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No-Cull Rule Adds Strategy at Bassmaster Federation Nation Western Divisional
GREEN RIVER, WY - The 2012 Cabela's Bassmaster Federation Nation Western Divisional will be won on culling strategy: It's about accurately predicting the weight of the fish you're going to catch. If you get it wrong, you might as well not be fishing.

Competitors are not permitted to cull on Wyoming's Flaming Gorge. So if you decide to keep a 2-pounder at 9 a.m., then you catch four more fish, you're out of luck when a 5-pounder bites your line at noon. That's what happened to several anglers today during the first round of competition.

Bubba O'Neil is one of those anglers. "I let go of nine fish today, and I didn't get a limit because of that." He weighed in four fish for a total of 7 pounds, 11 ounces and currently sits in 42nd place.

O'Neil - who holds the Wyoming state record for the largest smallmouth, caught right here on Flaming Gorge in 2003 - had a set number in his mind of what he would keep. "I was out here last weekend and caught three 4-pounders and 30 over 3 pounds. So today, I decided I wasn't going to keep any fish smaller than 3 pounds."

It didn't pan out for O'Neil today, but he said he'll do the same thing tomorrow. "Go big or go home," he said. Others, like Dave Gerhardt of Colorado, swore off the tactic, saying it cost them too many fish - and too much weight. Only 33 limits were weighed in today, out of 132 anglers.

Competitors had luck with a variety of plastics, including swimbaits and jerkbaits. The fish were skittish, said some. The bass are in prespawn and spawning stages, and the fish on beds were visible. Many anglers reported the bite shut off at noon, about the time the wind picked up.

The host team, Wyoming, leads the state competition by 10 ounces.

"We are really working hard as a team to win it this year," said Becca Golightly, Wyoming B.A.S.S. Federation Nation president. "These are our home waters, and this is our chance. Our guys are really working together to make it happen."

Wyoming's weight is 83 pounds, 15 ounces. Utah is a scant 10 ounces behind, followed by New Mexico with 82 pounds even.

The overall leader of the tournament so far is Ryan Furno of Aloha, Ore., with a limit of 13 pounds, 5 ounces. Furno currently has a 2 1/2-pound lead for his home state of Oregon. If he maintains that for two more days, he'll be headed to the 2012 Cabela's Bassmaster Federation Nation Championship in October.

Other state team leaders for the day are: Andy Bravence, Arizona; Jason Hemminger, California; Frank Villa, Colorado; Brent Shores, Idaho; Shane Baertsch, Montana; David Naugle, Nevada; Franco Vallejos, New Mexico; Tyler Swaney, Utah; Gene Batey Jr., Washington; and Larry Wilkins, Wyoming.

Currently leading for the Cabela's Big Bass award is Robert Bereiter of Tucson, Ariz. He brought in a 3-pound, 13-ounce smallmouth early in the weigh-in that no one could top.

The competition resumes tomorrow with a 5:30 a.m. MT launch time at Buckboard Marina in Green River, Wyo. The weigh-in takes place near the launch ramp at 2 p.m. MT (4 p.m. ET). The weigh-in video will be broadcast on Bassmaster.com around 7 p.m. ET. Find photos and updates on Bassmaster.com throughout the tournament.

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Media Contact: Cara Clark, 205-313-0955, cclark@bassmaster.com, or Dave Precht, 205-313-0931,dprecht@bassmaster.com

2012 Cabela's BFN Western Division Championship 5/30-6/1

Flaming Gorge, Green RIver WY.

