Originally created 06/27/99

Jacksonville angler wins $200,000 prize



Peter "Peter T" Thliveros, 39, of Jacksonville, Fla., captured the Forrest Wood Open bass tournament Saturday on Lake St. Clair near Detroit and the $200,000 first-place purse.

He also won a berth in the year-end Wal-Mart FLW Tour's $450,000 championship Sept. 22-25 on Fort Gibson Lake in Wagoner, Okla., where he will compete for the $250,000 cash first-place prize, largest in competitive bass fishing.

Thliveros caught most of his winning five-bass, 19-pound, 13-ounce catch on Zoom tube lures in green/pumpkin color. His last and largest bass struck a Shimmy Shad his son, Nick, had given him "and this win is for Nick."

The Forrest Wood Open will be carried on ESPN on Saturday, July 17, at noon.

Rickie Harp, a 51-year-old B.F. Goodrich Co., employee from Cottondale, Ala., won the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society's National Federation Southern Divisional Championship Friday on Kentucky Lake.

Harp weighed in a three-day, 14-bass, 32-pound, 3-ounce catch.

Second was Greg Rikard of Leesville, S.C., who caught 15 bass weighing 31 pounds, 11 ounces.

Both will join North Carolina's Todd Auten of Gastonia, Florida's Sandy Melvin from Boca Grande, Tennessee's Bill Hurt from Spring Creek, Kentucky's Douglas Caskey from Madison, and Georgia's Tom Ridley from Valdosta in the National Federation Championship next April. The tournament will be held on Fort Loudon and Tellico lakes near Knoxville, Tenn.

The five top divisional winners including one from the Southern Division will advance to compete in the 2000 BASS Masters Classic.

Karl Hughey of Washington, Ga., finished in 61st place.

FLORIDA LICENSE:

Florida no longer offers a three-day license for non-resident visitors; short-term anglers now need to buy a seven-day license. The three-day cost $6.50, the seven-day $16.50.

"The three-day license has been so popular with anglers who formerly bought seven-day licenses, it cost the state about $500,000 annually in license sales," said Susan Weaver, head of the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission's licensing and permitting section.

"We'd hoped individual out-of-state anglers would by several of the three-day licenses during the year, and that would increase revenue. But it didn't work out that way."

Florida's fiscal year begins July 1 and the three-day license won't be available beginning on that date.

SPORTING DOVE SOCIETY:

The Midlands Sporting Dove Society invites the public to join its membership during July social activities. A sunset cruise aboard the Southern Patriot on Lake Murray will be offered on July 22. The annual purple martin roosting on Doolittle Island will be observed -- more than 700,000 of the birds converge on the spot at sunset. More information: 1 (803) 808-0369.

PIEDMONT HUNTS:

Applications for the 1999 deer gun hunts on Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge are now available. Four gun hunts have been set with a quota of 1,400 people drawn per hunt.

A bucks only hunt will be held Oct. 28-30, a primitive weapons hunt is Nov. 4-6, and either sex hunts will be staged Nov. 12-13 and Nov. 19-20.

An archery hunt runs from Sept. 18 through Oct. 3.

Permits may be obtained by writing to the refuge at 718 Round Oak-Juliette Road, Round Oak, Ga. 31038, or by calling a (912) 986-5441.