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Louisiana Pro Claims Rayburn AC-Pro/Am
By Ed Snyder

(Texas Angler Nabs Amateur Win)

Anglers Choice Texas Central Division Pro/Am
Sunday, March 5, 2000, Twin Dikes Marina, Lake Sam Rayburn, TX

"Man, that bass was so big that it absolutely scared me, stated the Alexandria LA, Pro, as he excitedly informed of how he had hooked, and lost, what he estimated to be a bass of about 13 lbs. The tall lanky Skeeter/Pro then went on to tell about his two days of fishing which put a 1st place Pro/win together for his 10 bass/33.74 lb two day fishing efforts. But as his words began to fill the air about his winning tournament pattern, most spectator and angler ears were still "ringing" from his words about the lost 13 lb lunker.

Discombobulated by first day boomerang coldfronts with choppy north winds the Anglers Choice Pro/Am teams were treated with improved angler friendly weather conditions for final day competition as winds begun to lay and confidence levels begun to rise. "This is our first of five Central Division Pro/Am events, informed Anglers Choice CEO, Johnnie Davis, "which is part of the $5 Million cash & prize awards available for our Anglers Choice circuit anglers this year. "We are now the largest bass tournament organization in the country, Johnnie proudly began to announce as he explained that Anglers Choice now has 6 divisions which now covers 27 states with 46 individual trails. "We are the #1 weekend tournament trail, Johnnie stated, further explaining that regardless of where the anglers live and work they now have an opportunity to qualify for the Anglers Choice Regional and National Championships. "We are #1, Johnnie stressed, "and we plan on keeping it that way, he promised, as the final day Pro/Am anglers made their way towards the holding tanks.

Tournament Re-Cap;
Day-1- Clear, blue skies, high barometric pressures and northerly breezes greeted the 120 Pros and 89 Amateurs at the Angler's Choice Pro/Am as Wacky worms, flukes, Carolina Rigs, Texas Rigs, spinnerbaits, Rat-L-Traps, jigs and crankbaits all accounted for a share of the 766 bass which were brought to the scales as the total weight for 1st day weigh-in was just over three-quarters of a ton at 1732.47 lbs. First day Pro leader, Richard Carpenter of Sam Rayburn TX, fished up near the 147 bridge to catch his 5 bass/18.18 lb leading mark which also put a 7.03 lb big bass his boat caught on a Series 6 Strike King chart./blue crankbait. Vernon Reynolds of Dallas TX, limited with 5 bass/14.23 lbs on Carolina rigged Berkley Power Worms, red crankbaits and ½ oz. Hildebrandt spinnerbaits with chartreuse skirts to take the Amateur lead from a mid-lake creek-flat.

(1st place Pro- 10 bass/33.74 lbs)- My Skeeter/Yamaha managed to get me there, informed Alexandria LA, Bass/Pro, Ted Pate, as he informed of working Castaway rods and Shimano reels spooled with 25# P-Line while flipping Lake Fork pumpkin/pepper Mega-Tubes and 7/16 oz black/blue/amber Stanley jigs with 3 & 1/2" Tx Smoke Pig Craws. "I flipped Black Forest 4' to 9' timber on the first day for catching 30 keeper bass, then went back to do the same thing on my 2nd day but found a slower bite that put about 25 keepers in the boat, which included that "monster bass" of about 13 lbs that hit my jig at 10:30 a:m, but didn't make it to the boat. "Geeze that was a big bass, Ted quickly shook off, as he further explained that he gave his winning credits to the new Lake Fork mega-weights for providing the winning difference. Ted Pate collected $15,000 for his Pro/Win.

(2nd place Pro- 10 bass/31.04 lbs)- Sam Rayburn Bass/Pro legend, David Wharton stepped forward to collect his 2nd place Pro-check for $10,000 and told of running his Nitro/Mercury to Buck Bay for day-1 bassin' as he worked Allstar rods with his reels spooled with Trilene 17# Vanish Flourocarbon line. "I mainly stayed with watermelon/blueflake and junebug/chartreuse Larew craws, David informed, further telling that he fished carolina rigged baits on day one up in Buckbay 3' to 5' sand-humps for a 10:am to 12:Noon 15 bass catch. "I switched on day-2, David informed, as he told of working TX rigged baits up in 8' Black Forest area timber for a 12:Noon late bite of 7 bass.

(3rd place Pro- 10 bass/30.80 lbs)- Nolanville TX, Pro, Keith Combs ran his Triton/Mercury to northlake ridge-lines to fish Allstar rods and Diawa reels spooled with 20# Trilene mono. "I worked 5' to 9' drop-offs which had patchy grass, explained the Killeen Boats & Motors Triton/Pro, as he explained of how he fished 1/2 oz chrome/black Traps and carolina rigged watermelon Zoom lizards both days along northlake dropoffs, spending time on Veach Basin shallow grass and Black Forest shallow grass for catching his 3rd place win of $3,000.

(1st place Amateur- 10 bass/24.96 lbs)- Joe Baird of Kingwood TX, spent time with Pro/Dan Williams and Pro/Jesse Parker while fishing Ugly Sticks and Shimano reels spooled with 12# SpiderWire. "I went to Veach Basin and northlake areas to fish drains and flats both days, explained the 1st place Amateur, as he told of fishing 1/2 oz white Terminator spinner baits -(no trailer)- , catching his 5.94 lb "overall" amateur big bass at 1:30 pm on his 2nd day.

Top 5 Winning Pro's;
1-Ted Pate/Alexandria,LA............10 bass/33.74 "$15,000.00"
2-David Wharton/Sam Rayburn,TX......10 bass/31.04 "$10,000.00"
3-Keith Combs/Nolanville,TX.........10 bass/30.80 "$3,000.00"
4-Jesse Parker/Yantis,TX............10 bass/30.44 "$1,700.00"
5-Wade Middleton/San Antonio,TX.....10 bass/29.97 "$1,600.00"

1st Pro/Big Bass - Richard Carpenter - 7.03 lbs.-$1,000
2nd Pro/Big Bass-(6.49)-Landan Ware-$500

Top 5 Winning Amateurs;
1-Joe Baird/Kingwood,TX...........10 bass/24.96 "$3,000.00"
2-Carl Trussell/Orange,TX.........10 bass/23.64 "$2,000.00"
3-Rusty Clark/Evadale,TX..........10 bass/22.47 "$1,000.00"
4-Roger Fisher/Euless,TX..........10 bass/21.69 $600.00
5-James Eldred/North Platte,NE.... 8 bass/21.47 $575.00

1st Amateur/Big Bass- Joe Baird-(5.94 lbs)-$500
2nd Amateur/Big Bass - Robert Kalka, ( 5.33 lbs).-$250

All bass were live released via the Anglers Choice bass recovery team for a total catch of 1,732 bass weighing 3,257 lbs.

For more information on this, as well as other Anglers Choice tournaments contact Johnnie Davis at (817) 326-5821 or clic to <>

Tournament Sponsors; BassCat, Mercury, Berkley, TH-Marine, Abu Garcia, DieHard, Fenwick, Big Foot, Please Release Me, MotorGuide, eAngler, Cabela's, Holiday Inn Express Jasper, Needmore Tackle and the Ramada Inn Jasper, "and" the Anglers Choice anglers.

1st place pro-Ted Pate

2nd place pro-David Wharton
< photos by Ed Snyder >

1st place amateur-Baird

Top Pro's front- top amateur's-rear

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