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10 Bass/40.82 Lbs Takes Toledo TOC "Millennium" Championship -(Nine 30 lb sacks Dominate Leader-Board)-
By Ed Snyder

Champion Boats "Tournament of Champions" Millennium Tour.
Sunday, October 22, 2000, Cypress Bend Resort, Toledo Bend Lake, LA.

With 476 anglers from a 13 state wide area teaming up to fish Toledo Bends "Millennium" Tournament of Champions the expectations were very high for some really heavy tournament sacks, and after the first day weigh-in of 5 bass/23.06 lbs was tallied up by the Texas team of Lance Hughes and James Elliot, anchoring their first day lead with a 7.08 lb "kicker", the expectations suddenly became "extremely-high" with the final day leader-board marking multiple 30 lb sacks all the way down to 9 th place.

Cool weather and choppy winds greeted the final day anglers as they launched into Toledo Bend waters to finish up their two day long tournament. But despite changing weather patterns the over-casting skies and gusty breezes allowed for plenty of bass-bites. One Texas team, who managed to put a 5 bass/18.64 lb catch on the first day leader-board for a 4th place lead, returned on the final day with a 5 bass/22.48 lb finish, giving them a 10 bass/40.82 lb overall and the first place braggin-rights to the "Millennium" Tournament of Champions.

1st place team-(40.82 -lbs )-Randy Qualls of Streetman TX, and Mike Metcalf of Center TX, put their winning stringer together while working Berkley rods and Daiwa reels spooled with 20 lb test Berkley Big Game mono. The Texas team fished Northlake "bank shallow" to 12' river channel drop-offs with 3/4 oz black/blue/amber Stanley jigs with TX smoke Lake Fork Tackle pig-claws to catch 12 bass both days from a scattered all day bite.

2nd place team-(39.39 -lbs )- Lance Hughes and James Elliot of Center TX, worked Shimano rods and reels spooled with 20 lb test Berkley Big Game mono attached to shad colored DD-22's and Carolina rigged camo Zoom lizards. The East Texas team fished mid-lake slough-drops from 5' to 8' to catch 3 limits on day-1 and two limits on day-2 for their 2nd place finish of 10 bass/39.39 lbs.

3rd place team-(38.92 -lbs )-Stan Burgay of Timpson TX, and Mark Herron of Alexandria LA, fished Carolina rigged watermelon/chartreuse Zoom lizards and TX rigged camo 10" Larew worms around Beson short-grass ridge-line edges that dropped off from 6' to 10'. The Longview Marine Pro/Team worked Shimano rods and reels spooled with 20 lb test Berkley Big Game mono for catching their 3rd place finish from an all day bite for both days with their bigger bass coming in on Norman Shad patterned DD-22's.

Overall Big Bass-( 7.23 -lbs)- Steve Thiel of Austin TX, was fishing with Allan Luedtke of College Station TX, when he nailed a 7.23 lb bass from a 12' to 15' McGee Flats outside grass edge with a 3 / 4 oz Oldham golden/shiner -(brown)- spinner-bait. The big bass hit on an 8:am bite which put $2,875 in Theil's pocket.

Top 5 Champion Boat Teams:
1-Randy Qualls/Mike Metcalf-----------10 bass/40.82-$5,590 in cash & prizes
2- Lance Hughes/James Elliott----------10 bass/39.39-$4,800 in cash 7 prizes
3-Stan Burgay/Mark Herron-------------10 bass/38.92-$1,450 in cash & prizes
4-Glen Freeman/Hank Williams---------10 bass/34.36-$1,325 in cash & prizes
5-Jody Goodrum/Rick Witten-----------10 bass/31.34 -$950 -plus-

Day-1 Big Bass-(7.08 lbs)-Lance Hughes/James Elliott-$2,300
Day-2 Big Bass-(7.23 lbs)-Steve Thiel/Allan Luedtke-$2,875

"Luck-o-the-draw" Champion 187 -150 XR6 Bass Boat valued at $27,500 went to Bruce Weller of Benton KY, and Robert Burroughs of Hardin, KY.
"Luck-o-the-draw" Champion 181 -115 ELPTO Bass Boat valued at $24,600 went to Dan & Pat Davis of Montgomery, TX.

The "Millennium" TOC event was filmed by Alan Warren Outdoors <> for airing on the Fox Sports S/W channel for next year.(Check local stations for times and dates)-

All Bass live released by Shimano/SRA-LA Fish Recovery Krewe with 1,103 bass weighing 2,556 lbs.

For more information on this as well as other Champion Boats events contact Kelly Powers at (417)-538-2701- or click to <> .

Tournament of Champions Sponors: Champion Boats, Mercury Marine, E-Z Loader Trailers, MotorGuide, Lowrance, Teleflex, LLebroc Industries, Ashland Chem, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Dual Pro, Baltek, Falcon Rods, Daiwa Reels, Storm Lures, Bill Lewis Lures, Morris Bros, Nichols Marine, Sportsmans Cove, Lake Area Marine, Red Wing Boats, The Sabine River Authority of LA, "and" the "Millennium" TOC Tournament Anglers.

1st place team with reps total 40.82 lb "Win"

2nd place tem with reps total 39.39 lb catch
< photos by Ed Snyder >

3rd place team with reps total 38.92 lb catch

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