Cochran fishes best at BASS Masters

August 11, 1996|By SPECIAL TO THE SUN

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- George Cochran of Hot Springs, Ark., won his second BASS Masters Classic yesterday, again on a lake that gave up limits of bass grudgingly to the top 41 pro bass fishermen in the country.

For the past three days it was Lay Lake on the Coosa River that confounded the top pros. In 1987, when Cochran last won the Classic, it was the Ohio River near Louisville, Ky., a tournament site that produced the lowest total weight of bass (240 pounds, 2 ounces) ever caught in the Classic.

Lay Lake produced 672 pounds, 10 ounces overall, but only 50 of a possible 123 limits over three days of fishing.

Cochran, 46, caught a limit each day for a winning weight of 31 pounds, 14 ounces, or about two-thirds of what several pros predicted it would take to win the tournament. First prize was $100,000 cash and a chance to make hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal appearances and endorsements.

Only two other anglers caught limits each day -- defending Classic champion Mark Davis of Mount Ida, Ark., and Harold Allen of Hurley, Miss. First-day leader Kevin VanDam caught only 10 keepers (22 pounds, 8 ounces) and slid to sixth place.


1. George Cochran, Hot Springs, Ark., 31 pounds, 14 ounces; 2. Davy Hite, Prosperity, S.C., 30-14; 3. Mickey Bruce, Buford, Ga., 26-15; 4. Bud Pruitt, Houston, 23-6; 5. Ray Sedgwick, Cross, S.C., 23-4; 6. Kevin VanDam, Kalamazoo, Mich., 22-8; 7. Jay Yelas, Jasper, Texas, 22-6; 8. Randall Romig, Barto, Pa., 22-4; 9. Rick Clunn, Montgomery, Texas, 20-15; 10. Mark Davis, Mount Ida, Ark., 20-5.

11. Kenny French, Brookville, Ind., 20-1; 12. Clark Wendlandt, College Station, Texas, 19-15; 13. Harold Allen, Hurley, Miss., 19-4; 14. Ron Shuffield, Bismarck, Ark., 18-8; 15. Roland Martin, Clewiston, Fla., 18-2; 16. Larry Lazoen, Port Charlotte, Fla., 17-15; 17. Jeff Fletcher, Golden, Mo., 17-13; 18. (tie) Randy Fite, Montgomery, Texas, 17-8; Thomas Vickers, Denver, N.C., 17-8; 20. Bill Corbin, Southbury, Conn., 17-5

21. Randy Dearman, Onalaska, Texas, 17-4; 22. Jim Bitter, Fruitland Park, Fla., 15-14; 23. Randy Blaukat, Joplin, Mo., 15-8; 24. Bernie Schulta, Gainesville, Fla., 14-14; 25. Larry Nixon, Bee Branch, Ark., 14-5; 26. Brian Schott, Sam Rayburn, Texas, 13-12; 27. Mike Terry, Obion, Tenn., 13-10; 28. Alton Jones, Waco, Texas, 13-3; 29. Doug Garrett, Cabot, Ark., 12-5; 30. Tom Biffle, Wagoner, Okla., 11-15

31. David Wharton, Leesville, La., 11-8; 32. (tie) Gary Klein, Weatherford, Texas, 11-5; Chris Daves, Spring Grove, Va., 11-5; 34. Denny Brauer, Camdenton, Mo., 10-9; 35. Darrel Robertson, Jay, Okla.; 36. Donnie Cox, Colorado Springs, Colo., 9-11; 37. Gerald Beck, Lexington, N.C., 9-9; 38. David Fritts, Lexington, N.C., 9-3; 39. Craig Schuff, Fort Worth, Texas, 6-13; 40. Stacey D. King, Reeds Spring, Mo., 6-11; 41. Richard McCarty, Alba, Texas, 5-1.

Pub Date: 8/11/96

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