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Father & Daughter Team Win Rayburn AC Couples
By Ed Snyder

Anglers Choice Couples-Southeast Texas Region
Sunday, March 10, 2002, Twin Dikes Marina, Lake Sam Rayburn, TX.

Gusting winds and high pressure blue-birds maintained its "icy" post-front grip on Sam Rayburn bassitude's, causing the 36 teamed Anglers Choice Couples to dig deep into their tackle-packs to find a pattern that would un-hinge enough lock-jawed bass-bites for their tournament tally. And as the 3pm weigh-in at Twin Dikes Marina began to digitize their efforts, it became obvious that "Ma Nature" won this round as "TUFF" fishing conditions was had by all who competed. But despite chilly "rock & roll" conditions, a father & daughter team managed to put a 5 bass/14.67 lb catch on the scale for 1st place honors.

1st place team-(5 bass/14.67)- David and Erica Kayda of Deer Park, TX, maneuvered their BassCat/Mercury bass-rig over south-lake grass-guts to work Castaway rods and Shimano reels spooled with 15 lb test Berkley Big Game mono. The father & daughter team fished 1 / 2 oz gold/black Rattle Traps within 6'-8' grass-guts to earn their win.

2nd place team-(2 bass/8.20)- Brian Webb and Heide Theriot of Beaumont, TX, ran their Cajun/Johnson bass-rig into the back of mid-lake grass-coves to work Shimano rods and reels spooled with 10 -lb test Fire-line. The 2nd place couples team fished red Lew's crank-baits and 1 / 2 oz black/blue MR. Blitz jigs around 8'-10' grass to catch their weight, which included a 4.96 lb big bite for the overall tournament big bass.

3rd place team-(3 bass/5.93)- Lincoln and Kristin Stockton of Houston, TX, ran their BassCat/Mercury bass-rig to Farmers Cove hydrilla and buck-brush patches to work Allstar rods and Abu-Garcia reels spooled with 12 lb test Vanish line. The husband and wife team fished Texas rigged root-beer Zoom brush-hogs in 3'-6' grass and brush clumps to catch their 3rd place win.

Overall Big Bass-(4.96)-Brian Webb/Heide Theriot-$75-

Top 6 Teams:
1-(14.67)-David/Erica Kayda-Deer Park, TX-$310-
2-(8.20)- Brian Webb/Heide Theriot-Beaumont, TX-$200-
3-(5.93)- Lincoln/Kristin Stockton- Houston, TX-$125-
4-(5.70)- Jerry/Rhoda Davis- Jasper, TX-(Plaque)-
5-(5.13)- Floyd Manous/Gill Garrison-Anahuac, TX-(plaque)-
6-(3.87)- Richard/Marianna Carpenter- Sam Rayburn, TX-(Plaque)-

All bass were recovered & live released by Anglers Choice Couples bass recovery team.

For information on Anglers Choice Couples contact Curtis Kayda at-(281)-339-5048-

Anglers Choice Couples Sponsors: Mercury- BassCat- Berkley- Abu-Garcia- Fenwick- Hamby's Protector- Keep Alive- Hamby's Light Duty- Kistler- Needmore Tackle- Holiday Inn Express- The Stump Restaurant- and the Anglers Choice Couples Anglers.

Father & Daughter team Erica and David Kayda with winning catch

L-R- 1st place- 2nd place- 3rd place
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Brian Webb and Heide Theriot with 4.96 lb "overall"

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