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5 fish / 19.08 lbs Wins Fishers of Men Kick-off Tournament
By Patty Schaefer

Fifty two teams showed up to fish the first Fishers of Men, East Texas Division today at Twin Dikes Marina on Lake Sam Rayburn. They battled the 15-20 mile per hour winds with 3-5' swells today which didn't daunt these fishermen as there were many limits caught today and lots of nice fish. Mostly cloudy skies and temps in the mid 60's made for a great day of fishing other than the workout they got with the high winds.

Traps seemed to be the bait of the day today as the line grew long with fishermen waiting for their turn on the scales. The weights climbed more and more as each teams weights were tallied.

1st Place & Big Bass - Mark Couch & Tommy Shelton brought in their limit today weighing in 19.08 lbs. They brought in Big Bass of the day with a 10.69 lb kicker. They caught about 15-16 fish all day and were culling by about 8:30am. They fished with crank baits and rattle traps in 5-10' of water and then carolina rigged watermelon centipedes in about 17' of water on drops and grass edges today to catch their fish.

2nd Place - David Atwell and Chris DelValle brought in a limit weighing in 18.75 lbs to take second place today. They stuck to the bushes today in about 5-6' of water using white craw & bleeding shiner traps on the north end of the lake. Their best bite came in the morning and they were culling by 10:00am. Chris claimed that David tried to hurt him today crashing through the waves, and David hooked himself adding to their challenge, but being the seasoned tournament fishermen that they are that just wasn't enough to stop them from taking second place. They caught 8-10 keepers today but never culled from their first five.

Ten places were paid in this tournament with prizes for first two out of the money. Three places for big bass were compensated with cash & prizes.

1st Place - Mark Couch / Tommy Shelton 19.08 lbs
2nd Place -David Atwell / Chris DelValle 18.75 lbs
3rd Place - James Lee / Michael Johnson 18.12 lbs
4th Place - Eddie Carpenter / Eddie Stagg 17.06 lbs
5th Place - Gordon McBride / Audie Aultman 16.97 lbs
6th Place - John Lewis Sr / John Lewis Jr 16.57 lbs
7th Place - Joe Joslin / Brantley Salter 12.25 lbs
8th Place - Randy Hanna / Lonnie Stanley 12.23 lbs
9th Place - Roy Gilmore / Larry Shine 12.22 lbs
10th Place- Pete Shivers / Wayne White 12.17 lbs

1st Place Big Bass - Mark Couch 10.69 lbs

The East Texas Fishers of Men have four more tournaments before their two day championship. Twenty five teams will qualify to represent their Division in one of the four Regional Championship Tournaments where over $35,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded including a fully rigged 2002 Triton TR-185 Bass boat with a 150 HP Mercury motor. The points Champions from each Division will be joined by the top seven finishers from the Regional Championship Tournaments, the highest placing team from each division in the Regional Championship Tournaments, and the defending National Champions to make up the 101 boat field for the NO ENTRY FEE 2002 Fishers of Men National Championship Tournament. There the top 20 teams will earn their share of $45,000 in cash and prizes including a fully rigged 2002 Triton TR-20 bass boat with a 200 HP Mercury Motor. For more information on the upcoming tournaments, contact Duck Wright at (936) 897-9951 and he'll be more than happy to answer your questions and sign you up.

Duck Wright and his crew from the East Texas Division of the Fishers of Men Tournament Trail would like to thank the following Local Sponsors:
Christus Jasper Memorial Hospital, Stanley Jigs, Ann's Tackle Shop, Hollis Tire, The Stump Restaurant, Larcey's Car Wash, Victorian Lady Massage
and their National Sponsors: Triton Boats, Spike-it Bait Company, Mercury Outboards, Cabela's, Team Coverlay, Strike King Lure Company, Jones Chevrolet, Snyder Packaging, BG Wake Runner, Mad Man Lures, Marshall's Marine, Deka Marine Master Batteries, LifeWay, The Original Fish Formula, Ledgebuster Deep Crankin Spinnerbaits, Kistler Custom Fishing Rods, Pro Locker, Lucky Craft, Lowrance, Bass Rx, Jacobs Glass Company, Inc., Doyle Hodgin Sports, Dual Pro Charger and the participants and teams of the Fishers of Men Tournaments.

Top 10 - Top 10 Teams and 1st thru 3rd Place Big Bass

1st & BB- Tommy Shelton and Mark Couch with Tournament Director Duck Wright
< photos by Patty Schaefer>

-2nd - 2nd Place winners David Atwell and Chris DelValle

1st & BB fish - 1st place winners Tommy Shelton & Mark Couch with their 10.69 lb kicker

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