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Johnston Clinches Bassmaster Central Open Win at Sam Rayburn
Submitted By: Doug Grassian
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For Immediate Release

September 5, 2009

JASPER, Texas – Texas’ Stephen Johnston had to abandon his preferred pattern during the second day of the Bassmaster Central Open on Sam Rayburn Reservoir after thick clouds moved in, but he was excited when he awoke for the last day of competition to see the cloud cover breaking.

“When I woke up there was moon and stars shining, and I was smiling,” said Johnston, who lives in nearby Hemphill.

When the scales settled the local guide had clinched his first Bassmaster victory with a three-day total of 57 pounds, 5 ounces.

Bassmaster Elite Series pro Todd Faircloth moved up one spot to claim second-place with a 47-pound total, and Texas’ Kris Wilson moved up from sixth place to third on the strength of a 46-14 total.

Rounding out the top five were Texas anglers Landon Ware (42-14) and Todd Castledine (42-4).  Full standings are below. 

Johnston said he needed the bright sunlight to drive fish back to a few bare ridges from which he snatched a Thursday catch of 22 pounds, and Saturday the pattern again worked out perfectly.

 

“I had a game plan this morning that I was going to stay deep and make them bite,” he said.

 

His limits on the first and third days came from the same set of three bare ridges, on which he flipped Texas-rigged Grande Bass Mega Tail worms and ½-ounce Falcon Lures football head jigs.

“The shad early in the morning would come up and feed on the tops of those bare ridges, and the bass would follow them,” Johnston said. “I was sitting in the deep water and casting on top of the ridge, and I was just hopping the baits over the edge of those ridges.”

 

Johnston went into the last day with a comfortable 8-pound cushion, and was helped when the bite turned tough for his nearest competitors.

 

“In the past on Rayburn, the fish would get on the edge of a grass bed, and when you found one there’d be five or six right there,” said Faircloth, who has fished tournaments on the Reservoir since his early days. “Now, it’s like there’s just one bite here and there.”

 

After the second event in the Central Open circuit, the points race is beginning to shake out.  Pros are vying for two Bassmaster Classic spots and seven Bassmaster Elite Series berths.  The final Central Open event will be on Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin in November.

 

Castledine is leading the points race with 570 points, but nipping at his heels is Bassmaster Elite Series pro James Niggemeyer. Faircloth is in fifth and those standings can also be found below.

 

On the co-angler side of the Rayburn event, Louisiana’s William Loftin pushed ahead of the competition with a three-day total of 26 pounds, 5 ounces.  His final-day limit was anchored by a fish weighing 9-1.  For his efforts, Loftin earned a won a Triton/Mercury boat package valued at $32,000.

 

Colorado’s Michael Hubbard, the second-day co-angler leader, dropped to second with 24-10, while Bobby Lanham of Arizona claimed third with 24-8.

 

The last stop on the 2009 Central Open trail is Nov. 5-7 on Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin.

 

Fans also can find coverage from the Opens on Bassmaster.com.

 

Up next for the Central Opens is the final stop in the Central Open division, the Nov. 5-7 event on the Atchafalaya Basin out of Morgan City, La.

 

Sponsors of the 2009 Bassmaster Opens: Toyota Trucks, Berkley, BOOYAH Baits, Evan Williams Bourbon, Mercury, OPTIMA Batteries, Skeeter Boats, Yamaha Marine.

 

 

About BASS


For more than 40 years, BASS has served as the authority on bass fishing.  The organization advances the sport through advocacy, outreach and its expansive tournament structure while championing efforts to connect directly with the passionate community of bass anglers through its Bassmaster media vehicles.

 

As the flagship offering of ESPN Outdoors, the Bassmaster brand and its considerable multimedia platforms are guided by a mission to serve all fishing fans. Through its industry-leading publications Bassmaster Magazine, BASS Times and Fishing Tackle Retailer; comprehensive Web properties in Bassmaster.com, BASSInsider.com, ESPNOutdoors.com and ESPN360.com; and ESPN2 television programming, Bassmaster provides rich, leading-edge content true to the lifestyle.


BASS oversees the prestigious Bassmaster tournament trail, which includes the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bassmaster Opens, Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Women’s Tour, BASS Federation Nation and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the Bassmaster Classic.

 

BASS offers an array of services to its more than 500,000 members while spearheading progressive, positive change on issues related to conservation and water access. The organization is headquartered in Celebration, Fla.

