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ALABAMA’S BOYD DUCKETT WINS BASSMASTER CLASSIC IN FIRST APPEARANCE

Duckett First Homestate Angler to Win Classic
 
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Boyd Duckett accomplished Sunday what no Bassmaster Classic angler had been able to in the 37-year history of the marquee event.  The Demopolis, Ala., Bassmaster Elite Series pro became the first homestate angler to win the Classic and the $500,000 top prize.
 
The 46-year-old brought in the final round’s biggest five-bass limit — 17 pounds, 13 ounces —  to climb up from fourth place. His three-day total of 48-10 was enough to hold off California Bassmaster Elite Series angler Skeet Reese by six ounces. ESPN2 aired 10 ½ hours of coverage over the three-day event on Alabama’s Lay Lake.
 
Reese, who was participating in his seventh Classic, brought in a limit of 15-14, but it was not enough to secure his first Classic championship. He finished with 48-4.
 
Second-round leader and two-time Classic champion Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo, Mich,, fell to third with 45-4. Indiana’s Terry McWilliams, a representative of the BASS Federation Nation, the grassroots organization of BASS, finished fourth with 45-3. Texan Gary Klein rounded out the top five with 44-5.
 
Duckett sealed his dramatic victory with the Purolator Big Bass of the Day for which he earned a $1,000 premium — a 6-pound, 9-ounce largemouth — caught at 2 p.m.
 
“I’m so proud I brought the Classic title to my home state,” he said. “It’s every angler’s dream to be able to get here and to win it is just fantastic.”
 
Duckett was among a contingent of nine Alabama pros in the Classic this week and was one of the pre-Classic favorites because of his extensive experience on Lay Lake. He used a lipless crankbait and flipped a Berkley Powerbait Chigger Craw into grass .
 
Reese, competing in his eighth Classic, was disappointed at his second-place finish.
 
“Second hurts, it really does,” said Reese, who also caught his limit of bass on a Berkley Chigger Craw. “You don’t get that many opportunities to win a Bassmaster Classic. This was a golden opportunity this week. But I won’t say I let it slip away because I fished the best I could.”
 
With the third-place finish, VanDam, a three-time Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year, opened up a larger lead in the BASS all-time money earnings race over Missourri’s Denny Brauer.  VanDam, 39, has amassed over $2 million in winnings but lamented the lost opportunity.
 
“I’ll be honest with you, I’m definitely disappointed,” he said. “But I didn’t leave anything out there. I fished my guts out.”

