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Ray Beck Wins Rayburn's Anglers Quest Pro/Am
By Roger Bacon

 

Anglers Quest Pro/Am Circuit
Saturday, January 29, 2000, Twin Dikes Marina, Lake Sam Rayburn, TX.

Anticipation was the theme of the afternoon at Twin Dikes Marina on Lake Sam Rayburn as Ray Beck of Beaumont, TX. waited until the very last moment to approach the scales. Needing 18.37 lbs to overtake David Truax for the Pro lead in the Anglers Quest inaugural Pro/Am Tournament, all eyes were on the digital readout as it bounced back and forth before eventually settling on 20.08 lbs. Combined with his first day limit of 18.37 pounds, Beck's two day total of 10 Bass/38.45 lbs was enough to top the field of 37 pro and amateur anglers.

The windy bluebird conditions will not affect most of the angler's chances of competing in the Championship in September on Cedar Creek Lake. "Our championship is based on points, not pounds. So the key here is to not zero and go on to the next event," stated Bill Long Tournament Director. " Our next event, on Toledo, should draw a large crowd. At least we won't be competing with the Super Bowl and Old Man Winters Icy Grip."

Tournament ReCap-
DAY-1-1st place Pro/lead went to a 5 bass/22.07 lb catch by David Truax of Beaumont TX, as he covered southlake water in his Nitro/Mercury while fishing Quantum rod and reels spooled with 17# Mason line. David reported that he worked 1/2 oz red rat-L-traps for catching a mid-day bite for culling up his 5 bass/22.07 lb Pro/lead that would include the Pro/Big Bass of the day for his 6.23 lb "kicker". First place Amateur lead came in with Jimmy Lout of Huffman TX, as he drew David Truax for his Pro/Partner as he fished southlake waters with 1/2 oz red rat-L-traps while working Falcon rods and Abu-Garcia reels spooled with 17# Stren mono. Jimmy managed to cull his 5 bass/20.24 lb Amateur lead from an early morning bite.Day-1 Overall Big Bass came in with Dayton TX, angler, Jose Narvaez as he fished Allstar rods and Abu-Garcia reels spooled with 14# Stren mono while fishing 1/2 oz orange rat-L-traps. Jose managed to hook his 8.23 lb "kicker" while working 2' Buck Bay grass on an 8:40 a:m bite.

DAY-2-"I just stuck with what was working for me yesterday" stated Beck as he reported catching his fish on Excalibur super spots in "Rayburn Red". "Green grass is the key, if you can find the good grass, the fish won't be far away." Beck's tackle choice included Mitchell rods and reels, spooled with Excalibur mono in 17# test. " I was really glad to be in that Barber Boats Ranger/Mercury rig this morning when the wind started blowing, I had no trouble getting to my Southlake fish."

Although his 6.23 Lb first day big bass put money in his pocket, David Truax of Beaumont, TX, reported that he would really liked to have had at least one more good one on Sunday. " I just couldn't manage to pick up that kicker fish I needed today. Yesterday, I had a 5 pounder and a 6 pounder on back to back casts, I kept waiting for that today, but it just didn't happen." David's fish were the result of a running and gunning his Nitro/Mercury rig along grassy Southlake points using a ½ oz. red Rattletrap. David fished an all day bite using Quantum rods and reels with 17# Mason line.

"It seems like I was keying on the creek channels more than most of the other guys, and that is where the majority of the bigger fish seem to be holding." Reported David Ozio in response to the what and where questions. "I switched back and forth between ½ and ¾ oz red rattletraps depending on the water depth." Ozio ran his Skeeter/Yamaha rig to Northlake grass beds near creek channels and used Castaway/Shimano combos and Trilene 15 lb Big Game mono to lock down 3rd place on the Pro side.

Bringing home the amateur bacon was Jimmy Lout of Huffman, TX. His two-day total of 27.76 lbs gave him the win by almost 10 pounds. Jimmy worked his ½ oz red traps on Falcon Rods and Abu-Garcia reels loaded with 17# Stren mono. "It was a little tougher today", as he related catching his 2 fish 7.52 bag on an early bite." "I'm just glad I had that big sack yesterday, that really gave me some breathing room."

Jerry Huntley switched tactics to pull down 2nd place overall in the Amateur Division. "Yesterday, I was working a Carolina rig, but with all the good fish caught Saturday on traps, I decided to change". Jerry worked Buck Bay grass lines with a ¼ oz red trap on Castaway rods and Lews reels. His 5 bass/13.13 Lb second day sack included a nice 4.25-pound kicker.

Top 5 Pro/Winners;
1-Ray Beck 20.08 - $2750
2- David Truax 37.10 - $1200
3- David Ozio 29.00 - $800
4- Jimmy Emmons, Jr 26.61.
5- Curtis Thompson 23.91

Top 5 Amateur/Winners;
1- Jimmy Lout 27.76 - $600
2- Jerry Huntley 18.74 - $400
3- Mark Rouse 17.74 - $300
4- Lee Lacour 15.09
5- Rob Garant 11.30

David Truax 6.23 - $250 Pro Big Bass-
Jose Narvaez 8.23 - $150 Amateur Big Bass

Amateur Heavy Stringer Split
Saturday $200 Truax/Lout
Sunday $200 Quin/Rouse

All bass were live released by Anglers Quest fish recovery team
For More information on Anglers Quest tournament circuits contact Bill Long at (281)-852-8842-fax- (281)-852-8662 -or click to-<www.anglers-quest.com>.

Tournament Sponsors; Barber Boats, Steel Tech Erectors, Check-It Stik, Ace Embroidery, Paint Concepts Inc; Tomball Tinters, Academy Sports & Outdoors, Classic Awards & Trophies, Cable Pride Construction, Superior Seals Inc; Ranger Boats All Star Rods, Mark Pack's Lake Fork Trophy Bait & Tackle, Bassangler.com, Union Planters Bank, Bumper Stumper Lures, Huffman True Value, Manuels Mexican Restaurant, J & M Auto Repair & Outfitters, "and" the Anglers Quest Tournament Anglers.


Jose Narvaez with 8.23 lb "overall" Big Bass

Ray Beck 1st Pro Fixed

Jimmy Lout 1st Am Fixed


Group - Fixed - Angler Quest

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