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Jason Baird wins BASS Federation Central Div HAYS, Kan. After Jason Baird brought in more than 25 pounds of fish on day two of the BASS Federation Central Divisional at Cedar Bluff reservoir, everyone thought he had locked up the winner's spot everyone, that is, except Baird, himself. Friday's final round proved him wrong.

"Today the wind blew about 40 miles an hour and it was tough fishing," Baird said after Friday's final weigh-in. "I got four bites and 14 pounds.

"At this lake, a 20-pound stringer is real common, so I had to fish hard. I was still worried when I only brought in 14 pounds."

But that 14 pounds put the Gypsum, Kansas angler well over the top, giving him a three-day total of 61 pounds, 8 ounces, which translated into a 9-pound, 15-ounce lead over Bob Thomsen of Lincoln, Neb., who posted a final weight of 51-8.

This is Baird's second trip to amateur fishing's big leagues. Federation anglers who qualify for their state teams go on to divisional events. Each state's top-finishing angler in divisionals qualifies for the CITGO BASS Federation Championship. In 2001, Baird represented Kansas at the championship, but didn't finish with one of the Federation's coveted tickets to the CITGO Bassmaster Classic. Baird hopes that's all about to change.

"It's awesome to be going back," he said. "This time I'm not going to be as nervous as I was last time, so they'd better watch out."

Baird said he picked up all of his fish by Carolina rigging Zoom brush hogs and lizards and fishing along deep structure. His strategy also included two color changes: Throwing June bug-colored baits in the morning and watermelon-colored baits in the afternoon.

Baird will be joined at the CITGO BASS Federation Championship by Thomsen; Danny Johnston of Windsor, Mo., who finished with 50-7; Calvin, La.'s Cole Garrett, 47-1; William Pippen of Crossett, Ark., 43-4; Piedmont, Okla.'s Glenn Cunningham, 42-11; Eddie Armstrong of West Point, Miss., 34-14; and Mike Rupard of Big Spring, Texas, 34-9.

By sanctioning over 20,000 tournaments worldwide through its Federation of anglers, BASS is the world's largest fishing organization. The CITGO Bassmaster Tournament Trail is the oldest and most prestigious pro bass fishing tournament circuit. It continues to set the standard for credibility, professionalism, and sportsmanship as it has since 1968. BASS is a wholly owned subsidiary of ESPN.

Sponsors of the CITGO BASS Federation Divisionals include CITGO Petroleum Corp., Busch Beer, Chevrolet Trucks, Yamaha Outboards, Mercury Marine, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Progressive Insurance, Lowrance Electronics, Flowmaster Exhaust Systems, Kumho Tires, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Diamond Cut Jeans, MotorGuide Trolling Motors, Bass Pro Shops, Armstrong Industrial Hand Tools, Bryant Heating and Air, and BankOne.

