, 10 ounce win over Louisiana's Craig Dowling in the Western Open bass fishing tournament at Norfork
 

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. - It takes a skilled angler to win two BASS tournaments in one year. Takahiro Omori put himself in that coveted category with a commanding 4 pound, 10 ounce win over Louisiana's Craig Dowling in the Western Open bass fishing tournament at Norfork Lake on Saturday winning more than $50,000 in cash and prizes including a new Triton boat with a Mercury outboard.
   "This feels great to win two BASS tournaments in the same year," said the 35-year old Texan, who also won the 2005 Tour stop at Lake Toho in January. "That is very tough to do, so I feel very good about that."
   Omori spent all three days fishing the same creek, located just minutes away from the launch location. He concentrated on shallow pockets of water, 5 five feet in depth using a Lucky Craft BPS 2 crankbait and a Zoom Baby Brush Hawg. Additionally, Omori was using 20 pound fluorocarbon Sunline coupled with a 7 foot Daiwa spinning rod.
   The crankbait enticed the bigger bites, which were rare considering the tough fishing conditions. However, Omori landed a 3-8 bass with the crankbait on the final day which would have been good enough to win the tournament by itself.
   Although Omori brought in a solid bag (7-10) on the final day, his closest competition wilted as Brad Hallman, second place after Day 2, failed to weigh in a fish. Hallman slipped all the way back to sixth place.
   "The fishing has been real tough," Oklahoma's Hallman said. "I got pretty lucky my first day out here, but yesterday, I had trouble and I felt like my areas were drying up. I figured I better concentrate on new water today, but I just couldn't find that hot stretch."
   Taking over second was Louisiana's Dowling. Despite falling short of winning his first BASS tournament, he was pleased with his second-place finish.
   "It has been a great week," Hallman said, who threw Yamamoto hula-grubs and cut-tails all week. "I guess my luck finally ran out today, but I couldn't be happier."
   Rounding out the top five on the boater side are Louisiana's Jeremy Guidry (21-15), Texan David Wharton (20-5) and Arkansas's Doug Garrett (18-15).
   Garrett was the only Arkansas angler to finish in the top five on the boater side. He moved up from his 11th place position after Day 2 with a 7-pound, 2-ounce catch on the final day.
   Anglers from the Natural State fared a bit better on the non-boater side as two finished in the top five. Winning a prize package that includes a Triton boat valued at $25,000 is Texan Dwight Dickerson with a three day total of 14 pounds, 8 ounces.
   Finishing behind Dickerson are Texan Rusty Harvey (13-1), Arkansas's Bob Snyder (12-10), Arkansas's Jeary Wheeler (11-13) and Mississippi's Dennis Mcdaniel (11-3).
   The last of the three Central Open tournaments will take place on the Red River in Natchitoches, La., Nov. 9-11, 2005.
   The top 25 boaters and non-boaters in the Central Open point standings advance to the Open Championship on the Alabama River in Prattville, Ala., Dec. 1-4, 2005. The top five finishers in the Open Championship will move on to the 2006 Classic Feb. 24-26 on Lake Tohopekaliga in Kissimmee, Fla. and compete for a $500,000 top prize.

Day Three Big Bass
 Boater: Chad Brauer, Osage Beach, Mo., 4-1
 Non-Boater: Dennis Mcdaniel, Roxie, Miss., 4-1
 : Homer Humphreys, Jr., Minden, La., 4-14
 Nathan Borque, Prairieville, La,, 4-14

2005 Central Open 2 BO 10/13-10/15
Lake Norfork, Mountain Home Ark.
