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June 25, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Ron Hobbs Jr. of Orting still holds lead in the FLW Western Division Bass Tourney

Pro angler Ron Hobbs Jr. of Orting continues to hold the lead on the second day of the FLW Series National Guard Western Division Tournament being held today through Saturday on the Columbia River in Umatilla, Oregon.

Hobbs Jr. caught three bass weighing 7 pounds, 15 ounces today for a two-day catch of eight bass weighing 25-10.

“I wish I hadn’t stumbled that hard,” Hobbs said in an FLW news release, who has won more than $108,000 in FLW Outdoors events. “I wish I could have caught a limit. I got five bites today. I saw a ton of fish and a ton of big ones. There’s plenty of fish in the area.

“Things could have gone the other way and I could have had 17 pounds,” Hobbs added. “It was a matter of two bites. If I would have set the hook two more times and hooked up, you would have seen another 15 pounds at least.”

Just like the first day of competition, Hobbs said he locked through and made another 75-mile one-way run to the fish.

Hobbs said he’s fishing a drop-shot rig in 3 to 5 feet of clear water with a Sniper Lures Snub, which is a 4 1/2-inch soft plastic bait.

“I’m there, I just have to catch them,” Hobbs said. “I just hope for no wind so I can make the run again.”

Hobbs’ overall weight equaled that of second-place pro Joseph Caporuscio of Coto De Caza, Calif., who managed to haul in a total of 10 bass weighing 25-10 during the first two days of competition, but tournament rules state the tie is broken by the angler with the largest day’s weight.

Hobbs’ day one weight was 17-11 and larger than Caporuscio’s day one or day two weights.

Other top finishers are: 3, Ron Mace of Kennewick (10 bass, 25-0); 4, Marc Lippincott of Spokane (10 bass, 24-6); and 5, Bobby Barrack of Oakley, Calif. (10 bass, 22-15).

Kyle Maughs of Willits, Calif., took the day’s $283 Big Bass award in the Pro Division with a 2-pound, 10-ounce bass.

Overall there were 350 bass weighing 581 pounds, 7 ounces caught by pros Thursday. The catch included 52 five-bass limits.

Gary Haraguchi of Brentwood, Calif., still leads the co-angler division with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 20-5, and Chad Leblanc of Sutter, Calif., holds second place with 10 bass weighing 18-6.

Other top co-anglers are: 3, Taylor Parsons of Sutter Creek, Calif. (10 bass, 17-7); 4, John Thompson of El Granada, Calif. (nine bass, 17-2) and 5, Toby Farkas of Woodland, Calif. (10 bass, 16-11).

Paul Aznarez of Las Vegas, Nev., was paid $189 for the Big Bass award in the co-angler division with a 4-pound, 11-ounce bass he caught with pro David Kromm of Kennewick.

Overall there were 258 bass weighing 394 pounds even caught by co-anglers Thursday. The catch included 28 five-bass limits.

The event is held at the Umatilla Marina and RV Park, 1710 Quincy in Umatilla. Anglers leave the start at 6:30 a.m. each day. Thursday and Friday’s weigh-in will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday’s weigh-in will be held at the Walmart Store, 1350 North 1st St. in Hermiston, Ore., beginning at 4 p.m.

Children can enjoy the Family Fun Zone prior to Saturday’s weigh-in from noon to 4 p.m. at Walmart. All activities are free and open to the public.

In FLW Series competition, pros and co-anglers are randomly paired each day, with pros supplying the boat, controlling boat movement and competing against other pros. Co-anglers fish from the back deck against other co-anglers.

For more information go to the FLW Outdoors Web site.

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