2003 CITGO BASS Federation Central Divisional
Final standings
June 18-20, 2003
Cedar Bluff Reservoir, Kan.

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PLACE  NAME                 CITY          STATE    FISH   LBS-OZ  WINNINGS
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  1 Jason Baird              Gypsum, KS        KS   14     61- 8      200
  2 Bob Thomsen              Lincoln, NE       NE   14     51- 9
  3 Danny Johnston           Windsor, MO       MO   14     50- 7
  4 Cole Garrett             Calvin, LA        LA   15     47- 1
  5 Mickey Jordan            Beatrice, NE      NE   12     46-15
  6 Dave McCoy               Plattsmouth, NE   NE   15     45- 8
  7 Edward Berends           Osage City, KS    KS   14     45- 7
  8 William Pippen           Crossett, AR      AR   14     43- 3
  9 Glenn Cunningham         Piedmont, OK      OK   14     42-11
 10 Larry Peacher            Bentley, LA       LA   14     41- 9
 11 David Smith              Harrisonville, MO MO   13     41- 6
 12 Butch Lansing            Leavenworth, KS   MO   11     38-13
 13 Wade LeBlanc             Baton Rouge, LA   LA   12     38-11
 14 Dean Matts               Yukon, OK         OK   13     37-15
 15 Bill England             Denham Spgs, LA   LA   11     37- 3
 16 Floyd Pittman            Covington, LA     LA   14     36- 9
 17 Don Linder               Ponca City, OK    OK   11     35-13
 18 Jim Ramsey               Seligmar, MO      AR   11     35- 9
 19 Jerry Pape               Lake Quivira, KS  NE   12     35- 3
 20 Eddie Armstrong          West Point, MS    MS   12     34-14
 21 Kelly Bailey             N Platte, NE      NE   10     34-12
 22 Michael Jordan           Beatrice, NE      NE   12     34-11
 23 Mike Rupard              Big Spring, TX    TX   14     34- 9
 24 Chris Schiffelbein       Tecumseh, KS      KS   11     33-14
 25 Trent Huckaby            Ft Stockton, TX   TX   12     33- 9
 26 Sandy Hooker             Wellston, OK      OK   12     33- 8
 27 Richard Sherman          Donaldsonv"ll, LA LA   12     33- 2
 28 Chris Johnson            Farmington, AR    AR   13     32-14      200
 28 Brian Fuksa              Enid, OK          OK   12     32-14
 30 Todd Ratcliff            Meridian, MS      MS   11     32-13
 31 Ray Osburn               Arkansas City, KS KS   13     32-10
 32 Thomas Lockhart          Okolona, MS       MS   11     32- 9
 33 Tom Nilssen              Perry, OK         OK   11     32- 4
 33 Jake Impastato           New Orleans, LA   LA   11     32- 4
 35 Randy Doman              Camdenton, MO     MO   11     31-14
 36 Robert Degraffenreid     Oklahoma Cty, OK  OK   10     31-13
 37 Bruce Johnson            Montrose, AR      AR   12     31- 9
 38 Stan Holland             Ellsworth, KS     KS   11     31- 8
 39 Lee Sanders              Stillwater, OK    OK   10     31- 7
 40 Paul Angelakos           Kansas City, MO   MO   10     31- 5
 41 Bob Ramsdell             Sour Lake, TX     TX    9     30-10      200
 42 Paul Wilkerson           Crosett, AR       AR   12     30- 9
 43 Todd Lott                Pearl, MS         MS   10     30- 5
 43 R. J. Kitterman          Oologah, OK       OK   11     30- 5
 45 Dennis Hamel             Plainville, KS    KS   12     30- 4
 46 Bill Babe                Omaha, NE         NE   11     29- 8
 47 Galen Weiershausen       San Angelo, TX    TX   10     29- 1
 48 Joe Shackelford          Amory, MS         MS   11     28-15
 49 Jerry Gilliam            Ethelsville, AL   MS   10     28-13
 50 Wade Stapp               Columbus, MS      MS   10     28- 7
 51 Joe Glover               Guy, Ar           AR   10     28- 4
 52 Kenneth Hamm             Shawnee, KS       KS    9     28- 0
 53 Robert Barker            Stillwater, OK    OK    9     27-15
 54 John Canerday            Calvin, LA        LA    9     27-12
 55 Mark Peterson            Longview, TX      KS   11     27- 8
 56 David Heffel             Hays, KS          KS   11     26-11
 57 Justin Klaudt            Lenexa, KS        KS   10     26-10
 58 Brian Maloney            Osage Beach, MO   MO   10     26- 7
 59 Mark Grissom             Kirbyville, TX    TX   10     26- 1
 60 Jason Conaway            Blanchard, OK     OK    9     25-10
