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    Walmart Bass Fishing League - All-American

    LAKE HAMILTON (May 8-10, 2001)

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    2001 All-American finals today

    All-American finalists take off under a glowing dawn. (Photo by Jeff Schroeder)
    12.May.2001 by Jeff Schroeder

    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – The last five qualifiers took off today for the final round of competition in the 2001 Wal-Mart BFL All-American. All five finalists will compete in a thrilling one-day shootout for the coveted trophy and $100,000 top prize.

    Four of the competitors are gunning for their first All-American title while one angler, Jeff Coble of Henderson, N.C., attempts to make history by repeating as this year's All-American champion. Coble won the 2000 title, and no one has ever won back-to-back All-Americans.

    He will have to outfish the other four – Roger Fitzpatrick of Eldon, Mo., Paul Redwine of Crab Orchard, Tenn., David Truax of Beaumont, Texas, and yesterday's leader, Rodney Hardwick of Connersville, Ind. – to pull off the feat.

    Weather conditions have stabilized after thunderstorms moved through the area yesterday, which could alter fishing strategies today. Anglers left Dare Devil Marina at 7 a.m. and will look to focus on staging fish around offshore structures to catch a limit in the clear waters of Lake Hamilton.

    Today's final-round weigh-in is scheduled to take place at 3:30 p.m. at the Hot Springs Convention Center in Halls A, B and C. A Family Fun Zone opens at the convention center at noon. Special guest appearances by Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Miss Arkansas Sara Harris and two Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders begin at 1 p.m.

    Vital statistics

    Sunrise: 6:12 a.m.
    Temperature at takeoff: 66 degrees
    Expected high temperature: 82 degrees
    Water temperature: 74 degrees
    Wind: From the south at 3 mph
    Relative humidity: 96 percent
    Day's outlook: Partly cloudy

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