(BOATER) Standings Day 3
 
  Angler          Hometown       No./lbs-oz Pts  Total $$$
 
1. Takahiro Omori     Emory, Texas      11 27-05 310  $47,016.00
 Day 1: 3  9-13  Day 2: 4  9-14  Day 3: 4  7-10 
2. Craig Dowling     Many, La.       12 22-11 295  $41,216.00
 Day 1: 5  10-04  Day 2: 5  8-05  Day 3: 2  4-02 
3. Jeremy Guidry     Opelousas, La.     13 21-15 290  $18,192.00
 Day 1: 5  6-11  Day 2: 3  4-15  Day 3: 5  10-05 
4. David Wharton     Sam Rayburn, Texas   8 20-05 285  $15,360.00
 Day 1: 5  12-11  Day 2: 0  0-00  Day 3: 3  7-10 
5. Doug Garrett      Cabot, Ark.      11 18-15 280  $4,640.00
 Day 1: 4  6-13  Day 2: 2  5-00  Day 3: 5  7-02 
6. Brad Hallman      Norman, Okla.      8 18-14 281  $4,060.00
 Day 1: 5  13-13  Day 2: 3  5-01  Day 3: 0  0-00 
7. Conrad Picou      Carencro, La.     10 18-02 272  $3,480.00
 Day 1: 3  7-07  Day 2: 2  2-14  Day 3: 5  7-13 
8. Mike McClelland    Vella Vista, Ark.    8 17-15 268  $4,190.00
 Day 1: 4  10-01  Day 2: 1  4-00  Day 3: 3  3-14 
9. Travis Loyd      Vienna, Ill.      10 17-12 264  $2,610.00
 Day 1: 4  6-14  Day 2: 2  2-15  Day 3: 4  7-15 
10. Tony Chachere     Opelousas, La.     11 17-11 260  $2,320.00
 Day 1: 5  8-02  Day 2: 3  4-09  Day 3: 3  5-00 
11. Kevin Riney      Pocahontas, Ark.    9 17-06 257  $2,030.00
 Day 1: 4  9-08  Day 2: 1  1-01  Day 3: 4  6-13 
12. Ben Matsubu      Hemphill, Texas     9 17-05 254  $1,740.00
 Day 1: 0  0-00  Day 2: 4  8-10  Day 3: 5  8-11 
13. Gary Klein       Weatherford, Texas   9 16-13 251  $1,450.00
 Day 1: 3  4-03  Day 2: 2  3-02  Day 3: 4  9-08 
14. Doc Seger       Reeds Springs, Mo.   8 16-11 248  $1,392.00
 Day 1: 1  2-06  Day 2: 5  10-10  Day 3: 2  3-11 
15. Brannon Jones     Montgomery, Ala.    8 16-07 245  $1,334.00
 Day 1: 4  10-02  Day 2: 2  4-01  Day 3: 2  2-04 
16. Steve Kennedy     Auburn, Ala.      12 15-09 243  $1,276.00
 Day 1: 5  6-03  Day 2: 2  3-09  Day 3: 5  5-13 
17. Randy Allen      Calhoun, La.      11 15-08 241  $1,276.00
 Day 1: 5  9-09  Day 2: 3  3-02  Day 3: 3  2-13 
18. Chad Brauer      Osage Beach, Mo.    6 15-06 239  $2,276.00
 Day 1: 3  5-14  Day 2: 1  1-15  Day 3: 2  7-09 
19. Matt Reed       Madisonville, Texas  11 15-05 237  $1,276.00
 Day 1: 5  7-01  Day 2: 1  0-15  Day 3: 5  7-05 
20. Tim Dungan       Cinncinati, Ohio    7 14-13 235  $1,276.00
 Day 1: 5  12-01  Day 2: 2  2-12  Day 3: 0  0-00 
21. Jeff Kriet       Ardmore, Okla.     8 14-05 233  $1,218.00
 Day 1: 3  6-03  Day 2: 2  2-02  Day 3: 3  6-00 
22. Paul Ferguson     Arp, Texas       6 13-14 231  $1,218.00
 Day 1: 1  2-01  Day 2: 3  6-11  Day 3: 2  5-02 
23. Kevin Lasyone     Dry Prong, La.     8 13-09 229  $1,218.00
 Day 1: 2  3-09  Day 2: 3  5-02  Day 3: 3  4-14 
23. Herb Blush       Yazoo City, Miss.    6 13-09 229  $1,218.00
 Day 1: 3  7-12  Day 2: 1  1-07  Day 3: 2  4-06 
25. Mike Williams     Delhi, La.       7 13-07 225  $1,218.00
 Day 1: 4  8-15  Day 2: 0  0-00  Day 3: 3  4-08 
26. Darrell Newman     Bruceville, Texas    9 12-07 223   $986.00
 Day 1: 5  6-14  Day 2: 3  4-06  Day 3: 1  1-03 
27. Robert Byrd      Dallas, Texas      6 12-02 221   $986.00
 Day 1: 2  3-12  Day 2: 2  4-05  Day 3: 2  4-01 
28. Randy Jackson     Poplar Bluff, Mo.    8 12-01 219   $986.00
