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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 5, 2005
For more information, contact:
> Scot Laney, BassFan COO, (503) 546-8137, firstname.lastname@example.org
25 of World's Best Head Into
New Top Gun Championship
- VanDam, Martens Not Fishing -
FT. WORTH, Texas -- Twenty-five of the world's best professional bass fishermen will begin competing a week from today in the three-day inaugural Cabela's Top Gun Championship. The field is set, and while it includes 25 of the Top 28 anglers in the world, according to the State Farm World Rankings, it will not include recent Bassmaster Classic winner Kevin VanDam (ranked fourth in the world) and runner-up Aaron Martens (ranked 11th).
Both anglers expressed regret at not being able to fish, but cited the fact that Top Gun was announced relatively late (April of this year) and that they had made family vacation plans that couldn't be changed. "I'm all about $100,000 paydays," said VanDam, "but I just can't do it."
When asked how BassFan felt about these two anglers not being able to attend, BassFan chief operating officer Scot Laney said, "It happens. We understand our announcement of the event was late. We couldn't help that – the circumstances were largely beyond our control.
"We are disappointed, because it's the event that seems closest to what the anglers always say they want (small field, no sponsor restrictions, an appearance fee). But we understand they have obligations to their families. We certainly respect them for the choice they made."
> Is Top Gun still going to be a championship without VanDam and Martens there?
Laney: "Sure it is. No one angler in this sport is so overpowering, so dominating, that they can show up on every given day and win. Those are two good anglers, but we have 25 other anglers that, at any given time, can beat anyone else."
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