Bossier City, LA--- Is a Port St. Joe professional bass angler about to cash in big time over in Louisiana? It's certainly looking like that's a strong possibility.
Port St. Joe's Randall Tharp, a pro on the FLW Bass Fishing Series, is the two day leader at that series' championship event, the Forrest Wood Cup. That's Randall with his co-angler Jeff Sprague as they work the hyacinths, or some kind of aquatic weed line on the Red River.
Tharp with a Thursday haul of 18.8 pounds leading the way into the second of four weigh in's
He follows that up with a 5 fish total Riday of 11.3 pounds so his two day total is 29 pounds 11 ounces and that's just enough to hold on to first place. He's 4 ounces ahead of the Bryan Thrift of Shelby, North Carolina who's in second with 29 pounds, 7 ounces.
If Tharp can hold on to the lead for two more days, he'll walk away with the first place prize of 500 thousand bucks!
Our affiliate in Shreveport caught up with Tharp after Friday's weigh in, Tharp saying "I've been in this position before. You know I'm, I just wanna have a chance to win on the final day. This is a four day event. And obviously I just need to put myself there on the final day with a good chance. Every day I go out there is different. I mean I can't tell you what I'm gonna do all day. I mean I can tell you where I'm gonna start and from there I just go with my gut."
Another local angler, Drew Benton of Panama City with 8 pounds Friday, his two day total 15-5. That not good enough to make the top 20, and advance to the weekend. Drew gets 10 grand and is headed home.