Josh Wray Wins B.A.S.S. Nation Central Divisional on Oklahoma’s Lake Eufaula.

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June 6, 2014

Wray Seeks Shelter, Finds Fish To Win Central Divisional

EUFAULA, Okla. — Seeking shelter from the storm proved key to Josh Wray’s B.A.S.S. Nation Central Divisional win Friday on Oklahoma’s Lake Eufaula.

On many parts of the 100,000-plus acre lake, heavy rain and persistent lightning prompted several competitors to seek shelter for an hour or more. But while they were waiting it out, Wray was filling out his limit — without getting wet.

“When the storm hit, we pulled up into a big box culvert at this spot I’d been saving,” said the angler from Omaha, Ark. “Current was funneling through there from the main lake, going away from the nose of my boat, and I was making casts from inside there — out to the mouth of the culvert — and they were stacked up there. I filled out my limit, and we didn’t even get wet.”

His five-fish limit weighed 14 pounds, 9 ounces, which was more than enough to best Day 2 leader Preston Frazell, of Cleveland, Okla., who brought only 11-13 to the scales. Wray’s three-day total weight was 41 pounds, 5 ounces. Frazell’s total was 39-9.

An Arkansas B.A.S.S. Nation angler, Wray credited his Louisiana Nation co-angler, Destre DeDeaux, for sportsmanship and selflessness that proved instrumental in his win. Although Wray’s Power-Poles helped keep his boat positioned in the culvert as current rushed through, DeDeaux helped even more.

“He was holding onto the wall, keeping me from getting swept out over where the fish were positioned,” Wray explained. “If we would have gone over them even once, they would have spooked.”

Wray had two fish in his livewell when he and DeDeaux pulled into the culvert. He caught three there on a homemade perch-pattern spinnerbait — one of which was a 5-pounder. He didn’t catch another keeper the rest of the day.

“I landed five today, mainly because of my partner,” he said. “He’s the man. I’m taking out him for ribeye tonight.”

Far enough down in the standings to not have a chance to qualify for the 2014 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, DeDeaux didn’t make a cast all day, giving Wray access to all the fish on any given spot. In 2011, Wray and DeDeaux both qualified for the championship, fishing out of the same boat.

“He knew that I had a shot at making it again and winning overall, so he was my net man and cheered me on the whole time,” Wray said. “That’s the kind of guy he is.”

Wray caught most of his fish throughout the tournament on the spinnerbait and a 5/16-ounce brown jig with a watermelon green Yum Money Craw trailer. He mostly targeted channel swings and big boulders.

“It had to be a channel swing, the boat had to be sitting in about 8 to 10 feet of water, and rocks at least half the size of your boat or bigger,” he said. “I just concentrated on single rocks.”

He found the boulders in practice and marked them with waypoints. “I could see them down in the water when the sun would get up, so I just drove around in practice, marking rocks.”

The top angler from each state now advances to the 2014 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, Nov. 6-8, on Louisiana’s Ouachita River. The anglers who win their divisions at the championship will advance to the 2015 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell.

In finishing runner-up to Wray on Friday, Frazell was the top angler for the Kansas B.A.S.S. Nation.

Other contenders that qualified for the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship include Albert Collins, Texas; Mark Wiese Jr., Mo.; Lee Wubbels, Neb.; David Cavell, La.; John Soukup, Okla.; and Teb Jones, Miss.

Oklahoma won the team competition, with 104 bass for 257 pounds, 13 ounces. The victory earned them a Skeeter/Yamaha boat package valued at $40,000.

Alex Torkelson and William Valdez of the Oklahoma B.A.S.S. Nation won the high school team competition, with a two-day combined limit of nine bass for 22 pounds, 15 ounces. Their weight counted toward the adult team’s win.

The Carhartt Big Bass award was presented to Frazell for his 7-pound, 1-ounce bass.

