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19th Annual SE Texas Oilman's Bass Classic - Toledo Bend
By Patty Schaefer

Nearly 500 teams came to fish the 19th Annual Southeast Texas Oilman's Bass Classic Team Tournament held out of Frontier Park on Toledo Bend Lake. 1,757 bass were brought to the scales totalling 4,031.95 lbs ! The proceeds from this tournament go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Deep East Texas which serves over 5,000 youth annually in ten different communities - Nacogdoches, Lufkin, Diboll, Jasper, Crockett, San Augustine, Coldspring, Woodville, Center and Trinity, Texas. Over the past 5 years the Southeast Texas Oilman's have contributed over $100,000.00 to this organization.

Oilmen Day 1 Re-cap: The anglers had a picture perfect day to start their tournament with morning temps in the upper 60's, partly cloudy skies and winds at 10-15 mph and weigh-in temps in the upper 70's. Many limits were brought to the scales as well as many kicker fish in the 7 lb range.
Day 1 standings -
Weight Team # Name
1st 19.53 431 Shawn Shry & Robert Taylor (Shry Const.)
2nd 19.41 79 Paul Porter & Michael O'Quinn (Goodyear Chem.)
3rd 17.53 296 Robert May Jr (Buckeye Gulfcoast Pipeline) & Larry Lawrence (Gulfcoast Measuring Services)
4th 17.30 274 Ricky Landry (Tike Hanover Co) & Daniel Demary (Transworld Expl)
5th 17.03 23 John Grunau (Pride Exploration, Inc) & Tommy Smith (Gulf Oil Co)
Big Bass 8.00 226 Mike & Sylvia Thornhill (MT Services)

Day two was a whole different fishing scenario. Winds gusting to 25 mph and constantly shifting, the teams who had found their fish in unprotected main lake areas had to fight the elements hard to hold onto their water, giving them and their equipment a test of agility. Others scrambled for new fishing spots in better protected areas out of the wind.
Day 2 standings -
1st 21.12 27 Wesley Spivey (Huntsman - Ret'd) & Ronald Brown (Texaco - Ret'd)
2nd 18.94 258 Dennis O'Quinn (Chevron Chemical) & Nolan Miska (Goodyear Tire)
3rd 18.52 316 Melvin Henslee (Mobile Oil - Ret'd) & John Cure (Amareda Hess)
4th 16.04 254 Francis Johnson (Huntsman - Ret'd) & Johnny George (C.A. Turner - Ret'd)
5th 15.54 447 Larry Price & Curt Hyde (Goodyear Chemical)
Big Bass 8.98 24 Marvin Macip & Kyle Speyrer (Newpark Environmental)

Each day has its own individual tally for checks and placement. After each day's tallies are accounted for then they are added together for additional overall placements and payback for the anglers. The professionalism of the weigh in crew is absolutely phenomenal. With four weigh in lines coordinating at the same time to get the bass weighed, measured, and back into the lake as quickly and smoothly as this seasoned crew does is undeniably amazing. Boy Scout Troop #134 of Lufkin, TX had 20 representatives there helping to quickly take the bass from the scales to the live release barge.
Overall standings -
1st Place - (35.12 lbs) Wesley Spivey & Ronald Brown brought in back to back limits taking their Champion/Yamaha bass rig to windy south lake points. Using carolina rigged watermelon candy flukes on their Allstar / Daiwa / Silver Thread #17 combo's, they fished the inside of the grass lines and caught nearly all of their fish between 8:30 & 9:00 on day 2. Their kicker fish weighed in at 7.31 lbs.

2nd Place - (31.9 lbs) Dennis O'Quinn & Nolan Miska stayed in the mid lake area with their Champion / Mercury. They caught their biggest fish on the first cast using watermelon red Zoom trick worms. For the rest of their catch, they also used watermelon tubes in 6-8' stumpy cove areas as well as flats. Their best bite came between 12:00 & 1:00 and they use Kistler / Castaway / Big Game #12 combo's as well as Kistler / Shimano combo's.

3rd Place - (27.89 lbs) Paul Porter & Michael O'Quinn fished right by the weigh in site at Frontier Park. They fished watermelon Zoom trick worms in 6-7' of water.

Big Bass - (8.98 lbs) Kyle Speyrer & Marvin Macip brought in this beauty using floating frogs fished over 3' grass. Their big bite came at 8:00. Fishing the mid lake area just north of Pendleton Bridge, the wind gave them a run for their money. This team also caught fish on bull frog super flukes and chug bugs on Kistler / Calcutta / P-line #15 combo's.

5 year old Chloe Barton, assisted by dad Mark drew the winner of the Nitro / Mercury Bass rig valued at $25,000.00. Raymound Toups was drawn and Dusty Rhoades of Dusty Rhoades Marine presented the lucky winner his new boat.

"Our Board of Directors, staff and many families we serve appreciate your willingness to participate in this year's Southeast Texas Oilman's Bass Classic. The proceeds from this event go directly to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Deep East Texas. We serve over 5,000 youth annually in ten different communities - Nacogdoches, Lufkin, Diboll, Jasper, Crockett, San Augustine, Coldspring, Woodville, Center and Trinity, Texas. Each year we provide an after school and summer program to the youth. If not for events like the Southeast Texas Oilman's Bass Classic we would not be able to provide these services. Again thanks for your support and providing "A Positive Place for Kids". - Jeff Woods, Executive Director. Operational since 1982, the SE Tx Oilman Tournament invites "Oilpatch" related people to fish and compete at the Southeast Texas Oilman Bass Classic events. "The essence of our tournament is to raise funds for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Deep East Texas as well as to provide a quality fishing event for those oilfield related anglers who help us raise those important funds that help our children."-Director Butch Harper.

All bass were live released back into the lake by the SRA / LA Shimano Live Release Barge & Crew.

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CHAMPIONS Wesley Spivey & Ronald Brown

Dennis O'Quinn & Nolan Miska take 2nd place honors
< photos by Patty Schaefer>

Marvin Macip & Kyle Speyrer bring in the 8.98 lb Big Bass

Boy Scout Troop #134 did a great job running fish to the live release barge

Raymond Toups wins the Nitro / Mercury Bass Rig, drawn by 5 yr old Chloe Barton

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