 

 

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Media contact: Doug Grassian, 407-566-2216 or doug.grassian@espn.com

 

FINAL STANDINGS - 2009 BASSMASTER CENTRAL OPEN - SAM RAYBURN RESERVOIR
 
 

2009 Central 2 - Sam Rayburn, TX BO 09/03-09/05 Sam Rayburn Reservoir, Sam Rayburn  Texas

(BOATER) Standings Day 3

 

   Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$

 

1.  Stephen Johnston       Hemphill, Texas        15  57-05  315   $49,629.00

  Day 1: 5   22-00    Day 2: 5   19-06    Day 3: 5   15-15  

2.  Todd Faircloth         Jasper, Texas          15  47-00  295   $22,057.00

  Day 1: 5   18-04    Day 2: 5   13-13    Day 3: 5   14-15  

3.  Kris Wilson            Montgomery, Texas      15  46-14  290   $18,749.00

  Day 1: 5   12-03    Day 2: 5   17-15    Day 3: 5   16-12  

4.  Landon Ware            Jewett, Texas          15  42-14  285   $13,786.00

  Day 1: 5   15-10    Day 2: 5   14-15    Day 3: 5   12-05  

5.  Todd Castledine        Nacogdoches, Texas     15  42-04  280   $11,029.00

  Day 1: 5   13-07    Day 2: 5   17-15    Day 3: 5   10-14  

6.  Todd Littleton         Bossier City, La.      14  41-08  276    $9,926.00

  Day 1: 5   14-04    Day 2: 4   11-04    Day 3: 5   16-00  

7.  Cliff Crochet          Pierre Part, La.       15  41-05  272    $8,823.00

  Day 1: 5   13-02    Day 2: 5   14-01    Day 3: 5   14-02  

8.  Bradley Hallman        Norman, Okla.          13  41-01  268    $7,720.00

  Day 1: 5   20-05    Day 2: 4   12-15    Day 3: 4    7-13  

9.  James Niggemeyer       Van, Texas             15  39-15  264    $6,617.00

  Day 1: 5   13-09    Day 2: 5   12-07    Day 3: 5   13-15  

10. Gary Key               Laveen, Ariz.          15  39-05  260    $5,514.00

  Day 1: 5   15-04    Day 2: 5   12-09    Day 3: 5   11-08  

11. Jimmy Mize             Ben Lomond, Ark.       15  38-05  257    $4,411.00

  Day 1: 5   10-14    Day 2: 5   17-04    Day 3: 5   10-03  

12. Russell Parrish        Robinson, Texas        15  38-05  254    $3,860.00

  Day 1: 5   17-05    Day 2: 5   12-01    Day 3: 5    8-15  

13. Jerrel Pringle         Hemphill, Texas        15  38-05  251    $3,309.00

  Day 1: 5   12-13    Day 2: 5   14-02    Day 3: 5   11-06  

14. Jason Berg             Minnetonka, Minn.      14  37-06  248    $2,757.00

  Day 1: 5   11-08    Day 2: 5   15-04    Day 3: 4   10-10  

15. Sandy Gaudet           Belle Rose, La.        15  36-07  245    $2,481.00

  Day 1: 5   13-08    Day 2: 5   12-12    Day 3: 5   10-03  

16. Justin Haynes          Tulsa, Okla.           13  36-04  243    $2,206.00

  Day 1: 3    9-02    Day 2: 5   17-11    Day 3: 5    9-07  

17. Chris McCall           Jasper, Texas          15  36-00  241    $2,151.00

  Day 1: 5   12-11    Day 2: 5   12-09    Day 3: 5   10-12  

18. Corey Waldrop          Fort Worth, Texas      15  35-11  239    $2,095.00

  Day 1: 5   15-07    Day 2: 5   10-04    Day 3: 5   10-00  

19. Mike Michalec          Willis, Texas          13  31-09  237    $2,040.00

  Day 1: 5   11-07    Day 2: 5   15-02    Day 3: 3    5-00  

20. Charles Hammack        New Caney, Texas        9  31-03  235    $1,985.00

  Day 1: 3   12-15    Day 2: 5   15-09    Day 3: 1    2-11  

21. Cody Bird              Granbury, Texas        13  30-06  233    $1,930.00

  Day 1: 5    9-05    Day 2: 5   15-15    Day 3: 3    5-02  

22. Billy Hurt             Spring Creek, Tenn.    11  30-01  231    $1,875.00

  Day 1: 5   14-09    Day 2: 5   14-00    Day 3: 1    1-08  

23. Bryan Talmadge         Moody, Ala.            12  29-10  229    $1,820.00

  Day 1: 5   15-05    Day 2: 5   10-07    Day 3: 2    3-14  

24. Dave Mansue            Hemphill, Texas        10  29-06  227    $1,765.00

  Day 1: 4   12-05    Day 2: 5   14-14    Day 3: 1    2-03  

25. Tony Chachere          Opelousas, La.         11  28-10  225    $1,709.00

  Day 1: 5   17-03    Day 2: 5    9-10    Day 3: 1    1-13  

26. Marvin Ettredge        Shreveport, La.        12  28-09  223    $1,654.00

  Day 1: 5   13-01    Day 2: 5   11-09    Day 3: 2    3-15  

27. Brannon Long           Longview, Texas        12  28-05  221    $1,599.00

  Day 1: 5    9-06    Day 2: 5   16-01    Day 3: 2    2-14  

28. Rob Burns              Plano, Texas           11  27-03  219    $1,544.00

  Day 1: 5   14-07    Day 2: 5   10-13    Day 3: 1    1-15  

29. Tim Carmouche          Gonzales, La.          11  26-15  217    $1,489.00

  Day 1: 5   10-11    Day 2: 5   14-07    Day 3: 1    1-13  

30. Chad Sposito           Gray, La.              10  25-03  215    $1,434.00

  Day 1: 5   11-02    Day 2: 5   14-01    Day 3: 0    0-00  

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Totals

Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight

 1       87       690      1607-08

 2       96       690      1650-13

 3       16       106       248-07

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        199      1486      3506-12

 

FINAL NON-BOATER STANDINGS- CENTRAL OPEN- SAM RAYBURN


2009 Central 2 - Sam Rayburn, TX NB 09/03-09/05 Sam Rayburn Reservoir, Sam Rayburn  Texas

(NON-BOATER) Standings Day 3

 

   Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$

 