(ANGLER) Standings Day 1

Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Pts Total $$$

1. Ryan Furno Aloha, OR (OR) 5 13-05 0

2. Tyler Swaney Fort Collins, CO (UT) 5 13-00 0

3. Franco Vallejos Albuquerque, NM (NM) 5 12-10 0

4. Andy Bravence Globe, AZ (AZ) 5 12-07 0

4. Larry Wilkins Green River, WY (WY) 5 12-07 0

6. Jerry Frahm Brigham City, UT (UT) 5 12-04 0

7. Shawn Jones Rio Rancho, NM (NM) 5 11-15 0

8. Shane Baertsch Lolo, MT (MT) 5 11-14 0

8. Randy Gust Osburn, ID (MT) 5 11-14 0

10. Jason Hemminger Oxnard, CA (CA) 5 11-12 0

10. Brent Shores Boise, ID (ID) 5 11-12 0

12. Stan Fisher Trout Creek, MT (MT) 5 11-11 0

12. Kasey Thomas Green River, WY (WY) 5 11-11 0

14. Gene Batey Jr. Pasco, WA (WA) 5 11-09 0

15. Mike Lavallee Sandy, UT (UT) 5 11-07 0

16. Bill Golightly Preston, WY (WY) 5 11-05 0

16. David Naugle Las Vegas, NV (NV) 5 11-05 0

16. Frank Villa Windsor, CO (CO) 5 11-05 0

19. Jeremy Percifield Kennewick, WA (WA) 5 11-02 0

20. Byron Chaves Salem, OR (OR) 5 10-12 0

21. Stephen Siddoway Teton, ID (WY) 5 10-11 0

22. Timothy Klinger Boulder City, NV (NV) 5 10-05 0

23. Jake Cook Kennewick, WA (WA) 4 10-05 0

24. Josh Polfer Nampa, ID (ID) 5 10-04 0

25. Seth Garrison Farmington, NM (NM) 5 09-12 0

25. Bob Lechel Los Alamos, NM (NM) 5 09-12 0

27. Paul Hemsley North Las Vegas, NV (NV 4 09-12 0

28. Allan Gillum San Clementa, CA (CA) 5 09-08 0

29. Nick Barr Lacey, WA (WA) 5 08-14 0

30. Kent Thomson Millville, UT (UT) 4 08-14 0

31. Todd Woolard Salem, OR (OR) 5 08-13 0

32. Gerald Kimzey Willcox, AZ (AZ) 5 08-12 0

33. Chad Kaiser Hayden, ID (ID) 4 08-11 0

34. Chris Dombkowski Cibolo, TX (CO) 4 08-08 0

35. Jay Evans Corvallis, MT (MT) 4 08-05 0

36. Rob Johnson Murray, UT (UT) 4 08-03 0

37. Rodney Scott Newhall, CA (CA) 5 08-01 0

37. Donald Welch Morgan Hill, CA (CA) 5 08-01 0

39. Mike Powell Heber City, UT (UT) 4 08-01 0

40. Jeff Jones Denver, CO (CO) 3 07-15 0

41. Kenny Oldham Coalville, UT (WY) 4 07-13 0

42. Bubba O'Neill Evanston, WY (WY) 4 07-11 0

43. Kevin Pangle Bend, OR (OR) 5 07-08 0

44. Nicholas Fitzsimmons Lyle, WA (OR) 4 07-07 0

44. Bret Nagelhout Red Rock, AZ (AZ) 4 07-07 0

46. Herb Turner Westminster, CO (CO) 5 07-00 0

47. Johnny Johnson Farmington, NM (NM) 4 06-14 0

48. Bob Brantlinger Durango, CO (CO) 3 06-14 0

49. Don Collins Kalispell, MT (MT) 4 06-12 0

50. Brett Felter Malad, ID (UT) 3 06-10 0

51. Aaron Leon Henderson, NV (NV) 3 06-07 0

51. Andrew Sayles Galt, CA (CA) 3 06-07 0

53. Shawn Arthur Stutzke Osburn, ID (MT) 3 06-06 0

54. Bobby Forster Spokane , WA (WA) 4 06-00 0

55. Rocky Rochford Rock Springs, WY (WY) 3 05-15 0

55. Steven Wilson Rohnert Park, CA (CA) 3 05-15 0

57. Mark Williams Los Alamos, NM (NM) 3 05-13 0

58. Steve Gill Aztec, NM (NM) 3 05-12 0

59. Chad Phillips Thornton, CO (CO) 2 05-10 0

60. Mike Dominick Alberton, MT (MT) 4 05-09 0

61. Robert Christensen Wallace, ID (MT) 2 05-07 0

62. Sidney Reeves Ogden, UT (WY) 3 05-05 0

63. David Mays Portland, OR (OR) 2 05-04 0

63. Tim Myers Las Vegas, NV (NV) 2 05-04 0

65. Tyler Wilson Carlsbad, NM (NM) 2 05-03 0

66. Ed McCaw Ingacio, CO (CO) 2 05-02 0

67. Aaron Echternkamp Moses Lake, WA (WA) 2 04-14 0

