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5 Bass/16-15 Claims Toledo BFL Pro/Win
By Ed Snyder

-5 Bass/15-15 Takes Co/Win-

Wal-Mart/Operation Bass Fishing League- Cowboy Division.
Saturday, May 29, 2002, Cypress Bend Resort, Lake Toledo Bend, LA.

Shifting clouds and nomadic thunderstorms kept the 342 teamed ProBoater & Co-Boater BFL anglers busy dodging rainsqualls while trying to catch and cull their respective 5 bass to tournament limits. And with an earlier 2:30 pm weigh-in scheduled, more pressure was added to the already stormy adversities for catching those limits that would mark lower than normal Toledo tournament weights on the BFL tournament leader-board at Cypress Bend Resort.

This Wal-Mart/Operation Bass tournament event teams Boater division anglers (boat owners) with Co-Boater division anglers (boat riders) who then fish for separate 5 bass tournament limits for competitive weigh-ins within their divisional leader-board formats, which pit only Boater anglers (pro-anglers) and Co-boater anglers (co-anglers) against other anglers of their respective divisions.

As a note of interest to the anglers for the 2003 Wal-Mart FLW schedule, the Tour will offer a $5.5 Million Dollar package to its tournament field that will end with a $1.5 Million Dollar Jacobs Cup event being held September 10-13 on the James River in Richmond, VA. For more information on this, as well as other FLW or BFL Tournament options contact (270)-362-4880 -or- click to www.flwoutdoors.com .

1st place Pro/Angler-(5 bass/16-15)- Glenn Freeman of Converse LA, ran his Champion/Yamaha bass-rig to San Miguel and Converse area ridgelines to work Shimano V-rods and Shimano reels spooled with 12 lb test Izorline. The Louisiana Pro/Angler fished fire-tiger Bomber Long A crank-baits along 15' to 30' ridge-line ledge-drops to catch 35 keeper bass from an all day bite to cull his 5 bass winning weight from. Glenn fished with co-boater Jody Barker of Conroe TX, who finished with 8-10, which was good enough for a 4 th place co-angler finish.

2nd place Pro/Angler-(15-1) Stan Burgay of Timpson TX, ran his Ranger bass-rig up to "ultra-Northlake" fishing areas to work Shimano rods and reels spooled with 20 lb test Berkley Big Game mono. The Texas Pro/Angler cranked shad colored Fat Free Shads within 6'-8' -2ndary point pepper grass patches and 8'-10' timber-flat drains to catch his winning weight from an all day bite, which included the 6-2 overall big bass for the Pro-Angler division as well as the Ranger Boats Cup Award. Burgay fished with co-angler, Bobby LeBert from Brookeland, TX.

3rd place Boater-(5 bass/16.01)- Archie Haley of Mt Vernon TX, put his Stratos/Yamaha bass-rig over Six Mile Creek ledge-drops to work Castaway rods and Shimano reels spooled with 20 lb test Berkley big game mono. The Honeycutt Paint Container Pro-Boater fished Carolina rigged tequila Zoom worms along 15'-25' timber-drops to catch his bass from an all day bite. Archie fished with co-boater Scott Martin of Nederland TX.

Ranger Boats Cup Award Winner- Stan Burgay/Timpson, TX-$500

Overall Boater Big Bass-(6-2)-Stan Burgay/Timpson, TX. $855

Top-5 Pro-Boaters:
1-(16-15)- Glen Freeman/Converse, LA-$4,459
2-(16-00)- Stan Burgay/Timpson, TX-$2,229
3-(15-01)- Archie Haley/Mount Vernon, TX-$1,338
4-(13-10)- Jim Behnken/Garden Ridge, TX-$1,070
5-(13-09)- Lonnie Stanley/Huntington, TX-$981

Boater Tally- 244 bass weighing 574.7 lbs-

1st place Co-Boater-(5 bass/15-15)- Jim Beard of Pasadena TX, fished with Pro- angler, Lonnie Stanley of Huntington TX, to work 1 / 2 oz black/brown/amber Stanley jigs with watermelon-seed and watermelon-red Zoom brush-hog trailers, as well as Carolina rigged watermelon-seed Stanley Wedge-tailed Minnows to catch his bass. The fishing duo ran Stanley's Skeeter/Yamaha bass-rig to Housen Bay creek-channel flats to fish Fenwick/Allstar rods and Garcia reels spooled with 15 lb test Berkley Big Game mono. "My co-boater fished just as I explained to him how to fish, Lonnie stated, but I had problems keeping my fish on as I broke off 2 bass and lost another, a 6 plus lb bass, only 20 minutes before having to come in, Lonnie stated, after weighing in his 4 bass/13-09 catch, which was good enough for a 5th place Pro-Angler win.

2nd place Co-Boater-(5 bass/10-00)- Bobby Barreraz of Center TX, fished with Pro-angler Brian Fox of Pineland TX, who ran his Ranger/Mercury bass-rig to north-lake areas. Barreraz fished American Rod Smith rods and Ambassadeur reels spooled with 12 lb test Berkley Big Game mono attached with Carolina rigged Zoom plum colored Dead-Ringers. The Texas Co-boater fished ridge-drops to claim his 2nd place finish.

Overall Co-Boater Big Bass-(6-06)- David Koret/Houston, TX-$427.50

Top-5 Co-Boaters:
1-(15-15)- Jim Beard/Pasadena, TX-$2,229
2-(10-00)- Bobby Barreraz/Center, TX-$1,115
3-(9-08)- Doug Evans/Houston, TX-$669
4-(8-10)- Jody Barker/Conroe, TX-$535
5-(7-14)- Steve Arnold/Groves, TX-$490

Co-Boater Tally- 171 bass weighing 303.2 lbs-

All bass recovered and live released by the SRA-LA fish recovery krewe.

The Top-30 Cowboy Division boater and co-boater anglers will advance to regional competition Oct. 29-Nov. 2 on Lake Hamilton near Hot Springs, Ark., where they will go up against top competitors from the Okie, Ozark and Gulf Coast divisions for a shot at qualifying for the Wal-Mart BFL All-American - one of the most lucrative post-season tournaments in competitive angling, where 2002 BFL awards could reach $7 million based on full fields.

For more information on Wal-Mart BFL events contact (270)-362-4880 -or- click to www.bassfishingleague.com -or- www.flwtour.com

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Pro-Angler Glen Freeman -L- and Co-Angler Jim Beard recieve their 1st place BFL trophies

Glen Freeman with reps to his 1st place Pro-Boater win
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2nd place pro-angler and overall Pro big bass winner Stan Burgay with Ranger Boats Cup Award

Co-Boater Jim Beard -L- and Pro-Angler Lonnie Stanley heft reps to Beards 1st place win

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