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FLW Tour
Morehead Continues To Lead Walmart FLW Tour On Lake Hartwell Presented By Folgers

Lauer Paces Co-Anglers

by Chad Gay, Director - Public Relations
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Kettle Brand Chips Dan Morehead of Paducah, Ky., remains in the lead after Day 2.
Photo by courtesy FLW Outdoors
(Mar. 09, 2012 - Anderson, S.C.)...

It was more of the same Friday at the Walmart FLW Tour Major on Lake Hartwell presented by Folgers as a full field of pros from all across the United States, Canada, Spain and Japan continued their four-day battle for a top cash award of up to $125,000. FLW anglers continued to use a variety of baits and techniques throughout the day with much of the same results as the first day of competition.

The rainy morning and overcast afternoon did seem to have a small effect on the staging bass, as bag sizes were generally smaller than Thursday’s results. Kettle Brand Chips Dan Morehead of Paducah, Ky., remains in the lead after Day 2 - his second-straight day as the tournament leader - after weighing a five bass limit for 16 pounds, 1 ounce. Morehead’s two-day catch of 10 bass weighing 36 pounds, 15 ounces gives him a slim 9-ounce lead heading into the third day of the tournament.

"It was a real grind to generate even a bite today," said Morehead, who has 32 top-10 finishes and 10 tournament wins in his FLW career. "It seemed to pick up a little later in the afternoon, but it was tough. I was running and gunning all over the lake today; I must have burned about 25 gallons of gas. I ran pretty much the same spots as yesterday and I caught half of my fish on them and half in water I hadn’t covered. The fish are suspending right now and real close to spawning. They’ll be in spawn by the next new moon."

Morehead said the unpredictability of the lake played to his strengths. He has already qualified for The Forrest Wood Cup by winning the 2011 EverStart Series Championship, and he said this allowed him to not feel much pressure.

"That’s when I fish my best," Morehead said. "When I can just make it up as I go. I didn’t feel any pressure at all today. Now it’s all about the points and money."

National Guard pro Brent Ehrler of Redlands, Calif., is in the No. 2 spot with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 36-6.

"I’ve been able to find a few areas that have a lot of fish," said Ehrler, who has career winnings of more than $1.7 million. "Fortunately, I’ve been able to find some spots that have some big ones. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to catch those big ones, and it’s panned out. I’ve tried to lay off the areas where there are a lot of fish biting, because I want to save them for the next day. My best area is something that doesn’t look very good, and no one else is fishing it."

Ehrler said the key to his success was just finding the fish. He fished everywhere from as shallow as 2 feet to as deep as 50. Once he found fish, he found success in a variety of ways.

"I used six different rods today," Ehrler said. "They’re deep, but every day they are moving farther and farther up the banks. I’m looking forward to tomorrow, because there will be a lot less traffic. I’ll be able to fish around a lot more places without having to worry that I’m fishing behind somebody."

Rounding out the top 20 pros that will fish Saturday on Lake Hartwell are:

3rd: Micah Frazier Newnan, Ga. 10 bass 36-5
4th: Todd Auten Lake Wylie, S.C. 10 bass 35-5
5th: Marty Stone Fayetteville, N.C. 10 bass 33-15
6th: Chevy pro Anthony Gagliardi Prosperity, S.C. 10 bass 33-6
7th: M&Ms pro Jim Moynagh Carver, Minn. 10 bass 33-6
8th: Tom Monsoor LaCrosse, Wis. 10 bass 32-15
9th: National Guard pro Brett Hite Phoenix, Ariz. 10 bass 32-7
10th: Clifford Pirch Payson, Ariz. 10 bass 32-0
11th: Chevy pro Jay Yelas Corvallis, Ore. 10 bass 31-14
12th: Travis Fox Rogers, Ark. 10 bass 31-5
13th: Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes pro Dave Lefebre Erie, Pa. 10 bass 30-15
14th: Pringles pro Vic Vatalaro Kent, Ohio 10 bass 30-11
15th: Allen Boyd Salem, Ind. 10 bass 30-9
16th: Cody Meyer Auburn, Calif. 10 bass 30-6
17th: Lancen Halbert Enoree, S.C. 10 bass 30-5
18th: Andy Morgan Dayton, Tenn. 10 bass 30-5
19th: EverStart pro Ron Shuffield Bismarck, Ark. 10 bass 29-8
20th: Adrian Avena Vineland, N.J. 10 bass 29-7

Jason Christie of Park Hill, Okla., won the day’s big bass award with a fish weighing 7-0 on the pro side to win $500.