 
2007 Bassmaster Classic 02/23-02/25
Lay Lake, Birmingham  Ala.
(PRO Division) Standings Day 3
 
   Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$
 
1.  Boyd Duckett           Demopolis, Ala.        15  48-10  300  $502,000.00
  Day 1: 5   19-14    Day 2: 5   10-15    Day 3: 5   17-13  
1.  Boyd Duckett           Demopolis, Ala.        15  48-10  300  $502,000.00
  Day 1: 5   19-14    Day 2: 5   10-15    Day 3: 5   17-13  
2.  Skeet Reese            Auburn, Calif.         15  48-04  295   $45,000.00
  Day 1: 5   17-08    Day 2: 5   14-14    Day 3: 5   15-14  
3.  Kevin VanDam           Kalamazoo, Mich.       15  45-04  290   $41,000.00
  Day 1: 5   13-01    Day 2: 5   19-14    Day 3: 5   12-05  
4.  Terry McWilliams       Greenfield, Ind.       15  45-03  285   $30,000.00
  Day 1: 5   15-09    Day 2: 5   12-04    Day 3: 5   17-06  
5.  Gary Klein             Weatherford, Texas     15  44-05  280   $25,000.00
  Day 1: 5   11-06    Day 2: 5   17-05    Day 3: 5   15-10  
6.  Kevin Wirth            Crestwood, Ky.         15  41-04  276   $22,000.00
  Day 1: 5   14-09    Day 2: 5   12-08    Day 3: 5   14-03  
7.  Terry Scroggins        San Mateo, Fla.        15  39-09  272   $21,500.00
  Day 1: 5   17-00    Day 2: 5   13-15    Day 3: 5    8-10  
8.  Steve Kennedy          Auburn, Ala.           15  38-05  268   $21,000.00
  Day 1: 5   12-02    Day 2: 5   16-07    Day 3: 5    9-12  
9.  Jason Quinn            Lake Wylie, S.C.       15  38-01  264   $20,500.00
  Day 1: 5   11-00    Day 2: 5   12-15    Day 3: 5   14-02  
10. Dean Rojas             Grand Saline, Texas    15  37-13  260   $20,000.00
  Day 1: 5   13-04    Day 2: 5   11-03    Day 3: 5   13-06  
11. Mike Wurm              Hot Springs, Ark.      15  37-09  257   $15,000.00
  Day 1: 5   14-00    Day 2: 5   10-08    Day 3: 5   13-01  
12. Mike McClelland        Bella Vista, Ark.      15  37-05  254   $14,500.00
  Day 1: 5   12-05    Day 2: 5   14-03    Day 3: 5   10-13  
13. Randy Howell           Springville, Ala.      14  36-15  251   $14,250.00
  Day 1: 5   17-15    Day 2: 4    9-09    Day 3: 5    9-07  
14. Ishama Monroe          Hughson, Calif.        15  36-12  248   $14,000.00
  Day 1: 5   15-00    Day 2: 5   12-05    Day 3: 5    9-07  
15. Jeff Kriet             Ardmore, Okla.         15  36-06  245   $13,750.00
  Day 1: 5   12-10    Day 2: 5   11-06    Day 3: 5   12-06  
16. Timmy Horton           Muscle Shoals, Ala.    12  36-00  243   $13,000.00
  Day 1: 5   17-05    Day 2: 5   12-06    Day 3: 2    6-05  
17. James Niggemeyer       Van, Texas             15  35-13  241   $12,900.00
  Day 1: 5   13-07    Day 2: 5   10-08    Day 3: 5   11-14  
18. Todd Faircloth         Jasper, Texas          15  35-11  239   $12,800.00
  Day 1: 5   11-12    Day 2: 5   11-04    Day 3: 5   12-11  
19. Jared Lintner          Arroyo Grande, Calif.  15  35-06  237   $12,700.00
  Day 1: 5   14-06    Day 2: 5   10-00    Day 3: 5   11-00  
20. Tommy Biffle           Wagoner, Okla.         13  34-11  235   $12,600.00
  Day 1: 5   16-11    Day 2: 5   11-11    Day 3: 3    6-05  
21. Royce Dennington       Barnsdall, Okla.       15  34-10  233   $12,400.00
  Day 1: 5    9-15    Day 2: 5   13-13    Day 3: 5   10-14  
22. Alton Jones            Waco, Texas            15  33-15  231   $12,300.00
  Day 1: 5   12-06    Day 2: 5   12-03    Day 3: 5    9-06  
23. Michael Iaconelli      Runnemede, N.J.        15  32-02  229   $12,200.00
  Day 1: 5   13-09    Day 2: 5   11-06    Day 3: 5    7-03  
24. Russ Lane              Prattville, Ala.       15  32-00  227   $12,100.00
  Day 1: 5   13-13    Day 2: 5    8-10    Day 3: 5    9-09  
25. Aaron Martens          Leeds, Ala.            13  30-09  225   $12,000.00
  Day 1: 5   13-13    Day 2: 5   13-02    Day 3: 3    3-10  
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Purolator Big Bass
Day
 1   Boyd Duckett            Demopolis, Ala.            8-02  $1,000.00
 2   Kevin VanDam            Kalamazoo, Mich.           5-07  $1,000.00
 3   Boyd Duckett            Demopolis, Ala.            6-09  $1,000.00
 
Purolator Big Bass of Tournament
     Boyd Duckett            Demopolis, Ala.            8-02  $2,000.00
 
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
 1       46       241       606-11
 2       39       227       506-02
 3       22       118       283-00
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        107       586      1395-13


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