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Joey Nails 5th Place Finish in 136 Angler Bass Pro Shops BASS Central Open #2 - Arkansas River

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma - Bass Pro Shops - September 10, 2011 -

Joey made the top 12 cut to fish in the day three finals of the Bass Pro Shops BASS Central Open tournament on the Arkansas River. He made the cut on a consistent two day performance weighing in two limits for a total weight of 21 pounds.


Joey went into the day on the strength of a day two 11-15 bag and knew it would take a miracle to catch eventual winner Tommy Biffle who had a ten pound lead for the finale.  "But hey, who knows,"  Joey said, "miracles happen all the time in professional sports!" 


The top twelve had several long time experienced BASS Elite Series pros including Biffle, the Zen Master - Rick Clunn and Stephen Browning along with the top ranking Central Series pros including the overall series leaders Chris Zaldain and Janet Parker.


Joey headed back to his honey hole because he had plenty of un-fished water left and put together a four fish bag weighing 8-14 which was the fourth best weight of the day as the fish got stingy for all but one - Chris Zaldain who weighed in 14 -2.  Most of the other bags were smaller than on previous days. Joey said, "I just kept my head down and kept flippin' and flippin' all day long." 


Joey caught a limit on day one weighing 11-1 then came back day two with a better limit of 11-15 even though a boat issue caused him to have to hitch a ride in early with another pro. (The boat is fine just having a blocked cool water intake valve which set off a protective governor alarm). 


Joey is excited about the finish, his best in an Open Series event, "I really worked hard and stayed focused the whole time. I feel like I am fishing really well right now and looking forward to the final Open Series event back on Table Rock in October. For now I am really happy with my finish, happy to get a check (over $8,000) and to be the highest finishing top ten Nitro angler!"  This was Joey's second consecutive tournament in which he made the cut and got a check the last being the PAA event on Neely Henry where he placed 13th overall.


Joey's season standing for the Central Open Series jumped up to 43rd after a slow start at Lake Lewisville. Once again Joey said, "It is going to be tough to make the top five for the season but you never know.  All I have to do is try as hard as I can and anything can happen!" 


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