North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

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February 23, 2013

Bassmaster Classic: Gerald Swindle just misses top-25 cut

TULSA, Okla. — Gerald "G-Man" Swindle will miss the final day of bass fishing's biggest tournament — by the weight of half a cup of coffee.

The Warrior-based pro angler caught 25 pounds, 11 ounces on the first two days of the 2013 Bassmaster Classic at Grand Lake  o' the Cherokees, but needed 25-25 to make the top 25 and the third day of competition.

Swindle caught 11-12 on Friday and 13-15 on Saturday, finishing in 27th place. He was just ahead of Aaron Martens of Leeds, who only caught three fish on the first day and was two ounces lighter than Swindle in the overall standings. Matt Herren of Trussville was just behind Martens.

Only two Alabama-based anglers made the top-25 cut: Randy Howell of Springville in 22nd place, and Boyd Duckett od Dempolis right behind Howell.

Cliff Pace of Petal, Miss. was setting the pace with 43-4, a lead of seven pounds even over Brandon Palaniuk of Rathdrum, Idaho.

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