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Husband & Wife Team Finalize 2002 Team-SplashSeries
By Ed Snyder

Sealy Outdoors $260,000 Open Team Splash
Sunday, June 9, 2002, Cypress Bend Resort, Lake Toledo Bend, LA.

With174 teams launching into Toledo Bend waters to fish this final event of the 2002 team-splash season strong thunderstorms began moving in to "ruff-up" the anglers with gusting winds, pelting rains, and dangerous lightning, making the final weigh-in for the 2002 season of the team-splash circuit a most interesting one, marking a 5 bass/17.43 lb win for a husband & wife team from Houston, TX. 'This is our very first year of fishing tournaments together, informed wife, Lorie Woodward, and I never expected for us to win $10,750 "JUST" to go fishing and having fun with my husband!

'This is our fourth and final team-splash event for our 2002 season, informed Bob Sealy, CEO/Director for Sealy Outdoors, 'which will qualify our top team-splash anglers for the $81,000 Sealy Outdoors Team-Splash Championship, which will be held as a split lake event on Lake Sam Rayburn and Lake Toledo Bend. 'We, at Sealy Outdoors, wish to thank all of the team-splash anglers who've fished our circuit this year, and we especially wish to thank our tournament sponsors for helping us produce such a successful tournament series that averaged 236 teams for our 2002 team-splash events this year. 'A $260,000 cash & prize guarantee was offered for our 2002 Team-Splash tournament series this year, which paid our Team-Splash anglers a guaranteed $44,000 per event with $10,000 CASH for 1st place and $4,000 CASH for 2nd place. 'But you just wait until next years team-splash series, Bob Sealy promised, as you haven't seen anything yet!'

1st place team- (5 bass/17.43)- George & Lori Woodward from Houston TX, ran their Basscat/Mercury bass-rig to Pirates Cove and Housen Bay grass-beds to work Falcon rods and Shimano reels spooled with 40 lb test Spider-wire. The 1st place husband & wife team fished 14'-to16' grass-beds with 1 / 2 oz white Oldham spinner-baits and red TX rigged Zoom trick-worms rigged with 3/16 oz weights to catch their weight, which also included George's 6.70 lb big bass on a 6:30am big bite that held for the overall big bass for a tournament payday of $10,750.

2nd place team- (5 bass/16.52)- Ike Stephens and Lee Brown of Leesville LA, put their Champion/Evinrude bass-rig over Toro Bay and Pirates Cove grass-humps to fish 3 / 4 oz black/blue Oldham jigs with black/blue Larue craws. The 2nd place team used Castaway rods and Shimano reels spooled with 50 lb test Spider-wire to catch their weight from 12'-to-15' grass-humps, which earned them a $4,000 payday.

3rd place team- (5 bass/16.12)- The father & son team of Bernie and Brett Bellard of Lafayette LA, put their Skeeter/Mercury bass-rig over south-lake timber drops to work Castaway rods and Ambassadeur reels spooled with 17 lb test Stren line. The 3rd place team fished Carolina rigged tequila ring-worms and june-bug Reaction Tickler trick-worms along 7'-to-17' timber-flat drop-offs to catch their weight, which included a 4.62 lb big bite for Dad at 7:15 am, which earned them a $3,000 payday.

2nd Big Bass- (6.17)- The father & son team of Chris and Terry Helgeson from Fort Polk LA, put their Procraft/Mercury bass-rig over a south-lake grass-drop when Dad, Terry, nailed his 6.17 lb big bite at 8am on a watermelon Senko. Dad was using a Castaway rod and Shimano reel spooled with 12 lb test Tri-lene XT when he caught his $500 bass.

Top 5 Teams:
1-(17.43)-George & Lori Woodward----$10,000
2-(16.52)-Lee Brown/Ike Stephens------$4,000
3-(16.12)-Bernie Bellard/Brett Bellard--$3,000
4-(15.10)-Scott Bailey/Russ Carter------$2,500
5-(15.01)-Michael Bagala/Stuart Bagala-$2,000

1st big bass-(6.70)-George & Lori Woodward--$750
2nd big bass-(6.17)-Chris & Terry Helgeson----$500
3rd big bass-(5.820-Ralph Ramos/Tim Reneau-$250

All bass recovered and live released by the SRA/LA bass recovery Krewe with 390 bass weighing 918.35 lbs.

For more information on the Sealy Outdoors freshwater & saltwater tournament series contact Bob Sealy at (888-698-2591)- or click to -

Sealy Outdoors Tournament Sponsors: Triton- Johnson/Evenrude- Polaris- Shimano- Academy- Cherokee of McDonalds R.V.- Dawson Marine- Weaver Brothers Dodge- AC Delco- Minn-Kota- Texas Fish & Game- Wave Worms- Neals Taxidermy- Port-A-Cool- - Latch Oil- The Stump Restaurant- Toledo Town & Tackle- Needmore Tackle- and the Sealy Outdoors Tournament Anglers.

Lori & George Woodward heft reps to their $10,750 lb team splash win

Top 5 teams with 1st and 2nd L-to-R kneeling
< photos by Ed Snyder >

Lee and Stephens show reps to their $4,000 2nd place win

Terry & son Chris show reps to their $500 2nd big bass money

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