 Day 1: 3  2-14  Day 2: 3  5-09  Day 3: 2  3-10 
29. Bradley Stringer    Huntington, Texas    6 11-10 217   $986.00
 Day 1: 4  7-06  Day 2: 0  0-00  Day 3: 2  4-04 
29. Billy Hurt       Spring Creek, Tenn.   6 11-10 217   $986.00
 Day 1: 1  2-01  Day 2: 3  5-01  Day 3: 2  4-08 
31. Chuck Lawless     Park Hill, Okla.    5 11-04 213   $870.00
 Day 1: 3  6-07  Day 2: 0  0-00  Day 3: 2  4-13 
32. Cliff Pace       Petal, Miss.      7 11-01 211   $870.00
 Day 1: 2  3-10  Day 2: 4  5-11  Day 3: 1  1-12 
33. Scott Mcgehee     Madison, Miss.     7 10-10 209   $870.00
 Day 1: 3  3-10  Day 2: 2  2-13  Day 3: 2  4-03 
34. Tommy Martin      Hemphill, Texas     6 10-05 207   $831.33
 Day 1: 1  0-14  Day 2: 4  7-09  Day 3: 1  1-14 
34. Brent Broderick    Oregonia, Ohio     4 10-05 207   $831.33
 Day 1: 1  2-05  Day 2: 3  8-00  Day 3: 0  0-00 
34. Max Atkinson      Midway, Ark.      4 10-05 207   $831.33
 Day 1: 1  4-02  Day 2: 2  3-15  Day 3: 1  2-04 
37. Homer Humphreys, Jr  Minden, La.       6  9-15 201  $2,254.00
 Day 1: 2  5-14  Day 2: 2  2-01  Day 3: 2  2-00 
38. Doug Vahrenberg    Higginsville, Mo.    5  9-13 199   $754.00
 Day 1: 2  5-03  Day 2: 1  2-10  Day 3: 2  2-00 
39. Robert Swisher     Mulkeytown, Ill.    6  9-10 197   $754.00
 Day 1: 5  7-08  Day 2: 0  0-00  Day 3: 1  2-02 
40. Dwayne Busby      Amarillo, Texas     4  9-09 195   $754.00
 Day 1: 3  6-06  Day 2: 1  3-03  Day 3: 0  0-00 
41. Terry Butcher     Talala, Okla.      5  8-06 193   $696.00
 Day 1: 2  4-01  Day 2: 1  2-06  Day 3: 2  1-15 
42. Sam Swett       Covington, La.     6  8-04 191   $696.00
 Day 1: 2  1-15  Day 2: 3  5-03  Day 3: 1  1-02 
42. Brad D Wall      Clarksville, Ohio    5  8-04 191   $696.00
 Day 1: 4  6-06  Day 2: 0  0-00  Day 3: 1  1-14 
44. Troy Dolney      Gamaliel, Ark.     6  8-03 187   $696.00
 Day 1: 4  6-01  Day 2: 1  0-11  Day 3: 1  1-07 
44. Brian Penso      Houston, Texas     5  8-03 187   $696.00
 Day 1: 3  4-05  Day 2: 1  1-09  Day 3: 1  2-05 
46. Jimmy Mize       Ben Lomond, Ark.    5  7-14 183   $638.00
 Day 1: 2  3-03  Day 2: 2  3-05  Day 3: 1  1-06 
47. Preston Domingue    Lafayette, La.     4  7-12 181   $638.00
 Day 1: 0  0-00  Day 2: 4  7-12  Day 3: 0  0-00 
48. Terry Owens      Aliceville, Ala.    3  6-02 179   $638.00
 Day 1: 2  3-07  Day 2: 1  2-11  Day 3: 0  0-00 
49. David Gliebe      Benton, Ky.       3  5-14 177   $638.00
 Day 1: 1  1-06  Day 2: 2  4-08  Day 3: 0  0-00 
49. Ed Whaley       Montgomery, Texas    3  5-14 177   $638.00
 Day 1: 1  1-13  Day 2: 2  4-01  Day 3: 0  0-00 
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Purolator Big Bass
Day
 1  Homer Humphreys, Jr   Minden, La.        0-00 $1,000.00
 2  Mike McClelland     Vella Vista, Ark.     4-00 $1,000.00
 3  Chad Brauer       Osage Beach, Mo.      4-01 $1,000.00
   Homer Humphreys, Jr   Minden, La.        4-14  $500.00
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Totals
Day  #Limits  #Fish   Weight
 1    11    232    409-09
 2    2    155    267-04
 3    6    107    189-07
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     19    494    866-042005 Central Open 2 NB 10/13-10/15
Lake Norfork, Mountain Home Ark.
