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Killough and Dickinson Win Lake Livingston Fishers of Men Tournament
By LEN FAIRBANKS

Waterwood Marina-Lake Livingston

Rain clouds and changing wind directions greeted the 23 teams of the Texas Division of the Fisher's of Men National Tournament Circuit as they prepared to fish their final regular season tournament of 2000 season out of scenic Waterwood Marina on Lake Livingston. Heavy rain had pounded portions of East Texas during the night. 19" of rainfall was recorded in the Liberty/Dayton area, just south of Lake Livingston and caused severe localized flooding. The Livingston area was spared much of this but the unsettled weather seemed to unsettle the bass just enough to make it difficult for the anglers to bring in any sack-bustin' stringers.

Bill Killough and partner Larry Dickinson corralled enough bass to take first place honors with a 5 fish limit weighing 13.17 lbs. including the big bass of the tournament of 6.02 lbs. "We started out this morning headed to the state park area, down near the dam, looking for some clear water," shared Killough. "When we went under the Hwy.190 and saw that we were going to have fight those 3'-4' waves all the way down there, we decided to make a little detour to Penwaugh Slough. Lucky for us because we left there about noon with 4 keepers keepers including the big bass.

We caught every fish on a chartreuse/blue back Rebel crankbait fished about 5'-7' of water. We left Penwaugh and went to Kickapoo Creek where we finished out limit about 2:00 PM and lost another big one about 6 lbs."

The Coldspring father/son team of Chip and Brian Sewell were less than 1 ounce behind Killough & Dickinson with a 5 bass sack weighing 13.11 lbs. "We made that hard run south this morning and fished that Cape Royal/Southlake area all day," shared the elder Sewell. "We caught 3 of our keepers on a 6" Texas rigged watermelon seed Zoom Lizard and the other two came on a chartreuse/blue backed Norman Deep Baby N. We only caught 5 keepers all day and didn't limit out till just after 1 o'clock. Brian did lose 2 or 3 keepers on that little crankbait, but nothing big."

The Fisher's of Men Tournament Trail is a national team circuit that started in 1996 in South Carolina and is currently the fastest growing bass fishing tournament organization in the nation. The Trail is designed to give the competitive bass fisherman the opportunity to compete for cash, prizes and recognition in a Christian-based environment, unlike any other. This is the first year for this organization to come to Lake Livingston and the tournament director for the State of Texas, James Shumake said they would be coming back again next year. The anglers registered Friday night at the First Assembly of God in Livingston. All of the fishermen were treated to a free meal of homemade lasagna with garlic bread and apple cobbler for desert. Brother Gary Weaver officiated the fellowship service after the meal and the anglers enjoyed the singing for The Good Shepherd Singers. The meal and service was enjoyed by all in attendance.

The Texas division of the Fisher's of Men would like to thank Donna Fairbanks and Dorothy Richardson for cooking and serving the meal, Central Baptist Church in Livingston for providing the cups, plates, napkins, silverware and ice, and First Assembly of God of Livingston for providing the use of their fellowship hall.

The next tournament for the Texas Division of the Fisher's of Men will be held out of Lowe's Creek Park on Toledo Bend on July 15th. This tournament is only open to those teams who have qualified. Those teams will be notified by mail.

A special open team tournament will be held as a cooperative fund raising effort of the Texas Division and the North Louisiana Division of the Fisher's of Men on Sam Rayburn on Sat. June 17th. Trailering will be allowed and there is no off limits. Entry fee is $ 50 per team with a 50% payback and 50% going to fund the ministry activities of the Texas and North Louisiana divisions. There will be a $10 big bass pot paying one place. Registration will start at 6 PM on Friday nite at the First Baptist Church in Jasper (on the corner of Main and Milam). A free meal will be provided to all anglers and door prizes will be given away.

Call James Shumake at 409-384-1487 for information or e-mail at papshu@inu.net.The top of the leader board looked like this:

1st Bill Killough & Larry Dickinson 13.17 lbs $ 828
2nd Chip & Brian Sewell 13.11 lbs $ 460
3rd Danny Lindsey & Jerry Sanders 12.65 lbs $ 331
4th Bobby Barreraz w/o Phil Hennigan 10.71 lbs $ 221

1st place Big Bass Killough/Dickinson 6.02 lbs $ 138
2nd place Big Bass Barreraz 5.31 lbs $ 92


Kellough and Dickinson

Lindsey and Sanders

Sewells - 2nd Place

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