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Ronny & Brenda Bates win Richland Chambers
by Ronny and Brenda Bates


Anglers Choice East Texas Couples Tournament

May 21, 2000 - Midway Landing, Richland Chambers Reservoir, TX .... Ronny and Brenda Bates make it two in a row in Angler Choice East Texas Couples Circuit. The La Porte couple bested the field of 32 couples from East Texas Circuit to take home a first place check of $450. They anchored their 18.92 lb stringer with seconds place big bass of 6.80 for a additional $60.

From the consensuses of most anglers talked to after Saturday practice day, most felt it was going to be a tuff day of fishing Sunday. Tournament morning started off with partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the high 60s and light winds. The clouds soon gave away to bright skies with temperatures climbing into the 90s which made for a hot day of fishing. After the weight-in the consensuses was right with only three, five fish limits, and a total of only 54 fish being weighed in.

"Our day started off bad" stated Ronny, "we were late for take-off being the last boat out in the morning. However, our Skeeter, powered by a Yamaha outboard from Boots Follmar Marine got us to our fishing destination north of the Hwy 287 bridge. We were fishing timber in 5 foot of water throwing a Texas rig watermelon/chartreuse centipede on our Kistler Custom Fishing rods and Quantum reels, spooled with 15-pound Big Game line. We managed to catch 4 of our keepers by 8 am before the bite completely stopped. Then at noon we moved south of the bridge and caught our 5th keeper off a stick-up on a 5-10 foot drop. Catching a total of 10 fish during tournament day.

Tournament results: 1st place Ronny & Brenda Bates 5 fish 18.92 lbs
2nd place Philip Marks & Robin Dear 5 fish 15.89 lbs
3rd place Donnie & Juanita Robinson 4 fish 14.35 lbs
4th place Jerry & Rhoda Davis 5 fish 13.13 lbs
5th place Billie & Teresa Eddins 3 fish 10.82 lbs

1st place Big Bass Donnie & Juanita Robinson 7.91 lbs,
2nd place Big Bass Ronny & Brenda Bates 6.80 lbs

Anglers Choice would like to thank Larry Winters of Midway Landing for donating a marine battery as a prize won by Jerry and Lorraine Holmes.

Tournament director Curtis Kayda was master of ceremonies for the weight-in. He announced that the next tournament would be held at Lake Livingston on June 25, 2000. Anyone wishing to fish the couples tournament trail should contact him at 281-339-5048

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