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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 27, 2009 at 10:04 PM

Neil Russell of Nampa, Idaho wins the FLW Series Western Division Tournament

Neil Russell of Nampa, Idaho narrowly won the FLW Series National Guard Western Division Tournament today on the Columbia River in Umatilla, Oregon.

Russell caught a five-bass limit weighing 10 pounds, 9 ounces with a four-day catch of 20 bass weighing 47-10.

Russell just edged Cody King of Island City, Ore., who caught a total of 20 bass weighing 47-5.

Russell started the tournament in 10th place Wednesday with five bass weighing 12-4. On Thursday he added another five bass weighing 10-0 and advanced to seventh place. He then caught five bass weighing 14-13 Friday to make the top-ten cut in first place.

Russell won $105,576, and King earned $40,288. Rounding out the top five pros are Ron Mace of Kennewick (20 bass, 46-7, $32,230); Marc Lippincott of Spokane (20 bass, 45-7, $24,173) and Joseph Caporuscio of Coto De Caza, Calif. (20 bass, 45-6, $16,115).

King caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the Pro Division Friday – a 5-pound, 9-ounce bass – that earned him the day’s Big Bass award of $283.

Overall there were 48 bass weighing 93 pounds, 6 ounces caught by 10 pros Saturday. The catch included eight five-bass limits.

Gary Haraguchi of Brentwood, Calif., won the co-angler division and $14,025 Friday with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 29 pounds even followed by Patrick Touey of Nipomo, Calif., in second place with 15 bass weighing 25-7 worth $7,013.

Other top five co-anglers are Toby Farkas of Woodland, Calif. (15 bass, 24-13, $5,259); Sunny Hawk of Salt Lake City, Utah (13 bass, 24-0, $3,506) and Chad Leblanc of Sutter, Calif. (14 bass, 23-13, $2,805).

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