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Jordon Wins Tour Finale on Santee Cooper Reservoir

Jordon Wins Tour Finale on Santee Cooper Reservoir Kelly Jordon overcame a 6-pound, 2-ounce deficit and then some to take home the trophy at Sunday's finale of the Bassmaster Tour on Santee Cooper Reservoir
 

MANNING, S.C. - Kelly Jordon overcame a 6-pound, 2-ounce deficit and then some to take home the trophy at Sunday's finale of the Bassmaster Tour on Santee Cooper Reservoir. Standing-room-only crowds watched the Texas pro unload massive bass after massive bass to take the win from Arizona's Mark Kile.
   Jordon's day four catch of 32 pounds and 2 ounces brought his total weight up to a whopping 93-13 and earned him the $100,000 grand prize as well $1,000 from Busch for the on day four. If that weight - currently the largest caught this season - stays in the top 10 through the Bassmaster Elite 50 series, Jordon will qualify to fish the $160,000 Busch Shootout tournament on a mystery lake in September.
   "I had the most incredible day on the water," Jordon said. "I was so at ease because I didn't think I could win. I knew I was catching them, so I was sure Mark was just blasting them, too. I was just in the right place and they were biting. I haven't hit the ground yet."
   Jordon, who has won two previous BASS events, spent the tournament sight fishing with a Baby Fork Craw soft plastic bait by Lake Fork Tackle. Jordon has become an adept sight fisherman, using his skills during a final round in which pros agreed that conditions were against the technique.
   "I love doing it. It's very fun, but I believe it's the hardest way to catch fish in a tournament," Jordon said. "It's so much work and you have to concentrate so hard. Everything has to go right: the sun can't go behind a cloud at a critical moment, somebody can't move in the boat, you can't drop something and spook them, you have to catch them right at the critical moment.
   "It's so intricate and delicate, it's really a mentally draining way to fish. But I really enjoy doing it and I've graduated from the Lake Fork school of sight fishing, so I've done really well sight fishing in many tournaments."
   Jordon also raked in another $1,000 from Purolator for Sunday's Purolator Big Bass of the Day. His 7-13 lunker couldn't beat out second place Mark Kile's day three fish that tipped the scales at 9-10, earning Kile another $1,000 from Purolator for the Big Bass of the Tournament.
   Kile brought in 90-7 over four days and had been flipping a weighted Wave Worms tube. The Arizona pro was content with second place and felt that he did the best he could.
   "Heck, I brought in 22 pounds," he said. "I mean, what are you going to do? I guess I'll just keep getting hungry. It seems like it's something out there that I just can't grab. Last time I had a 5-pound lead and I got second and this time it was 7 pounds. I'll keep swinging, but heck, it's hard to complain when you get 40 grand."
   From here, 50 of the top pros will go to the Bassmaster Elite 50 series, for which the field was finalized Sunday. The top 50 professional bass anglers in the world will prepare to compete in the ground breaking four-event, no-entry-fee series starting April 14 on Arkansas' Lake Dardanelle.
   The field for the Bassmaster Classic has 25 competitors after Sunday. The top 25 anglers in the Bassmaster Angler of the Year points have earned berths in the Classic with another 10 competitors to come from the Elite 50.

2004 South Carolina Bassmaster Tour Pro 03/25-03/28
Santee Cooper Lake, Manning, S.C.
