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Trinity TX Bass/Pro "High-Marks" Rayburn EverStart
By Ed Snyder

In a "come from behind" finish, Trinity TX, Bass/Pro, David Curtis, moved up from a 21st place leaderboard position to take a 6th place Pro-Angler "Top-Spot" at the Central Division EverStart Tourny held on Lake Sam Rayburn, TX. In the four day long "marathon"tournament, David Curtis had to fish for three different qualifying weights to make the final cut that would only see the top 10 Pro's and Amateur's, from an original field of 350 anglers, make it to the last day. And this is how David Curtis, managed to do it.

Day-1- Curtis, running a Ranger/Mercury bass-rig, managed to catch his 1st day bass while fishing 3/8 oz chartreuse/white Stanley buzzbaits and 1/2 oz shiner-pattern Stanley spinner baits while working Caney Creek sand-flats for an 8.12 lb weigh-in.

Day-2- Curtis probed southlake pockets with 3/4 oz white Stanley jigs with bubblegum Larew craws for catching his 5 bass limit, setting his hook into his 5th bass-(a 7 lber)- with only minutes to spare before making his weigh-in deadline that put 19.5 lbs on the scale for making the top 30 cut.
Day-3- Curtis gambled by going to northlake areas where he "thumped" 3/8 oz white/chartreuse Stanley "Super-Scale" buzzbaits along 1' to 4' stumps for catching his 3rd day weight of 14.9 lbs for making the top 10 cut.

Day-4- Curtis fished some "ruff & tuff" bluebird conditions while working mainlake pockets with 1/2 oz shiner-pattern Stanley "Nitinol" spinner baits with tandem willow blades, when, after losing power to his troll-motor, Curtis decided to go back to southlake pockets to begin draggin' baby brush-hogs. After finally fixing his troll-motor, Curtis then went to 2ndary points for catching his last 2 bass before leaving to make his final weigh-in deadline with a 9.14 lb catch for his 6th place finish. "I'd like to thank Ranger Boats & Jesus Christ for getting me there, stated David Curtis, as he also thanked Stanley Baits, Mystic Oil, Castaway Rods, Shimano reels, and P-Line for helping to put his Pro/Weight in the boat. "ALWAYS, strive to make that last cast, Curtis advised, "as it can make the difference,......"it did for me!"

"Cloud cover and Strike King Bootleggers were the key to my success, stated the Pro-Boater who had just won the Central Division EverStart with only a four bass final day catch. And as the large crowd at the Wal*Mart SuperCenter watched, the Teague TX, Bass/Pro, lifted the reason for his four bass
win as he hefted a solid 7 pounder up for the applauds.

"The EverStart tournament generates over $1.6 Million in lake area business incomes for the week that it's operating here, stated Tournament Director, Jerry Stakely, explaining that EverStart anglers spend money for their needs of lodging, gas/oil, food, and other supportive tournament requirements for their pre-fishing & official practice fishing days prior to and during the actual tournament days. "The EverStart Series attracts anglers from all over this country, Jerry informed, stating that Lake Sam Rayburn's Central Division event drew tournament anglers from 30 states. These visiting anglers are one great bunch of people who compete in these events, Stakely admired, "and we would like to applaud the Jasper/Sam Rayburn Chamber of Commerce "AND" the fan-tastic people of this fine lake area for their friendly service as you'll not find better "southern hospitality" anywhere. "This is one great place to visit for a weekend or a lifetime, Jerry Stakely further praised as he turned to begin weighing the top 20 EverStart anglers from the original field of 350 who started this "grueling" tournament four long days ago.

DAY 4-(New Day-New Weights)-FINAL DAY WINNERS- High north winds, gusting at times to 25 mph, changed-up the fishing patterns for today as clouding water conditions reflected the 3" to 4" rains which stormed in overnight with chilling cold-front temperatures. But the best of the 350 anglers who started last wednesday were now finishing up their four day long event today as they trailered from Twin Dikes Park boat ramps to the Wal*Mart SuperCenter parking lot in Jasper TX, to weigh-in their final efforts for winning this prestigious EverStart tournament.

(1st place Pro/Boater-4 bass/13.13 lbs)- Randy Millender of Teague TX, spent all four of his tournament days up in Ayish Bayou while casting Quantum rods and reels spooled with 20# Berkely BG-mono as he flipped 3/8 oz Strike King black/blue Bootlegger jigs from the deck of his Javelin/Johnson bass-rig. "I concentrated on 4' to 5' timber along the creek channel edges, stated Randy as he told of catching all of his bass in this area "because" of the low water conditions. "The bass were using these channel areas to migrate back and forth, Millender informed, adding that he managed to catch
his first three bass by 8:30 a:m: toady but had to work hard the rest of the day until he finally caught his 4th bass, a 7 lb "kicker", just before heading in for his weigh-in deadline.

(1st place Co/Boater-5 bass/14.6 lbs)-Wesley Burnett of Hot Springs AR, fished with Johnny Lankford of Springdale AR, today as they worked Powell Point grass. "I worked Castaway rods and Shimano reels spooled with 17# & 15# Trilene mono, informed Wesley as he told of draggin' Carolina and TX rigged watermelon/chartreuse & watermelon/cotton candy Zoom lizards along 2' to 4' shallow point-grass for a late bite. "I probably caught 10 bass today, answered the happy Co-Boater.

All bass were live released via special EverStart Fish recovery teams with a final day catch of 59 bass weighing 133 lbs for a Total Pro catch- 1,653 bass at 4,017 lbs, and a Total Co-Boater catch of 1,273 bass at 2,835 lbs.

"And that's all folks" as four days of "extreme competition" produced the best anglers from an original field of 350......"AWESOME".

Pro/Boater Top 10 Leaderboard Marks-
1-RANDY MILLENDER 4 bass/13.13-$10,000-plus-Ranger Bass Boat
2-MIKE HAWKES,SABRINAL,TX 5 bass/12.1-$10,000
3-CARL SVEBEK III,SAM RAYBURN, TX 5 bass/11.7-$9,000
4-TIM POE,BENTON,AR 5 bass/11.7-$8,000
5-CHRIS MCCALL,JASPER,TX 5 bass/9.15-$7,000
6-DAVID CURTIS,TRINITY,TX 5 bass/9.14-$6,000
9-JIM TUTT,LONGVIEW,TX 1 bass/2.0-$4,000
10-DAVID OZIO,BEAUMONT,TX 1 bass/1.8-$3,500

Co/Boater Top 10 Leaderboard Marks-
2-LONNIE FULLER,HEMPHILL,TX 5 bass/10.4-$3,500
3-PHIL HENNIGAN,CENTER,TX 3 bass/6.14-$3,000
5-FRED HILL,GIBSONVILLE,NC 2 bass/3.14-$2,000
6-MARK KLEIN,LAWRENCEVILLE,IL 2 bass/3.13-$1,900
7-TONY FUQUA,DEVILLE,LA 2 bass/3.3-$1,800
8-RICKY RASBEARY,DIBOLL,TX 1 bass/3.0-$1,700

David Curtis

1st Co-Boater - Burnett

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