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Jasper Krewe Wins Rayburn Oilmen Classic
By Noe Garcia/Ed Snyder

5th Annual Rayburn Oilmen's Classic
Wednesday- November -1 - 2000, Lake Sam Rayburn, TX.

It was "Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler" and "DejaVu" for Lake Sam Rayburn with 215 "Oilpatch" teams launching into the 5th Annual Rayburn Oilmen's Classic on October 13, and 14. The Skeeter/Yamaha sponsored event drew Oilfield related business teams from a five state area to probe the depths of Big Sam for catching 5/bass daily limits to hopefully win this final event of the "Oilpatch Bass Circuit". And after two days of some "intensive" competition it became "DejaVu" for a previous ROC winner who just "went fishing" to catch his 2nd Classic title.

Initiated to help provide funds for the benefit of the Acadiana Youth Inc, and the Jasper Children's Shelter, the Rayburn Oilmen's Classic anglers would also provide a healthy ring to the lake area business tills. The object of the event was to also provide fun and excitement for the bass angler teams as they fished for, and hopefully caught, Lake Sam Rayburn's #1 Natural Resource, the largemouth black bass. The Oilmen teams weighed in their catches each day via the special "Oilpatch" Weigh-in Krewe's who processed, tallied, and live released their catches back into Big Sam in record time.

1st place team#197-Len Adcock and Mark Hatfield of Jasper TX, "We just went fishing" explained Jasper Tx, angler, Len Adcock of NATCO, as he informed about his, and Jasper team member, Mark Hatfield of Swift Energy, winning the "Oilpatch" event with a 10 bass/33.07 lb two day catch. It was "DeJa Vu" for Adcock after winning the 1st Rayburn Oilman Classic back in '96, as the team put their ProGator/Mercury bass-rig over Black Forest and Mid-lake grass-points to work Castaway rods and Shimano reels spooled with 17 lb test Stren and 50 lb test Spider Wire. "We fished 1/2 oz white Santon spinner baits w/white grubs and FLA rigged 11& 1/2 inch Zoom redbug Old Monster worms the first day, Len advised, telling of catching 20 bass from 5' to 10' landpoints to cull a 5 bass/16.59 lb weight. "The second day was a bit slower for us, he explained, stating that they started off in the Forest but later moved out to fish mid-lake deepwater grass with Carolina rigged redbug Zoom craw worms and TX rigged redbug worms to catch 15 bass that culled to their 5 bass/16.48 lb catch, giving them a 10 bass/33.07 lb final for the 1st place Championship win.

2nd place Team#38- Woodville TX, angler, Francis Johnson of Huntsman-(retired)-,and Lumberton TX, angler, Johnny George of Swab Testers, put their BassCat/Mercury over grass-point edges the first day to work Berkley/Allstar/Kistler rods and Garcia/Shimano reels spooled with 15 lb test Trilene Big Game mono. "We fished "bank-shallow" Norris Creek grass-points with 1/4 oz black/white Cajun Lures buzz-baits, 3/8 oz white Biskamp spinner baits, and 3/8 oz white MR Blitz "45"spinner baits early, stated the 2nd place team, "then we'd work our late bite fishing Caney Creek 6' grass-points and old roadbeds with TX rigged redbug & watermelon/red/chartreuse Zoom U-tail worms for our first day catch of 5 bass/14.68 lbs. "Then on the 2nd day we went back to the area but only caught 1 bass, he advised, "so we went to the Black Forest to fish grass-points and moss-beds where we caught a 5 bass/14.87 lb limit by 1:30 pm which gave us a 10 bass/29.55 lb finish.

3rd place Team#48-ERA Aviation team/angler, Tim Culver of Lake Charles LA, and Baroid team/angler Tracy Casteel of Sulphur LA, ran their Skeeter/Johnson bass-rig to Black Forest slough timber to work Castaway/Falcon rods and Ambassadeur/Shimano reels spooled with 15 lb test Berkley Big Game mono. The 3rd place team fished 3/4 oz chartreuse Rattle Traps and white Norman DD-14's around 6' to 8' wood to catch 6 bass on day-1 for their 5 bass/15.24 lb weight and 6 bass on day-2 for a 5 bass/12.78 lb catch, giving them a 10 bass/28.02 final.

Overall Big Bass-(7.52 -lbs)-Team#203-Key Energy angler, Everett Sanders of Jasper TX, was fishing with Key Energy Team/partner, Dennis Hammond of Jasper, when, while working a Shakespear "ultra-lite' rod and reel spooled with 6 lb test mono rigged with a watermelon/candy Zoom wacky worm up in the Tiger Creek area, he managed to set his hook into the 7.52 lb "overall" on an 8:am big-bite.

Skeeter/Yamaha "Luck-o-the-Draw" winner- Team#103 member, Baker Hughes Inteq angler, Joe Ochoa of Kingwood, TX. -$16,000.

Top 5 "Oilpatch" Teams:
1-Team#197-Len Adcock/Mark Hatfield-----------------------------10 bass/33.07-
2-Team#38- Francis Johnson/Johnny George----------------------10 bass/29.55-
3-Team#48- Tim J. Culver/Tracy Casteel-----------------------------10 bass/28.02-
4-Team#100-Coy Sloan/Tom Damico---------------------------------10 bass/26.19-
5-Team#152-Dick Pecoraro/Denny Swartz---------------------------10 bass/25.06-

All bass were live released via the "Oilpatch" fish recovery Krewe-

For more information on this, as well as other "Oilpatch" tournaments contact Charlotte Comeaux at (337)-237-9540-

5th Annual Oilmen's Classic sponsors: Cameron Tank Rental- Petro Solutions- Deep South Chem- LA Swab Service- Rebel Rentals- Francis Drilling Fluids- Knight Oil Tools- SeaBulk Offshore- Resource Trans of America- Tanks-A-Lot- Southern Tanks- Tiger Tanks- Aker Marine- Tong- Energy Log- Quality PreHeat- Premier Inc- Acadian Con- Broussard Bros- Trussco- Tri-con Enviornmental- Air Log- Global Marine- Sun Drilling- Skeeter/Yamaha- Venture Trans- Benton- Huval Trucking- Lycon- OCS- LakeCaster- Halliburton- DataCom- Janic Directional- Welch Rental- Extreme Tackle- Omega Natchig- Blanco Deepwater- Alpine Mud- Marine Industrial Fab- Ainsworth Trucking- LA Pipeline- Wireline- FluidTech- ChemTech- Acadiana Coatings- Tesoro Marine- Premier- LA Valve- Tide Water Marine- Source Envirnmental- "and" the 5th Annual Rayburn Oilmen Classic Teams-

Everett Sanders with 7.52 lb "overall"

1st place-2nd place-3rd place "oilpatch" team winners-
< photos by Noe Garcia>

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