 61 Harold Brown             Moss Point, MS    MS    8     24-11
 62 Bill McCarty             Morgan City, LA   LA    9     24- 6
 63 Mike Robbins             Castroville, TX   TX    8     24- 5
 64 Bill Wedelich            Conroe, TX        TX    8     23-13
 65 Leonard Dewberry         Kansas City, MO   MO   11     23- 4
 66 John Russell             Lakin, KS         KS    8     23- 0
 67 Scott Minney             Oklahoma Cty, OK  OK    8     22-15
 68 David Frank              Rogers, AR        AR   10     22- 8
 69 Roy Brunson              Lowell, AR        AR    9     22- 4
 70 Greg Wright              Hannibal, MO      MO    6     22- 0
 71 Victor Holt              Jonesboro, AR     AR    7     21- 4
 72 Scott Hamel              Stockton, KS      KS   10     20-12
 73 Mark Borchers            Akron, IA         NE    8     19- 8
 74 Tom Jessop               DALHART, TX       TX    7     19- 2
 75 John Gaul                Philadelphia, MS  MS    7     18- 9
 76 John Koza                Lincoln, NE       NE    7     18- 3
 76 William Jordan           Richland, MS      MS    6     18- 3
 78 Paul Tormanen            Lee's Summit, MO  MO    5     16-15
 79 Jamie Carson             Charleston, AR    AR    7     16-14
 80 William Cohn             Lincoln, NE       NE    7     16- 7
 81 Randy Kvapil             Kaufman, TX       TX    7     16- 5
 82 Jason Robertson          Pineville, LA     LA    9     15-10
 83 Danny Carter             Hernando, MS      MS    6     13-15
 84 Ron Castle               Del Rio, TX       TX    4     13-13
 85 Rick King                Lincoln, NE       NE    3     13- 2
 86 Preston Havens           Mtn Home, AR      AR    6     12-12
 87 Harry 'Buzz' Hoffman     Seward, NE        NE    4     12- 4
 88 Bobby Templet            Baton Rouge, LA   LA    5     12- 1
 89 Carter Whitney           San Antonio, TX   TX    6     11-14
 89 Clay Young               Del Rio, TX       TX    4     11-14
 91 Michael Borne            Houma, LA         LA    4     11- 7
 92 Timothy Merkh            Knob Noster, MO   MO    4     10- 9
 93 Richard Campbell         Warrensburg, MO   MO    4     10- 8
 94 Steve Reddin             Hampton, AR       AR    3      7- 8
 95 Bill Gordon              Columbus, MS      MS    3      7- 2
 96 Troy Ladechoff           Kansas City, MO   MO    3      5-11
DAY  BIG BASS    NAME                     CITY          STATE    CASH
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 1    6/ 8     Bob Ramsdell             Sour Lake, TX     TX     200.00
 2    7/ 8     Jason Baird              Gypsum, KS        KS     200.00
 3    5/11     Chris Johnson            Farmington, AR    AR     200.00
DAY   # FISH   # LIMITS     LBS/OZ
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 1      350       43      1029/ 8
 2      352       41      1028/12
 3      222       11       618/ 8
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        924       95      2676/12
BASS FEDERATION TOURNAMENT TRAIL
2003 CENTRAL DIVISIONAL      06/18-06/20
CEDAR BLUFF RESERVOIR, HAYS, KS
FINAL TESM STANDINGS
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PLACE    STATE                     WEIGHT         PRIZE
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001      KANSAS                  387/12        10051.69
002      OKLAHOMA                385/ 2         5743.82
003      LOUISIANA               357/11         4307.87
004      NEBRASKA                357/10         2871.91
005      MISSOURI                309/ 3         2297.53
006      ARKANSAS                305/ 2         1723.15
007      MISSISSIPPI             299/ 4         1148.76
008      TEXAS                   275/ 0          574.38
BASS FEDERATION TOURNAMENT TRAIL
2003 CENTRAL DIVISIONAL      06/18-06/20
CEDAR BLUFF RESERVOIR, HAYS, KS
FINAL STANDINGS
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STATE    NAME                           WEIGHT
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KS       Jason Baird                   61/ 8
KS       Edward Berends                45/ 7
KS       Chris Schiffelbein            33/14
KS       Ray Osburn                    32/10
