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19.09 Lbs Takes Toledo/Splash
By Ed Snyder

Sealy Outdoors Team/Splash Circuit
Sunday, June 11, 2000, Cypress Bend Resort, Lake Toledo Bend, LA.

"With the good Lord smiling on us, and a whole bunch of finessing we were able to "tuff" out the unstable winds to locate our winning catch, informed the team who had just digitized a 5 bass/19.09 lb 1st place sack which awarded them a $10,000 cash pay-day. The local Toledo Bend bassin' team had competed against 133 other teams to anchor their win by almost four lbs.

"This is our 4th and final team/splash event of the season, informed Tournament Director/CEO, Bob Sealy, going on to explain that they held four team/splash tournaments this year, two on Lake Sam Rayburn, and two on Lake Toledo Bend. "Our Team/Splash Championship this year, Sealy advised, "will be held as a "split" lake event with the 1st day of competition on Toledo with the final day being held on Sam Rayburn. "We've paid out $40,650 in cash & prizes per tournament event this season, Bob highlighted, "which also included a $10,000 Triton Bass Boat draw "per tournament" for the anglers who fished our team circuit this year. "This is our Team/Splash bass tournament circuit, Bob pointed out, "further explaining that Sealy Outdoors also holds the McDonalds Big Bass Splash events, the Shimano Saltwater Big Speckled Trout Splash events, the Mega Whitetail Bucks Hunting Contest, the Shimano Big Bass Tournament, Texas Fish & Game Trophy Bass Quest, as well as other Bass Tournament Benefit events which are held throughout the year. "We're a fully developed and operational Hunting & Fishing events group, Bob Sealy advised, "explaining that Sealy Outdoors works with corporate, organizational, and private entities to help coordinate and provide what they need for their tournament operations, fund raising projects, and or, fishing or hunting promotions.

(1st place-5 bass/19.09 lbs)- Champion/Mercury got us there, "but the good Lord took care of us rest of the way, explained Glen Freeman of Converse LA, and Harold Allen of Huxley TX. The duo had just won the final Toledo Splash event of the year by working Shimano V-Rods and Shimano reels spooled with Triple-Fish 14# line. "We concentrated our efforts along Converse area main-lake ridges at 15' to 25', they informed, telling of working Texas rigged watermelon Reaction worms and 3/8 oz camo Accent jigs w/Zoom red-flake craws. "We probably caught at least 30 bass today, they advised, explaining that they had an all day bite that put 10 bass in their cull for the 1st place $10,000 win. (Note; Harold Allen had caught and released an 11.85 lb bass on practice day)-

(2nd place-5 bass/16.48 lbs)- The Lake Charles Marine Team put their Champion/Mercury on Tennessee Bay outside 13' grass-edges to catch their 2nd place sack of 5 bass/16.48 lbs while working 1 oz black/blue Oldham jigs with pumpkin/green Larew Craws. "We fished with Falcon rods and Shimano reels spooled with braided Pro-line, explained David Rabalais and Tim Woods of Lake Charles LA, telling of catching 9 bass from an all day bite which put the $5,000 2nd place check in their pockets plus a $300 check for the 7.10 lb 3rd place big bass that David caught on a 7:10 am bite.

(3rd place-5 bass/16.43 lbs)- Randy Smotherman of Shelbyville TX, fished as a one-man team to run his Champion/Mercury to mid-lake points. "I found my fish holding in 8' to 10' scattered grass and brush patches today, Randy informed, telling of working Lews rods and Shimano reels spooled with 20# P-Line and rigged with red Bomber Little N's for catching 8 bass, losing two which were in the BIG class.

(4th place-5 bass/15.96 lbs)- Randy Rhame of Alexandria LA, and Robert Ates of LeCompte LA, put their Triton/Mercury over on 15' Housen Bay grass-flats for working Castaway rods and Shimano reels spooled with 50# Classic Braid. "We probably caught 10 keepers between a 7:am to 9:am prime-bite today, they explained as they told of fishing 1 oz black/brown/chartreuse Stanley jigs with pumpkinseed Bassin' Craws.

(5th place-5 bass/15.39 lbs)- John Gunnels and Dicky Newberry of Houston TX, ran their Skeeter/Yamaha bass-rig to mid-lake grass-beds. "We worked Allstar rods and Shimano reels spooled with 50# Spider Wire today, informed the Dawson Marine Team, as they told of flippin' TX rigged black/blue HawgCraws
within 7' to 8' grass-edges from a 10:30 am to 3:pm bite for putting 15 keepers in their cull.

Overall Big Bass- (7.88 lbs)- Danny Cross and Roy Simmons ran their Champion/Mercury to mid-lake grass-edges where Roy managed to catch his 7.88 lb "overall" from an 8:30 am bite on a tequila Riverside Big Craw. "But it all went downhill from there, informed Danny, as he explained that they had lost their engine at 9:30 am and had to be rescued in from the choppy wind conditions.

Top 5 Teams;
1-Harold Allen/Glen Freeman------------------5 bass/19.09-$10,000
2-David Rabalais/Tim Woods------------------5 bass/16.48-$5,300
3-Randy Smotherman----------------------------5 bass/16.43-$2,500
4-Robert Ates/Randy Rhame--------------------5 bass/15.96-$1,500
5-John Gunnels/Dicky Newberry---------------5 bass/15.39-$1,000

"Luck-O-The-Draw" Triton Bass Boat valued at $10,000-David Wharton-Sam Rayburn, TX.

All bass were live released via the Shimano/SRA, LA, bass recovery team with 296 bass weighing 704 lbs.

For more information on this, as well as other Sealy Outdoors events contact (409)-698-2591 -or clic to- <www.sealyoutdoors.com>

Tournament Sponsors; Triton Boats, OMC/Johnson, Polaris, Academy, McCoy's, Texas Fish & Game, Bennington Marine, Texas Dodge Dealers, The Texas Fishing Show, Latch Oil, Lufkin Marine, Texas State Networks, Jasper Chamber of Commerce, Holiday Inn Express, Ramada Inn Jasper, Best Western, Rayburn Country Resort, The Stump Restaurant, Piney Point Plaza, Needmore Tackle, "and" the Team/Splash Anglers.



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