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5 Bass/25.00 Lbs Wins Rayburn Excel Team -10 lb "Kicker" Lands Big Bass Honor
By Ed Snyder

Excel Fishing Tournaments Sportsman Series
Sunday, January 27, 2002, Twin Dikes Marina, Lake Sam Rayburn, TX.

With Saturday's Excel Sportsman anglers intimidated by the 5 bass/34.73 Lb sack that overpowered a leader-board marking 145.47 lbs for the top-6 slots, with11.65 lb & 10.21 lb lunkers weighed-in, Sunday's tourney crowd waited with baited breath to see what the Open Team anglers would bring in. "Five bass/25.00 Lbs, Randy Knight announced to the waiting crowd, "with a 10.00 lb 'kicker" for big bass honors!"Not bad, not bad atall"
The new EXCEL Fishing Tournaments will have two circuits, Sportsman's and Open Team series that is scheduled at Rayburn (3 times)- Toledo Bend (2 times)- and Livingston (2 times), informed Excel tournament director, Randy Knight, "with seven regular season events for each circuit plus each circuit will have its own championship. "The 50 teams will qualify for each circuit championship with guaranteed payouts for each championship. "The World of Fishing -( is providing our Anglers a a web-sight that will enable them to enter the tournament on-line, as well as view the tournament results and year to date standings. The World of Fishing will also be our media-sponsor.
SPORTSMAN'S -Saturday tournaments are called the Sportsman's Series- (Team).
OPEN TEAM -Sunday tournaments will be called the Open Team Series- (Team).

1st place-(5 bass/25.00 lbs)-Chris Wilson and David Harvey of Nederland TX, ran their Skeeter/Yamaha to mid-lake grass-beds to work Kistler rods and Shimano reels spooled with 15 lb test Berkley Big Game mono. The winning team slow-rolled 1 / 2 and 9 / 16 oz shad patterned Mr. Blitz double willow spinner-baits w/white trailers along 4/-8' and 10'-14' grass-edges to catch 5 bass from an all day bite. "We lost three huge bass at the same time I caught my 10.00 lb big bass at 10am, David groaned, "as they all wrapped around timber and broke off.

2nd place-(5 bass/19.21 lbs)- Dicky Newberry and John Gunnels of Houston TX, put their Skeeter/Yamaha over mid-lake grass to work Falcon rods and Shimano reels spooled with 17 lb Stren. The Dawson Marine Team fished 1 / 2 oz red Rattle Traps along 6'-7' grass-edges to catch 15 bass from an all day bite. "RAYBURN IS BACK" Dicky praised!

3rd place-(5 bass/18.14 lbs)- John Salamone from Spring and Ricky Guy from Deer Park TX, put their Ranger/Mercury bass-rig over south-lake grass to work Allstar rods and Shimano reels spooled with 20 lb test Gamakatsu. The 3rd place team managed to catch 25 bass from an all day bite by fishing red lipless crank-baits along 4'-12' grass-edges.

Top 5 Open Teams:
1-(25.00)-Kris Wilson/David Harvey--------$1,800
2-(19.21)-Dicky Newberry/John Gunnels---$1,075
3-(18.14)-John Salamone/Ricky Guy--------$900
4-(Albert White/Bill Harlan-------------------$800
5-(David Vance/Rob Harty--------------------$750

Overall Big Bass-(10.00)-Kris Wilson/David Harvey-$210
2 nd Big Bass-(7.08)-Clayton Boulware/Roger Boulware-$150

This tournament paid the top 5 teams from a field of 37 teams with a 18.11 lb cutoff.

Post-front calm conditions provided 54-56 degree waters under hard blue-bird skies with dropping lake levels slightly above normal pool.

All bass recovered and live released by the Excel fish recovery team with 101 bass weighing 299 lbs.

For more information on the Excel Tournament Series contact Randy Knight at (979)-694-7634 -or click to-

Excel Tournament Series Sponsors: Motor-Guide- Holliday Inn Express, Needmore Tackle- Daichi Hooks- and the Open Team Series anglers.

Wilson and Harvey heft 4 reps to their 25.00 lb win, which includes the 10.00 lb "kicker"

Dicky Newberry shows off his and Gunnels 19.21 lb 2nd place sack
< photos by Ed Snyder >

Clayton Boulware with 7.08 lb 2nd place big bass

Top 3 teams- 1st front- 2nd - 3rd

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