Local Pro Anglers, Wesley Strader, left, Andy Morgan, center, and Michael Neal celebrate on Sunday's final day of the FLW Tournament held in Dayton. Strader finished second, Neal took third and Morgan claimed fifth place out of 150 FLW Pro Anglers. Morgan is holding his FLW Angler of the Year Award, which he wrapped up after Friday's round two.
Sunday, June 30, 2013Author: Ernie Harris
(Last modified: 2013-07-03 13:36:03)
Source: The Herald-News
In the fourth and final day of the FLW Tournament on Lake Chickamauga in Dayton, the three Pro Anglers from Rhea County didn't disappoint the home crowd, where hundreds of fans poured into the Walmart parking lot on Sunday afternoon for the FLW Expo, weigh-in and concert performance by country artist Dylan Scott.
Spring City Pro Angler Wesley Strader finished second by catching five bass worth 22 pounds and four ounces, bringing his four-day total to 80 pounds and eight ounces.
Dayton Pro Angler Michael Neal followed closely with a third-place finish, hauling in five bass worth 17 pounds and one ounce. Neal's total weight for the tournament was 79 pounds and 13 ounces.
Dayton Pro Angler Andy Morgan rounded out the top five in the fifth spot with a five bass limit that weighed 19 pounds and eight ounces, bringing his four-day total weight to 73 pounds and eight ounces. Morgan captured the coveted FLW Angler of the Year Award on Friday, marking the first time he's won after seven top 10 finishes in his 17-year career with the FLW.
All three anglers qualified for the Forrest Wood Cup Tournament held in Bossier City/Shreveport, La. in August.
The full top 10 list four-day total includes:
First - Casey Martin - 103 pounds, 3 ounces
Second - Wesley Strader - 80 pounds, 8 ounces
Third - Michael Neal - 79 pounds, 13 ounces
Fourth - Dan Morehead - 77 pounds, 2 ounces
Fifth - Andy Morgan - 73 pounds, 8 ounces
Sixth - Jim Moynagh - 71 pounds, 14 ounces
Seventh - Larry Nixon - 71 pounds, 6 ounces
Eighth - Tom Redington - 68 pounds, 14 ounces
Ninth - Luke Clausen - 68 pounds, 9 ounces
Tenth - Todd Auten - 65 pounds, 15 ounces
For complete tournament results and photos from the event, see the Wednesday, July 3, edition of The Herald-News.
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