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10 Bass/28.28 Pro/Weights Rayburn Quest Pro/Am
By Ed Snyder

-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.
Top-3 Pro/Anglers:
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.
For more information on Anglers Quest Tournaments Call Mr Bill at 281-852-8842
Anglers Quest is Sponsored by: Advent Communications, Alpine Marina, All-Star Rods, Anchorage Marina, B & D Auto Glass, Best Western, Big Daddy's Liquor, Check-It Stik, Classic Awards & Trophies, DeMontrond Dodge, Holiday Inn Express, KickApoo Bait & Tackle, Lake Houston Marina, MSD Building Corporation, Paint Works Inc, Quality Mop & Broom, Royal Purple Oil, Superior Seals Inc, Superior Wrecker Service, Union Planters Banks, Waterwood Resort & Marina- and the Anglers Quest Pro/Am Anglers.


2nd Pro-winner Ray Beck-L- and 2nd Amateur-winner Jeff Koester show off their catches

Top 3 Pro-anglers and Amateur anglers- with Albert White and Chris Hayes kneeling
< photos by Ed Snyder >

Tourney Director Bill Long-L-helps Chris Hayes hold up his amateur win

Pro/angler Albert White holds reps to his first place win

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