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5 Bass / 18.30 lbs Wins 2nd Annual Piney Woods Classic - Toledo Bend
By Patty Schaefer

4/6/02
The 2nd Annual Piney Woods Classic Tournament, hosted by Huxley Bay Marina and RV Park had a beautiful day to have it's event. 24 teams participated in the tournament put on by Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and the Shelby County Bass Anglers. The team of Stan Burgay and Lance Hughes took first place honors in both stringer and big bass, giving each of them one nice paycheck to bring home today.

This tournament, held annually guaranteed a hefty $8,500.00 payout with first place receiving $4,000.00 and ten places paid for overall stringer. There were three big bass places paid in this event. At the weigh in all the anglers came in smiling, big sacks or not because they had such a great day fishing here on Toledo Bend.

1st Place - 18.30 lbs - Stan Burgay of Timpson and Lance Hughes of Center, TX flipped the brush for their catch with 1/2 oz Stanley black/blue jigs with Gene Larew craw trailers as well as Stanley tubes. They were able to cull six bass to work up to their final weight and their best bite came between 12:00 & 1:00. This team stayed on the northern end of the lake and concentrated on wooded ridges.

2nd Place - 16.07 lbs - Matt Mathews of Shelby, TX and Larry Mathews of Stonewall, LA - a father / son team brought their limit to the scales today using carolina rigged watermelon french fries and watermelon flukes. They fished 10-12' creeks with scattered grass & wood south of the tournament area near San Patricio and said that their bite was consistent all day catching about 2 bass, then a short dry spell, catching 2 more, dry spell, etc.

This time of year the bass are on such varied patterns - pre-spawn, spawn and post spawn it is keeping the anglers on their toes with different techniques to find and catch these bass. It's this kind of challenge that keeps this sport so much fun.

1st place - Stan Burgay (Timpson, TX) / Lance Hughes (Center, TX)
2nd place - Matt Mathews (Shelbyville, TX) / Larry Mathews (Stonewall, LA)
3rd place - Ron Hendricks (Shelbyville, TX) / Mickey Jones (Shelbyville, TX)
4th place - Frank Baker (Shelbyville, TX) / Mike Denby (Shelbyville, TX)
5th place - Bobby Addison(Center, TX) / Steven Burgay (Timpson, TX)

1st place Big Bass - 5.70 lbs - Stan Burgay (Timpson, TX) / Lance Hughes (Center, TX)
2nd place Big Bass - 4.37 lbs - Matt Mathews (Shelbyville, TX) / Larry Mathews (Stonewall, LA)
3rd place Big Bass - 4.08 lbs - Greg McDonald (Center, TX) / Nolan McDonald (Center, TX)
3rd place Big Bass - ( tie ) - Ron Hendricks (Shelbyville, TX) / Mickey Jones (Shelbyville, TX)

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to participate in their next event in 2003. For more information, please contact Pam Phelps at 936-598-3862, email at pam@shelbycountychamber.com or visit their website at www.shelbycountychamber.com. Tournament Director Jason Wells with 2-1/2 yr old assistant Brady would like to thank all of the participating anglers. Sponsors for this tournament include: Coca-Cola; San Augustine Motor Company, Huxley Bay Marina & RV Park and the Shelby County Bass Anglers.


Stan Burgay & Lance Hughes with 4/5 of their first place stringer including their 5.70 lb 1st place Big Bass

(Top) Weigh-in crew including Pam Phelps of Shelby County Chamber of Commerce & Jason Wells, Tournament Director with 2 1/2 yr old son Brady - (Bottom) 1st - Stan Burgay / Lance Hughes (n/p), 2nd - Larry & Matt Mathews, 3rd - Ron Hendricks / Mickey Jones
< photos by Patty Schaefer>

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