(Editors: The inaugural Skeeter BassFan Army Weekend Warrior Championship takes the best "weekend warrior" bass anglers from the best regional trails and allows them to compete against one another for the title of "Best Weekend Warrior Angler" in North America. More info on the tournament is available at http://www.bassfanarmy.com/ww_intro.asp . Media information, including releases, logos and competitor photos, is available here: http://www.bassfan.com/topgun/media_center.asp . The WWC is a warm-up, of sorts, for this weekend's big event, the Cabela's Top Gun Championship. Information on that event is available on http://www.bassfan.com/topgun/ .)
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August 8, 2005
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Alabama's Ligon Leads Day 1
Of 2-day Inaugural Skeeter
Weekend Warrior Championship
FT. WORTH, Texas – North America's best weekend warrior bass anglers competed head to head on Eagle Mountain Lake here today, and Moulton, Ala.'s Norman Ligon is on top.
His 10.73 pounds leads the 37-man field, but not by much. Olathe, Kan.'s Tadjen "Pete" Peterson isn't far behind with 9.74 pounds. Tomorrow is the final day of competition, and the high-tech weigh-in show will be held at the new Cabela's retail store in Fort Worth. Noted fishing personality Fish Fishburne will be the emcee.
After the first day of competition, Bradley Hallman (Norman, Okla.) is 3rd with four fish for 9.49 pounds, and 2005 BFL All-American champ Wade Ramsey (Midwest City, Okla.) is 4th with a 9.35-pound limit. Springfield, Mo.'s Corey Eutsler rounds out the Top 5 with his 8.78-pound limit.
Conditions today were overcast in the morning, with some clearing in the afternoon. Wind was a factor and reported gusts up to 15 mph blew some anglers off their main-lake spots.
Overall the field is tight. Several 4-plus-pound fish were caught in practice, and some anglers lost fish at least that big today. The title of greatest weekend angler on the continent will be decided tomorrow, and the event is wide open. Ligon's lead is 1 pound, but only 1 1/2 pounds separates 1st f, Kla.nn Fortmmand rhin