KS       Stan Holland                  31/ 8
KS       Dennis Hamel                  30/ 4
KS       Kenneth Hamm                  28/ 0
KS       Mark Peterson                 27/ 8
KS       David Heffel                  26/11
KS       Justin Klaudt                 26/10
KS       John Russell                  23/ 0
KS       Scott Hamel                   20/12
OK       Glenn Cunningham              42/11
OK       Dean Matts                    37/15
OK       Don Linder                    35/13
OK       Sandy Hooker                  33/ 8
OK       Brian Fuksa                   32/14
OK       Tom Nilssen                   32/ 4
OK       Robert Degraffenreid          31/13
OK       Lee Sanders                   31/ 7
OK       R. J. Kitterman               30/ 5
OK       Robert Barker                 27/15
OK       Jason Conaway                 25/10
OK       Scott Minney                  22/15
LA       Cole Garrett                  47/ 1
LA       Larry Peacher                 41/ 9
LA       Wade LeBlanc                  38/11
LA       Bill England                  37/ 3
LA       Floyd Pittman                 36/ 9
LA       Richard Sherman               33/ 2
LA       Jake Impastato                32/ 4
LA       John Canerday                 27/12
LA       Bill McCarty                  24/ 6
LA       Jason Robertson               15/10
LA       Bobby Templet                 12/ 1
LA       Michael Borne                 11/ 7
NE       Bob Thomsen                   51/ 9
NE       Mickey Jordan                 46/15
NE       Dave McCoy                    45/ 8
NE       Jerry Pape                    35/ 3
NE       Kelly Bailey                  34/12
NE       Michael Jordan                34/11
NE       Bill Babe                     29/ 8
NE       Mark Borchers                 19/ 8
NE       John Koza                     18/ 3
NE       William Cohn                  16/ 7
NE       Rick King                     13/ 2
NE       Harry 'Buzz' Hoffman          12/ 4
MO       Danny Johnston                50/ 7
MO       David Smith                   41/ 6
MO       Butch Lansing                 38/13
MO       Randy Doman                   31/14
MO       Paul Angelakos                31/ 5
MO       Brian Maloney                 26/ 7
MO       Leonard Dewberry              23/ 4
MO       Greg Wright                   22/ 0
MO       Paul Tormanen                 16/15
MO       Timothy Merkh                 10/ 9
MO       Richard Campbell              10/ 8
MO       Troy Ladechoff                 5/11
AR       William Pippen                43/ 3
AR       Jim Ramsey                    35/ 9
AR       Chris Johnson                 32/14
AR       Bruce Johnson                 31/ 9
AR       Paul Wilkerson                30/ 9
AR       Joe Glover                    28/ 4
AR       David Frank                   22/ 8
AR       Roy Brunson                   22/ 4
AR       Victor Holt                   21/ 4
AR       Jamie Carson                  16/14
AR       Preston Havens                12/12
AR       Steve Reddin                   7/ 8
MS       Eddie Armstrong               34/14
MS       Todd Ratcliff                 32/13
MS       Thomas Lockhart               32/ 9
MS       Todd Lott                     30/ 5
MS       Joe Shackelford               28/15
MS       Jerry Gilliam                 28/13
MS       Wade Stapp                    28/ 7
MS       Harold Brown                  24/11
MS       John Gaul                     18/ 9
MS       William Jordan                18/ 3
MS       Danny Carter                  13/15
MS       Bill Gordon                    7/ 2
TX       Mike Rupard                   34/ 9
TX       Trent Huckaby                 33/ 9
TX       Bob Ramsdell                  30/10
TX       Galen Weiershausen            29/ 1
TX       Mark Grissom                  26/ 1
TX       Mike Robbins                  24/ 5
TX       Bill Wedelich                 23/13
TX       Tom Jessop                    19/ 2
TX       Randy Kvapil                  16/ 5
TX       Ron Castle                    13/13
TX       Carter Whitney                11/14
TX       Clay Young                    11/14

 

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