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EverStart Series
Kreiger Takes Lead At EverStart Championship Presented By Castrol

Spinks jumps into lead in Co-Angler Division

by Julie Huber,
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(Nov. 02, 2012 - MONROE, LA.)...

Koby Kreiger of Okeechobee, Fla., took the lead Friday at the EverStart Championship presented by Castrol on the Ouachita River. Kreiger brought a five-bass limit to the scale on Friday that weighed 9-2 giving him a two-day total of 21-7, and a 1-pound, 14-ounce lead over second place James Stricklin Jr. of Texarkana, Texas.

"Any lead is a good lead," said Kreiger who said that Thursday’s 12-5 sack was the most he has caught since hitting the river on Sunday for practice. "Going into the tournament I knew the fishing was going to be tough and that if I could consistently catch about 10 pounds per day I would have a chance of making the cut. I am actually doing a little better than I expected, during practice I didn’t even come close to 10 pounds so I’m pretty happy with what I have caught so far."

Kreiger said that he is starting the day in the backwaters targeting shallow wood, moving out to the main river about mid-day seeking moving water and then back to the oxbows to finish off the day. He is using a variety of homemade crankbaits baits and said that there is not any one that is working any better than any other.

"The biggest challenge is staying mentally strong," Kreiger went on to say. "The key is to make it to fish on Sunday and I hope I can do that."

Top 20 pros that will fish Saturday on the Ouachita River are:

1st: Koby Kreiger Okeechobee, Fla. 10 bass 21-7
2nd: James Stricklin Jr. Texarkana, Texas nine bass 19-9
3rd: Larry Jones Acworth, Ga. 10 bass 17-12
4th: Lance Williams Billings, Mont. 10 bass 17-10
5th: Robbie Dodson Harrison, Ark. 10 bass 17-8
6th: George Kapiton Inverness, Fla. eight bass 17-6
7th: Kettle Brand Chips pro Dan Morehead Paducah, Ky. 10 bass 17-0
8th: Bill Chapman Salt Rock, W. Va. 10 bass 16-12
9th: Casey Martin New Market, Ala. 10 bass 16-10
10th: Adrian Smiley Bossier City, La. 10 bass 16-7
11th: Joseph Kremer Osteen, Fla. 10 bass 16-3
12th: Currey Holley Pulaski, Tenn. eight bass 16-1
13th: Kellogg’s Rice Krispie Treats pro Jim Tutt Longview, Texas 10 bass 15-14
14th: Brandon Medlock Lake Placid, Fla. six bass 15-11
15th: Lamonte Loyd Gilmer, Texas 10 bass 15-11
16th: Clayton Batts Macon, Ga. 10 bass 15-11
17th: Derek Hicks Rocky Face, Ga. 10 bass 15-10
18th: Shane Melton Greentown, Ind. 10 bass 15-10
19th: Zach King Clarksville, Ark. nine bass 15-7
20th: Kent Ware Wadmalaw Island, S.C. 10 bass 15-6

Paul Ferguson of Whitehouse, Texas, caught Friday’s big bass weighing 4 pounds, 10 ounces on the pro side to win $250.

Tony Spinks of Springfield, Mo., leads the co-angler division with a two-day total of nine bass weighing 14 pounds, 9 ounces, followed by Audie Brantley of North Augusta, S.C., in second place with 10 bass weighing 14-0.

Top 20 co-anglers are:

1st: Tony Spinks Springfield, Mo. nine bass 14-9
2nd: Audie Brantley North Augusta, S.C. 10 bass 14-0
3rd: Daniel Leue Colusa, Calif. 10 bass 14-0
4th: Chad McClendon North Richland Hills, Texas 10 bass 12-7
5th: Tony Prince Pulaski, Tenn. nine bass 12-5
6th: Ronald Robbs Ironton, Mo. 10 bass 12-5
7th: Justin Sward Birmingham, Ala. nine bass 12-3
8th: Vince Denina Willis, Texas six bass 12-1
9th: Alan Hults Gautier, Miss. nine bass 11-11
10th: Joe Ventrello Orlando, Fla. 10 bass 11-6
11th: Kevin Carter Spring, Texas 10 bass 11-6
12th: Ben Dziwulski Woodbine, Md. 10 bass 11-3
13th: Phil Risnes Hartford, S.D. eight bass 10-12
14th: Gary Reimers Taylor, Texas seven bass 10-8
15th: Jason Mohr Eagle Neb. six bass 10-0
16th: Brad Aldridge Starkville, Miss. nine bass 10-0
17th: Calvin Hemphill Rison, Ark. eight bass 9-13
18th: Jon Paulovich Bryant Ark. seven bass 9-10
19th: Mike Hardin Sr. Robertsdale, Ala. nine bass 9-10
20th: Nick Cupps Decatur, Ala. eight bass 9-7

Denina caught Friday’s big bass weighing 4 pounds, 4 ounces on the co-angler side to win $165.

Anglers will take off from Forsythe Park located at 2401 Sycamore St. in Monroe, La., at 7:30 each morning. Saturday and Sunday’s final weigh-in will be held at Walmart located at 2701 Louisville Ave. in Monroe beginning at 4 p.m.

Fans will be treated to the FLW Expo at Walmart on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 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.

The EverStart Series consists of five divisions - Central, Northern, Southeast, Texas and Western. Each division consists of four tournaments where competitors earn valuable points to help them qualify for the EverStart Championship. The top 40 pro and co-anglers from each respective division qualified for this event. Pros are competing for a top award of $50,000 plus a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard if Ranger Cup guidelines are met. Co-anglers are fishing for a top award consisting of a Ranger Z117 with 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $5,000 if Ranger Cup guidelines are met. The EverStart Pro and Co-Champion will also receive a berth in the 2013 Forrest Wood Cup being held on the Red River in Shreveport-Bossier City, La., Aug. 15-18.

Coverage of the EverStart Championship will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network when "FLW" airs Jan. 6, 2013, from 1 to 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.

For complete details and updated information visit the FLWOutdoors website. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow us on Facebook at Facebook/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter/FLWFishing.

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 191 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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