68. Ragun Ortar Riverton , UT (UT) 2 04-13 0

69. Anthony Crivelli Point Reyes Station, CA 2 04-12 0

69. Don Hull Mead, WA (ID) 2 04-12 0

71. Boyd C Golightly Preston, ID (WY) 3 04-11 0

72. Dan Jordan Florence, OR (OR) 2 04-11 0

72. Chris Love Mesa, AZ (AZ) 2 04-11 0

74. Tory Thomas Rock Springs, WY (WY) 2 04-10 0

75. Dan Betz Hood River, OR (OR) 2 04-09 0

76. Dan Skillings Bend, OR (OR) 3 04-08 0

77. John C Myers Jr. La Luz, NM (NM) 2 04-02 0

78. Earl Conway Albuquerque, NM (NM) 2 04-01 0

79. Robert Crask Durango, CO (CO) 3 04-00 0

80. Darrell Ocamica Payette, ID (ID) 2 04-00 0

81. Tim Rawlings Malad City, ID (UT) 3 03-15 0

82. Llyod Gilreath Jr. Nampa, ID (ID) 2 03-15 0

83. Jared Roos Paradise, UT (UT) 2 03-14 0

84. Gabriel Rivera Portales, NM (NM) 2 03-13 0

85. Robert Bereiter Tucson , AZ (AZ) 1 03-13 0

86. Terry Day Kennewick, WA (WA) 2 03-12 0

86. Ken Day Kennewick, WA (WA) 2 03-12 0

88. Karl Beltz Tucson, AZ (AZ) 2 03-10 0

89. Joe Conway Colorado Springs, CO (C 2 03-09 0

90. Dejon Lewis Ventura, CA (CA) 1 03-09 0

91. Brent Becker Henderson, NV (NV) 2 03-06 0

92. Leon Stiffarm Columbia Falls, MT (MT) 2 03-03 0

93. Loren Bryant Ellenwood, GA (AZ) 2 03-02 0

94. Brian Severson Chandler, AZ (AZ) 1 03-02 0

95. Tony Lind Auburn , WA (WA) 2 03-00 0

96. Alan Zamora Las Vegas, NV (NV) 2 02-14 0

97. Jerry Lake Cottage Grove, OR (OR) 1 02-11 0

98. Kenny Hansel Los Alamos, NM (NM) 1 02-05 0

99. Riley Hansen Sandy , UT (UT) 1 02-04 0

100. John Beranek Durango, CO (CO) 1 02-02 0

100. William Crane Glendale , AZ (AZ) 1 02-02 0

100. Dave Gerhardt Durango, CO (CO) 1 02-02 0

100. Kory Ray Lebanon, OR (OR) 1 02-02 0

104. David Flemming Highlands Ranch, CO (CO 1 02-01 0

105. Howard Pierce Eugene, OR (OR) 1 02-00 0

105. Reid Smith Bozeman, MT (MT) 1 02-00 0

107. Michael Zimmerman Sierra Vista, AZ (AZ) 1 01-14 0

108. Lynn Swaney Craig, CO (WY) 1 01-12 0

109. Douglas Jones North Las Vegas, NV (NV 1 01-11 0

109. Josh Petross New Plymouth, ID (ID) 1 01-11 0

111. "Chief" Torrez Camarillo, CA (CA) 1 01-10 0

111. Ronald Welch Corona, CA (CA) 1 01-10 0

113. Rodney Brown Sacramento, CA (CA) 1 01-09 0

113. Chase Mitchell Richland, WA (ID) 1 01-09 0

113. Dennis Seward Payette, ID (ID) 1 01-09 0

116. Lloyd Gilreath Sr Boise, ID (ID) 1 01-08 0

116. Ed Webb Mill Creek, WA (WA) 1 01-08 0

118. Garret William McAfee Kennewick, WA (WA) 1 01-07 0

118. Joe Raftery Las Vegas, NV (NV) 1 01-07 0

118. Robert Turpin Coeur D Alene, ID (ID) 1 01-07 0

121. Ed Miller Huachuer City, AZ (AZ) 1 01-05 0

122. Larry Holona Las Vegas, NV (NV) 1 01-00 0

123. Donnel Hill Las Vegas, NV (NV) 0 00-00 0

123. Matthew Hoffert Las Vegas, NV (NV) 0 00-00 0

123. Jeremy Kimberling Rathdrum, ID (ID) 0 00-00 0

123. Mike Kramer Lehi, UT (UT) 0 00-00 0

123. Jared Kummerer Tucson, AZ (AZ) 0 00-00 0

123. Chris Lambert Olympia, WA (WA) 0 00-00 0

123. Bruce Sackett Kalispell, MT (MT) 0 00-00 0

123. Scott Smith Riverside, CA (CA) 0 00-00 0

123. Lee Thomas Green River, WY (WY) 0 00-00 0

123. Gary Ziegler Billings, MT (MT) 0 00-00 0

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Totals

Day #Limits #Fish Weight

1 33 361 748-02

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33 361 748-02

