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Anglers Quest Pro/Am Draw Series 2000
By Len Fairbanks

10 Bass/19.35 lbs. Wins Pro Side at Lake Livingston Tournament
9 Bass/15.56 lbs. Takes Amateur Division

Sunday, July 30, 2000 - Lakeside Marina, Lake Livingston, TX

Cloudy skies, lightning and rain greeted the anglers as they prepared to launch their boats at 5:30 am on Sunday morning and fish the final day of the 7th and final regular season event of the Anglers Quest Pro/Am Draw Series 2000. The potentially dangerous weather conditions prompted Anglers Quest Tournament Director, Bill Long to allow the competitors to trailer their rigs and launch at the ramp of their choosing, as long as they didn't start fishing until 6:00 am. The gatorade and ice water from Saturday gave way to slicker suits and bilge pumps as some of the 26 pro anglers and 22 amateurs fished thru rain storms that dropped as much as 2 inches of rain on the lake and in their boats. Even with the unsettled weather and constantly changing water conditions, the fishermen still brought 80 bass to the scales with a total weight of 156.27 lbs. and an average weight of 1.95 lbs. each. And, just like Saturday, numerous stories of short bass came in. After all the dust settled and the final weights were tallied, less than 2 ounces separated the top two professional anglers and a young Coldspring angler came from 5th place to win the amateur division.

1st Place Pro - 10 bass/19.35 lbs. - Goodrich angler, Scott David, ran his BassCat/Mercury rig back to Kickapoo Creek, but found his fish holding shallower today because of the rain and cloud cover. "I caught 22 to 23 bass today and had 2 limits by 10 o'clock this morning," stated David. "Almost everything this morning came on a white 3/8 oz. spinnerbait with silver/gold, double willowleaf blades. I did catch a couple of keepers this afternoon on a #6 chartreuse Fat Free Shad after the sun came out. Out of 12 keepers, I was only able to cull twice and just gained ounces when I did, but I needed every one of those ounces today." David wanted to thank his sponsors Kickapoo Bait and Tackle and Lakecaster Publications. First place paid $2900.

2nd Place Pro - 9 bass/19.24 lbs. - Ron Brooks, from Livingston, fished hard for 2 days thru the heat and the rain, but came up just one small keeper and less than 2 ounces short of victory. "I took my best shot and I had keeper No. 5 on, but couldn't get him in the boat," remarked Brooks. "I caught around 15 fish today and, just like yesterday, everything came from 4' of water or less in the Kickapoo/Sandy Creek area. Yesterday it was a worm and a crankbait, but today, most of my fish came on a 3/8 oz. chartreuse/white Stanley Wedge spinnerbait with Colorado blades. I would have liked to win, especially after leading yesterday, but 2nd place and a check for $1400 isn't too bad for 2 days of fishing." Brooks wanted to say a big thanks to GlassMasters Fiberglass Repair and All Star Carpet Cleaning for their sponsorship and support.

1st Place Amateur - 9 bass/15.56 lbs. - Eddie Ellisor from Coldspring caught the only 5 fish limit on the amateur side Sunday to win the amateur division and take home a check for $ 900. "I told my Pro for today, Larry Cotton, that I knew where some shallow brushpiles were in 2'-3' of water, that were holding some bass and he agreed to go check 'em out and I'm glad that he did. I probably caught 30 fish today with at least 10 of those being keepers," shared Ellisor. "Just about everything came on Texas rigged, watermelon, red flake Zoom brush hogs with a 3/16 oz. weight." In addition to his check for $ 900, Ellisor and Cotton each took home a check for $143 for bringing in the heavy amateur stringer on Sunday.

Top 10 Pros Heavy Am
Big Bass Split
1 SCOTT DAVID 10 bass/19.35 lbs. $ 2900.00
2 RONALD J. BROOKS 9 bass/19.24 lbs. $ 1400.00
3 DAVID CURTIS 10 bass/19.08 lbs. $ 1000.00
4 AL AARON 10 bass/17.63 lbs. $ 500.00
5 GREG CRAWFORD 7 bass/14.28 lbs.
6 JOHN PAYETTE 6 bass/13.51 lbs.
7 JASON STOVALL 6 bass/13.47 lbs.
8 JIMMY EMMONS 6 bass/13.10 lbs.
9 WESLEY JOHNSON 6 bass/12.88 lbs.
10 LARRY COTTON 5 bass/11.45 lbs. $ 143.00

Pro Big Bass - Ricky Guy - 3.69 lbs. - $ 300.00

Top 10 Amateurs

1 EDDIE ELLISOR 9 bass/15.56 lbs. $ 900.00 $ 143.00
2 DONNIE LUKER 7 bass/13.37 lbs. $ 500.00
3 CHARLIE COOPER 6 bass/10.21 lbs. $ 300.00 $ 143.00
4 CRAIG STASNEY 5 bass/ 9.18 lbs. $ 200.00
5 LEE LACOUR 4 bass/ 8.99 lbs. $ 150.00
6 KASEY THOMPSON 4 bass/ 8.76 lbs.
7 EDWIN LOITZ 4 bass/ 6.98 lbs.
8 EDDY THOMAS 3 bass/ 6.40 lbs.
9 GARY THOMPSON 3 bass/ 4.99 lbs.
10 TOBE PRESCOTT, JR. 2 bass/ 4.20 lbs.

Amateur Big Bass - Lee LaCour - 3.88 lbs. - $ 150.00

All bass were live released via the Anglers Quest bass recovery team.

The next tournament for this circuit will be the championship tournament to be held September 9th and 10th on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. For more information on this, as well as other Anglers Quest tournaments contact Bill Long at (281) 852-8842 or fax at (281) 852-8662.

Tournament Sponsors: Academy Sports & Outdoors, ACE Embroidery, All Star Rods,, Barber Boats,, Bumper Stumper Lures, Cable Pride Construction, Check-It Stik, Classic Awards & Trophies, Huffman True Value Hardware, J & M Auto Repair & Outfitters,, Mark Pack's Lake Fork Trophy Bait & Tackle, Lake Houston Marina, LPC Communications, Lucent Technologies, Manuel's Mexican Restaurant, Ranger Boats, Paint Concepts Inc, Steel Tech Erectors, Superior Seals Inc, Union Planters Bank, U.S. Technologies "and" the Anglers Quest Tournament Anglers.

1st Place Pro - Scott David - 10 bass/19.35 lbs.

2nd Place Pro - Ronald J. Brooks - 10 bass/19.24 lbs.
photoS by Len Fairbanks/LakeCaster Publications

Top 3 Pros and Amateurs - (l-r) 3rd Pro David Curtis, 2nd Pro Ronald J. Brooks, 1st Place Pro Scott David, 1st Place Amateur Eddie Ellisor, 2nd Am Donnie Luker, 3rd Am Charlie Cooper

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