David Auvenshine placed first in the Bank Division's two-day competition. He also caught the Big Fish, worth $300. Photo by Curt Beamer.
In the Team Competition on Saturday, David Henderson (Lewisville, Tex.) and Leslie Fred Jr. (De Soto, Ill.) found the right combination. At the weigh-in, they had seven fish tipping the scales at 12.70 lb. Each man received $500.
The Bank Competition's ten anglers had lots of help from Illinois Department of Natural Resources employees and found the fishing was good. After the day-one weigh-in, Paul Kolb (Hinsdale, Ill.) took the early lead with 2.85 lb, including the day's Big Fish, an .83-lb catfish. On day two, David Auvenshine (Waynesboro, Ga.) made a hard charge after a total weight of .28 lb on day one to win the Bank Competition with 5.68. For his efforts, he received a Pride Mobility scooter. Auvenshine also had the tournament's Big Fish, weighing 2.95 and good for $300.
Michael Vanderveen brought in the top weight, 6.58 lb, in the Open Competition. For his win, he received a fully loaded Ranger Bass Boat with a Mercury Outboard Motor and MotorGuide Trolling Motor. This was the first time he finished in the top ten on Open Competition day.
Information for this article was provided by Rusty Lathrop. For information on the rest of this year?s tournaments, contact Geoff Hopkins, PVA Sports, (800) 424-8200, ext. 747 / (202) 416-7747 / GeoffH@pva.org.
— The PVA Grand National Championship, scheduled for October 25-28 at Lake Toho, in Osceola County, Fla., is the first true national championship bass-fishing event for people with disabilities.
The PVA Grand National Championship will be similar in format to the BassMasters Classic, whereby anglers "earn" their way to the event. Plans call for a "cut tournament" format. All anglers will compete on days one and two; the field will then be narrowed. Only a limited number of anglers will fish on the third (final) day, for the title of National Champion and a Ranger R81 boat with matching trailer, Mercury 150-hp motor, and MotorGuide trolling motor.
Contact: Geoff Hopkins, (800) 424-8200, ext. 747 / (202) 416-7747 / GeoffH@pva.org, or Robert Cartlidge, (580) 761-7000 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
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