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5 Bass/17.05 Lbs Nabs Rayburn A/C Couples
By Ed Snyder

Anglers Choice East Texas Couples 2001 Series
Sunday, August 19, 2001, Twin Dikes Marina, Lake Sam Rayburn, TX.

Rolling thunder and shifting skies clouded the season's final tournament for the Anglers Choice East Texas Couples Teams as they launched into Lake Sam Rayburn. Today was "judgment-day" as 58 teamed couples crossed fishing sticks to battle it out for a reserved a seat at the 2001 Anglers Choice Couples Championship. After the final sack was weighed, tallied, and recorded, a husband & wife team from Lake Livingston TX, managed to top the leader-board with a 5 bass/.17.05 lb catch.

1st place team-(5 bass/17.05 lbs)- Edwin and Julie Loitz of Lake Livingston TX, put their Champion/Mercury bass-rig over North mid-lake grass-beds to work Castaway rods and Spider-Cast reels spooled with 50 lb test Spider-Wire braid. The Ed's Marina team flipped 10 & 1 /2 inch TX rigged red-bug Zoom Monster worms along 10' inside & outside grass-edges to catch 11 bass from an all day bite to cull their 17.05 lb winning catch from.

2nd place team-(5 bass/15.53 lbs)- John and Dana Jordan of Jasper TX, ran their bass-rig to mid-lake grass to work their magic for catching their 5 bass/15.53 lb 2nd place finish from. The Jasper TX, husband and wife team also managed to claim the Anglers Choice East Texas Couples Team of the Year honors for the 2001 season for being the best couples tournament team on this years circuit.

3rd place team-(3 bass/13.92 lbs)- Jeff and Amanda Manous of Dayton TX, maneuvered their Fisher/Mercury bass-rig to mid-lake grass-beds to work Shimano rods and reels spooled with 15 lb test Berkley Big Game mono. The husband & wife team fished TX rigged june-bug Zoom monster worms around 10' to 14' outside grass-edges to catch 12 bass to cull their 3rd place finish, which included a 7:30 am 7.10 lb big bite for Jeff who landed the "overall" biggest bass of the tournament.

Top 5 Couples Teams:
1-Edwin/Julie Loitz-------------------5 bass/17.05 -$415
2-John/Dana Jordan-------------------5 bass/15.53 -$280
3-Jeff/Amanda Manous---------------3 bass/13.92-$210
4-Richard/Marrianna Carpenter------5 bass/13.41-$185
5-Floyd Manous/Gill Garrison-------5 bass/12.29-$135

Overall Big Bass-(7.10)- Jeff/Amanda Manous-$75

All bass recovered and live released via the A/C Couples fish recovery team.

For more information on the Anglers Choice Tournament circuit contact Curtis Kayda at www.Anglers Choice.com

Anglers Choice Tournament Sponsors: BassCat- Mercury- Berkley- Cabela's- TH Marine- MotorGuide- Fenwick- AbuGarcia- Please Release Me- e-Angler- Interstate Batteries- Ramada Inn-Jasper- Needmore Tackle- Holiday Inn Express- "and" the A/C East Texas Couples Team Anglers.


Top 5 couples with first and 2nd kneeling right to left

1st Place Team
< photos by Ed Snyder >

Overall Big Bass

2nd place team

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