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18.20 Lb Toledo Catch Takes Skeeter/McDonald's
By Ed Snyder

Skeeter/McDonalds Louisiana Team Circuit.
July 30, 2000, Cypress Bend Resort, Lake Toledo Bend, LA.

"We dragged 10 inch worms and Baby Brush-Hawgs to catch our winning weight, stated the Coushatta Bassin' team that had just won the first place winning slot for Louisiana's Skeeter/McDonald Team Circuit. The team had just bested 54 other teams who were competing in mixed weather patterns as a rare late July cold front passed through.

In there 5th team tournament of the season, the Skeeter/McDonald team circuit managed to launch 56 teams out of Cypress Bend Resort as rolling thunder storms and wicked lightning greeted their early morning bassin' patterns. But by noon the rare late July cold front managed to pass through without causing any incidents. But as the 3:pm weigh-in began to tally their day of fishing it was obvious that the bass bite was a "tuff" one, providing few limits with "undersized" Toledo sacks".

1st place team-(5 bass/18.20-lbs)- "BassCat "Tuff" answered the winning team as they digitized a 5 bass/18.20 lbs catch while working Converse ridges. "We fished Castaway rods and Shimano reels spooled with 17# P-line, informed Shawn Loftin and Michael Bedgood of Coushatta LA, telling of working 9-foot Converse area ridges, which dropped off to 30 foot. The first place team worked 10 inch Carolina rigged black Zoom worms and watermelon Baby Brush-Hawgs along the ridge-drops to catch 14 bass from a Noon to 1:30 pm bite.

2nd place team-(5 bass/16.91-lbs)- Shane Lurry of Alexandria LA, and Dusty Anders of Tioga LA, put their Stratos/Evinrude up on north-lake ridge-lines where they worked Castaway rods and Shimano reels spooled with 18# Triple-Fish line. "We concentrated our efforts along 10 foot ridge-lines that dropped off to 17'-18', informed the 2nd place team, explaining that they managed to catch 18 bass from a 9:am to Noon bite while fishing fire-tiger & chartreuse Norman DD-22's as well as Carolina rigged Zoom red-bug worms.

3rd place team-(5 bass/15.77-lbs)- Skeeter/Yamaha got us there and Carolina rigged watermelon Zoom worms put our fish in the boat, informed Chad Pody and Scott Freeman of Rushton LA. The 3rd place team worked Allstar rods and Daiwa/Ambassadeur reels spooled with 20# Berkley BG-mono while fishing 14 foot ridge-lines which sloped down to 20 foot. "We managed to catch 12 bass from an all day bite, they explained, telling of working red-bug, watermelon/seed, and plum-apple Zoom worms.

"Overall" Big Bass-(4.77- lbs)- Ronny Wilkerson and Keith Borderline of Pineville LA, navigated their Bullet/Mercury to San Miquel to 3-foot shallow flats where Keith managed to catch the "overall" tournament big bass on a half oz black/blue Oldham jig with a Toledo Tackle watermelon/chartreuse craw from a 10:am bite.

Top 3 teams:
1-Shawn Lofton/Michael Bedgood------------------5 bass/18.20-$2,000
2-Shane Lurry/Dusty Anders-------------------------5 bass/17.11-$600
3-Chad Pody/Scott Freeman--------------------------5 bass/15.77-$400

Overall Big Bass-(4.77- lbs)-Keith Borderline/Ronny Wilkerson-$350

All bass were live released by the Shimano/SRA-LA Fish Recovery Krewe-

For more info on this tournament tour contact Richard Dietrich at (318)-487-6196.

Skeeter/McDonald Team Sponsors: Skeeter/Yamaha, McDonalds, Gene Larew, Despino's Tire, Custom Propeller, Vaughn Chevrolet-Oldsmobile, Red River Marine, ABM, "and" the Skeeter/McDonald's Team Anglers.

First place with 18.20 lb "bragging rights"

Ron with partners 4.77 "overall"
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Top 3 teams- 1st - 2nd - 3rd - R-to-L

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