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).