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Slow-Rolled Blades Nab Toledo Choice
By Ed Snyder

Anglers Choice Tournament Trails-East Texas Team Circuit-
Saturday, April 6, 2002, Frontier Park Marina, Lake Toledo Bend, TX.
Near purr-fect Spring-like weather merged with near purr-fect bass fishing conditions for the 40 teamed anglers who probed Toledo Bend waters for the right pattern that would put some winning "Anglers Choice" bass-weight on the scales. And as the final flight checked in at Frontier Park Marina with their sacks, a Shreveport LA, team managed to put the winning weight on the leader-board by working a post-spawn bass pattern.
The 3rd East Texas Team tournament, of seven qualifying events, the Toledo Bend tournament was a step closer for the East Texas Teams who hoped to qualify for the Regional Championship to be held October 4-5 on Cedar Creek Lake. The top 15 point & weight teams, plus 5 wildcard teams, from the East Texas Circuit, will qualify to compete at the East Texas Regional Championship.
1st Place Team -(5 bass/20-79)- "We just basically worked a run & gun pattern, explained, Jeff Pate, as he told of how he and his partner, Allen Ryland, ran their Blazer/Mercury bass-rig to mid-lake brush-patches to work Shimano rods and reels spooled with 17 lb test Stren line. The Shreveport LA, team slow-rolled ¾ oz white/chartreuse Cyclone and LA Blade spinner-baits along 6' outside bushes to catch at least 25 keeper bass from an all day bite. "I was basically the net man today, grinned Jeff, as he spoke of netting most of his partners bass, which included the 6.38 lb tournament big bass that hit on a 2:15 pm big bite.
2nd Place Team -( 5 bass/17-39)- Wayne Ebarb of Toledo Bend, and Dan Longmire of Orange TX, put their Ranger/Mercury bass-rig over 1215 area buck-brush to work Castaway & Fenwick rods and Ambassadeur reels spooled with 80 lb test Spider-Wire. The 2nd place team flipped black/blue Reaction craws and lizards within 2' buck-brush patches to catch 15 bass from a 7am to 1pm bite, which included Wayne's 4.05 lb kicker caught on a 10am big bite.
3rd Place Team -( 5 bass/13-78)- Wesley Schubert of Willis TX, fished by himself while running his Champion/Johnson bass-rig over mid-lake grass. Wesley fished Falcon rods and Shimano reels spooled with 20 lb test low-viz Stren line. Schubert worked bubble-gum/yellow Gambler floating worms along bank-shallow grass to catch his bass, which included a 4.82 lb kicker on a 2:15 pm big bite.
Top 5 Teams:
1st-(20-79)- Allen Ryland/Jeff Pate-------------$1,760-
2nd-(17-39)- Wayne Ebarb/Dan Longmire----$495-
3rd-(13-78)- Wesley Schubert-------------------$285-
4th-(13-09)- Shorty Powers/Cecil Russell-----$200-
5th-(11-15)- Matt Van Bergen/JL Box---------2 American Rodsmith Rods-
All Bass live released by Anglers Choice fish recovery with 58 bass weighing 144.86 lbs.
For more information on Angler's Choice Circuit events contact Johnny Davis at (817) 573-3400 - email -Or click to-
East Texas Anglers Choice Team Sponsors: Anglers Choice Tournament Trails- Mercury Outboards- BassCat Boats - Berkley Line- MotorGuide - Fenwick -AbuGarcia- Kistler Rods- Bass West Magazine- Hamby's Protector- - Keep Alive Oxygen Infuser- Frontier Park Marina- and the East Texas Anglers Choice Teams-

Wayne Ebarb and Dan Longmire with 4 reps to their 17-39 lb 2nd place finish

Wesley Schubert shows his 4.82 kicker for his 13-78 lb 3rd place finish
< photos by Ed Snyder >

Allen Ryland and Jeff Pate show 4 reps to their "slow-rolled" 20-79 lb win

1st place front with (L-R) 2nd and 3rd rear

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