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Crank-Bait Pattern Nails Toledo Media
By Ed Snyder

Media Bass Southeast Division Team Circuit.
August 5, 2000, Cypress Bend Resort, Lake Toledo Bend, LA.

"Bomber Long A's and Converse ridge-brushlines connected to provide our first place win for today, stated the fishing team which had just won the final Media Team event for the SouthEast Division circuit. "TUFF" bite was the common answer for most of the anglers who were in competition for the same win, but as they often say, "when times get tough the "tuff" get going!

In the final event for its 2000 season, the SouthEast Division of the Media Bass team circuit launched 30 teams into Lake Toledo Bend. The Media Bass Circuit now operates both team & individual tournaments within its format that covers a six-division area. Typical west Louisiana summertime conditions dominated today's fishing patterns with variable light winds, upper 90-degree temps, and triple digit heat index readings.

1st place team-(5 bass/14.93-lbs)- Stan Burgay of Timpson TX, and Rickey Elliot of Marshall TX, put their Skeeter/Yamaha over Converse area ridges to work Castaway rods and Shimano reels spooled with 20# Berkley Big Game mono. "We concentrated on fishing 8' to 10' ridge-lines which had brushy edges, informed the 1st place team, while fishing fire-tiger Bomber Long A's and draggin' Zoom watermelon/chartreuse lizards. "We lost our first three bass right off the bat, Burgay gritted, as he told of catching 8 bass from a 6:30 to 7:30 am bite.

2nd place team-(5 bass/13.86-lbs)- Procraft/Mercury, answered the 2nd place team as they informed of fishing from the Cypress Bend area all the way south to the Texas Islands. "We concentrated our efforts on working 12' to 14' outside grass-lines, informed C.J. Lester and Tommy Richard of Many LA. The Louisiana team used Cotton Cordell rods and Ambassadeur reels spooled with 50# Spider Wire rigged with one ounce Oldham jigs & junebug Reaction Gator Dog trailers to catch 9 bass from an all day bite.

3rd place team-(5 bass/12.64-lbs)- The 6.06 lb big bass hit at 1:45 pm on a watermelon/red brush-hog, explained Jay Denton and Joe Lopez of Many LA, as they informed of fishing Shimano rods & reels spooled with 20# Berkley Big Game mono. The 3rd place team ran their Bullet/Mercury to Clear Creek grass-beds where they worked a High-Noon to 2:pm bite for 11 bass, which included Denton's "Overall" tournament big bass.

Top 5 Team Winners:
1-Rickey Elliot/Stan Burgay------------5 bass/14.93-$1,050.
2-C.J.Lester/Tommy Richard-----------5 bass/13.86-$530
3-Jay Denton/Joe Lopez-----------------5 bass/12.64-$330
4-James Elliot/Buddy Rutherford------5 bass/12.15-$220
5-Stephen Cox/Sandra Cox-------------5 bass/11.86-$200

Overall Big Bass-(6.06-lbs)-Jay Denton/Joe Lopez-$175.

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

For more information on the Media Bass circuit contact Gordon Stauffer at (972)-222-0230.

Media Bass Sponsors: Nitro, Mercury, MotorGuide, Berkley, Rat-L-Trap, Mann's, Jawtec, Valeo, Castrol, Daiwa, Eagle Claw, Gator Grip, Hobie, Motorola, Rod Saver, Plano, Stearns, Catch and Release, Norman Lures, Interstate Batteries, Bagley, and the Media Bass anglers.

Jay Denton displays his 6.06 "overall"

Burgay -L- and Elliot hefts their crank-bait win
< photos by Ed Snyder >

Top 3 teams- 1st thru 3rd- L-to-R

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