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"True Grit" Wins Texas Correctional Peace Officers Benefit
By Ed Snyder

1st Annual Gib Lewis Texas Correctional Peace Officers Benefit
Saturday, April 8, 2000, San Augustine Park, Lake Sam Rayburn, TX.

Four foot rollers and stone-cold bluebirds greeted the 66 bassin' teams that launched from San Augustine Park this morning as Olde Man Winter reclaimed Lake Sam Rayburn, replacing the previous 80 degree Spring-temps with -30 windchills. Of the few "true grit" anglers who managed to ride out the weather on "rock & roll" patterns, five would find enough bass bites to weigh-in for the top five winning slots.

"Taking care of our own", is what we call it, stated Capt. Angie Burdett, as she explained that the open bass benefit tournament would help to raise much needed funds for the "Texas Correctional Peace Officers Foundation". "The 1st purpose of the TCPOF is to raise funds for assisting in the support of family and survivors of Correctional Peace Officers who are slain in the line of duty. The 2nd purpose for this foundation is to promote a positive image to the general public about the profession of the Correctional Peace Officers. "And, she smiled, "we were able to surpass all of our goals from this tournament event.

"These are exceptional people, advised Bob "McBass" Sealy, who provided and performed the tournament weigh-in system, "they're a hard working group of people who are providing a great service to maintain our peace of mind, Bob informed, just as the "winterized" team-anglers began making their way towards the stage to weigh-in their hard earned catches..

(1st place-14.85 lbs)- Joe Smith of Woodville TX, and Danny Travis of Buna TX, managed to find some good bass action while working from their Cajun/Johnson bass-rig with Allstar rods and Garcia reels spooled with 15# Berkely mono. "We concentrated our efforts along points up in Miller Woods, explained the duo, as they told of fishing 1/2 oz crawfish & pumpkinseed Traps & carolina rigged sourgrape Baby Brush-Hogs from 7' to the bank, catching at least 10 bass from daylight to 1:30 p:m:. The duo would also nail the 2nd big bass of the tournament with a 6.06 lb bass from a 12:30 p:m: bite.

(2nd place-13.62 lbs)- Charley Huff and Donald LaBlanc of Sam Rayburn TX, put their Stratos/Evinrude up in the mouth of Dr's Cove while working Berkely rods and Garcia reels spooled with 6/20 Spider Wire. "We found our bass holding tight along 12' point-grass edges as we fished watermelon/red Zoom trickworms rigged Texas style, informed the 2nd place team, telling of catching 5 bass from 9:am to 10:15 a:m:.

(Overall Big Bass-6.68 lbs)- Tom Davenport of Dayton TX, and John McCuan of LaPort TX, managed to find their bass in San Augustine Cove where Tom hooked a 6.68 bass while working a Florida rigged Berkely green lizard along the edges of a 5' laydown at 8:am.

Top 5 winning teams;
1-Joe Smith/Danny Travis................................14.85 lbs-$600
2-Donald LaBlanc/Charley Huff......................13.62 lbs-$400
3-Jody McBride/Colin Grant---------------------12.91 lbs-$150-tie
4-Russel Walton/William Martin---------------12.91 lbs-$150-tie
5-Dale Flowers/Tom Neal-------------------------12.88 lbs-$100

Overall big bass-(6.68 lbs)-Tom Davenport/John McCuan-$400
2nd big bass-(6.06 lbs)-Joe Smith/Danny Travis-$200
3rd big bass-(Ricky Drennan/James Tippett-$100

All bass live released by the Texas Correctional Peace Officers bass recovery team-

For more info; on this TCPOF benefit contact Capt. Angie Burdett @ (409)-283-8181-

Tournament Sponsors; Dawson Marine, K-Mart, Sealy Outdoors, Academy, Needmore Tackle, West Marine, R-1 Bass, Pro-Troll, Ramada Inn, Cunningham Auto, Sears, Holton's Tackle, Graingers, Farmers Farm Supply, Wal-Mart, The Smoke Shack, Ace Hardware, Reilly Auto, M&D Supply, Parkers Lumber, Sullivans Hardware, The Boat Ramp, Reaction Lures, House DR's Handyman, Auto Wholesale, Home Depot, Hensarlings, Polaris World, Texas Marine, Jasper Outboard, Sandy Creek Outfitters, Elton Hightower, Allison Sutton Motors, K&J Country Market, Colmesneil ISD, "and" the TCPOF anglers.

6.68-("overall" Big Bass Anglers)

winners-(TCPOF winners with Capt. Angie Burdett -center-)
< photos by Ed Snyder >

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