(NON-BOATER) Standings Day 3
 
  Angler          Hometown       No./lbs-oz Pts  Total $$$
 
1. Dwight Dickerson    Tomball, Texas     6 14-08 310  $25,037.00
 Day 1: 1  3-10  Day 2: 3  6-04  Day 3: 2  4-10 
2. Rusty Harvey      Nederland, Texas    5 13-01 295  $3,920.00
 Day 1: 2  6-01  Day 2: 2  3-01  Day 3: 1  3-15 
3. Bob Snyder       Roland, Ark.      8 12-10 290  $2,450.00
 Day 1: 3  3-10  Day 2: 2  3-04  Day 3: 3  5-12 
4. Jeary Wheeler     Batesville, Ark.    6 11-13 285  $2,205.00
 Day 1: 2  4-13  Day 2: 1  1-07  Day 3: 3  5-09 
5. Dennis Mcdaniel    Roxie, Miss.      5 11-03 280  $2,360.00
 Day 1: 2  3-02  Day 2: 0  0-00  Day 3: 3  8-01 
6. Harry Durham      Houston, Texas     4  9-04 276  $1,470.00
 Day 1: 2  4-14  Day 2: 1  2-08  Day 3: 1  1-14 
7. Charles Thomson    Boerne, Texas      4  8-08 272  $1,225.00
 Day 1: 1  4-05  Day 2: 0  0-00  Day 3: 3  4-03 
8. Stan Williams     Calhoun, La.      4  8-05 268  $1,380.00
 Day 1: 1  1-00  Day 2: 3  7-05  Day 3: 0  0-00 
9. Mike Desforges     Burlington, Canada   5  8-04 264   $882.00
 Day 1: 2  2-05  Day 2: 3  5-15  Day 3: 0  0-00 
10. Mike Wisenbaker    Jourdanton, Texas    6  8-02 260   $784.00
 Day 1: 2  3-09  Day 2: 2  2-12  Day 3: 2  1-13 
11. David Kelly      Ft Worth, Texas     5  7-13 257   $686.00
 Day 1: 2  3-08  Day 2: 1  1-04  Day 3: 2  3-01 
12. Jack Brown       Thayer, Mo.       6  7-06 254   $637.00
 Day 1: 4  4-07  Day 2: 1  1-15  Day 3: 1  1-00 
13. Dewayne French     Mammoth Spring, Ark.  5  7-05 251   $588.00
 Day 1: 3  4-13  Day 2: 0  0-00  Day 3: 2  2-08 
14. Brian Merrifield    Athens, Texas      4  7-01 248   $539.00
 Day 1: 1  1-15  Day 2: 1  2-00  Day 3: 2  3-02 
15. Glenn Maxwell     Crossett, Ark.     5  6-15 245   $441.00
 Day 1: 1  1-01  Day 2: 3  4-04  Day 3: 1  1-10 
15. Jim Zaleski      Parsons, Kan.      3  6-15 245   $441.00
 Day 1: 0  0-00  Day 2: 2  4-03  Day 3: 1  2-12 
17. Shawn White      Mountain Home, Ark.   3  6-12 241   $392.00
 Day 1: 1  1-14  Day 2: 0  0-00  Day 3: 2  4-14 
18. Billy Yelverton    Baton Rouge, La.    4  6-07 239   $392.00
 Day 1: 0  0-00  Day 2: 2  3-06  Day 3: 2  3-01 
19. Nathan Bourque     Prairieville, La.    2  6-04 242  $1,292.00
 Day 1: 2  6-04  Day 2: 0  0-00  Day 3: 0  0-00 
20. Scott Darragh     Dallas, Texas      4  6-03 235   $392.00
 Day 1: 3  4-13  Day 2: 0  0-00  Day 3: 1  1-06 
21. Joe Lee        Desoto, Texas      4  6-01 233   $343.00
 Day 1: 0  0-00  Day 2: 3  4-12  Day 3: 1  1-05 
22. Mike Aycock      Bay Springs, Miss.   4  5-10 231   $343.00
 Day 1: 3  4-03  Day 2: 1  1-07  Day 3: 0  0-00 
23. James Gray       Walnut Ridge, Ark.   3  5-08 229   $343.00
 Day 1: 0  0-00  Day 2: 3  5-08  Day 3: 0  0-00 
24. Scott Alspach     Delaware, Okla.     3  5-07 227   $343.00
 Day 1: 2  4-03  Day 2: 0  0-00  Day 3: 1  1-04 
25. Bennie Anderson    Grand Prairie, Texas  4  5-01 225   $343.00
 Day 1: 2  2-07  Day 2: 2  2-10  Day 3: 0  0-00 
26. Sam Moss, Sr      Ackerman, Miss.     3  4-11 223   $294.00
 Day 1: 2  2-11  Day 2: 0  0-00  Day 3: 1  2-00 
27. Joel Mixon       Arlington, Texas    3  4-07 221   $294.00
 Day 1: 1  1-10  Day 2: 1  1-01  Day 3: 1  1-12 