The next divisional in which anglers will earn berths into the championship is the B.A.S.S. Nation Mid-Atlantic Divisional to be held June 25-27 onVirginia’s Buggs Island Reservoir. More information is available on Bassmaster.com

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2014 BASS Nation Central Divisional 6/4-6/6
Lake Eufaula, Eufaula OK.
(ANGLER) Standings Day 3

Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Pts
1. Josh Wray Omaha, AR (AR) 15 41-05 0
2. Preston Frazell Cleveland, OK (KS) 15 39-09 0
3. Albert Collins Nacogdoches, TX (TX) 14 36-07 0
4. Trevor Rogge San Antonio, TX (TX) 15 36-01 0
5. Mark Wiese Jr. High Ridge, MO (MO) 14 35-03 0
6. Lee Wubbels Lincoln, NE (NE) 13 34-11 0
7. David Cavell Prairieville, LA (LA) 13 33-14 0
8. Robbie Latuso Gonzales, LA (LA) 14 31-08 0
9. John Soukup Agra, OK (OK) 13 30-10 0
10. Billy Lemon Sand Springs, OK (OK) 13 30-05 0
11. Curry Schaubhut JR Gramercy, LA (LA) 13 26-07 0
12. Robert Degraffenreid Oklahoma Cty, OK (OK) 11 26-04 0
13. Chris Torkleson Sand Springs, OK (KS) 11 25-07 0
14. Teb Jones Hattiesburg, MS (MS) 12 24-10 0
15. Jeff Hinton Moss Point, MS (MS) 8 24-03 0
16. Duane Hanzlik St. Joseph, MO (NE) 11 23-15 0
17. Jamie Laiche Gonzales, LA (LA) 10 23-12 0
18. Tray Huddleston Russellville, AR (AR) 11 23-00 0
19. OK HS – Valdez / Torkleson Sand Springs, OK (OK) 10 22-15 0
20. Dustin Blevins Harrison, AR (AR) 10 22-14 0
21. Kyle Klein Hutchinson, KS (KS) 9 22-09 0
22. Kris Lee Coweta, OK (OK) 8 22-07 0
23. Brad Samuelson Shawnee, KS (NE) 10 22-07 0
24. Troy Enmeier Enid, OK (OK) 9 22-02 0
25. Brian Penning Wichita, KS (KS) 11 21-12 0
26. Keith Blackstone Choctaw, OK (OK) 10 21-02 0
27. Harvey Horne Bella Vista, AR (AR) 8 20-09 0
28. Nate Maher OTTUMWA, IA (MO) 8 20-06 0
29. Brandon Pedigo Durant, OK (OK) 10 20-05 0
30. Mick Maples Rolla, MO (MO) 8 19-14 0
31. Jason Windham Crawford, TX (TX) 8 19-12 0
32. Mike Brooks Winchester, KS (MO) 8 19-10 0
33. Roger Coleman Lincoln, NE (NE) 8 19-07 0
34. Joel Mayfield Perkinston, MS (MS) 8 19-05 0
35. Jason Pecoraro Youngsville, LA (LA) 10 19-01 0
36. Charlie Bogard Saint Charles, MO (MO) 7 17-13 0
37. David Frank Rogers, AR (AR) 8 17-12 0
38. Kevin Parker Sumrall, MS (MS) 6 17-05 0
39. Bo Middleton Elgin, OK (OK) 6 17-05 0
40. Brent Malone Grove, OK (OK) 5 16-15 0
41. Gary Martin Waco, TX (TX) 6 16-15 0
42. KS HS – Wagner / Luna Grain Valley, MO (KS) 8 16-07 0
43. Tim Carmouche Gonzales, LA (LA) 6 16-05 0
44. Greg Cooper Monroe City, MO (MO) 6 16-04 0
45. Jean Trahan Lafayette, LA (LA) 7 16-04 0
46. James Parsons Topeka, KS (KS) 7 16-01 0
47. Brannon Long Longview, TX (TX) 7 16-00 0
48. Yancey Hartzer Culbertson, NE (NE) 7 16-00 0
49. AR HS- Neff / Schureman Rogers, AR (AR) 8 15-15 0
50. Kristoffer Cooley Mountain Home, AR (AR) 8 15-14 0
