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Blue Skies and Big Bass mark Anglers Choice East Texas Couples Event

 

Blue Skies and Big Bass mark Anglers Choice East Texas Couples Event

What a difference a day makes. For the 31 teams competing in Sunday's Anglers Choice Couples tournament on Sam Rayburn, it meant the difference in fishing and catching. During Saturday's practice, 25 mph plus winds kept most of the field close to the nearest launch area and away from productive areas. But Sunday's "Chamber of Commerce" weather with light winds, blue skies and 70-degree temps apparently put bass in a major feeding mode.

"This is our first event on the 2001 schedule", stated Tournament Director Curtis Kayda, "and we're happy to announce that our championship will be right here on Big Sam next October". "We are offering a great payout on lakes close to home where a couple can spend some quality time together on the water".

It was quality bass that had all eyes drawn to the Triton boat captained by Kenny Sibley as he and his wife Janet began pulling lunkers from their livewell. "21.15, mark it" was the call from Kayda as the scales finally settled. "Now let's weigh that big one". Big one indeed, as the Witt Team Marine Prostaffers big bass pushed the scales to 9 pounds 2 ounces. We caught over 2 limits of fish today". Stated Janet, "Mostly on spinnerbaits". According to Kenny, they were working Kistler/Shimano combos around north lake points with bushes to take home First Place Team and Big Bass which gave them a total payday of $520

Second Place and Second Big Bass went to the team of Linnis and Lynn Gibbons. Their 5 fish limit of 17.27 pounds was anchored by a nice 7.35 pound kicker. "Wacky worms in shallow bushes" was Gibbons' response to the what and where question. The Gibbons worked Allstar/Shimano combos from the deck of their Gambler/Mercury rig in the midlake area and took home $360 for their efforts.

Rounding out the top 3 was the team of Ricky and Wendy Goodman. "We caught fish all day", remarked Ricky, "we just couldn't get the big bite we needed." The Goodmans ran their Triton/Merc rig to midlake area to work 6 foot ditches and drains with wacky worms. Their limit weighed in at 14.82 pounds and netted them $235.

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