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Team Rials/Gamble Claim Oilmen Bass Classic
By Ed Snyder

19th Annual Oilmen's Bass Classic
Saturday, September 8, 2001, Cypress Bend Resort, Lake Toledo Bend, LA.

Shifting skies and building winds announced the approach of an early September cold front, putting the 686 "Oil-Patch" bass teams on "rock & roll" patterns for day-2 competition as this would be their final effort for the win as they flipped, dragged, and cranked the 184,000-acre expanse of Toledo Bend Lake. One team, a John Chance & Unical merger, managed to hold tight to their 1215 area pattern to catch & cull enough "live-weight" to claim the bragging-rights to the 19th Annual Oilmen's Bass Classic.

"We, "Really" want you here, lauded SRA-LA director Linda Curtis, "And, Ms Curtis went on to praise, "the Great State of Louisiana wants you here as well!! With that the "Oilpatch" teams rose to the occasion with a standing ovation for the Sabine River Authority of Louisiana, the Sabine Parish Tourism group, and the wonderful people who operate the Cypress Bend Resort Complex.

An oilfield related organization; the "Oilpatch" Classic krewe provides fishing related tournament events that, not only pump Mega-Dollars into the local economy, but also coordinates and operates one of the smoothest and snag free tournament operations that this writer/angler has ever witnessed. To actually witness their operation is to actually see how well "oiled" their operations are from their "traffik" control krewe's who handle the hundreds of incoming vehicles & boats, to their three -5 man weigh-in krewe's who check, weigh, and tally the incoming catches, to their "oil-patch" computer teams who receive and input the data, to their fish recovery teams who collect and revive the fish for live release back into the lake. "An amazing feat and an amazing thing to watch!!"

ReCap: Day-1-Team#639- David Viviano of Ensco and Bart White of Marathon Oil managed take the lead with 19.00 lbs by fishing june-bug and red-shad Zoom lizards along 8' to 20' grass-ridge drops, which included a 6.47 lb "Overall" for first day big bass competition.

Day-2- 1st place team- (29.13 lbs)-Team#67- Joe Rials of John Chance and Bob Gamble of Unical managed to work Six Mile area 12' to 15' depths with Castaway rods and Lews reels spooled with 20 lb test Berkley Big Game mono. The winning "Oil-Patch" team fished FLA and TX rigged 11" and 8" camo Ring Rascal worms from the deck of their Stratos/Evinrude bass-rig to catch & cull 5 keeper-bass on day-1 and 6 keeper-bass on day-2 to tally their first place 29.13 lb stringer, anchoring the first place "braggin-rights" for their 19th Annual Oilmen's Bass Classic win.

2nd place team- (29.27 lbs)-Team#303- Tim Viator of Petron and Jeff Gribbon of Addax Petroleum maneuvered their Champion/Mercury bass-rig around Rebel Ridge grass-clumps to work Allstar rods and Ambasadeur reels spooled with 15 lb test Berkley Big Game mono. The 2 nd place team fished bleeding shiner Chug-Bugs around 12' grass to catch & cull-18 bass on day-1 and 20 bass on day-2 for their tournament tally.

3rd place team- (27.79 lbs)-Team#639- David Viviano of Ensco and Bart White of Marathon put their Triton/Yamaha over 1215 area grass-edges to work Castaway rods and Shimano reels spooled with 15 lb test Berkley Big Game mono. The 3 rd place team fished TX rigged red-shad brush-hogs and chartreuse Zoom flukes around 8' to 20' ridge-drops to catch their final weights.

1st Place Overall Big Bass- (7.25 lbs)- Team#607-Ryan Moss of R&M Energy and Robert Moss of Oil-states put their Hawk/Mercury bass-rig over Patroon area grass-edges to work Kistler Phantom rods and Quantum reels spooled with 17 lb test Berkley mono. The father & son team fished red-shad Chug-Bugs "straight" from the tourney ditty-bags to catch their bass, which included a 7.25 lb "whopper" that Ryan nailed on a 7:20 am big bite while fishing a 3' grass-patch. "We almost never got that big bass in, stated Ryan, "as that bass exploded all over the place before my dad was able to net it for me.

2nd Place Overall Big Bass- (7.13 lbs)-Team# 504- Bob Laroux of Marine Drilling and Jimmy Jeansonne of Chevron put their Cobra/Mercury over south-lake bare-points to work Fenwick rods and Ambassadeur reels spooled with 20 lb test Berkley vanish line. The Toledo Bend team fished TX rigged june-bug Reaction worms when Bob hooked his 7.13 lb big bass on an 8:am big-bite.

