2005 BASS Federation champ and Triton Team Member Ed Cowan finishes runner-up in Busch Shootout
2005 has been quite a year for Triton Team member and Federation angler Ed Cowan of Greeley, Pa. Cowan began by winning the 2005 BASS Federation Championship. Now he’s finished runner-up in the 2005 Busch Shootout on Table Rock.
Cowan made the championship round as the wildcard to finish second with four fish weighing 11-11. "This one's for the Federation," said Ed Cowan, who qualified for the Shootout at the 2005 Federation Championship.
The unique tournament featured the fishermen who caught the 10 heaviest single-day stringers during the CITGO Bassmaster Tour and the Elite 50 Series, as well as the anglers who caught the heaviest single-day weights at the 2004 CITGO Bassmaster Open Championship, the 2005 CITGO Bassmaster Classic and the 2005 Federation Championship. The anglers didn't find out where they were fishing until Thursday afternoon, after they went from the Springfield airport to the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Springfield. They were given 30 minutes and $300 for a shopping spree at the store to stock up on any needed lures and line.
The top five anglers Friday qualified for the Saturday afternoon round. All the weights were zeroed for all 13 anglers Saturday. The top fisherman Saturday morning among the bottom eight earned a spot in the championship round. That was Cowan, who caught three fish weighing 9-7. Meanwhile, the top five kept their weights a secret.
Cowan, who qualified for the Shootout at the 2005 Federation Championship, did not catch a keeper Friday, but his amateur partner caught a 3-pound largemouth in the very back of a creek at the end of the day. He left the spot alone and caught three nice keepers there Saturday morning.
NOTE: The "BUSCH Shootout" will air at 10 a.m. EST on Sept. 24 on ESPN2. It will re-air on Sept. 30, Oct. 6, Oct. 7, Nov. 26 and Dec. 24.