51. Pat Klausen Lincoln, NE (NE) 8 15-09 0
52. Jimmy Murphy Moss Point, MS (MS) 6 15-08 0
53. Travis Tunnell Benton, KS (KS) 7 15-05 0
54. Heath Fall Prairieville, LA (LA) 7 14-07 0
55. Jim Simpson Canyon, TX (TX) 7 14-05 0
56. Rick Carroll Rolla, MO (MO) 6 13-15 0
57. Jay Ladner Kiln, MS (MS) 7 13-14 0
58. Kenny Wasmund South Sioux City, NE (N 5 13-00 0
59. Abe Yang Kansas City, KS (KS) 6 12-14 0
60. Aaron Kint Little Elm, TX (TX) 5 12-12 0
61. Logan Main Perkinston, MS (MS) 6 12-07 0
62. Jeremy Dinneen Salina, KS (KS) 5 12-05 0
63. Kevin Miller Andover, KS (KS) 5 12-04 0
64. Gary Daniel Harrison, AR (AR) 5 11-15 0
65. Skipper Smith Moss Point, MS (MS) 5 11-09 0
66. Jason Buller McAlester, OK (OK) 6 11-06 0
67. Jack Wood Benton, AR (AR) 6 11-06 0
68. Jerry Pape Milford, IA (NE) 5 11-00 0
69. Douglas Troxel Moran, KS (KS) 6 10-13 0
70. Ryland Kirchoff Corpus Christi, TX (TX) 4 10-09 0
71. Brett Bellard Duson, LA (LA) 5 10-06 0
72. MS HS – Bullock / Goff Moss Point, MS (MS) 5 10-03 0
73. Duane Fears Fort Smith, AR (AR) 5 09-08 0
74. Jason Boswell Corning, IA (NE) 4 09-06 0
75. Nick Ash Omaha, NE (NE) 3 09-05 0
76. Brett Millner Canyon, TX (TX) 5 09-02 0
77. Savie Goff Lucedale, MS (MS) 5 09-01 0
78. Trevor Yates Norman, OK (OK) 5 08-15 0
79. Greg Voss Jefferson City, MO (MO) 4 08-08 0
80. Kris Schroeder Greenwood, MO (MO) 3 08-07 0
81. Bruce Carter Katy, TX (TX) 5 08-05 0
82. John Hill Western Grove, AR (AR) 5 08-04 0
83. TX HS – Bludworth / Garner Douglass, TX (TX) 4 08-01 0
84. Jason Buchanan Burnet, TX (TX) 4 07-09 0
85. Michael Smith Harrison, AR (AR) 4 07-08 0
86. Bobby Foskey Biloxi, MS (MS) 4 07-08 0
87. Landon Dixon Norman, OK (OK) 2 07-02 0
88. Beau Branine Haysville, KS (KS) 3 07-00 0
89. Rick Mabile Pierre Part, LA (LA) 3 07-00 0
90. Richard Riley Omaha, NE (NE) 3 06-14 0
91. Cecil Carter Amarillo, TX (TX) 3 06-13 0
92. Brandon Orton Memphis, MO (MO) 3 06-03 0
93. Doug Canoy Meadville, MS (MS) 3 06-00 0
94. David Padgett Republican City, NE (NE 3 05-15 0
95. Destre Dedeaux Meadville, MS (MS) 2 05-14 0
96. Chuck Bonnett III Camdenton, MO (MO) 3 05-06 0
97. Raymond Hillebrand Leavenworth, KS (MO) 2 05-02 0
98. Terrell Foster Natchez, MS (MS) 2 05-01 0
99. Jeff Denton Lubbock, TX (TX) 2 04-13 0
100. MO HS – Lenhert / Soske Kansas City, MO (MO) 2 04-12 0
101. Will Major Port Allen, LA (LA) 3 04-10 0
102. Jackie Gordon Lindale, TX (TX) 2 04-09 0
103. LA HS – Kelly / King Denham Springs, LA (LA) 2 04-08 0
104. Blake Betz Baton Rouge, LA (LA) 2 03-05 0
105. John Russell Mt Vernon, MO (KS) 2 02-14 0
106. Mark Stafford Van Buren, AR (AR) 1 01-09 0
107. NE HS – Schaefer / Iossi Omaha, NE (NE) 0 -1-00 0
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 10 214 500-00
2 17 235 556-05
3 20 267 598-03
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47 716 1654-08