1.  William Loftin         Youngsville, La.        8  26-05  305   $32,000.00

  Day 1: 3    6-10    Day 2: 3    8-10    Day 3: 2   11-01  

2.  Michael Hubbard        Loveland, Colo.         6  24-10  300    $5,514.00

  Day 1: 3    6-07    Day 2: 2   12-05    Day 3: 1    5-14  

3.  Bobby Lanham           Cave Crek, Ariz.        9  24-08  290    $4,411.00

  Day 1: 3    6-06    Day 2: 3    7-11    Day 3: 3   10-07  

4.  Travis Pattillo        Silsbee, Texas          9  23-07  285    $3,309.00

  Day 1: 3    9-03    Day 2: 3    7-02    Day 3: 3    7-02  

5.  David Ozio             Beaumont, Texas         9  23-06  285    $2,757.00

  Day 1: 3   10-12    Day 2: 3    5-02    Day 3: 3    7-08  

6.  David Koret            Houston, Texas          8  23-05  276    $2,481.00

  Day 1: 2    5-06    Day 2: 3    9-15    Day 3: 3    8-00  

7.  Gary Robicheaux        Centerville, La.        7  22-14  272    $2,206.00

  Day 1: 2    8-07    Day 2: 3    9-00    Day 3: 2    5-07  

8.  Claude Rabb            Vidalia, La.            9  22-08  268    $2,095.00

  Day 1: 3    7-15    Day 2: 3    6-07    Day 3: 3    8-02  

9.  John Hayen             Hurst, Texas            8  22-05  264    $1,875.00

  Day 1: 3    8-14    Day 2: 3    8-14    Day 3: 2    4-09  

10. Gary Mumphrey          Gonzales, La.           9  22-02  260    $1,434.00

  Day 1: 3    6-00    Day 2: 3    9-09    Day 3: 3    6-09  

11. Bill McCarty           Morgan City, La.        8  21-10  257    $1,213.00

  Day 1: 3    9-15    Day 2: 2    5-14    Day 3: 3    5-13  

12. Jean Trahan            Lafayette, La.          8  20-15  254    $1,103.00

  Day 1: 3    9-13    Day 2: 2    4-07    Day 3: 3    6-11  

13. Will Major             Port Allen, La.         9  20-14  251      $993.00

  Day 1: 3    7-06    Day 2: 3    6-03    Day 3: 3    7-05  

14. Joe Brozak             Orange, Texas           9  20-11  248      $882.00

  Day 1: 3    9-04    Day 2: 3    5-05    Day 3: 3    6-02  

15. Austin Abadie          Saint Amant, La.        9  20-02  245      $772.00

  Day 1: 3    5-13    Day 2: 3    7-10    Day 3: 3    6-11  

16. Christopher Brewton    San Antonio, Texas      9  20-01  243      $744.00

  Day 1: 3    6-03    Day 2: 3    7-09    Day 3: 3    6-05  

17. Jeff Lobaugh           Emory, Texas            8  20-01  241      $717.00

  Day 1: 3    9-03    Day 2: 3    6-02    Day 3: 2    4-12  

18. Robert Mink            Roff, Okla.             9  19-15  239      $689.00

  Day 1: 3    6-14    Day 2: 3    8-02    Day 3: 3    4-15  

19. Randy Hicks            Lumberton, Texas        9  19-11  237      $662.00

  Day 1: 3    9-09    Day 2: 3    5-07    Day 3: 3    4-11  

20. James Harper           Kirbyville, Texas       7  19-08  235      $634.00

  Day 1: 1    2-15    Day 2: 3   10-04    Day 3: 3    6-05  

21. Glenn Robertson        Shreveport, La.         8  18-12  233      $607.00

  Day 1: 3    7-13    Day 2: 2    6-02    Day 3: 3    4-13  

22. Carrol Mabile          Pierre Part, La.        7  16-00  231      $551.00

  Day 1: 3    7-01    Day 2: 3    6-06    Day 3: 1    2-09  

23. Terry Blackmon         Covington, La.          6  15-13  229      $524.00

  Day 1: 2    7-01    Day 2: 3    6-11    Day 3: 1    2-01  

24. Rick Rickman           Gainesville, Texas      8  15-12  227      $496.00

