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Vidor BASSMaster Takes Rayburn BASS/FED
By Ed Snyder

Southeast Texas Region B.A.S.S. Federation
Saturday, May 5, 2001, Jackson Hill Park, Lake Sam Rayburn, TX.

Sideswiped by an early morning west Texas storm system the 60 BASS/FED members who chose to compete at the Lake Sam Rayburn S/E TX BASS Federation tournament were met with shifting winds, passing thorms, and "rock & roll" bassin' patterns. But one Vidor Bassmaster managed find the winning bite along some mid-lake points that put close to 30 bass in his cull to take the first place win.

"Listen up people, Tournament Director David Walton announced to the angler crowd, "Our 2002 BASS Federation Top-6 tournament will be held at Lake Sam Rayburn on March 18 -thru- the 23 of next year. "This Top-6 event will be hosted by the Jasper Chamber of Commerce and will be held either at Twin Dikes Marina or at the new tourism complex park. "Also, "The Top-40 Championship will be held at Huxley Bay Marina on Lake Toledo Bend October 27, 28. "Those of you who need more information on these events contact me at (936)-422-4422.

1st place-(5 bass/17.84 lbs)- Carl Skiles of Vidor Bassmasters put his Champion/Yamaha over mid-lake points to work Allstar rods and Shimano reels spooled with 14 lb test Trilene mono. The Groves TX, angler fished Zoom watermelon soft-plastics over bare points to catch close to 30 bass from 10:am to Noon, which included the overall big bass of 5.88 lbs.

2nd place-(5 bass/12.75 lbs)- Clint West of Vidor Bassmasters ran his Stratos/Evinrude to North-lake 2ndary points to fish Castaway rods and Shimano reels spooled with 15 lb test Berkley Big Game mono. The Jasper TX, angler worked Zoom watermelon wacky worms and Carolina rigged watermelon Zoom centipedes for an all day bite that put his 2nd place win in the boat.

3rd place-(5 bass/12.60 lbs)- Doug Killough of Silsbee Bass Club ran his Cobra/Mercury bass-rig to Black Forest brush to fish Castaway rods and Quantum reels spooled with 12 lb test Berkley mono. The Texas Marine Bass/Pro worked Zoom watermelon/red wacky worms within 6' to 10' brush to catch 11 bass between 10:30 am to Noon to cull up his 3rd place finish that included the 2nd place big bass of 4.54 lbs.

Top 7 Individuals:
1-Carl Skiles-Vidor Bassmasters--------------17.84-$580.32
2-Clint West-Vidor Bassmasters--------------12.75-$386.88
3-Doug Killough-Silsbee Bass Club----------12.60-$290.16
4-Kenneth Brown-Southern Bassmasters----10.53-$232.13
5-Tim Locke-Bass Club of East Texas-------10.37-$193.44
6-David Morgan-Silsbee Bass Club-----------10.35-$152.26
7-Ron Esman-Southern Bassmasters----------9.66-$96.72

Overall Big Bass-(5.88)-Carl Skiles-Vidor Bassmasters-$372
2nd Big Bass-(4.54)-Doug Killough-Silsbee Bass Club-$248

All bass were recovered and live released by the SE/TX BASS/FED fish recovery team.

For more information on this as well as other BASS/Federation events and projects contact David Walton at (936)-422-4422. Next Tournament event will be held on Lake Livingston at Waterwood Marina on September 8th.

BASS/FED Sponsors: Kistler Rods- Mercury Outboards- MinnKota- OUTCAST Lures- Ranger Boats- Plano Tackle- Adco Rods- Frogg Toggs- Pro-Control- Texas Whirlwind Baits- "and" the Southeast Texas BASS Federation Anglers.

West with his 2nd place sack

Skiles with his winning sack
< photos by Ed Snyder >

Killough with the 3rd place sack

Top 7 anglers with 1st thru 3rd front row

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