April 30, 2005

Peek dominates EverStart Series event on Lake Eufaula, Thrift wins second consecutive co-angler title

EUFAULA, Ala. - Pro Tim Peek of Sharpsburg, Ga., caught a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 43 pounds, 6 ounces to win the EverStart Series Southeast Division event on Lake Eufaula. Peek won by more than 10 pounds to earn an impressive $65,500. His winnings included a Ranger 519VX powered by a Yamaha or Evinrude outboard, Garmin electronics, Minn Kota trolling motor and EverStart Batteries valued at $40,000, the $10,000 guaranteed cash, the $10,000 Ranger bonus, the $3,000 Ranger Cup Award, the $1,500 Powered by Yamaha Award and the $1,000 Garmin Grand Award.

°»I am physically and mentally worn out,°… Peek said. °»Everyday I worried, °∆Are the fish going to be there?°« But every morning I went to one spot 3 minutes from the ramp and caught a limit within 1 hour and 15 minutes. Then I°«d leave that area and try to cull a few fish. I had a good practice and found fish in a lot of different areas.

°»My primary bait this week was an FLW Rabbit Dog spinnerbait. I also swam a jig a little and caught a few on a buzzbait, but I caught most of the fish on the spinnerbait.°…

Even more impressive, Peek was paired with co-angler Bryan Thrift of Shelby, N.C., for days three and four. Thrift won the Co-angler Division by nearly 7 pounds, indicating how productive Peek°«s areas were. Peek is also currently in ninth place in the co-angler points standings on the Wal-Mart FLW Tour.

Rounding out the top-five pros were Patrick Pierce of Jacksonville, Fla. (10 bass, 33 pounds, 5 ounces); Snickers pro Pat Fisher of Danielsville, Ga. (10 bass, 31 pounds, 4 ounces); Koby Kreiger of Okeechobee, Fla. (10 bass, 26 pounds, 5 ounces); and Jim Murray Jr. of Arabia, Ga. (10 bass, 25 pounds, 2 ounces).

Thrift ? who earned $5,000 ? caught a two-day total of seven bass weighing 22 pounds, 11 ounces. He won the last EverStart Series Southeast Division event on Santee Cooper and finished 11th at the division°«s first event on the season on Lake Okeechobee.

°»Since I had such a big lead yesterday, Tim (Peek) and I agreed that I would quit fishing in his first spot after I caught my first keeper,°… Thrift said. °»I caught a keeper on my fourth cast and put the rod down and quit fishing for an hour or two. After he caught his limit, I started fishing again.

°»Tim was throwing the a spinnerbait every day, so I wanted to do something a little different. The shad were up spawning, so I swam a white 3/8-ounce jig. It worked out pretty good.°…

Rounding out the top-five co-anglers were Arch Cornett of Huntsville (six bass, 15 pounds, 14 ounces); Jerry Goble of Sherrills Ford, N.C. (six bass, 15 pounds, 3 ounces); Brian Davis of Leesburg, Ga. (six bass, 14 pounds, 2 ounces); and Matthew Parker of Whitesburg, Ga. (five bass, 12 pounds, 11 ounces).

Anglers caught 64 bass Saturday, including 8 limits, weighing 177 pounds, 11 ounces.

EverStart Series tournaments are four-day events consisting of two rounds. The entire field competes Wednesday and Thursday, and the top 10 pros and co-anglers ? based on two-day accumulated weights ? advance to the final round. Anglers start at zero Friday, and pro and co-angler winners are determined Saturday based on two-day accumulated weights.

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Posted by DODGE at April 30, 2005 03:52 PM in Tournament (FLW)