Non-Boater Lands Texas
BASS/ Fed State Championship
-(Tonkawa Culls Top Club Honors)-
28th Anniversary Texas B.A.S.S. Federation State Championship
The final day of competition "CANCELLED" due to ever increasing Nordic winds that reached near gale force conditions by 6am tournament "ease-out" time at Twin Dikes Marina. "We couldn't see the top of the trees at 5:30am, stated the Texas BASS Federation officials, "but we sure could hear them roaring!! Due to the safety call the leader-board marks from the second day tournament weigh-in would stand as being the final marks for the winners list. "I'm sure the Lord heard my prayers for winning this event, stated Beaumont Bass Angler, Dean Morgan of Hampshire TX, "But I sure didn't expect this kind of response .. "The Lord often works in mysterious ways".
The BASS Chapter Federation Network, a grass-roots organization some 50,000 strong with 2,800 local chapters, are home team community bass clubs across this Nation, as well as Canada, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Japan, and Italy. The BASS Federation chapters offer the home-team grass-roots anglers an opportunity to advance from the local club levels, to Regional, State, then Divisional to qualify for the Nationals and an opportunity to win one, of five, Federation seats at the Citgo/BASSMaster World Classic.
The top six Federation anglers from this Texas State tournament
field of 142 teams, which represent the 48 BASS/Federation clubs fishing
this event, will qualify for a seat on the Texas State Team, who then
advance to the Divisional Championship to be held on Lake of the Ozarks,
June 6, 2002. Final day competition will also set the "braggin-rights"
for the top-ten Texas BASS Federation chapter clubs for the 2002 season.
Day-2- "MUCH" improved weather conditions prevailed
for day-2 competition but "chilling" Nordic winds lock-jawed
the previous "bank-shallow" bass-bite. Maintaining
Day-3: "CANCELLED" due to near gale-force north winds, the 3rd day of competition was "called" for safety reasons.
Top Six Texas State BASS/Federation Team Anglers:
2-(33-58)- John Pierce/Rockwall, TX-Century Bass Club- maneuvered his Bullet/Mercury bass-rig over Veach Basin 2ndary brush points to work Falcon rods and Shimano reels spooled with 20 lb test AM-40 line. John fished watermelon Lake Fork Tackle ring fry's and Zoom trick-worms for his 11am to 9am bite that put 22-27 lbs in his well for day-1, and for catching his 11-31 weight on day-2. John also would finish his day out by working 1 / 2 oz gold Rattle Traps along 7' inside grass-lines before coming to his weigh-ins, which helped to put his 33-58 weight on the leader-board.
3-(31-76)- Richard Porter/Oklahoma City, OK-Texas Hawg Hunters Bass- put his Ranger/Mercury bass-rig over Veach Basin grass to fish Castaway rods and Shimano reels spooled with 15 lb test Berkley Big Game mono rigged with watermelon/red Zoom trick-worms and finesse worms. Richard worked the trick-worms around 4'-6' grass-lines for his 19-75 day-1 weight, and concentrated on fishing brush with the finesse worms in the back of creeks on day-2 for his 31-76 lb two-day tally.
4-(31-59)- Kenneth Moore/Red Oak, TX-Red Oak Bass Club- ran his Astro/Mercury bass-rig to Powell Park area willows and bank-brush to work Falcon & Allstar rods and Shimano reels spooled with 20 lb test Berkley Big Game mono. Ken fished black/blue/black Strike King Super Tubes, bubble gum Zoom flukes, and root beer Senko's along 6' to bank-shallow flooded willows and buck-brush to catch his 15-03 weight for day-1, which helped to add another 12-01 weight for day-2, giving him a total of 31-59 lbs for his finish.
5-(31-30)- Trent Huckaby/Fort Stockton, TX-South Texas Regional Tea- used his BassCat/Mercury bass-rig to get him to Needmore Point and Millers buck-brush for working Allstar rods and Ambassadeur reels spooled with 20 lb test Berkley Big Game mono. Trent fished methiolate Zoom trick-worms and white Zoom lizards around 2'-4' flooded brush to catch his 15-50 weight for day-1 and his 15-80 weight for day-2, which put his 31-30 tally on the leader-board.
6-(27-14)- Vernon Hastings/Weatherford, TX-Champion Bass Anglers- ran his Champion/Yamaha bass-rig to Veach Basin brush patches to fish Allstar rods and 17 lb test Bass Pro spooled Shimano reels. Vernon fished watermelon/red Senko's and Zoom flukes within bank-shallow brush for his 17-40 day-1 weight, and again on day-2 for his 9-74 weight, which included a 6-95 "kicker" that helped to mark his 27-14 final weight.
Day-1 Overall Big Bass-(9.62)- John Goin of Choke Canyon
Bass Club- $1,390-
Top 10 Texas State BASS/Federation Clubs:
All bass recovered and live released by Texas Bass Federation
For more information on Texas BASS Chapter Federation contact David Walton at (936)-632-6775- Stacy Twiggs-(254)-702-2625- or click-to- www.texas-bass.com
2002 Texas BASS Chapter Federation State Championship
Sponsors: Citgo/B.A.S.S.- Mercury- Yamaha- Sidewinder- Black Hawk Rods-
Zebco- BASSMaster Casting Kids- Skeeter Boats- Triton Boats- MinnKota-
Texas BASS Chapter Federation- Flowmaster- Chevy Trucks- Lowrance- Berkley-
Stowaway- MR Twister- Pro-Kon-Troll- Mask Custom Rods- Eagle Claw- Pennzoil
Marine- Kumho Tires- Plano- Ann's Tackle Shop- American Angler Tackle-
Piney Point Plaza- Houston Oilman's Bass Club- Randy Hicks- State Farm-
Adco Reel Repair- Waterwood Resort- Rayburn Country- City of Jasper- Stump
Restaurant- Latch Oil- Copper Canyon Adventures- and the 2002 Texas BASS
Chapter Federation State Championship Anglers.
Dean Morgan of Beuamont Bass Anglers takes the #1 Texas team-seat with 36-68 lbs
2002 28th Anniversary Texas Federation State Championship tournament officials
< photos by Ed Snyder >
Tonkawa Bass takes Top-Club "braggin-rights"
The Top-6 Texas State Federation Team Anglers- 1st -thru- 6th- L-to-R
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