28. Allen Rhoden      Huntsville, Texas    2  4-06 219   $294.00
 Day 1: 0  0-00  Day 2: 1  2-02  Day 3: 1  2-04 
29. Bill Gift       Alix, Ark.       2  4-03 217   $294.00
 Day 1: 0  0-00  Day 2: 1  1-14  Day 3: 1  2-05 
30. David Kayda      Deer Park, Texas    3  3-15 215   $282.00
 Day 1: 1  0-14  Day 2: 1  2-00  Day 3: 1  1-01 
30. Craig Jackson     Boerne, Texas      2  3-15 215   $282.00
 Day 1: 2  3-15  Day 2: 0  0-00  Day 3: 0  0-00 
32. Glennon Wallach    Cedar Hill, Mo.     2  3-09 211   $270.00
 Day 1: 0  0-00  Day 2: 1  2-03  Day 3: 1  1-06 
33. Austin Banks      Madison, Miss.     2  3-08 209   $270.00
 Day 1: 1  2-06  Day 2: 0  0-00  Day 3: 1  1-02 
33. Eric Von Kinsey    Lamar, Ark.       2  3-08  0   $270.00
 Day 1: 1  1-09  Day 2: 1  1-15  Day 3: 0  0-00 
35. Dennis Arendt     Jackson, Tenn.     3  3-06 205   $270.00
 Day 1: 2  2-08  Day 2: 1  0-14  Day 3: 0  0-00 
36. Robert Thierry     Sugarland, Texas    2  3-05 203   $245.00
 Day 1: 1  1-10  Day 2: 0  0-00  Day 3: 1  1-11 
37. Ernie Daniel      Batesville, Ark.    2  3-02 201   $245.00
 Day 1: 2  3-02  Day 2: 0  0-00  Day 3: 0  0-00 
38. Matthew Jones     Spokane, Mo.      2  3-01 199   $245.00
 Day 1: 1  2-03  Day 2: 0  0-00  Day 3: 1  0-14 
39. Blaine Leblanc     Many, La.        2  3-00 197   $245.00
 Day 1: 1  2-01  Day 2: 0  0-00  Day 3: 1  0-15 
40. Jamie Horne      Jonesboro, Ark.     3  2-15 195   $233.00
 Day 1: 1  0-13  Day 2: 2  2-02  Day 3: 0  0-00 
40. Dick Stirewatt     West Plains, Mo.    1  2-15 195   $233.00
 Day 1: 1  2-15  Day 2: 0  0-00  Day 3: 0  0-00 
42. Thomas Duncan     White Hall, Ark.    1  2-14 191   $221.00
 Day 1: 0  0-00  Day 2: 1  2-14  Day 3: 0  0-00 
43. Mannie Lackey     Kerrville, Texas    2  2-13 189   $221.00
 Day 1: 1  1-10  Day 2: 1  1-03  Day 3: 0  0-00 
44. Kenneth Harris     Homer, La.       3  2-10 187   $221.00
 Day 1: 1  0-13  Day 2: 2  1-13  Day 3: 0  0-00 
45. Robert Harley     Nixa, Mo.        1  2-09 185   $221.00
 Day 1: 0  0-00  Day 2: 1  2-09  Day 3: 0  0-00 
46. Rudy Hershberger    Mountain Home, Ark.   2  2-04 183   $196.00
 Day 1: 0  0-00  Day 2: 2  2-04  Day 3: 0  0-00 
47. Bill Bonner      Natchitoches, La.    1  1-14 181   $196.00
 Day 1: 1  1-14  Day 2: 0  0-00  Day 3: 0  0-00 
48. Adrian Coble      Brookeland, Texas    1  1-12 179   $196.00
 Day 1: 1  1-12  Day 2: 0  0-00  Day 3: 0  0-00 
49. Steven Smith      Berwyn, Ill.      1  1-11 177   $196.00
 Day 1: 1  1-11  Day 2: 0  0-00  Day 3: 0  0-00 
50. Jeff Smith       Richmond, Texas     2  1-10 175   $196.00
 Day 1: 1  1-09  Day 2: 0  0-00  Day 3: 1  0-01 
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Purolator Big Bass
Day
 1  Nathan Bourque     Prairieville, La.     0-00  $400.00
 2  Stan Williams      Calhoun, La.        3-09  $400.00
 3  Dennis Mcdaniel     Roxie, Miss.        4-01  $400.00
   Nathan Bourque     Prairieville, La.     4-14  $500.00
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Totals
Day  #Limits  #Fish   Weight
 1    0    74    124-10
 2    0    59    95-11
 3    0    45    77-03
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     0    178    297-08

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