TEAM STANDINGS Day 1

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State Lbs-Oz

1 WYOMING 83-15

2 UTAH 83-05

3 NEW MEXICO 82-00

4 OREGON 73-10

5 MONTANA 73-01

6 COLORADO 66-04

7 WASHINGTON 66-03

8 CALIFORNIA 62-14

9 NEVADA 53-07

10 ARIZONA 52-05

11 IDAHO 51-02

INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS Day 1

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WASHINGTON

Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$

1 Gene Batey Jr. Pasco, WA 5 11-09 0

2 Jeremy Percifield Kennewick, WA 5 11-02 0

3 Jake Cook Kennewick, WA 4 10-05 0

4 Nick Barr Lacey, WA 5 08-14 0

5 Bobby Forster Spokane , WA 4 06-00 0

6 Aaron Echternkamp Moses Lake, WA 2 04-14 0

7 Terry Day Kennewick, WA 2 03-12 0

7 Ken Day Kennewick, WA 2 03-12 0

9 Tony Lind Auburn , WA 2 03-00 0

10 Ed Webb Mill Creek, WA 1 01-08 0

11 Garret William McAfee Kennewick, WA 1 01-07 0

12 Chris Lambert Olympia, WA 0 00-00 0

IDAHO

Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$

1 Brent Shores Boise, ID 5 11-12 0

2 Josh Polfer Nampa, ID 5 10-04 0

3 Chad Kaiser Hayden, ID 4 08-11 0

4 Don Hull Mead, WA 2 04-12 0

5 Darrell Ocamica Payette, ID 2 04-00 0

6 Llyod Gilreath Jr. Nampa, ID 2 03-15 0

7 Josh Petross New Plymouth, ID 1 01-11 0

8 Chase Mitchell Richland, WA 1 01-09 0

8 Dennis Seward Payette, ID 1 01-09 0

10 Lloyd Gilreath Sr Boise, ID 1 01-08 0

11 Robert Turpin Coeur D Alene, ID 1 01-07 0

12 Jeremy Kimberling Rathdrum, ID 0 00-00 0

OREGON

Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$

1 Ryan Furno Aloha, OR 5 13-05 0

2 Byron Chaves Salem, OR 5 10-12 0

3 Todd Woolard Salem, OR 5 08-13 0

4 Kevin Pangle Bend, OR 5 07-08 0

5 Nicholas Fitzsimmons Lyle, WA 4 07-07 0

6 David Mays Portland, OR 2 05-04 0

7 Dan Jordan Florence, OR 2 04-11 0

8 Dan Betz Hood River, OR 2 04-09 0

9 Dan Skillings Bend, OR 3 04-08 0

10 Jerry Lake Cottage Grove, OR 1 02-11 0

11 Kory Ray Lebanon, OR 1 02-02 0

12 Howard Pierce Eugene, OR 1 02-00 0

ARIZONA

Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$

1 Andy Bravence Globe, AZ 5 12-07 0

2 Gerald Kimzey Willcox, AZ 5 08-12 0

3 Bret Nagelhout Red Rock, AZ 4 07-07 0

4 Chris Love Mesa, AZ 2 04-11 0

5 Robert Bereiter Tucson , AZ 1 03-13 0

6 Karl Beltz Tucson, AZ 2 03-10 0

7 Loren Bryant Ellenwood, GA 2 03-02 0

8 Brian Severson Chandler, AZ 1 03-02 0

9 William Crane Glendale , AZ 1 02-02 0

10 Michael Zimmerman Sierra Vista, AZ 1 01-14 0

11 Ed Miller Huachuer City, AZ 1 01-05 0

12 Jared Kummerer Tucson, AZ 0 00-00 0

WYOMING

Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$

1 Larry Wilkins Green River, WY 5 12-07 0

2 Kasey Thomas Green River, WY 5 11-11 0

3 Bill Golightly Preston, WY 5 11-05 0

4 Stephen Siddoway Teton, ID 5 10-11 0

5 Kenny Oldham Coalville, UT 4 07-13 0

6 Bubba O'Neill Evanston, WY 4 07-11 0

7 Rocky Rochford Rock Springs, WY 3 05-15 0

8 Sidney Reeves Ogden, UT 3 05-05 0

9 Boyd C Golightly Preston, ID 3 04-11 0

10 Tory Thomas Rock Springs, WY 2 04-10 0

11 Lynn Swaney Craig, CO 1 01-12 0

12 Lee Thomas Green River, WY 0 00-00 0

NEW MEXICO

Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$

1 Franco Vallejos Albuquerque, NM 5 12-10 0

