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5 Bass/13.13 Lbs Takes Pro-Div Tracker Boats Tourney
By Ed Snyder

2001 Tracker Boat Owners Team Tournament
Sunday, October 14,2001, Shirley Creek Marina, Lake Sam Rayburn, TX.

High Pressure bluebird sunshine replaced the previous back -to- back cold fronts, which blew through the lake area with tornado warnings and flash-flooding showers, but a muddy four-inch rain-off greeted the 84 teamed Tracker Boat anglers who launched out of Shirley Creek Marina to compete in the Tracker Boat Owners event for Lake Sam Rayburn .

All those who are Tracker Boat owners are eligible to fish this event, stated the tournament director, whether they own a Tracker or Nitro boat with a minimum of 9.9 horse power engine, a live well system, and an emergency stop (kill) switch, are eligible to fish and compete in this event. "This eligibility also includes those who own Sun Tracker, Tracker Deck-boats, or Tahoe Sport Boats. "We also have a year-end Championship event where the top 20% in each qualifying event will be invited to attend our Fall Championship event at Table Rock Lake in Missouri. "These events are "buddy tournaments" and the owner of the boat must be in the boat at all times.

19' Fiberglass Pro/Div:
1st-Dennis Tietje/Jeff Tall---------------------5 bass/13.13 lbs-$600
Dennis Tietje of Roanoke LA, and Jeff Tall of Jennings LA, put their Nitro/Mercury bass-rig over south-lake grass to work Castaway rods and Shimano reels spooled with 15/20 lb test Berkely Big Game mono. The 1st place team caught their bass by fishing red-bug Reaction wacky worms and Toledo Town & Tackle plum-apple Bandits over 10' to 12' grass for an all day bite.

2nd-Charley King/Ricky Carol----------------4 bass/7.42 lbs-$400
3rd-John Hale/Pat Baker-----------------------2 bass/4.58 lbs-$200

18' Fiberglass-
1st-Shawn Hatcher/Justin Brewer-------------3 bass/7.60 lbs-$500
2nd-Chad Griffin---------------------------------2 bass/6.07 lbs-$300
3rd-Greg Hollis/Keith Stallings----------------3 bass/5.28 lbs-$100

Aluminum Div:
1st-Chad Johnson/Richard Gates---------------5 bass/9.32 lbs-$500
Chad Johnson and Ricky gates of San Antonio TX, put their Tracker 165 40 Mercury bass-rig up in a north-lake creek area to work Bass Pro rods and reels and Mitchell rods and Shimano reels spooled with 12 lb test Stren. They fished red 1 / 2 oz Stanley spinner baits with dbl gold willows around fall-downs to catch their bass.

2nd-Jose Rodriquez/Dale Gant------------------2 bass/6.05 lbs-$380

Big Bass Overall-(3.70 lbs)-Mark Kemp/Jack Kemp-$234
"My dad caught the big bass, stated Mark Kemp of San Antonio TX, explaining that it was their "only" keeper bass of the day. "He caught it on a black/blue Tube bait while fishing a north-lake lilly-pad and stump area. Jack Kemp of Winter Haven FLA, was working a Shakespeare rod and Zebco 33 reel spooled with 12 lb test Trilene when he caught and landed the bass in his sons Nitro/Mercury bass-rig.

2nd Big Bass-(3.68 lbs)-Dennis Tietje/Jeff Tall-$156

"Luck-O-The Draw" Bass Tracker "Special Edition" Pro/Team 175XT/Mercury 50 bass boat - Valued at $11,100 - Chad Johnson/Richard Gates USAF Lackland AFB- San Antonio, TX.

All bass were recovered and live released by the Tracker Boars fish recovery team.

For more information on the Tracker Boat Owners events contact Shirley Creek Marina at (936)-854-2233.

Tracker Boat Owners Sponsors: Minn-Kota, Mercury Outboards, Tracker/Nitro boats, Bass Pro-Shops, Shirley Creek Marine, and the Tracker Boat Owners Team Anglers.

Mark & Jack Kemp with "Overall" Big Bass Check

Johnson and Gates with their catch
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USAF vets Johnson and Gates with "Luck-O-The-Draw" Tracker Bass Boat

Tietje and Tall with their Pro/Div winning catch

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