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Tournament Pathfinder
By John Presley

The 45th Annual Houston Boat Sport and Travel show will run from January 5-14 at the Astro hall and Arena in Houston,Texas. This will be my 24th year to participate in this boat show. This is one boat show worth taking the whole family to see and enjoy. There will be all types of boats for sale and on display from large yachts to rubber rafts. Bass boats from all major manufactures will also be there with their new products and the factory reps who represent them. The engine manufactures such as Evinrude, Johnson, Mercury Outboards, Yamaha Outboards, Suzuki and others will also be represented at this show. The arena area is filled with fishing rod, reel and lure manufactures and reps to help you choose the right combination for you. If your looking for the latest in fish finders, sonar or GPS navigation units there will be plenty on display and for sale. I will be working at the Lowrance Electronics display booth in the arena so come by and visit me. Lowrance has sonar units, GPS navigational mapping units in both console mounts or hand held. The show is filled with fishing and hunting guides from all over Texas and other parts of the country that you can visit and ask questions about their guide service. Several booths have travel agencies if you want to plan your next vacation or fishing or hunting trip. Through out the week local hunting and professional fishing guides and touring BASS pros give seminars on fishing and hunting. The kids can catch rainbow trout from a large tank sponsored by a local radio station. If you're not really into fishing or hunting but love boating there are all types of water sport toys to see also, such as the latest in water skies, wake boards, toobs and waverunners. The show also has booths with scuba diving gear and accessory products for the diving enthuses. This year the Lakecaster will be located in booth 7201 so come by and visit. The booth is always filled with the new tournament entry forms for all the up and coming tournaments of the new year and plenty of information, because it's the Lakes Area #1 Promotional Magazine. The Houston boat show is well worth attending so I hope to see you there. During the third week of February the Bassmaster Top 150 will return to Toledo Bend after 18 years since their last visit. The tournament will be held at Cypress Bend Resort on the Louisiana side of the lake. This will be a four day event and the public is invited to attend the daily weigh-in. This should be a exciting event with some big stringers brought to the scales during this time of the month, so try to be there. Only two weeks later the Bassmasters will return to East Texas to fish the Bassmaster Texas Invitational on Lake Sam Rayburn. This tournament will be held on March 1st thru 3rd out of Twin Dikes Marina .This tournament should also produce some really big bass and heavy limits during weigh-in, do to the pre spawn and spawning fishing patterns that will be working. In my next article I will give you the results and information on both of these tournaments. By the way, when I am not fishing tournaments. I am a full-time fishing guide on Lake Sam Rayburn. If you would like to book a trip please call me at 409-698-9713 or Ann's Tackle Shop at 409-384-7685. Or e-mail me at JOHN@SAMRAYBURNFISHING.COM. or check out my website at SAMRAYBURNFISHING.COM.

Good Luck and Good Fishing.

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