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Joey Finishes Top 10 BASS Central Open Amistad Lake, Del Rio, Texas

Joey Nania Launches Pro Career with a Flourish Finishes 9th in BASS Central Open Professional Tournament on Lake Amistad in Texas

Youngest Pro in field makes final day top 30 cut - rebounds from tough day two

jumps 14 spots to finish in top 10

Del Rio, Texas, April 10, 2010 - Joey Nania (18) of Liberty Lake, WA, 2-Time Junior Bassmaster World Champion launched his professional bass fishing career with a strong performance in the first of 3 BASS (Bass Anglers Sportsman’s Society) sponsored Central Open Series tournaments finishing 9 in the field of 202 highly competitive professional anglers. For his efforts Joey took home over $5,700 in prize money and building valuable points in the Series which is intended to qualify anglers for BASS Elites – widely regarded as the NFL of professional fishing.

Nania had a solid pre-fish following his 2000 mile drive from Liberty Lake and after the first day of the tournament stunned the field of seasoned pros registering a tournament leading weight with 24 pounds on his 5 fish limit. Lesson learning on Lake Amistad defined day two for Joey battling high winds that moved into the Del Rio area sapped his trolling motor battery power to zero by mid-day and trashed his preferred fishing landscape. Joey fought hard and managed to scratch out a 12 lb 13 ounce limit catching a 4 pounder with less than 10 minutes left in the 8 hour day. Joey held his breath during the wait to determine if he had enough of a combined two day total to make the 30 angler cut for day 3. Indeed he did ending the first two days in 25th place.

Day three Joey and his assigned co-angler from Louisiana, Stephen Mitchell, targeted deep fish near Joey’s favorite spot with a Carolina rigged fluke and hit a solid bite, as the wind moderated to help out. Joey bagged a 5 fish limit of over 20 lbs finishing with a 3 day total of 57 lb 10 ounces which was good enough to land 9th place in the 202 angler field resulting also in a solid check for $5771 plus tally valuable points as he pursues qualification for the BASS Elites.

The tournament at Amistad was the first of 3 Central Open Tournaments, with the next one scheduled for the first week in June to be held on the Red River near Shreveport Louisiana.

For more detailed information on tournament results go to the following web link on the Bassmaster website http://sports.espn.go.com/outdoors/tournaments/opens/index. The tournament was won by Craig Schuff of Watauga, Texas with a three day total of 68 lbs 9 ounces. Schuff took home over $50,000 with the win. Way to go Craig!

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