-8 Bass/29.04 Takes Amateur Win-
Anglers Quest Pro/Am Series
Sunday, February 10, 2002, Millcreek Park, Lake Sam Rayburn, TX.
With East Texas winter weather conditions of 70-degree warmth one day
and thirty degree chills the next, most of the Angler Quest Pro/Am teams
competing in this two-day event managed to catch respectable bass-weights
despite the adversity of the extremes. And in this case it seemed that
it really didn't matter as to where you were positioned in the boat with
the front-ending Pro/winner catching 28.28 lbs and the tail-ending amateur
winner catching 29.04 lbs.
Day-1 ReCap: Almost balmy but windy 70-degree weather provided first day
fishing conditions as Houston TX, pro/angler Albert White took the pro-lead
with 5 bass/17-14 lbs, and Humble TX, amateur angler, Chris Hayes nabbed
the amateur lead with 4 bass/13.47 lbs.
Day-2 Final: Chilly north winds and hard 40-degree blue-birds greeted
the 2nd day Pro/Am anglers as some trailered while others braved the choppy
surf to fish their final quest for the winning stringer. And after all
were accounted for the leading pro managed to maintain with enough weight
to win his quest, which was quickly followed up with the leading amateur
taking his win, besting the pro-leader by almost a pound.
1st place Pro-(10 bass/28.28)- Albert White of Houston TX, put his Champion/Mercury
bass-rig over mid-lake grass to work Quantum rods and reels spooled with
15 lb test P-line. The Pro/angler concentrated on fishing 1 / 2 oz red-shad
Rattle Traps along 2' to 6' grass-edges that had hard sandy bottoms. Albert
also nabbed the pro big bass honor with his first day 5.57 lb catch.
2nd place Pro-(6 bass/18.91)- Ray Beck of Beaumont TX, ran his Ranger/Mercury
bass-rig to protected south-lake banks to work Allstar rods and Shimano
reels spooled with 17 lb test Excalibur line. Ray maneuvered around shallow
buck-brush with his Minn-Kota troll-motor to fish crawfish colored Excalibur
fat-free shads to catch his 2 nd place sack.
3rd place Pro-(6 bass/17.78)- Spring TX, pro, John Salamone put his Ranger/Mercury
bass-rig over mid-lake grass to work Allstar rods and Shimano reels spooled
with 20 lb test Gamakatsu. The 3 rd place pro/angler fished 1 / 2 and
3 / 4 oz red Rattle Traps around 4' to 12' creek-channel grass edges to
catch his weight.
1st Place Amateur-(8 bass/29.04)- Humble TX, angler, Chris Hayes fished
with Pro/anglers Albert White and James Westmoreland around north-lake
grass and Buck Bay brush to work Allstar rods and Shimano reels spooled
with 15 lb test P-Line. The first place amateur angler fished 1 / 2 oz
red Rattle Traps and 3 / 8 oz Strike King spinner-baits within 6' grass
and brush to catch his winning bass, which included a first day 6.01 big
bite that held for the overall amateur big bass.
1-(10 bass/28.28)-Albert White-$1,912
2-(6 bass/18.91)-Ray Beck-$1, 050
3-(6 bass/17.78)-John Salamone-$905
Overall Pro/Big Bass-(5.57)-Albert White-$170
Top 3 Amateurs:
1-(8 bass/29.04)- Chris Hayes-$857
2-(5 bass/13.69)-Jeff Koester-$410
3-(4 bass/9.69)-Rick Westfall-$263
Overall Amateur Big Bass-(6.01)-Chris Hayes-$102
All Bass recovered and live released by the Anglers Quest fish recovery
team with 106 bass weighing 280 lbs.
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