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Kreiger takes lead at Everstart Championship presented by Castrol

Kreiger takes lead at Everstart Championship presented by Castrol
Koby Kreiger of Okeechobee, Fla., nabbed second place after day one with a limit weighing 12 pounds, 5 ounces.

MONROE, La.- Koby Kreiger of Okeechobee, Fla., took the lead Friday at the EverStart Championship presented by Castrol on the Ouachita River. Kreiger brought a five-bass limit to the scale on Friday that weighed 9-2 giving him a two-day total of 21-7, and a 1-pound, 14-ounce lead over second place James Stricklin Jr. of Texarkana, Texas.

"Any lead is a good lead," said Kreiger who said that Thursday's 12-5 sack was the most he has caught since hitting the river on Sunday for practice. "Going into the tournament I knew the fishing was going to be tough and that if I could consistently catch about 10 pounds per day I would have a chance of making the cut. I am actually doing a little better than I expected, during practice I didn't even come close to 10 pounds so I'm pretty happy with what I have caught so far."

Kreiger said that he is starting the day in the backwaters targeting shallow wood, moving out to the main river about mid-day seeking moving water and then back to the oxbows to finish off the day. He is using a variety of homemade crankbaits baits and said that there is not any one that is working any better than any other.

"The biggest challenge is staying mentally strong," Kreiger went on to say. "The key is to make it to fish on Sunday and I hope I can do that."

Top 20 pros that will fish Saturday on the Ouachita River are:

1st: Koby Kreiger, Okeechobee, Fla., 10 bass, 21-7
2nd: James Stricklin Jr., Texarkana, Texas, nine bass, 19-9
3rd: Larry Jones, Acworth, Ga., 10 bass, 17-12
4th: Lance Williams, Billings, Mont., 10 bass, 17-10
5th: Robbie Dodson, Harrison, Ark., 10 bass, 17-8
6th: George Kapiton, Inverness, Fla., eight bass, 17-6
7th: Kettle Brand Chips pro Dan Morehead, Paducah, Ky., 10 bass, 17-0
8th: Bill Chapman, Salt Rock, W. Va., 10 bass, 16-12
9th: Casey Martin, New Market, Ala., 10 bass, 16-10
10th: Adrian Smiley, Bossier City, La., 10 bass, 16-7
11th: Joseph Kremer, Osteen, Fla., 10 bass, 16-3
12th: Currey Holley, Pulaski, Tenn., eight bass, 16-1
13th: Kellogg's Rice Krispie Treats pro Jim Tutt, Longview, Texas, 10 bass, 15-14
14th: Brandon Medlock, Lake Placid, Fla., six bass, 15-11
15th: Lamonte Loyd, Gilmer, Texas, 10 bass, 15-11
16th: Clayton Batts, Macon, Ga., 10 bass, 15-11
17th: Derek Hicks, Rocky Face, Ga., 10 bass, 15-10
18th: Shane Melton, Greentown, Ind., 10 bass, 15-10
19th: Zach King, Clarksville, Ark., nine bass, 15-7
20th: Kent Ware, Wadmalaw Island, S.C., 10 bass, 15-6

Paul Ferguson of Whitehouse, Texas, caught Friday's big bass weighing 4 pounds, 10 ounces on the pro side to win $250.

Tony Spinks of Springfield, Mo., leads the co-angler division with a two-day total of nine bass weighing 14 pounds, 9 ounces, followed by Audie Brantley of North Augusta, S.C., in second place with 10 bass weighing 14-0.

Top 20 co-anglers are:

1st: Tony Spinks, Springfield, Mo., nine bass, 14-9
2nd: Audie Brantley, North Augusta, S.C., 10 bass, 14-0
3rd: Daniel Leue, Colusa, Calif., 10 bass, 14-0
4th: Chad McClendon, North Richland Hills, Texas, 10 bass, 12-7
5th: Tony Prince, Pulaski, Tenn., nine bass, 12-5
6th: Ronald Robbs, Ironton, Mo., 10 bass, 12-5
7th: Justin Sward, Birmingham, Ala., nine bass, 12-3
8th: Vince Denina, Willis, Texas, six bass, 12-1
9th: Alan Hults, Gautier, Miss., nine bass, 11-11
10th: Joe Ventrello, Orlando, Fla., 10 bass, 11-6
11th: Kevin Carter, Spring, Texas, 10 bass, 11-6
12th: Ben Dziwulski, Woodbine, Md., 10 bass, 11-3
13th: Phil Risnes, Hartford, S.D., eight bass, 10-12
14th: Gary Reimers, Taylor, Texas, seven bass, 10-8
15th: Jason Mohr, Eagle Neb., six bass, 10-0
16th: Brad Aldridge, Starkville, Miss., nine bass, 10-0
17th: Calvin Hemphill, Rison, Ark., eight bass, 9-13
18th: Jon Paulovich, Bryant Ark., seven bass, 9-10
19th: Mike Hardin Sr., Robertsdale, Ala., nine bass, 9-10
20th: Nick Cupps, Decatur, Ala., eight bass, 9-7

Denina caught Friday's big bass weighing 4 pounds, 4 ounces on the co-angler side to win $165.

Anglers will take off from Forsythe Park located at 2401 Sycamore St. in Monroe, La., at 7:30 each morning. Saturday and Sunday's final weigh-in will be held at Walmart located at 2701 Louisville Ave. in Monroe beginning at 4 p.m.

Fans will be treated to the FLW Expo at Walmart on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. prior to the final weigh-ins. The Expo includes Ranger boat simulators, the opportunity to interact with professional anglers, enjoy interactive games, activities and giveaways provided by sponsors, and fans can learn more about the sport of fishing and other outdoor activities. All activities are free and open to the public.

The EverStart Series consists of five divisions - Central, Northern, Southeast, Texas and Western. Each division consists of four tournaments where competitors earn valuable points to help them qualify for the EverStart Championship. The top 40 pro and co-anglers from each respective division qualified for this event. Pros are competing for a top award of $50,000 plus a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard if Ranger Cup guidelines are met. Co-anglers are fishing for a top award consisting of a Ranger Z117 with 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $5,000 if Ranger Cup guidelines are met. The EverStart Pro and Co-Champion will also receive a berth in the 2013 Forrest Wood Cup being held on the Red River in Shreveport-Bossier City, La., Aug. 15-18.

Coverage of the EverStart Championship will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network when "FLW" airs Jan. 6, 2013, from 1 to 2 p.m. ET. "FLW" is hosted by Jason Harper and is broadcast to more than 559 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWOutdoors.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.

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