Top 5 "Oil-Patch" Team Winners:
1-Team#67-Joe Rials/Bob Gamble------------------29.13 lbs-
2-Team#303-Tim Viator/Jeff Gribbon--------------28.27 lbs-
3-Team#639-Bart White/David Viviano------------27.79 lbs-
4-Team#504-Bob Laroux/Jimmy Jeansonne-------26.56 lbs-
5-Team#283-Daniel DeMary/Darin Thibodeaux --25.70 lbs-

Top 5 "Overall" Big Bass Teams:
1-Team#607-Ryan Moss/Robert Moss----------(7.25 lbs)-
2-Team#504-Bob Laroux/Jimmy Jeansonne---(7.13 lbs)-
3-Team#639-David Viviano/Bart White--------(6.47 lbs)-
4-Team#67-Joe Rials/Bob Gamble--------------(6.10 lbs)-
5-Team#347-Chuck Vincent/Robert Arnold----(6.05 lbs)-

All Bass recovered and live released by the Shimano/SRA-LA and Bass-n-Bucks fish recovery teams.
Day-1-tally- 927 bass weighing 2,087 lbs.
Day-2-final tally-1,699 bass weighing 3,813 lbs.

Cal-Dive "luck-o-the-draw" Cal-Dive Bobcat Pirogue valued at $1,500 -(not available)
Cajun Outboards "luck-o-the-draw" Skeeter/Yamaha SX200 Bass Boat valued at $28,000-(not available)-

This "Oilpatch" Classic event paid out $82,125 to the top 200 teams and daily top 10 big bass anglers from a field of 688 "oil-patch" teams.

Ryan exact-weight 7.0 lb bass award of $700 plus $700 Lake Assn Award-(un-claimed)

For More information on this "Oil-Patch" event contact Charlotte Comeaux at (337)-235-9464 - or- clic to

19th Annual Oilmen's Bass Classic Sponsors: 4M Promotional Concepts- A&T Well Service- Acadiana Dodge- Ace Transport- AGGREKO- Air Log- Apollo- Aries Marine- ASCO- B.O.P. Ram Rentals- Baker Hughes Inteq- Baker Oil Tools- Berry Brothers Gen. Contractors- BJ Services- BLR/LA Pipeline and Construction- Bob Croom- Boots & Coots- Broussard Brothers- CE Oil Tool & Supply- Cajun Outboards- Cajun Tubular- Caldive- Cameron- Cameron Rental & Tanks- Chalmers, Collins & Alwell- Chemtech- Coastal Chemical- Coastal Wire Rope & Supply- Coil Tubing- Corporate Personnel- Crain Brothers- CUDD Pressure Control- Cypress Bend Resort- Davis-Lynch- Data Comm- Deep South Chemical- Delmar Systems- Delta Rental- Donnie Williams Tool- Drill String- Drilling America- Drilling Supplies & Rubber Products- Enviropak- Expri Production Wireline- FloQuip- G&S Construction- General Marine Leasing- Global Completion- Global Marine Drilling- Halliburton Energy- HB Rentals- Hill City Oil- Holbert Steel- Huvals- Integrated Directional- International Well- John Chance & ASSC- J.V. Oilfield- Kajun Kommotion- KCS- Lakecaster- LA Safety Systems- Major Eguip & Remed Systems- Mallard- M-I LLC- Moncla Well- MWD- Nabors Drilling- Newpark- Environ- Ocean Runner Marine- Oil Country Tubular- Oilfield Instr- Operators Consult- Petra Consult- Petra Rentals- Petrocom- Petrolium Sol- Petron Indst- Philco Pipe- Pinnacle Energy- Pro-T- QTS- Quail- Quality- Rapid Drill- Red Wing- Rotorcraft- Royal- Rusty Clark- Ryan Energy- SRA-LA- Schlumberger- Schoeller- Seaboard- Service- SOLA- Soloco- Southern Wire- Specialty- Stabil Drill- Sub Surface- Superior- SWACO- T PI- Talens- TAM- Tanner- Terrebone- TESCO- The Hanover CO- Hydro Carbon- The Lunch Bunch- Thomas Energy- Tiger TKS- TIMCO- Toledo Trend- Tri-City- Trojan- TRUSSCO- Tubular Tech- United Crane- United Supply- Varco- Variable- Venture- Walsh- Watson- Weatherford- Wink- Wood GRP Log- Wood GRP Pres- "and" the 19th Annual "Oil-Patch" Bass Classic Teams.

Team#303- Viator & Gribbon with 2nd place trophy

Father & son team#607 with 7.25 lb "overall"
< photos by Ed Snyder >

Team#504- Laroux & Jeansonne with 7.13 lb 2nd big bass

Team#67- Rials & Gamble with first place "braggin-rights"

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