Tharp raises Red River Cup PART 2
Brett Carlson, FLW press release
CONTINUED FROM PART 1
Milner rises to fourth
2013 BFL All-American champion Kerry Milner finished his first Forrest Wood Cup in fourth place with 44 pounds, 7 ounces.Less than two months ago Kerry Milner was just a successful weekend angler. After winning the BFL All-American, he earned the chance to fish against the big boys. Four days later, it looks like Milner can more than hold his own.
“I found the quality in my prepractice,” said the Bono, Ark., native. “I translated what I know about the Arkansas River and I looked at as much backwater as I could. Come tournament time I concentrated on three main areas, two in the backwaters and one in the main river.”
Milner spent the first day flipping – either with a Zoom Brush Hog or a Baby Brush Hog. On day two he switched to an 1/8-ounce homemade shaky head with a Zoom Trick Worm. Day three he discovered the frog bite and that carried him the last two days. His two frogs were also the Spro Bronzeye 65 and Bronzeye Junior 60.
“I never caught a fish on a frog in practice. I just tried it and they were eating so good I never put it down. I’d fish it fast at first to cover water and then once I found the school I slowed way down. In fact, I stayed in the same spot with my Power-Poles down and culled several times.”
Milner spent most of day four in an area called the White House, a few miles south of Do Not Dredge in Pool 5. He fished the same area as Ray Scheide – the far back corner littered with giant lily pads.
For the second consecutive day, Milner weighed in an 11-pound, 10-ounce stringer and finished the week with 44 pounds, 7 ounces. For fourth place, he earned $55,000.
“I wanted to come prove to myself that I could compete against these guys. This (in the top 10) is where I wanted to be. It’s wonderful.”
Nixon falls to fifth
Larry Nixon holds up his kicker fish from day four on the Red River.Nobody wants a Cup more than Larry Nixon, but 2013 will go down as yet another near miss for the General as he weighed an 8-pound, 6-ounce limit Sunday to fall from third to fifth, ending the tournament with 44 pounds, 4 ounces.
Nixon started the week on a productive milfoil bed located on the other side of the White House. Early in the week, it produced his kickers, but the north wind essentially trashed it on days three and four and Nixon was forced to flip in the main river. Today, he was determined to fish for quality bites in the backwaters and make a true run at the title.
“I fished pretty much all day to win,” said the former Bassmaster Classic champion. “I had no fish at 11 this morning, so I ran out and caught five in 30 minutes on the river and then immediately ran back to the backwaters. This is the one you go for and I went for it today.”
Nixon’s one quality fish today was caught on a frog, the first frog fish he weighed this week. On the milfoil bed he Texas-rigged Yamamoto Flappin’ Hog (blue pearl baby flake). When he flipped, he opted for the bigger 4 1/2-inch Yamamoto Flappin’ Hog.
For fifth place, Nixon earned $50,000.
“It was a great week, but I’m pretty disappointed. You never how many more chances you’ll have at this.”
Rest of the best
Rounding out the top 10 pros at the Forrest Wood Cup on the Red River:
6th: Michael Neal of Dayton, Tenn., 44-2, $45,000
7th: Mark Rose of West Memphis, Ark., 43-7, $40,000
8th: Troy Morrow of Eastanollee, Ga., 41-8, $35,000
9th: Tom Monsoor of La Crosse, Wis., 41-2, $30,000
10th: Robbie Dodson of Harrison, Ark., 37-11, $25,000