(PRO Division) Standings Day 4
   Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts  Total
$$$
1.  Kelly Jordon           Mineola, Texas         20   93-13  305 
$103,000.00
  Day 1: 5   17-12    Day 2: 5   15-06    Day 3: 5   28-09    Day 4: 5  
32-02   
2.  Mark Kile              Tonto Basin, Ariz.     20   90-07  300  
$40,000.00
  Day 1: 5   16-03    Day 2: 5   20-04    Day 3: 5   32-03    Day 4: 5  
21-13   
3.  Terry Scroggins        Palatka, Fla.          20   83-03  290  
$23,000.00
  Day 1: 5   16-13    Day 2: 5   20-02    Day 3: 5   19-12    Day 4: 5  
26-08   
4.  Cody Bird              Granbury, Texas        20   74-09  285  
$20,000.00
  Day 1: 5   19-11    Day 2: 5   16-13    Day 3: 5   20-14    Day 4: 5  
17-03   
5.  Matt Reed              Madisonville, Texas    18   73-04  280  
$15,000.00
  Day 1: 5   18-02    Day 2: 4   16-12    Day 3: 5   22-01    Day 4: 4  
16-05   
6.  Mike McClelland        Vella Vista, Ark.      20   72-11  281  
$14,000.00
  Day 1: 5   22-04    Day 2: 5   18-07    Day 3: 5   17-14    Day 4: 5  
14-02   
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Purolator Big Bass
Day
 1   Gerald Swindle          Hayden, Ala.               8-03    $500.00
 1   Paul Elias              Pachuta, Miss.             8-03    $500.00
 2   Denny Brauer            Camdenton, Mo.             9-07  $1,000.00
 3   Mark Kile               Tonto Basin, Ariz.         9-10  $1,000.00
 4   Kelly Jordon            Mineola, Texas             7-13  $1,000.00
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Day 
1    Brett Hite  Phoeniz, Ariz.  23-2 $1,000.00
2    Greg Hackney  Gonzales, La.  21-4 $1,000.00
3    Kelly Jordon  Mineola, Texas  28-9 $1,000.00
4    Kelly Jordon  Mineola, Texas  32-2 $1,000.00

Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
 1       59       511      1396-01
 2       53       489      1323-01
 3       12        60       245-10
 4        5        29       128-01
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        129      1089      3092-13BUSCH SHOOTOUT CONTENDERS
NAME                    BODY OF WATER      WEIGHT
Kelly Jordon  Santee Cooper Lake, SC  32-2
Mark Rogers   Lake Eufaula, AL          31-3
George Cochran  Lake Guntersville, AL         29-15
Stacey King     Lake Guntersville, AL         28-2
David Wharton           Harris Chain of Lakes, FL     26-7
Kevin VanDam           Lake Guntersville, AL         26-3
Jason Quinn             Harris Chain of Lakes, FL     24-14
Bink Desaro             Lake Eufaula, AL          24-5
Denny Brauer         Lake Eufaula, AL          23-12
Ben Matsubu             Lake Eufaula, AL          23-102004 Horizon Award
After Manning, SC ending 03-28-2004
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Place  Name               2003 Finish   Current Standings
---------------------------------------------------------
  1 Davy Hite                163            12
  2 Aaron Martens            147             6
  3 Mark Tucker              138            36
  4 Lee Bailey               122            22
  5 Michael Iaconelli        102             3
  6 Bernie Schultz            94             8
  7 Chad Brauer               92            11
  7 Art Ferguson III         165            84
  9 Tommy Martin             117            42
 10 Rick Clunn               119            45
 10 Scott Rook               129            55
 12 Jason Quinn              103            37
 13 Marty Stone               78            14
 14 Larry Nixon              120            62
 15 Brett Hite                71            15
 16 Paul Elias                89            35
 16 Todd Auten                95            41
 18 John Crews               157           107
 19 Dean Rojas                70            21
 19 Brooks Rogers             96            47
 21 Randy Dearman            144            96
 21 Steve Sennikoff          173           125
 23 Chuck Economou           159           112
 24 Denny Brauer              66            24
 25 Tom Biffle                93            52
 26 Charlie Hartley          106            66
