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Bussey Reservoir "Repeats" LABC Top 6 Win
By Donald Gervais


Louisiana Association of Bass Clubs Top Six Championship
Sunday, May 7,2000, San Miquel Park, Lake Toledo Bend, LA.

The winds calmed somewhat on Sunday, day two of the 29th Annual LABC Top Six Championship on Toledo Bend and the leading teams of day one were able to hold their 1-2 finishes from Saturday's weigh-in. The Bussey Reservoir Bass Club of Bastrop, the 1999 defending Champions, did a repeat performance by claiming the title of Top Six Champions for the 3rd time in the last four years. They bested 151 Top Six teams in the two-day tournament on Toledo Bend. Only they and the local home team, the Many Bass Club, share the claim to being three-time winners of the Louisiana Association of Bass Clubs Top Six tournament.

The Bastrop anglers weighed in a 12-fish, 33.84 pounds on day two to add to their first day weight of 30.84 pounds. They took home a $2,000 check and the champion trophy. The total weight of 64.18 pounds was 11 pounds ahead of the nearest challenger. The team fished both days in the north end of the lake.

"We didn't really have a pattern," said team captain Jimmy Lortz. "We scattered out and didn't fish close to each other. The team used various techniques including jigs, with a pork trailer. Spinnerbaits and wacky worms accounted for the remainder of the fish."
The team fished deep water, 8-14 feet. A team member credits the win to the competitive spirit of the 35-member club. The team thanked International Paper for the support given them.

"You have to fish hard each time you go out because you know there is someone fishing hard to make the top six," said Calvin Lusby, a member of the championship club.
The team's largest fish for day #2 was a 3.96 largemouth. The champs and the second place team were the only teams that weighed in 12-fish limits both days.

Second Place honors and a check for $1,500 went to the Northwest La. Bass Club for a two-day total of 53.3 pounds. The team fished south of Pendelton bridge and caught the majority of their fish on wacky worms.

The Casting Cajuns Bassmasters claimed third place and a $1,000 check. Their second day 12-fish limit was the largest of the tournament at 36.84 pounds. The team weighed 6 fish on day #1 for 11.48 pounds. The second day stringer was anchored by Kevin Gaubert's 4.66 largemouth that also took second big bass for Day #2 and a $100 check courtesy of Eagle Claw.

"Jigs and one half ounce spinnerbaits, chartreuse, white and blue, with a Zoom trailer, accounted for our fish," said Gaubert. "We had an early bite and it was sporadic throughout the day. We fished in three to four feet of water in the Converse area."

Big Bass for day #2 and overall Big Bass honors for the tournament went to Sportsmans Bass Club of Lake Charles with an 8.84 Toledo largemouth. The fish was caught in the south end of the lake on a Carolina-rigged centipede.

Linda Curtis Sparks, executive director of the Sabine River Authority (SRA) of Louisiana, was on hand for the 29th tournament, as she was for the first when she cooked for the tournament anglers as a member of the Sabine Chamber of Commerce.
Sparks told the more than 2,000 people at the presentation ceremony that a pavilion, similar to the one at Cypress Bend, would be in place at Park Site 7A for next year's tournament. She announced that a total of 1.3 million Florida-strain fingerlings would be stocked in the lake this year.

For more information on this, as well as other Toledo Bend Lake events, contact the Sabine River Authority of Louisiana-(318)-256-4114.

Bussey Reservoir Bass Club

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