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Noble Drilling Team Claims S/E TX Oilman "Bragging-rights"
By Ed Snyder

17th Annual SouthEast Texas Oilman's Bass Classic
Saturday, April 29, 2000, Frontier Park Marina, LakeToledo Bend, TX.

"We concentrated our fishing efforts on Southlake humps, ridges, and flats, informed the "Oilpatch" team which had just bested a tournament field of 942 teamed anglers. Fishing through two days of changing weather patterns and choppy windage conditions, the Noble Drilling fishing team managed to put together a 10 bass/29.79 lb package for claiming their 1st place "Bragging-Rights" and the "Championship Rings" to the 17th Annual Southeast Texas Oilman's Bass Classic.

"Our Board of Directors, Staff, and the many families we serve appreciate the willingness to participate in this years Southeast Texas Oilman's Bass Classic, stated Boys & Girls Clubs Executive Director, Jeff Woods, "with the proceeds from this event going directly to the Boy's & Girls Clubs of Deep East Texas. "We serve over 5,000 youth annually in ten different communities, Mr. Woods informed, "with support going to Nacogdoches, Lufkin, DiBoll, Jasper, Crockett, San Augustine, Coldspring, Woodville, Center, and Trinity, TX. "Each year, Jeff Woods continued, "we provide an after school and summer program to these youth who're charged a mere $5.00 fee for the year which makes it affordable for all youth to join, and it's events such as the Southeast Texas Oilman's Bass Classic which makes it possible for the operation of these very important youth programs. "For that, Mr. Woods applauded, "we thank you for your support which provides "A Positive Place for Kids". The Southeast Texas Oilman Officials then handed Mr. Woods a check for $20,000. (For info on the Deep East TX Boys & Girls Clubs contact (936)-634-4490-

S/E TX Oilman ReCap-Day-1-Witnessed postfront blue-birds and high pressure winds as Team#315, Kent Gerdsen of Nabors Offshore and Jay Gallet of Chevron, put their fishing efforts on Southlake points with gold suspending Roque's worked along 5' to 6' bald points for catching a first day lead with a 4 bass/16.23 lb catch, with Kent Gerdsen catching an 8.28 "kicker" which also held up as the overall big bass for day-1 competition.

Day-2-Found much improved fishing conditions with s/e winds and calmer waters producing better bass-bites for most, but a slower bite for others, with the 1st place team speaking of a much slower bite for final day, and the 2nd place team informing of having a much improved bite for today. But for whatever arguments may occur during the hind-sight 20/20 comments for the outcome of this event, the facts were that the anglers fished under some rather difficult conditions which stress-tested their fishing skills to the max. In the run of it, it would be the consistent anglers who managed to keep their bass "alive" who top-ended a leaderboard which marked only a 1.58 lb difference betwixt the top three winning places as this was definitely a tournament that benefited those anglers who cashed in on the "live-weight" bonus.

1st place-(29.79 lbs)-Team#430- Wendell Wright and Wayne Trisher of Noble Drilling ran their Skeeter/Evinrude to southlake mainlake bare-humps, flats and ridges for fishing watermelon/seed wacky worms and Reaction Gator-Pups while working Kistler rods and Garcia reels spooled with 15# Berkley mono. The Nobel Drilling team were awarded "Oilpatch" Classic Rings for their 10 bass/29.79 lb winning effort.

2nd place-(28.26 lbs)-Team#290- Danny Fontenot of Conoco and Keith Foster of Service Painting, put their Stratos/Mercury into Housen Bay both days while fishing Falcon rods and Shimano reels spooled with 12# & 14# Berkley mono. The 2nd place anglers caught 13 bass on day-one, and 30 bass on day two, while fishing watermelon/red Zoom wacky worms and Carolina rigged watermelon/red Zoom Craws along 10' to 12' inside and outside grass-edges for catching their 2nd place runner up position for their 10 bass/28.26 lb finish.

3rd place-(28.21 lbs)-Team#283-Dean Norwood and Mark VanWinkle of SCAFCO-LTD, put their Champion/Evinrude up in Converse, Beson, and 1215 area stump-patches for fishing Allstar rods and Ambassadeur/Shimano reels spooled with 12# Berkely mono. The 3rd place team worked Texas rigged watermelon lizards and brushhogs along 2' to 6' timber which had scattered grass-patches to catch a 3rd place finish with 28.21 lbs.

Day-2 Big Bass came in with team#64- Steve Hebert of Specialty Machine and Duke Trahan of Union Texas Petroleum, as they worked Carolina rigged watermelon/red brushhogs along Housen Bay grassflats where Duke Trahan nailed the 6.48 lb bass on a 10:30 a:m: bite.

Top 10 Winning "Oilpatch" Teams;
1st-(29.79)-Team#430-Wendell Wright/Wayne Trisher
2nd-(28.26)-Team#290-DANNY FONTENOT/Keith Foster
3rd-(28.21)-Team#382-Dean Norwood/Mark Van Winkle
4th-(28.18)-Team#262-David Perciful/John Johnson
5th-(27.42)-Team#80-Larry Matthews/Howard Kemp
6th-(26.48)-Team#225-A.B. CLARK, JR/Craig Strickland
7th-(26.42)-Team#98-Donnie Williams/Mike Rucker
8th-(26.16)-Team#152-RICK BARNES/Clyde Mc Afee

Day-1-Overall Big Bass-(8.28 lbs)-(team#315)-Kent Gerdsen/Jay Gallet-
Day-2-Overall Big Bass-(6.48 lbs)- Duke Trahan and Steve Hebert-

"Luck-O-The-Draw" for a fully rigged $27,000 Nitro-901 CDX-200 EFI Mercury Outboard went to New Iberia, LA, angler, Mark Buford of Hadco Services. The 17th Annual S/E TX Oilman Classic paid out $33,000 in cash and $33,000 in prizes with $20,000 donated to the Boys & Girls Club, and $1,000 going to the Toledo Bend bass restock programs.

All Bass were recovered by Shimano/SRA-LA Live Release Krewe and Boy Scout Troop 134 of Lufkin TX, for a two day total of 1,787 bass weighing 3,687 lbs which were live released back into the lake.
For more information on the S/E TX Oilman's Group contact Dusty Rhoades Marine/Lufkin TX, at (409)-824-2628.

S/E TX Oilman Bass Classic Sponsors; Dusty Rhoades Marine, Tracker Boats, Lowrance Electronics, Reaction Lures, Nitro, The Sabine River Authority of LA, The Boy's & Girls Clubs Of Deep East Texas, "and" The S/E TX Oilpatch Anglers.

Trey Kistler of Kistler Rods with 1st place team

S/E TX Oilman Officials delivers $20,000 Donation check
< photos by Ed Snyder >

8.28 lb "overall" tournament big bass

Top three winning teams-L-to-R- 1st-2nd-3rd-

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