PROFESSIONAL AMERICAN ANGLERS against
III EUROBASS CUP
26-27 Settembre 2006
will captain the team of high standing professionals: Bailey, Cook, Correia,
Crews, Ehrler, Gagliardi, Grigsby, Iaconelli, Kennedy, Martens and Roumbanis
dominated the European selection team in the first two years
third Eurobass Cup will be contested 26 and 27 September at the Reservoir of
Valladolid, Auguste 2006.
Anglers leading the classifications of the professional bass circuits in the
United States will make up the team which will try once again to recapture the
Eurobass Cup title, competition reaching its third year and taking place 26 and
27 September at the Reservoir of Ricobayo (Zamora).
Byron Velvick will be captain of the U.S. selection team for the second year in
a row. This is a team where we can find some of the best specialists in the
world, uniting the experience of bass legends such as Shaw E. Grigsby and Ken
Cook together with new talents like B.A.S.S. Rookie of the Year, Steve Kennedy
or Brent Ehrler, winner of the last edition of the F.L.W. Championship.
In only two years, the Eurobass Cup has turned into the most
important competition in Europe, as the quality of its participants guarantee
this. The objective of this event is no other than to promote and spread among
European amateurs a type of fishing that each year has a greater number of
followers. The U.S. team has accumulated cash earnings of more than eight
million dollars in the B.A.S.S. and F.L.W. circuit tournaments.
Captain Byron Velvick is one of the most publicly renowned
professionals in the United States who has a full handle on the Eurobass Cup
considering he has participated in several competitions since the year 2002.
After last year's Eurobass Cup he stated that "the level of the European anglers
is very good and either of the two teams can win the 2006 edition". In his
opinion, during the last five years the European anglers "have done their
homework as far as the variety of fishing techniques and patterns are concerned;
now they are more versatile and competitive".
Lee Bailey Jr. has competed in more than a hundred
tournaments throughout his professional career, including two editions of the
Bassmaster Classic. Among his most recent results, his 12th place classification
in the Bassmaster American stands out which took place on 27 - 30 July in
Ken Cook's professional career includes 14 participations in
the Bassmaster Classic, coming out champion in the year 1991. Throughout his
sporting career he has competed in 266 tournaments; he has achieved six titles;
took second place on one occasion; he has obtained 3 third place finishes; he
finished among the top ten on 34 other occasions and 139 times was among the top
Danny Correia will also return to the Reservoir of Ricobayo.
The champion of the individual classification of the Eurobass Cup in 2005 will
try to repeat his success from last year. Correia holds 23rd place in the
classification of Best Angler of the Year in the FLW circuit. After fishing with
European sportsmen in Ricobayo last year, Correia was "impressed by the
mechanics of the European anglers, how they placed their boats, the presentation
of the lures, the casting... I think they have what it takes to advance in this
John Crews is another angler who will repeat his experience
on the U.S. team. This year he fills 9th position in the classifications for
B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year. In his four years as professional he has competed
in two Bassmaster Classics and in another two FLW Championships.
In turn, Brent Ehrler, will be at the Eurobass for the first
time. Ehrler, who has only been fishing for one year as a professional angler,
won the F.L.W. Championship with a prize of half a million dollars and holds two
championships in his career and seven classifications among the top ten in this
circuit. His total cash earnings rise above $600,000.
The team from the United States will be strengthened with the
presence of F.L.W. Angler of the Year, Anthony Gagliardi, winner of two
competitions, one of which he competed in February of 2006, was fifth in the
world ranking, tenth in the Championship and currently has excellent results
Shaw Grigsby, one of the legends of bass fishing, confirmed
his presence in the Eurobass Cup 2006 several months ago. Grigsby forms part of
the select group of anglers with earning surpassing a million dollars. In his
extensive professional career he has competed in 266 tournaments, in which 131
earned cash prizes, he has achieved eight championships and has participated ten
times in the Bassmaster Classic.
Mike Iaconelli will return to the Eurobass Cup in September,
of which he was the winner of the individual classification in 2004. He is the
brilliant leader of the B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year classifications, and like
Grigsby, also forms part of the "million dollar club". In his career he holds
five championships, one of which being the Bassmaster Classic of 2003, three
second place finishes and two third place finishes.
Classified second for B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year, Steve
Kennedy will also form part of the U.S. team. In addition, Kennedy will be
chosen for Best Rookie of the Year given the excellent results that he has
achieved this season. He has also accomplished seventh place in the last
Aaron Martens also confirmed his attendance to the Eurobass
Cup a few months ago. His professional history shows his designation as B.A.S.S.
Angler of the Year in 2005 (this year holding fifth place) and the achievement
of three second place finishes in the Bassmaster Classic in a period of four
years, in particular 2002, 2004 and 2005. His earnings in the B.A.S.S. and
F.L.W. circuits also surpass one million dollars.
Lastly, the U.S. team is completed with Fred Roumbanis, a 28
year-old angler who holds 68th in the B.A.S.S. rankings and has achieved two
second place finishes in his professional career, the last of them in February
2006 at the Bassmaster Elite celebrated at Amistad Lake, as well as an F.L.W.
tournament last year. These sportsmen will face the European selection team,
made up of anglers from Spain, Portugal and France, on 26 and 27 September.
For Spain, David Espax has been selected as captain, along
with Sergio Longas, José Luis López, Javier Guillén, Francisco and José Pérez
and José Manuel Iglesias; for France, Frédéric Jullían and Bénigne Ampaud; and
for Portugal, Pedro Félix, Hélder Maia and José Mendes da Cruz.
Official Eurobass Cup training days will take place 24 and 25 September at the
Reservoir of Ricobayo.
Official competition will start at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, 26
September and the weigh-in will start at 6:00 p.m. On Wednesday, the day will
also start at 10:00 a.m. and conclude at 6:00 p.m. followed by the weigh-in of
the day's catch.
The award ceremony will take place on Sunday, 1 October at 1:00 p.m. at the
Trade Fair Center of Valladolid, under the Iberian Hunting and Fishing Week, an
event in which these 12 bass fishing specialists will actively participate
giving fishing technique seminars beginning on Friday, 29 September and Sunday,
1 October to the numerous anglers interested in this sport.