Final day of All-American competition commences - Major League Fishing

Final day of All-American competition commences

Oklahoma's Wade Ramsey leads field of 10 boaters vying for $100,000 top prize
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Leader Wade Ramsey heads off to find the fish on the final day of All-American competition. Photo by Jennifer Simmons. Angler: Wade Ramsey.
June 11, 2005 • Jennifer Simmons • Archives

PADUCAH, Ky. – In downtown Paducah on the Ohio River Saturday morning, the sky couldn’t make up its mind whether it wanted to be clear or cloudy. At the final takeoff of the 2005 BFL All-American, one could look to the left and see blue skies and white clouds and look to the right and see heavy gray skies and rain clouds.

According to today’s forecast, it looks like the rain clouds are going to win out, as showers are expected to fall on the area all day. Today’s rains would follow another downpour last night that could further complicate the already tough Ohio River bite.

“We had a big rainstorm last night, but it looks like it’s overcast, so the fish may be out of cover today,” said No. 3 boater Robert Beatty of Clermont, Fla. “Whether it clears up or stays cloudy will determine what I do today.”

No. 9 Jeff Wooldridge is making a long run to get to his fish.No. 9 boater Jeff Wooldridge of LaFayette, La., says the bite got so tough in his area that only two competitors fishing there survived to make the top 10.

“It’s been tough,” Wooldridge said. “It’s changed every day, and yesterday it was much worse. They haven’t bit very well.”

Wooldridge is making a 45-minute run to get to his fish, though he is not locking through anywhere. He is fishing the Cumberland River below Barkley Dam.

Today the final 10 will brave the rain and stingy bite to try to claim the All-American’s $100,000 top Boater Division prize. The winner is determined by the heaviest three-day stringer. Currently, Midwest City, Okla., boater Wade Ramsey has a substantial lead with a two-day total of 20 pounds, 5 ounces.

The final weigh-in begins today at 3 p.m. at J.R.’s Executive Inn, located on the riverfront in downtown Paducah.

Saturday’s conditions:

No. 2 Brent Crow races off to his hot spot with camera boats in tow.Sunrise: 5:35 a.m.

Temperature at takeoff: 72 degrees

Expected high temperature: 85 degrees

Wind: SSE at 10 mph

Maximum humidity: 72 percent

Day’s outlook: showers and a few thundershowers