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Daniel Cross and Jeff Wise Win Honey Hole South East Opener
By Roger Bacon


Sunday, February 6th, 2000, Twin Dikes Marina, Lake Sam Rayburn, TX.

The 2000 season for South East Texas Division of Honey Hole started off with a bang today as 100 anglers dodged stumps and sandbars on Big Sam. With water levels at near record lows, the buzz at the weigh-in centered on the low water conditions and the concentrations of fish staging in shallow water, in anticipation of the upcoming spawn. Normally these pre-spawn bass would be located in the buck brush surrounding Sam Rayburn's shoreline. " I would have to take a 4-wheeler to get up to the brush that I normally fish this time of year" expressed one angler. " But if you concentrate on the ditches and drains, the fish are sure there"

"We really like these big turn-outs," stated Tournament Director Ronnie Taylor of Jasper, TX. "That way we get to pay more places and more folks get a chance to take money home." In addition to the $8750

Total payout, the carrot on a string for these anglers, is the 4 brand new Cobra Boats that will be given to the top finishers at the championship on Richland Chambers next fall. According to Mr. Taylor, The top 30% of the largest event will qualify for the championship event.

"We started out this morning on my fish near Needmore Point." reported Jeff Wise of Lufkin, " But when that didn't work out we went to my partners fish and luckily they were there." Jeff and Daniel's pattern involved working 4-6 foot south lake grass with ½ ounce rattletraps in a variety of colors. Castaway/Allstar rods, and Shimano reels fished from their Champion/Mercury rig were the tools of choice to sack up the 5 fish /19.45 pound limit and the $2000 dollar first prize.

Jim Mathews and Jimmy Emmons took home a total of $1475 which included $975 for 2nd place overall and $500 for their 6.42 pound first place Big Bass. . "We only had six bites today, but they were good ones" reported Jimmy Emmons. He and Jim Mathews worked their Cobra/Johnson rig along north lake ridges fished Loomis rods and Shimano reels. The big bass fell victim to a Carolina Rigged lizard as did the rest of their 16.67 5 fish limit.

Rounding out the top three places were Conroe anglers Chad Hoke and Clarence Braddock. Falcon rods and Quantum reels worked around a 15 foot mid lake hump accounted for their 16.66 pound limit. "I wonder how much a drop of water weighs', wondered Chad when he realized that only 1/100th of a pound separated second and third place. Chad and Clarence fished Purple Passion Zoom Centipedes on Carolina rigs from their Raycraft/Johnson rig for an $800 payday.

Top 5 Teams

1-Cross-Wise 19.45 - $2000

2-Emmons-Mathews 16.67 - $975

3-Braddock-Hoke 16.66 - $800

4-Driscoll-Moorhead 15.59 - $675

5-Broussard-Lemburg 14.53 - $550

Top 3 Big Bass

1- Jimmy Mathews 6.42 - $500

2- Jason Reyes 6.32 - $300

3- Damon Minor 5.89 - $200

All bass were live released by Honey Hole fish recovery team

For information ABOUT honey Hole tournaments contact Ronnie Taylor at 409-384-7830 or 409-384-2238

Tournament Sponsors: Cobra Boats, MotorGuide, Quantum, Pro-Kon-Trol, Saf-T-Lite, J&B Jackplates, AAA Fiberglass, Bowie Marine, Proline Industries, Armour Star, Hamby's Protector, Oldham's Lures, Catch and Release, BG Wakerunner, Uncle Josh, Topwater, Inc., Livewell Larry, Academy Sports and Outdoors, April Plaza Marina, Continental Batteries, Ann's Tackle Shop.

Ist place team of Daniel Cross and Jeff

Jim Mathews with 1st place 6.42 pound Big Bass

Top 3 teams and top three big bass winners show off their hardware

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