United States wins its third Eurobass Cup
(Zamora, Spain) The team from the United States has won the Eurobass Cup once again. Three years, three victories, but the feeling passed on by the European anglers is that of having stepped it up in their form of fishing. They have faced a group of professionals who are the best on the American circuit, all having careers full of world championships, Angler of the Year titles, Rookie of the Year, victories in hundreds of tournaments and earnings of more than eight million dollars. In other words, the best in the world have won by only four points, 14 - 10.
Danny Correia dominated the individual classification for the second year in a row achieving a total of 5,055 points compared to 4,635 obtained by the Frenchman, Bénigne Ampaud, who caught the biggest fish of the tournament, with a bass weighing in at 1,660 grams fished in the first round.
Points won by the Americans were achieved by Byron Velvick, FLW World Champion Brent Ehrler, Rookie of the Year Steve Kennedy, Aaron Martens, John Crews, Danny Correia, FLW Angler of the Year Anthony Gagliardi, Lee Bailey Jr. and O.T. Fears III.
Winning points for the Europeans were achieved by José Luis López, Frédéric Jullian, Javier Guillén, José Manuel Iglesias, Bénigne Ampaud, Helder Maia and José Mendes da Cruz.
On the second and final day of the Eurobass, competed at the Reservoir of Ricobayo (Zamora), a good number of fish were caught, but not reaching that of the first day's catches.
The results of the second day demonstrated once again the level of the competition as excellent, with points truly fought for and minimal differences among Europeans and Americans. A good example is the result obtained by O.T. Fears III and Bénigne Ampaud, who both competed in the same boat and achieved 1,430 and 1,335 points respectively.
The best result for the second day was achieved by Steve Kennedy catching 5 bass and 3,010 points; followed by José Manuel Iglesias with 2,310 points and in third place, Danny Correia with 2,190 points.
Danny Correia once again dominated in the individual classification with 5,055 points, followed by Bénigne Ampaud with 4,635; John Crews in third place with 4,440 points and O.T. Fears III fourth with 4,005 points.
These 24 anglers will compete again at Ricobayo this Saturday, September 30th, for the Latin Bass Tournament, but this time with one American and one European working together as a team. Sixty boats will venture out on the water at 8:00 a.m. comprised of anglers from France, Portugal, Spain, and the United States, competing in an event offering more than 7,500 Euros in cash prizes.
Iberian Week, organizing body of this event, invites all fishing fans to come out to the weigh-in at 6:00 p.m.
The award ceremony of the Eurobass Cup and the Latin Bass Tournament will take place Sunday, October 1st at 11:00 a.m. at the Trade Fair Center of Valladolid.
In addition, Friday and Sunday, the anglers of the Eurobass Cup will give fishing technique seminars at the large aquarium located in Pavilion 2 of the Trade Fair Center of Valladolid where fishing fans gather to learn from the best how to confront this modality of fishing.
Source: eurobass.net (2006-10-02)