Humphreys Leads Wire-to-Wire for First B.A.S.S. Victory in Oklahoma

WAGONER, Okla. - October 13, 2001 - Homer Humphreys entered the final round at the Oklahoma CITGO BASSMASTER Central Open presented by Skeeter in command of the event with a lead of nearly six and a half pounds. In fact, he could have stayed off of Lake Ft. Gibson on Saturday and still claimed the $51,000 for his first-ever B.A.S.S. victory with a three day total of 22 pounds 3 ounces.

"Thank the Lord its finally over," exclaimed the Minden La., pro who won by a margin of four and half pounds. "It feels great to finally win one. I have been all around winning in the past, I guess when its meant to be its meant to be."

Bringing in 17-11 and claiming $37,000 for second was Muskogee, Okla., angler Jim Carnell. Third place and $35,000 went to Monty Fralick, Martin, S.D., who caught 15-0. Rick Morris of Virginia Beach, Va., took home $17,500 for fourth with 14-3. Kurt Johnson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Kelly Power, Cape Fair, Mo., each brought in 11-15 and claimed $8,750 for fifth.

"This morning I went back to the same 150 yard location I fished all week," explained Humphreys who only brought 3-13 to the scales at Seqouyah State Park on Saturday. "The fish there had already schooled and shutdown so I decided to check two other spots I found in practice. I wasted about 30 minutes checking those other spots and they just made me appreciate where I started out even more.

"The key to my spot was an area of big rocks with quick drops of about 10 feet and a ledge about two feet wide. The bigger fish would move onto the ledge one after the other. It was important to have a bait that would drop quick and hit the rock, because that's where the bass would hit it."

The baits that worked for Humphreys included a Diving Ace crankbait (Louisiana shad), Norman Deep N crankbait (Firetiger with gold) and a Norman Middle N crankbait (Firetiger with gold). Additionally, he caught his final keeper fish of the event on a 1/4 ounce ProElite series jig with a pumpkin green skirt and an Eakins crawworm trailer (pumpkin with green flake). Both the Diving Ace crankbait and the ProElite series jig are baits that Humphreys manufactures.

Claiming the $1,000 bonus for the day's big bass was Kurt Johnson with a 5-14 largemouth bass.

Anglers in the event were vying for a share of the $255,000 purse and valuable points towards this summer's CITGO BASS Masters Classic scheduled to take place in Birmingham, Ala., July 25-27.

By sanctioning over 20,000 tournaments worldwide, B.A.S.S. 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 after more than three decades. B.A.S.S. is a wholly owned subsidiary of ESPN.

Sponsors of the CITGO BASSMASTER Central Open event include: CITGO, Chevrolet Trucks, Mercury Marine, Yamaha Outboards, Triton Boats, Skeeter Boats, Lowrance Electronics, Pennzoil Marine, Flowmaster Exhaust Systems, Stowaway Batteries, Kumho Tires, Long John Silver's, Gore-Tex Outerwear, MotorGuide Trolling Motors, Bass Pro Shops, Armstrong Industrial Hand Tools, GMAC/ B.A.S.S. Vehicle & Boat Insurance, B.A.S.S. Platinum Visa/First USA.

Associate Sponsors include: Bass Cat Boats, G3 Boats and Champion Boats

The CITGO BASSMASTER Central Open event is presented locally by the Wagoner Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Wagoner and Sequoyah State Park .


Story Courtesy of B.A.S.S., Inc.