Bob Fraye
Thursday, February 3, 2005

Speaking of competitive bass fishing, Pittsburgh-area resident Paul Julian placed second in the Paralyzed Veterans Association's fourth Grand National Championship, held on St. John's River in Sanford, Fla., January 14-16. The championship tournament is a three-day event featuring the top 25 PVA anglers in the country. Only the top five anglers get to fish the third day, and they start from zero. The one who brings in the greatest total weight of fish wins.

Julian, who lives north of the city, close to Moraine State Park, led the field after two days with a total of 25.12 pounds of fish.

On the tournament's final day, he was one of just two anglers to check in five fish. Julian finished second, though, because his catch weighed 7.05 pounds. That was nearly double the third place finisher's weight, but not good enough to beat Eddie Camara, whose five bass weighed in at 11.11 pounds.

Julian qualified to fish the tournament after finishing 13th overall on the PVA's 2004 tour.

Julian took home $2,500 for finishing second and another $150 for catching the lunker bass on the tournament's second day. That winning fish was 6.14 pounds.

By winning the Grand National Championship, Camara earned the right to compete against able-bodied anglers at the Citgo BASS Federation Championship, where he'll have an opportunity to qualify for a spot in the Bassmaster Classic being held in Pittsburgh.

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