 27 George Cochran            87            48
 28 Gerald Swindle            39             1
 29 Danny White              171           137
 30 Chris Daves              134           101
 31 Takahiro Omori            40             9
 32 Coby Carden              153           123
 33 Randy Yarnall            126            97
 34 Brian Snowden             57            30
 35 Danny Correia            107            83
 36 Stacey King               51            29
 37 Morizo Shimizu           114            93
 37 Chris Price              116            95
 39 Ben Matsubu               56            38
 40 Robert Lee                78            61
 40 Gerald Gostenik          111            94
 42 Homer Humphreys, Jr      158           142
 43 Randall Romig            101            87
 44 David Fritts             104            91
 44 Tim Carroll              153           140
 46 Jim Bitter                31            19
 46 Cody Bird                109            97
 46 Tim Horton                32            20
 49 Ray Sedgwick              80            69
 50 O T Fears III             64            54
 51 Yusuke Miyazaki           85            78
 52 Brent Chapman             16            10
 53 Skeet Reese               10             5
 54 Kelly Jordon               8             4
 54 Doug Garrett             136           132
 54 Jeff Magee               162           158
 57 Peter Thliveros           26            23
 57 Terry Scroggins           47            44
 59 David Wharton             48            46
 59 Mark Rogers               67            65
 61 Kevin Wirth               34            33
 61 Mark Rizk                 90            89ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
2004 Tournament Year
After Manning, SC ending 03-28-2004
   Place  Angler Name           City                State  Total Points
    1  Greg Hackney          Gonzales            La.        1323
    2  Scott Suggs           Alexander           Ark.       1212
    3  Marcel Veenstra       Brighton            Mich.       859
    4  Bink Desaro           Boise               Idaho       733
    5  Kevin Short           Mayflower           Ark.        717
    6  Jordan Paullo         Coventry            Conn.       702
    7  Mark Shepard          Labelle             Fla.        696
    8  Jason Reyes           Humble              Texas       664
    9  R J Bennett           Grass Valley        Calif.      656
   10  Jimmy Mason           Rogersville         Ala.        626
   11  Scott Nielsen         Salt Lake City      Utah        345
   12  Thomas O'Bryant       Drummonds           Tenn.       330
BASSMASTER ELITE 50
Top 20 All Time Money Place Angler Name   Winnings
1  Denny Brauer   $1,826,239.21
2  Rick Clunn   $1,540,044.53
3  Larry Nixon   $1,532,533.58
4  Jay Yelas    $1,255,557.00
5  Shaw E Grigsby, Jr $1,229,380.23
6  Kevin VanDam   $1,207,683.33
7  Gary Klein   $1,172,218.97
8  Roland Martin   $1,007,142.16
9  Ron Shuffield  $991,521.00
10  George Cochran  $977,501.45
11  Mark Davis    $957,071.30
12  Davy Hite   $855,850.00
13  David Fritts   $836,905.00
14  Zell Rowland   $789,140.90
15  Tom Biffle   $746,278.80
16  Jim Bitter   $743,943.60
17  David Wharton   $716,305.80
18  Alton Jones   $691,441.67
19  Peter Thliveros   $688,554.00
20  Randy Blaukat   $685,317.70BASSMASTER ELITE 50
Top 27 From 2002, 2003, 2004 Angler of the Year Combined StandingsPlace Angler Name   Total
1 Kelly Jordon  32
2 Brent Chapman   39
3  Tim Horton   55
4 Bud Pruitt    68
5 Edwin Evers   72
6 Dustin Wilks  80
7  Skeet Reese   81
8 Kevin Wirth   88
9  John Murray   106
10 Randy Howell   113
11  Mike Wurm    131
12  Brian Snowden  135
13  Dean Rojas    150
14  O T Fears III  151
15  Bernie Schultz  154
16  Kenyon Hill   154
16  Mark Menendez  161
18  Chad Brauer   163
19  Ishama Monroe  164
20  Robert Lee    165
21  Paul Elias   168
22  Ben Matsubu   170
23  Brett Hite   173
24  Todd Faircloth  175
25  Todd Auten   176
26  Stacey King   177
26  Jack Gadlage   177
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