Overall there were 717 bass weighing 1,678 pounds, 2 ounces caught by pros Friday. The catch included 125 five-bass limits.

Pros are competing for a top award of up to $125,000 this week plus valuable points in the hope of qualifying for the 2012 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart, the world championship of bass fishing. The top 35 anglers in the point standings from the six Walmart FLW Tour Major tournaments will qualify.

David Lauer of Loxahatchee, Fla., leads the co-angler division with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 26 pounds, 15 ounces, followed by Kevin Gordon of Aiken, S.C., in second place with 10 bass weighing 25-2.

Rounding out the top 20 co-anglers are:

3rd: Richard Peek, Centre, Ala. 10 bass 24-14
4th: Rich Dalbey Greenville, Texas 10 bass 24-8
5th: Alex Posey Roswell, Ga. 10 bass 23-6
6th: David Kuykendall Fletcher, N.C. 10 bass 23-4
7th: Doug Caldwell Kane, Pa. 10 bass 23-0
8th: Jim Jeff Townsend Philadelphia, Pa. nine bass 22-12
9th: Jason Johnson Gainesville, Ga. nine bass 22-9
10th: Allen Murray Reidsville, Ga. 10 bass 22-3
11th: Brant Grimm Kingsport, Tenn. nine bass 21-9
12th: Brandon Hunter Benton, Ky. 10 bass 21-7
13th: Philip Jarabeck Lynchburg, Va. 10 bass 21-6
14th: Michael Tennison Russell Springs, Ky. seven bass 21-0
15th: Dean Tucker Hiawassee, Ga. 10 bass 20-15
16th: Roger Wideman McCormick, S.C. 10 bass 20-12
17th: Bryan Partak Marseilles, Ill. eight bass 20-6
18th: Steve Redmond Waynesville, N.C. 10 bass 20-0
19th: James Dixon Southfield, Mich. 10 bass 19-13
20th: J.R. Wright Truckee, Calif. 10 bass 19-11

Kevin Gordon of Aiken, S.C., won the day’s big bass award with a fish weighing 7-11 in the co-angler division to win $250.

Overall there were 535 bass weighing 994 pounds, 9 ounces caught by co-anglers Friday. The catch included 60 five-bass limits.

Co-anglers are fishing for a top award of $25,000 this week plus valuable points that could help them qualify for the 2012 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart. The top 35 co-anglers in the point standings from the six Walmart FLW Tour Major tournaments will qualify.

Anglers will take off from Portman Shoals Marina located at 1629 Marina Road in Anderson at 7 a.m. Saturday morning and at 7:30 a.m. DST Sunday morning (Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday). Saturday and Sunday’s final weigh-ins will be held at the TD Convention Center located at One Exposition Drive in Greenville beginning at 4 p.m.

Fans will be treated to the FLW Outdoors Expo at the TD Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday from noon - 4 p.m. prior to the final weigh-ins. The Expo includes Ranger boat simulators, the opportunity to interact with professional anglers, enjoy interactive games, activities and giveaways provided by sponsors, and fans can learn more about the sport of fishing and other outdoor activities. All activities are free and open to the public. On Sunday the first 300 children 14 and under who are accompanied by an adult will receive a free rod and reel combo courtesy of The Greenville News. Also on Sunday one lucky fishing fan will win a Can-Am ATV courtesy of WESC 92.5. The ATV giveaway is free to enter but the winner must be present at the conclusion of Sunday’s final weigh-in to win.

Coverage of the Lake Hartwell tournament will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network when "FLW" airs April 15 from 1 - 2 p.m. ET. "FLW" is hosted by Jason Harper and is broadcast to more than 559 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.

FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing unparalleled fishing resources and entertainment to our sponsors, fans and host communities. FLW is offering anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2012 over the course of 190 tournaments across five tournament circuits, each providing an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy - the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW is committed to providing a lifestyle experience that is the "Best in Fishing, On and Off the Water," through a variety of platforms including tournaments, outdoor expos and the world’s richest fantasy sports game - FLW Fantasy Fishing. For more information about FLW and FLW Fantasy Fishing, visit the FLWOutdoors or FantasyFishing websites and look for FLW on Twitter and Facebook.

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