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5 Bass / 19.68 lbs Wins the 2002 Honey Hole Team Southeast Region Kick-off Tournament
By Patty Schaefer

"In like a lion...." as the saying goes about the winds bringing in the Spring season. The 57 teams of anglers today definately wrestled the lion for their tournament today at Twin Dikes Marina on Lake Sam Rayburn. The high winds were out of the Northwest and temps were working to be in the 40's but felt like they were in the high 20's. These anglers got their workout today while most of them threw rattle traps and spinnerbaits to bring in some very nice chunky bass. Eleven stringer places were paid today as well as three big bass places.

1st Place Team - Perry Judice of Houston, TX and David Want of Huntsville, TX threw crawfish rattle traps, chartreuse rattle traps and tandem chartreuse & white spinnerbaits today bringing in a total weight of 19.68 lbs taking first place in the tournament. They managed to find their fish in protected areas out of the wind in about 4-7' of water between the grass and the buck brush. Their best bite came between 7:00-8:00 am and were culling by 11:00. Their efforts brought them a check for $1,100.00.

2nd Place Team - Sammy Atchison and Chris Wilson of Nederland, TX used white double willow spinnerbaits for their 18.74 lb stringer today. They fished in the mid lake area in about 14' of grass and also used red rattle traps.

Big Bass - Several 6+ lbr's were brought in but JC Evans of Tomball, TX won the Big Bass overall with 6.32 lbs. He and his son Michael reported a tough bite today. They caught their fish on a 3/4 oz. red rattle trap in about 4-7' of grass. Their best bite came between 10:00 & 11:00am.

Sponsors for this tournament are: Jasper Outboard, The Undertaker Fishing Lures, Stratos, Javelin, BG Wakerunner, Continental Batteries, Quantum, Budweiser, Zebco, Motorguide and the anglers / participants. This was the first of six qualifying tournaments for the Honey Hole Southeast Region. The championship will be a two day tournament in October. Ronnie Taylor, Director for this region can be contacted at 409-384-7830 or email . He will be happy to answer your questions and sign you and your partner up for any of the upcoming tournaments.

1st place - Perry Judice & David Want with their 19.68 lb 1st place stringer

BB - J C Evans showing his 6.32 lb Big Bass winner
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2nd place - Sammy Atchison & Chris Wilson with their 18.74 lb 2nd place stringer

Top 3 & BB - (L-R) 1st-Perry Judice / David Want, 2nd-Sammy Atchsion & Chris Wilson, 3rd-Benny Bradley / Keith Caka, Big Bass - JC Evans

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