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20.47 lbs Wins Honey Hole Family Tournament on Sam Rayburn
By Patty Schaefer

The Southeast Region of Honey Hole Family Tournaments held its fifth of six qualifying events at Mill Creek Park on Lake Sam Rayburn June 23, 2002. Twenty four teams participated in the event and the fishing was good with many limits eagerly brought to the scales. The skies were overcast with a nice breeze making for a great bite that included some topwater action.

1st place honors with 20.47 lbs went to Steve and Velda Molitor. They tied 3/4 oz brown jigs with green Gene Larew craw trailers to their Falcon/Quantum/30# Pro Line combo's and fished the 8-10' grassy points near Needmore point. They had an exciting day, while Velda was netting hubby's big bass of the day his line went behind her ear and took the back off of her earing. Luckily, the diamond stud stayed in place and the bass got safely to the boat. Steve reported missing a very nice bass, it having jumped twice before throwing his lure back at him.

In 2nd place with a five fish limit weighing 18.74 lbs is Donnie & Juanita Robinson. They concentrated in 8' grassy depths at the edge of a main lake creek. Catching a total of three limits they began their cull by 8:30 am. They flipped a 1 oz. watermelon jig with a craw trailer and also used a Zara Spook for their catch today with their American Rodsmith / Pentacle / 80# Linch Line combo's. Juanita took Ladies' Big Bass honor with their 4.64 lb kicker.

3rd place went to Rusty & Karen Lewis weighing in at 13.15 lbs. They took their bass rig to the Buck Bay area to fish 8' main lake grassy points and coves and found their bite on watermelon tube jigs with red & green glitter. They only had two keepers in the boat until about 1:00, and with a 2:00 weigh in caught their last two just under the wire which included the 6.35 lb Men's Big Bass.

1st place - 20.47 lbs - Steve & Velda Molitor
2nd place - 18.74 lbs - Donnie & Juanita Robinson
3rd place - 13.15 lbs - Rusty & Karen Lewis
4th place - 10.82 lbs - Jeffrey & Jennifer Vavra

Ladies Big Bass - 4.64 lbs - Juanita Robinson
Men's Big Bass - 6.35 lbs - Rusty Lewis
Youth Big Bass - 1.72 lbs - Lance Duff

The next Honey Hole Family Southeast Region Tournament will be held July 28 on Toledo Bend. Registration will be at Cypress Bend Resort (877) 519-1500 and he weigh in will be at Cypress Bend Marina (800) 259-5253. For more information, please contact Tournament Directors Michael or Julie Voytek at 281-420-3139 or EM at Proud sponsors for 2002 include: Holiday Inn Express of Jasper, CastAway Graphite Rods, Pan-Optx, Reynolds & Sons Tackle, Waterwood Resort of Livingston and Eagle Claw Hooks.

Steve & Velda Molitor take 1st place with five fish weighing 20.47 lbs

Rusty & Karen Lewis with their 3rd place stringer and Men's Big Bass kicker of 6.35 lbs
< photos by Patty Schaefer>

Donnie & Juanita Robinson take 2nd place overall and Ladies Big Bass with a 4.64 lb kicker

(L-R) Youth Big Bass Lance Duff, 1st-Steve & Velda Molitor, 2nd-Donnie & Juanita Robinson; 3rd-Rusty & Karen Lewis

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