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With 35.78 lbs, North Carolina East Team Leads Day-Two of the 2008-09 $70,000.00 Fishers Of Men Red River National Championship

By: Frank Evans

(Mar. 27, 2009 – Shreveport/Bossier City, LA)... Day two of the Shreveport/Bossier City Fishers Of Men National Championship Tournament turned out to be just slightly less productive for anglers who blasted off this morning from Red River South Marina. Anxious competitors concentrated their thoughts, efforts, and instincts with strategies that would help bring in enough poundage to make Friday’s top twenty percent cut. Twenty-Eight teams will get the chance to earn a share of the more than $70,000.00 in cash and prizes on Saturday.

At the closing of the second day of fishing, anglers enticed 412 bass, weighing 948.40 lbs, and brought in sixty-two 5-fish limits. With two of three days completed, competitors have now weighed 870 bass at 2018.74 lbs and landed 122 limits.

Kevin Jones and Mike Posten, sitting in the third place slot after the first day, brought in another good bag of fish weighing 17.85, which included the Day-2 1st Big Fish, worth $500.00, and weighing 7.25 lbs. Adding Day one’s 17.93, gave the North Carolina East anglers 35.78 lbs and the lead. The veteran anglers stated that a single spot had produced their ten fish, that were averaging over three and one-half lbs each, over the two days of fishing. They feel that it is still capable of producing quality fish, but if it dries up on Saturday, they have several other places that they located during the 2 days of pre-fishing.

With today’s 19.12 lbs, LA-NC teammates, Martin Eishout and Mark Price, moved up from 14th and now hold second place. Their two-day weight is 32.64.Ricky Ferguson and David Patrick (Arkansas South) are currently third with 32.17 lbs.

Holding forth place are Rodney Hicks and Kyle Ferguson (Alabama South) with 30.86 lbs. Moving up one slot and presently fifth are Virginia East anglers, Tommy and Ryan Powroznik, with a 2-day catch weighing 29.94 lbs. The Second Big Fish Award of $250.00 goes to Iowa’s, Wes Mahon and Russ Musick for a 6.67 lbs lunker.

We want to thank Mary Ann Tice and her assistant, Shannon, from the Shreveport/Bossier City Regional Sports Authority for hosting the event. Also we want to thank the East South Baptist Church for providing our meal, the people at Bossier Civic Center, Barbara Horton from Red River South Marina and finally, Gordon Ringberg, production underwriter for Markel American Insurance Company who are awarding a $2000.00 bonus to the new champions.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the fine companies that make Fishers of Men possible; Triton Boats, Mercury, Strike King Lure Company, Outdoors, All Star Rods, Solar Bat, Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, Keel shield, Marshall’s Marine Lake City SC, Kistler, Jones Chevrolet, All-Terrain Tackle, Dual Pro Charger, XTools, Lowrance, Buckeye Lures, Stanley Jigs, Castrol, Deka marine Master Batteries, Spike-It, Jacobs Glass, Motorguide, Hooah Energy Bars & Drinks, Hot Rods Marine Care Products, SOSPENDERS, River Bottom Lures, Shakespeare, Diamond Cut Jeans, T&H Marine BASS Rx, and Keep Alive.