  Day 1: 3    6-15    Day 2: 3    6-11    Day 3: 2    2-02  

25. Mark Richard           Brookeland, Texas       6  15-04  225      $469.00

  Day 1: 3    6-02    Day 2: 3    9-02    Day 3: 0    0-00  

26. Rudy Guillen           Houston, Texas          7  15-03  223      $441.00

  Day 1: 3    7-12    Day 2: 3    5-15    Day 3: 1    1-08  

27. Heath Willard          Brookhaven, Miss.       6  14-11  221      $414.00

  Day 1: 3    5-09    Day 2: 3    9-02    Day 3: 0    0-00  

28. Brent Cutrer           Natchez, Miss.          6  14-03  219      $386.00

  Day 1: 3    6-15    Day 2: 3    7-04    Day 3: 0    0-00  

29. Cary Beard             Baton Rouge, La.        6  14-02  217      $358.00

  Day 1: 3    5-10    Day 2: 3    8-08    Day 3: 0    0-00  

30. Robert Bean            Daisetta, Texas         6  13-14  215      $331.00

  Day 1: 3    5-04    Day 2: 3    8-10    Day 3: 0    0-00  

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Totals

Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight

 1        0       327       746-05

 2        0       347       792-02

 3        0        62       147-06

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          0       736      1685-13

 

CENTRAL OPEN POINTS STANDINGS- BAOTER


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Place  Name               St            Pts

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  1 Todd Castledine       Texas         570

  2 James Niggemeyer      Texas         569

  3 Stephen Johnston      Texas         560

  4 Jerrel Pringle        Texas         546

  5 Todd Faircloth        Texas         534

  6 Cliff Crochet         La.           503

  7 Chris McCall          Texas         501

  8 Bradley Hallman       Okla.         497

  9 Kris Wilson           Texas         495

 10 Gary Key              Ariz.         483

 11 Edwin Evers           Okla.         481

 12 Corey Waldrop         Texas         474

 13 James Stricklin       Texas         468

 14 Dave Mansue           N.J.          464

 15 Rob Burns             Texas         432

 16 Yukinari Uchiyama     Texas         430

 17 Harold Allen          Texas         428

 18 Cody Bird             Texas         422

 19 David Curtis          Texas         406

 20 Sam Newby             Okla.         398

 21 Jimmy Mize            Ark.          392

 22 Charles Bebber        Texas         386

 23 Charles Hammack       Texas         382

 24 Russell Parrish       Texas         369

 25 Bryan Talmadge        Ala.          366

 26 Dennis Tietje         La.           361

 27 Terry Segraves        Fla.          350

 28 Vince Fulks           Okla.         348

 29 Phil Addison          Texas         346

 30 Matt Reed             Texas         342

 31 Mike McClelland       Ark.          338

 32 Arnie Lane            Fla.          331

 33 Zachary King          Ark.          330

 34 Gary Riffle           Texas         322

 35 Clark Reehm           Ark.          318

 35 Jeff Kriet            Okla.         318

 37 Justin Haynes         Okla.         315

 38 Wayne Hauser          N.C.          314

 39 Takahiro Omori        Texas         312

 40 Derek Remitz          Ala.          304

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