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5 Bass/20.45 Wins Toledo Team-Splash
By Ed Snyder

Sealy Outdoors $260,000 Open Team Splash
Sunday, February 17, 2002, Cypress Bend Resort, Lake Toledo Bend, LA.

Sunny, 70-degree weather, greeted the 576 anglers who teamed up to fish this $44,000 "Team-Splash" event of the Sealy Outdoors Tournament Series, and as perfect as the weather conditions were, so to the bass-bite as good bass sacks were brought in by the anglers that topped off the leader-board with a 5 bass/20.45 lb $10,000 winning catch.

"We are guaranteeing over $260,000 in cash & prizes for our 2002 "Team-Splash" tournament series this year, CEO/Sealy Outdoors Bob Sealy stated, "with a Rayburn/Toledo $81,000 Triton split-lake Championship for this seasons finale. "Our "Team-Splash" series is paying out a "guaranteed" $44,000 per event, with a $10,000 CASH award for the 1st place finishers. "But, if that isn't enough to attract your attention, Bob noted, "Then come out to play with us in our $MILLION$ dollar Big Bass Splash series on Lake Sam Rayburn, Lake Toledo Bend, and Lake Fork, events. "You don't do freshwater you say, and saltwater fishing is your only thing, "Well, Bob grinned, "we just so happen to have a "Guaranteed" $28,750 "Team Trout Splash" for Galveston Bay! "So, what are you waiting for, Bob invited, "It's time to go fishing folks!

Team-Splash Schedule: $260,000
Feb/17-Toledo Bend- Mar/17-Sam Rayburn- Apr/28-Sam Rayburn- June/9-Toledo Bend
Big Bass Splash:_$1,000,000
Apr/19-20-21-Sam Rayburn- June/21-22-23-Toledo Bend- Sept/20-21-22-Lake Fork
Team Trout Splash:_$28,750
May/4-Galveston Bay

1st place team-( 5 bass/20.45)- Wendell Wright and Bruce Salter of Florien LA, put their Skeeter/Evinrude bass-rig over Housen Bay slough grass to work Kistler rods and Garcia rods spooled with 15 lb Berkley Big Game mono. The winning team put $10,000 in their tackle pack by fishing 8'-10' slough-grass edges with C-rigged watermelon/red Gator-Pups that put a 7.35 lb big bite at 12:15 pm.

2nd place team-( 5 bass/18.97)- Rusty and David Harvey of Nederland TX, put their Broadhead/Mercury bass-rig over south-lake grass to work Kistler rods and Shimano reels spooled with 15 lb test Berkely Big Game mono. The father & son team fished 9/16 oz MR Blitz shad-patterned spinner-baits along 10'-15' grass-edges that put a 6.79 lb big bite in their boat at 11:am for a $4,000 payday.

3rd place-(5 bass/18.04)-Bobby and Joe Ritter of Carthage TX, put their Stealth/Mercury bass-rig over Six Mile grass to work Allstar rods and Shimano reels spooled with 15 lb test Berkely Big Game mono. The father & son team fished ¼ oz perch colored jigs w/white Zoom trailers to catch their early to noon bite for a $3,000 payday.

4th place team-( 5 bass/18.35)- Chris Gunther of Conroe TX, and Mike Michalec of Sugarland TX, put their Triton/Mercury bass-rig over south-lake DEEP-GRASS to work Falcon rods and Shimano reels spooled with 15 lb test Ande line. The 3rd place team fished #9 Shad-Raps along 13'-15' deep-grass edges to catch their bass, which included a 7.24 lb big bite at 9:am for a $2,625 payday.

Overall Big Bass-( 7.91)- Richard Jones and Aubrey Jones of West Monroe LA, put their Xpress/Mercury bass-rig over Tennessee Bay wood to fish Allstar rods and Shimano reels while working a ½ oz black/blue "home-made" jig that put the 7.91 big bite on their line at 2:45 pm for a $1,000 payday.

Top 5 Teams:
1-(20.46)-Bruce Salter/Wendell Wright-$10,500
2-(18.97)-David Harvey/Rusty Harvey-$4,000
3-(18.40)-Bobby Ritter/Joe Ritter-$3,000
4-(18.35)-Mike Michalec/Chris Gunther-$2,625
5-(17.98)-Phil Marks/Mike Murski-$2,000

1st big bass-(7.91)-Richard Jones/Aubrey Jones-$1,000
2nd big bass-(7.35)- Wendell Wright/Bruce Salter-$500
3rd big bass-split-(7.24)-Louie Cooper/Bobby Parrish-$125
3rd big bass-split-(7.24)- Mike Michalec/Chris Gunther-$125

All bass recovered and live released by the SRA/LA bass recovery Krewe with 715 bass weighing 1,857 lbs.

Vessel Assist was on standby for the tournament and gave a free membership to the first place winners- (318)-586-3660-

For more information on the Sealy Outdoors freshwater & saltwater tournament series contact Bob Sealy at (888-698-2591)- or click to www.sealyoutdoors.com -

Sealy Outdoors Tournament Sponsors: Triton- Johnson/Evenrude- Polaris- Shimano- Academy- Cherokee of McDonalds R.V.- Dawson Marine- Weaver Brothers Dodge- AC Delco- Minn-Kota- Texas Fish & Game- Wave Worms- Neals Taxidermy- Port-A-Cool- www.fishingworld.com - Latch Oil- The Stump Restaurant- Toledo Town & Tackle- Needmore Tackle- and the Sealy Outdoors Tournament Anglers.


Harvey & Harvey display reps to their $3,000 2nd place win

Jones & Jones heft their $1,000 7.91 big bass
< photos by Ed Snyder >

L-R- top 5 teams (minus-5th) with Bob Sealy

Salter & Wright show off reps to their $10,000 1st place win

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