Morgan, Neal and Strader hit top five in FLW finale
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.
Published: 7:14 PM, 06/30/2013
Last updated: 1:36 PM, 07/03/2013
Author: Ernie Harris 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.
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.