TEAM STANDINGS Day 3
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State Lbs-Oz
1 OKLAHOMA 257-13
2 KANSAS 215-04
3 TEXAS 212-01
4 LOUISIANA 211-07
5 ARKANSAS 207-07
6 NEBRASKA 186-09
7 MISSISSIPPI 182-08
8 MISSOURI 181-07

INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS Day 3
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KANSAS
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Preston Frazell Cleveland, OK 15 39-09 0
2 Chris Torkleson Sand Springs, OK 11 25-07 0
3 Kyle Klein Hutchinson, KS 9 22-09 0
4 Brian Penning Wichita, KS 11 21-12 0
5 KS HS – Wagner / Luna Grain Valley, MO 8 16-07 0
6 James Parsons Topeka, KS 7 16-01 0
7 Travis Tunnell Benton, KS 7 15-05 0
8 Abe Yang Kansas City, KS 6 12-14 0
9 Jeremy Dinneen Salina, KS 5 12-05 0
10 Kevin Miller Andover, KS 5 12-04 0
11 Douglas Troxel Moran, KS 6 10-13 0
12 Beau Branine Haysville, KS 3 07-00 0
13 John Russell Mt Vernon, MO 2 02-14 0

OKLAHOMA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 John Soukup Agra, OK 13 30-10 0
2 Billy Lemon Sand Springs, OK 13 30-05 0
3 Robert Degraffenreid Oklahoma Cty, OK 11 26-04 0
4 OK HS – Valdez / Torkleson Sand Springs, OK 10 22-15 0
5 Kris Lee Coweta, OK 8 22-07 0
6 Troy Enmeier Enid, OK 9 22-02 0
7 Keith Blackstone Choctaw, OK 10 21-02 0
8 Brandon Pedigo Durant, OK 10 20-05 0
9 Bo Middleton Elgin, OK 6 17-05 0
10 Brent Malone Grove, OK 5 16-15 0
11 Jason Buller McAlester, OK 6 11-06 0
12 Trevor Yates Norman, OK 5 08-15 0
13 Landon Dixon Norman, OK 2 07-02 0

LOUISIANA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 David Cavell Prairieville, LA 13 33-14 0
2 Robbie Latuso Gonzales, LA 14 31-08 0
3 Curry Schaubhut JR Gramercy, LA 13 26-07 0
4 Jamie Laiche Gonzales, LA 10 23-12 0
5 Jason Pecoraro Youngsville, LA 10 19-01 0
6 Tim Carmouche Gonzales, LA 6 16-05 0
7 Jean Trahan Lafayette, LA 7 16-04 0
8 Heath Fall Prairieville, LA 7 14-07 0
9 Brett Bellard Duson, LA 5 10-06 0
10 Rick Mabile Pierre Part, LA 3 07-00 0
11 Will Major Port Allen, LA 3 04-10 0
12 LA HS – Kelly / King Denham Springs, LA 2 04-08 0
13 Blake Betz Baton Rouge, LA 2 03-05 0

NEBRASKA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Lee Wubbels Lincoln, NE 13 34-11 0
2 Duane Hanzlik St. Joseph, MO 11 23-15 0
3 Brad Samuelson Shawnee, KS 10 22-07 0
4 Roger Coleman Lincoln, NE 8 19-07 0
5 Yancey Hartzer Culbertson, NE 7 16-00 0
6 Pat Klausen Lincoln, NE 8 15-09 0
7 Kenny Wasmund South Sioux City, NE 5 13-00 0
8 Jerry Pape Milford, IA 5 11-00 0
9 Jason Boswell Corning, IA 4 09-06 0
10 Nick Ash Omaha, NE 3 09-05 0
11 Richard Riley Omaha, NE 3 06-14 0
12 David Padgett Republican City, NE 3 05-15 0
13 NE HS – Schaefer / Iossi Omaha, NE 0 -1-00 0

