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Sluggo Bite Dominates Huntsman Classic
By Ed Snyder

1st Annual Huntsman Cancer Institute Bass Classic
Saturday, May 27, 2000, Frontier Park Marina, Lake Toledo Bend, TX.

"We left the bigger one in the lake, answered the leading team which had just weighed-in a 5 bass/14.64 lb catch, groaning as to how a solid 6 pound bass busted loose just before they had to come in for their 4:pm flight deadline. The leading team fished among 288 other anglers who were fishing for a good cause as their entry fees helped to raise $10,000 for Cancer Research.

"HOPE" is our main purpose for this tournament, stated tournament director, E.J. Moore, "as it stands for "Huntsman-Organization-People-and-Employees" which are dedicated to the research & development for the "cure" of cancer. "Our first tournament event being held at Lake Toledo Bend's Frontier Park Marina on Memorial Day weekend, managed to draw 144 teams who are fishing for a 5 bass/14" minimum length Largemouth or Kentucky bass daily limits, "and" the team who can weigh-in the heaviest "overall" two day bass weight will win the 1st place honors for tomorrow's finish and a chance to take home a winning portion of the $45,000 offered in cash & prizes.

1st place leader-(5 bass/14.64 lbs)- Scooter Clark of Center TX, and Randy Smotherman of Shelbyville TX, fished 1215 area grass-beds while working Falcon/Lews rods and Shimano reels spooled with 20# P-Line rigged with pumpkinseed/chartreuse Zoom sluggo's. "We worked a 1:pm to 3:pm prime-bite that "happened" over 7' to 8' short-grass edges, which hooked 10 bass, putting 9 in our Champion/Mercury bass-rig, busting one off at the boat, a goodun' at about 6 lbs. The leading team managed to cull a 5 bass/14.14 lb catch for their 1st day leading weight.

First Day Top-5 Leaderboard;
1-Scooter Clark/Randy Smotherman------------------5 bass/14.64 lbs
2-Scott MCCollough/Mike Tomplait------------------5 bass/13.88 lbs
3-John Martin/Gary Glende-----------------------------5 bass/13.46 lbs
4-Francis Johnson/Johnny George----------------------5 bass/13.10 lbs
5-Gerald Granger/Pete Sorter----------------------------5 bass/12.38 lbs

Day-1 Overall Big Bass-(4.47 lbs)-Alexander Hicks/Jim Kepner-$500

All Bass were recovered and live released by Shimano/SRA-LA Fish Recovery Krewe with 362 bass weighing 737 lbs.

For more information on "HOPE" tournament events and their goals contact E.J. Moore at (409)-989-6764.

HOPE Tournament Sponsors; Skeeter/Yamaha, Dawson Marine, The BoatRamp, West Marine, Lowe's Creek Marine, Bass-N-Bucks, O.P.E.R.A., Carter Chambers, EPI, Texas Oilman's Bass Club, Safe Seal, Leak Sealers, United Industrial, Drago Supply, Tri-Plex Breathing Air, Cataylist Service Inc, Pneumatic Industrial, C.A. Turner Groups Inc, TEAM, Metal Forms, OHMSTEDE, Applied Standards Insp, Chem Treat Inc, AL-T'S Restaurant, American Waste, Moncla's Catering, A&B Industrials, "AND" the HOPE tournament team/anglers.

13 yr old- Justin Harper of Nederland TX, with 3 lb father & son catch

2 yr old- Zach Norwood of Mansfield LA, making a "classic" cast
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