Friday, February 8th, was the official practice day for the anglers of
the East Texas division of Fishers of Men National Tournament Trails.
The day was like most days if March are. Wind was prevalent, the sun was
shining and some of the bass on Toledo Bend were biting.
At around 5:30 Friday evening, the anglers started coming in to San Miguel
Park, to the pavilion for the registration and fellowship meeting. A very
good meal had been prepared by cooks that donated their time and served
us some brisket and trimmings, that as we say down here in the South,
you would slap your mom to get some more. After a beautiful song of praise
by Stacy Lenderman, Rev. Larry Shine gave us a very good example of logically
making the right choices for Christ. 21 Professions of Faith were proclaimed.
Saturday morning was a very busy morning. After the weather forecast had
been posted Friday night for Saturday, with winds 20-25 miles an hour
and constant, the director Duck Wright allowed the fishermen to trailer.
46 teams blasted off from boat ramps all over the lake, only to return
to one spot at San Miguel at weigh-in time.
The team of Keith Drewery and Randy Turner came to the scales early at
2:00 with a bag of 5 fish that weighed 15.49 pounds. They had taken all
the rough weather they could stand. This weight ended up holding on to
the lead and winning them the honors of being the winners of the March
Toledo Bend tournament for the East Texas division. David Atwell brought
the Big Bass in weighing 5.72 pounds.
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
1st Keith Drewery / Randy Turner 15.49
2nd Gordon McBride / Audie Aultman 14.60
3rd Bill Rogers / Roger Bacon 14.26
4th Randy Hanna / Lonnie Stanley 13.07
5th Mark Couch / Tommy Shelton 12.86
6th David Padgett / Phillip Lasswell 11.77
7th Edward Richardson / James Sweeten 11.33
8th George Anderson / L.J. Schrieber 11.02
9th Wayne White / Pete Shivers 10.97
1st Big Bass David Atwell 5.72
2nd Big Bass Edward Richardson 5.20