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Dodsons Finish Second In Ranger Owners Championship Series Event On Table Rock Lake
KIMBERLING CITY (May 15, 2007) Ranger Owners Robert and Robbie Dodson, finished second in the Ranger Owners Championship Series event on Table Rock Lake last Saturday, guaranteeing them entry into the 2007 FLW Championship.
With a five-fish bag weighing 19 pounds, 13 ounces, the father-and-son team pocketed a $7,500 Ranger purchase certificate and a shot at professional fishing’s largest payout: $1 million.
As part of Dodsons' prize package, they will also receive Ranger Boats apparel and an expense-paid trip to the FLW Championship from Ranger and will fish the event out of special 40th Anniversary boats.
"I can't wait to get down there and fish the championship, I just wish it was at Bull Shoals," joked the elder Dodson, who calls Bull Shoals his home lake. "I’m happy for the opportunity to fish an event like that. I'm going to spend as much time down there as I can and – hopefully – I can be a factor in the tournament."
The pair spent much of the day targeting spawning bass in the many creeks and coves on the expansive fishery.
The event drew 277 two-person teams from around the country, all fishing out of Ranger boats. In addition to the one-day tournament, which qualified the first- and second-place teams for the 2007 FLW Championship, owners and their families converged on the Port of Kimberling Marina to enjoy the fellowship of other Ranger owners during Friday night's weekend kick-off event.
The weekend experience included a picnic-style barbeque dinner on Friday night, a welcome ceremony with appearances by Ranger founder Forrest L. Wood, Ranger president Randy Hopper, FLW Outdoors CEO Charlie Evans and legendary Ranger pros Hank Parker, Denny Brauer and Peter Thliveros. On Saturday, in addition to appearances by Guido and Dion Hibdon and Jimmy Houston, a fully rigged Ranger Z20 powered by a Yamaha outboard was given away to the team of Gary Niemi and Earl Ellerbee Jr. from Lake Placid, Fla.
The first Ranger Owners Tournament Series event from Kerr Lake will be televised on FSN (Fox Sports Net), Americana Outdoors and Versus at the following times (check local listings for additional air times):
Saturday, May 26 on FSN Florida, 9:30 AM EST
Sunday, May 27 on Versus, 9:00 AM EST
Sunday, May 27 on FSN Midwest, 12:00 PM EST
Wednesday, May 30 on Versus, 9:30 AM EST
Thursday, May 31 on FSN Florida, 1:30 PM EST
The Forrest Wood Cup (Hot Springs, Ark., Aug. 2-5) will include qualifiers from the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Series, Stren Series, Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, Ranger Owners Tournament Championship Series and The Bass Federation (TBF) competing for a top pro award of $500,000 plus a Ranger bonus of $500,000 for a total of $1 million for qualified Ranger owners. The top co-angler award in the Forrest Wood Cup is $50,000 for qualified Ranger owners.
About Ranger Boats
Ranger Boats, headquartered in Flippin, Ark., is the nation's largest manufacturer of premium fiberglass fishing boats, including a series of bass, multi-species, fish 'n play and saltwater boats. Founded in 1968 by Forrest L. Wood, Ranger Boats continues its commitment to building the highest quality, strongest performing boats on the water.
Genmar, with approximately 4,500 employees and eight manufacturing centers, is the builder of 14 premier brands of recreational boats which include Carver®, Champion®, Four Winns®, Glastron®, Hydra-Sports®, Larson®, Marquis™, Ranger®, Scarab®, Seaswirl®, Stratos®, Triumph® and Wellcraft®. Genmar boats are sold worldwide through its approximately 1,100 dealers. Additionally, Genmar utilizes its proprietary VEC® Technology and the Roplene® process in both the manufacture of certain of its recreational boats and for third party manufacturing.