MISSOURI
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Mark Wiese Jr. High Ridge, MO 14 35-03 0
2 Nate Maher OTTUMWA, IA 8 20-06 0
3 Mick Maples Rolla, MO 8 19-14 0
4 Mike Brooks Winchester, KS 8 19-10 0
5 Charlie Bogard Saint Charles, MO 7 17-13 0
6 Greg Cooper Monroe City, MO 6 16-04 0
7 Rick Carroll Rolla, MO 6 13-15 0
8 Greg Voss Jefferson City, MO 4 08-08 0
9 Kris Schroeder Greenwood, MO 3 08-07 0
10 Brandon Orton Memphis, MO 3 06-03 0
11 Chuck Bonnett III Camdenton, MO 3 05-06 0
12 Raymond Hillebrand Leavenworth, KS 2 05-02 0
13 MO HS – Lenhert / Soske Kansas City, MO 2 04-12 0

ARKANSAS
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Josh Wray Omaha, AR 15 41-05 0
2 Tray Huddleston Russellville, AR 11 23-00 0
3 Dustin Blevins Harrison, AR 10 22-14 0
4 Harvey Horne Bella Vista, AR 8 20-09 0
5 David Frank Rogers, AR 8 17-12 0
6 AR HS- Neff / Schureman Rogers, AR 8 15-15 0
7 Kristoffer Cooley Mountain Home, AR 8 15-14 0
8 Gary Daniel Harrison, AR 5 11-15 0
9 Jack Wood Benton, AR 6 11-06 0
10 Duane Fears Fort Smith, AR 5 09-08 0
11 John Hill Western Grove, AR 5 08-04 0
12 Michael Smith Harrison, AR 4 07-08 0
13 Mark Stafford Van Buren, AR 1 01-09 0

MISSISSIPPI
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Teb Jones Hattiesburg, MS 12 24-10 0
2 Jeff Hinton Moss Point, MS 8 24-03 0
3 Joel Mayfield Perkinston, MS 8 19-05 0
4 Kevin Parker Sumrall, MS 6 17-05 0
5 Jimmy Murphy Moss Point, MS 6 15-08 0
6 Jay Ladner Kiln, MS 7 13-14 0
7 Logan Main Perkinston, MS 6 12-07 0
8 Skipper Smith Moss Point, MS 5 11-09 0
9 MS HS – Bullock / Goff Moss Point, MS 5 10-03 0
10 Savie Goff Lucedale, MS 5 09-01 0
11 Bobby Foskey Biloxi, MS 4 07-08 0
12 Doug Canoy Meadville, MS 3 06-00 0
13 Destre Dedeaux Meadville, MS 2 05-14 0
14 Terrell Foster Natchez, MS 2 05-01 0

TEXAS
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Albert Collins Nacogdoches, TX 14 36-07 0
2 Trevor Rogge San Antonio, TX 15 36-01 0
3 Jason Windham Crawford, TX 8 19-12 0
4 Gary Martin Waco, TX 6 16-15 0
5 Brannon Long Longview, TX 7 16-00 0
6 Jim Simpson Canyon, TX 7 14-05 0
7 Aaron Kint Little Elm, TX 5 12-12 0
8 Ryland Kirchoff Corpus Christi, TX 4 10-09 0
9 Brett Millner Canyon, TX 5 09-02 0
10 Bruce Carter Katy, TX 5 08-05 0
11 TX HS – Bludworth / Garner Douglass, TX 4 08-01 0
12 Jason Buchanan Burnet, TX 4 07-09 0
13 Cecil Carter Amarillo, TX 3 06-13 0
14 Jeff Denton Lubbock, TX 2 04-13 0
15 Jackie Gordon Lindale, TX 2 04-09 0

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