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5 Bass/14.52 Lbs Wins Rayburn ABA
By Ed Snyder

American Bass Anglers East Texas Individual Tournament Trail
Sunday, December 16, 2001, Millcreek Park, Lake Sam Rayburn, TX.

Blustery winds and rain heavy clouds greeted the 29 anglers who braved pre-front weather to fish the American Bass Anglers circuit, but despite the rough and tough "rock & roll" conditions, the individual basser's managed to put quite a tournament together for the 3:pm weigh-in at Rayburn's Millcreek Park.

1st-(5 bass/14.52 lbs)- Deryl Janzen of Hemphill TX, put his Procraft/Mercury over south-lake grass-points to work Enders rods and Lews reels spooled with 15 lb test P-line. The angler caught his winning weight by fishing ¾ oz chrome/blue Traps and chartreuse/green Norman DD-22 cranks along 10' to 15' point-grass edges for culling up his 1st place sack by 9:am.

2nd-(5 bass/13.22 lbs)-Bill Taylor of Jennings LA, ran his Triton/Mercury to Bear Creek grass-patches to fish Falcon rods and Daiwa reels spooled with 12 lb test Berkley Big Game mono. The Louisiana angler put his 2nd place weight in the boat by working watermelon/red Zoom trick-worms "wacky style" over 2' to 12' grass-clumps, which put a 5.58 "kicker" in the boat on a 2:30 pm big bite.

3rd-(5 bass/11.69 lbs)-Chris Clemens of Lufkin TX, hovered his Champion/Yamaha bass-rig over Caney Creek points to work Castaway rods and Quantum reels spooled with 15 lb test Berkley big game mono. The 3rd place angler caught his weight by fishing chartreuse/green Tube-jigs and 3/8 oz chartreuse/white Hawg Hustler spinner-baits w/white split-tail trailers along 4' -2ndary point-grass edges.

Overall Big Bass-(6.08)-Joe Parker of Temple TX, put his Blazer/Yamaha over Needmore Point grass to work Abu-Garcia rod & reels spooled with 10 lb test Silver Thread. Joe managed to catch the 6.08 lb "overall" tournament big bass on a 2pm big bite while fishing a ¼ oz Killeen Custom spinner-bait with gold/silver double willows over a 7' grass-edge.

Top Five:

Overall Big Bass-(6.08)-J. Parker-$145.00

All bass recovered and released by the ABA fish recovery team.

For more information on the ABA events contact Rodney Howard at (337)-238-4210

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Joe Parker displays his 6.08 lb "overall"

Deryl Janzen of Hemphill TX, shows 2 reps to his 5 bass/14.25 lb win
< photos by Ed Snyder >

Top 5 winners- front-L-R- Janzen- Taylor- rear L-R Parker- Clemens- Tall- Helgeson

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