Catch of 7.15 pounds in the Dardanelle Pool Could Lead to $50,000

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (July 31, 2015) — Robinette Fox of Hot Springs leads the field of anglers with a 7.15 pound bass she caught in the Dardanelle pool. She caught the fish in the 10:00 hour to take the overall lead on the first day of the three-day tournament.

Leaders in the other four pools are:
Jamey Taylor, Wynne (5.8) – Dumas Pool
John Whitman, Charleston (5.62) – Fort Smith pool
Rob Stone, Cabot (5.54) – Pine Bluff pool
Brian Freyaldenhoven, Conway (4.69) – North Little Rock pool

The top fish wins the guaranteed $50,000. Each of the other four pool leaders has the potential to win a guaranteed $10,000 for catching the largest fish in each of the other pools during the tournament.  Additional prize money is awarded for the top-three catches each hour in each pool, and the Willow Leaf Award of $1,000 will be presented to the parent/child or grandparent/grandchild pair weighing the biggest fish during the three days. The amount of hourly prizes will be determined by the number of participants for the three days and will not be announced until Sunday.

Academy Sports and Outdoors will be giving the following prizes in addition to any other tournament prizes.

A $300 gift card to any exact three-pound fish on the third payout hour, 9:01 to10 a.m.
A $400 gift card to any exact four-pound fish on the fourth payout hour, 10:01 to 11 a.m.
A $500 gift card to any exact five-pound fish on the fifth payout hour, 11:01 a.m. to noon.
The chance to win these bonuses will be awarded each day and for each of the five fishing pools.

Academy Winners:
Gene Davis of Russellville won the $300 gift card for catching an exact 3.0 pound bass in the 10:00 hour at the Dardanelle pool.
Mike Drummond of Winslow won the $400 gift card for catching an exact 4.0 pound bass in the 11:00 hour at the Fort Smith pool.
Cody Glaze of Bald Knob won the $400 gift card for catching an exact 4.0 pound bass in the 11:00 hour at the Dardanelle Pool.

The tournament spans more than 300 miles of eligible fishing waters on the river inside the state’s borders.  The event is divided into five pools, and tournament action will resume at 6 a.m. Saturday morning with the final weigh-in being held Sunday at 1 p.m.   Fishermen can still register at any weigh-in location Saturday and Sunday.  The grand prize and other cash awards will be presented during Sunday’s award event, which will begin at 4 p.m. near the North Little Rock/Verizon Arena boat ramp.

The five weigh-in sites are: Pool 1 – Clear Creek Park, Fort Smith; Pool 2 – Dardanelle State Park/Russellville side; Pool 3 – North Little Rock/Verizon Ramp; Pool 4 – Regional Park/ Pine Bluff; and Pool 5 – Pendleton Bridge/east of Dumas.

Major sponsors of the tournament are Southland Park Gaming & Racing, Academy Sorts & Outdoors, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission and Hardees. Other sponsors include Heart of Arkansas, North Little Rock Visitors Bureau, Pine Bluff Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Russellville Adventures & Promotions.