2 Shawn Jones Rio Rancho, NM 5 11-15 0

3 Seth Garrison Farmington, NM 5 09-12 0

3 Bob Lechel Los Alamos, NM 5 09-12 0

5 Johnny Johnson Farmington, NM 4 06-14 0

6 Mark Williams Los Alamos, NM 3 05-13 0

7 Steve Gill Aztec, NM 3 05-12 0

8 Tyler Wilson Carlsbad, NM 2 05-03 0

9 John C Myers Jr. La Luz, NM 2 04-02 0

10 Earl Conway Albuquerque, NM 2 04-01 0

11 Gabriel Rivera Portales, NM 2 03-13 0

12 Kenny Hansel Los Alamos, NM 1 02-05 0

CALIFORNIA

Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$

1 Jason Hemminger Oxnard, CA 5 11-12 0

2 Allan Gillum San Clementa, CA 5 09-08 0

3 Rodney Scott Newhall, CA 5 08-01 0

3 Donald Welch Morgan Hill, CA 5 08-01 0

5 Andrew Sayles Galt, CA 3 06-07 0

6 Steven Wilson Rohnert Park, CA 3 05-15 0

7 Anthony Crivelli Point Reyes Station, CA 2 04-12 0

8 Dejon Lewis Ventura, CA 1 03-09 0

9 "Chief" Torrez Camarillo, CA 1 01-10 0

9 Ronald Welch Corona, CA 1 01-10 0

11 Rodney Brown Sacramento, CA 1 01-09 0

12 Scott Smith Riverside, CA 0 00-00 0

MONTANA

Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$

1 Shane Baertsch Lolo, MT 5 11-14 0

1 Randy Gust Osburn, ID 5 11-14 0

3 Stan Fisher Trout Creek, MT 5 11-11 0

4 Jay Evans Corvallis, MT 4 08-05 0

5 Don Collins Kalispell, MT 4 06-12 0

6 Shawn Arthur Stutzke Osburn, ID 3 06-06 0

7 Mike Dominick Alberton, MT 4 05-09 0

8 Robert Christensen Wallace, ID 2 05-07 0

9 Leon Stiffarm Columbia Falls, MT 2 03-03 0

10 Reid Smith Bozeman, MT 1 02-00 0

11 Bruce Sackett Kalispell, MT 0 00-00 0

11 Gary Ziegler Billings, MT 0 00-00 0

UTAH

Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$

1 Tyler Swaney Fort Collins, CO 5 13-00 0

2 Jerry Frahm Brigham City, UT 5 12-04 0

3 Mike Lavallee Sandy, UT 5 11-07 0

4 Kent Thomson Millville, UT 4 08-14 0

5 Rob Johnson Murray, UT 4 08-03 0

6 Mike Powell Heber City, UT 4 08-01 0

7 Brett Felter Malad, ID 3 06-10 0

8 Ragun Ortar Riverton , UT 2 04-13 0

9 Tim Rawlings Malad City, ID 3 03-15 0

10 Jared Roos Paradise, UT 2 03-14 0

11 Riley Hansen Sandy , UT 1 02-04 0

12 Mike Kramer Lehi, UT 0 00-00 0

COLORADO

Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$

1 Frank Villa Windsor, CO 5 11-05 0

2 Chris Dombkowski Cibolo, TX 4 08-08 0

3 Jeff Jones Denver, CO 3 07-15 0

4 Herb Turner Westminster, CO 5 07-00 0

5 Bob Brantlinger Durango, CO 3 06-14 0

6 Chad Phillips Thornton, CO 2 05-10 0

7 Ed McCaw Ingacio, CO 2 05-02 0

8 Robert Crask Durango, CO 3 04-00 0

9 Joe Conway Colorado Springs, CO 2 03-09 0

10 John Beranek Durango, CO 1 02-02 0

10 Dave Gerhardt Durango, CO 1 02-02 0

12 David Flemming Highlands Ranch, CO 1 02-01 0

NEVADA

Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$

1 David Naugle Las Vegas, NV 5 11-05 0

2 Timothy Klinger Boulder City, NV 5 10-05 0

3 Paul Hemsley North Las Vegas, NV 4 09-12 0

4 Aaron Leon Henderson, NV 3 06-07 0

5 Tim Myers Las Vegas, NV 2 05-04 0

6 Brent Becker Henderson, NV 2 03-06 0

7 Alan Zamora Las Vegas, NV 2 02-14 0

8 Douglas Jones North Las Vegas, NV 1 01-11 0

9 Joe Raftery Las Vegas, NV 1 01-07 0

10 Larry Holona Las Vegas, NV 1 01-00 0

11 Donnel Hill Las Vegas, NV 0 00-00 0

11 Matthew Hoffert Las Vegas, NV 0 00-00 0