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Humble Anglers Quench Top Honors at The Angler's Quest Pro/Am Championship on Lake Livingston
by Stephanie Wilkerson

Waterwood Marina, Lake Livingston, TX The Angler's Quest Tournament Trail held it's 2002 Pro/Am Championship right here on Lake Livingston at Waterwood Marina. One may ask just what is a pro/am, well this is were a professional fisherman who gets fishs out of the front of the boat and shares a day of tournament fishing with an amateur fisherman who fishes from the back of the boat by means of random drawing by the tournament director. 17 professional anglers and 16 amateur anglers were greeted with the typical east Texas mid fall weather-HOT!!! Beautiful skies with little or no wind, very clear water conditions to go along with the very warm temps for the first day of the tournament. Rains, showers, lightining and thunder along with humid conditions came along the second day changing the fishing pattern for most of the anglers. In spite of the fishing weather, these tournament anglers stuck with the game plan in hopes to grab part of the tournament cash pay out of $13,307.00 On the eve of the first day of the tournament, The anglers gathered together at Waterwood for the usual tournament meeting along with an auction to help raise money for the "big bass" pot along with the Calcutta in which individual anglers were auctioned off to the highest bidder on who they thought just might win the tournament. Day one recap-Pro Side: Jason Reyes from Humble TX, came in first for the day with 5 fish weighing in at 11.98 lbs. Jason is no stranger to this lake as he positioned his Triton/Mercury bass rig mid-lake in shallow grass areas to work Allstar rods and Shimano reels spooled with 20 lb Berkley Big Game. Jason also stated that he caught the majority of today's fish flipping a June bug brush hog. Randy Quinn from Anahuac, TX finished second on day one with 5 bass weighing in at 11.69 lbs fishing with amateur Chris Adams. Randy focused on reeds up north in clear water conditions as he fished from his Champion/Mercury bass boat using Allstar rods and Calcutta reels spooled with Berkley Big Game 15 lb test working blue and chartreuse crank baits. John Payette from Houston, TX rounded out the top three on day weighing in 5 bass at 9.89 lbs. John positioned his Triton/Mercury bass rig up north to work Allstar rods and Shimano reels spooled with 17 lb test Trilene to work crank baits in shallow waters. Amateur side: 15 year old Chris Adams from Humble, TX came in first for day one weighing 3 fish for 5.97 lbs. This youngster fished with Randy Quinn in a Champion. Mercury bass rig. Chris stated that he was using and Allstar rod and a Shimano reel spooled with Berkley Big Game 15 lb test up north to work blue/emerald crawl worm focusing on grass lines in about 3-4 foot of water Hameed Ghaffar from Houston, TX was in second after the first day weighing in 3 fish for 5.58 lbs. Hameed fished with pro Don Knapp in a Skeeter/Johnson bass rig up north using Ambassador rods and Shimano reels spooled with 12 lb and 16 lb Stren to work Zoom plastic worms focusing on boat docks in about 5 foot of water Rounding out the day in the third position was Gary Thompson from Humble,TX weighing in 2 fish for 4.74 lbs. Gary stated that he fished with pro Dean Coleman in his Bullet bass rig up north in about 4 foot of clear water using Allstar rods and Calcutta reels spooled with 20 lb test Stren to work chartreuse crank baits. Also for day one the heaviest pro/am stringer split--5.97 lbs went to Randy Quinn and Chris Adams in which each angler received a check for $150.00. 2nd day results:-Pro side Jason Reyes held on to the top position for the second day and claimed the rights as the champion for the 2002 season. Jason weighed in 4 fish at 8.01 lbs which gave him a two day total of 19.99 and a check for $2,854.00 along with the championship trophy. Jason also received a check for $259.47 for the Calcutta pot in which he was bought by the highest bidder Barbara Long and Carla Diberardino in which these two received a check for $778.43. Jason stated that on the second day he fished with Chris Adams and kept the same pattern of fishing on the second day of competition. Congrats to him. This makes his 8th first place win with the Angler's Quest Tournament Trail. 2nd place went to pro Randy Quinn who weighed in 4 bass at 7.38 lbs and received a check for $1427.00 and a plaque. His two day total was 19.07 lbs. Randy also had the second big bass of 3.66 lbs for the tournament on pro side in which he was awarded $218.46 Randy also received an additional check for the Calcutta pot of $155.69 and his owner was Mark Rouse who received a check for $467.05. Randy stated that he fished with Mark Cooper from Galveston, TX on the second day of competition in which he too kept the same fishing pattern as the he did on the first day. 3rd place went to Albert White from Houston, TX weighing in 3 bass on the first day for 6.84 lbs and the second day 5 bass for 10.40 lbs which gave him a two day total of 17.24 lbs and a check along with a plaque for $1.271.16. Albert explained that he had to work really hard on the second day to make this huge come back. He stated that he thought that there was no way he was going to have a chance after the first day but hard work really payed off. Albert was fishing with amateur Toby Prescott in a Champion/Mercury bass boat up north in about 3 feet of stained water focusing on lay-downs. He was using Falcon rods and Quantum reels spooled with 50 lb test Magi Braid line to work his homemade skunk hair jig. 1st place big bass on the pro side went to Larry Cotton from Channelview, TX weighing in at 3.92 lb and a check for $509.74. Larry explained that he caught the big bass on a chartreuse crank bait in about 4 foot of water on lay-downs in Caney Creek on an Allstar rod and a Shimano reel spooled with 14 lb test Trilene. Amateur side: 1st place went to Chris Adams weighing in 2 fish for 3.54 lbs which gave him a 2 day total of 11.15 lbs, a check for $1350.50, Chris also had the big bass on the AM side in which it weighed 3.54 lbs and a check for $332.85 Chris was also the highest contender in the Calcutta pot on the AM side in which he sold for $127.81 ---Chris turned around and bought himself back for that amount and ended up winning an additional $$381.94. Chris stated that he fished with pro Jason Reyes on the second day of competition win which he too repeated the same fishing pattern as did on the first day. 2nd place went to Gary Thompson weighing in 3 fish at 6.09 lbs which gave him a two day total of 10.83 lbs, a check for $675.25 along with a plaque .Gary also received an additional check for the Calcutta pot for $76.39 and his owner was Jimmy Lout in which he received a check for $229.16. Gary fished Archie Haley on the second day in a Stratos/Yamaha bass rig up north in 4 foot of clear water working a plastic June bug colored worm on Allstar rods and Calcutta reels spooled with 20 lb test Stren. 3rd place went to Rick Westfall from Houston, TX weighing in 3 fish at 3.36 lbs which gave him a two day total of 10.07 lbs and a check for $405.15 along with a plaque. Rick also received a check in the Calcutta pot for $50.93 and his owner was Don Knapp who received a check for $152.77. Rick fished with Don Knapp on the second day of competition in a Skeeter/Johnson bass rig down south using Castaway rods and Shimano reels spooled with 15 lb test P-line in 3 foot of clear water focusing on boat docks using finesse worms. Rick also had the second big bass on the AM side for the tournament in which he received another check for $142.65 Anglers Quest would like to thank it sponsors: Lake Houston Marina, DeMontrond Dodge, Royal Purple Oil, Check-it-Stick, Kickapoo Bait and Tackle, Quality Mop and Broom, Classic Awards and Trophy, Union Planters Bank, Allstar Rods, Anchorage Marine, Big Daddy's Liquor, B & D Auto Glass, MSD Building Corp., and Advent Communications.

 

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