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Lil' Buddy Anglers Enjoy A "Fire-Cracker" Weekend
By Ed Snyder

S/E Texas B.A.S.S. Federation Lil' Buddies Tournament Tour
Saturday, July 6, 2002, Millcreek Park, Lake Sam Rayburn, TX.

There couldn't have been a more opportune time to involve family togetherness than at this July 4th weekend as family groups spent their Independence Holiday with the S/E TX, BASS Federation to enjoy a Lil' Buddies tournament day. Our forefathers who set aside this day to formerly celebrate our Nations Birthday must have had these children in mind, as they will become the future leaders and guardians of our countries freedoms, and the South East Texas B.A.S.S. Federation group provided a perfect stage for this celebration of Family, Country, and Honor! …………… "God Bless America!!"

"Our family fishing events are open to all who wish to enjoy family togetherness, stated Lil' Buddy tournament director Gary Smith, as we involve children from 3 to 17 years of age to team up with parents or guardians to fish for "whatever" is biting. They can fish from the bank, a boat, or a pier from safelight to the noon weigh-in to win prizes for their bass, crappie, perch, catfish, or "whatever" catches. The three angler age groups of (A)-beginners, (B)-juniors, and (C)-advanced, are teamed up to compete against their own age groups, which lets them compete within their own skill levels. Those children who fish the Lil' Buddy tournaments will then accumulate fishing points to qualify for the Lil' Buddies Educational Funding Championship event, which will be held on October 26, 2002. (Lake TBA) Our next Lil' Buddy tournament event will be held August 3 on Lake Conroe TX. So come on out to enjoy a family fun weekend with us, Gary Smith invited."

BASS/FED Motto- "Striving to Preserve the Future of Fishing through Conservation, Youth, and Public Awareness."

Top Lil' Buddies Teams;
(A)-Beginners Group-(3-7 yrs)-(Stringer Weights)
1st- Triton Manous/Dayton, TX -(4.27 lbs)
2nd- Ty Manous/Dayton, TX -(3.35 lbs)
3rd- Gabbie Smith/Vidor, TX -(3.29 lbs)
4th- Allison Killough/Silsbee, TX -(1.06 lbs)

(B)-Junior Group-(8-13 yrs)-(Stringer Weights)
1st- Travis Guest/LaPorte, TX -(13.89 lbs)
2nd- Lauren Bacon/Jasper, TX -(12.47 lbs)
3rd- Justin Royal/Vidor, TX -(4.58 lbs)
4th- Travis Killough/Silsbee, TX -(3.31 lbs)
5th- Ashley Krebs/Warren, TX -(2.85 lbs)
6th- Chanel Lewis/Jasper, TX -(1.81 lbs)
7th- Michael Lewis/Jasper, TX -(1.74 lbs)
8th- (tie)- Trent Latino/Lumberton, TX -(n/a)
8th- (tie)- Andrew Teel/Silsbee, TX -(n/a)
8th- (tie)- Drew Earnest/Houston, TX -(n/a)

( C )-Advanced-(14-17 yrs)-(Bass Weights)
1st- Chase Bell/Jasper, TX -(3.92 lbs)
2nd- Rodney Krebs/Warren, TX -(1.74 lbs)

All fish were recovered and released by the S/E TX BASS/Federation team.

For more information on this, as well as other Texas BASS Federation projects contact Gary Smith at (409)-786-3092 or (713)-708-6507.

(Writers Note; For those of you who wish to enjoy a day of family fishing fun with your loved ones, I highly recommend the efforts of the S/E Texas B.A.S.S. Federation's Lil' Buddies Tour for providing this for just that purpose. The BASS/Federation group is a family oriented organization that receives its strength from a 60,000 strong National Membership)-

S/E TX BASS Federation Lil' Buddies Sponsors; Coburn Supply of Beaumont TX- Chumley Associates of Houston TX- Fergusen Enterprises of Houston TX- Houston Oilman's Bass Club- Ann's Tackle Shop of Jasper TX- Needmore Tackle of Sam Rayburn TX- Waterwood Marina of Lake Livngston TX- Lowes Creek Park of Lake Toledo Bend TX- April Plaza of Lake Conroe TX- Millcreek Park of Lake Sam Rayburn TX- and the Lil' Buddies team anglers.


The Manous family with bass catch

Gabby Smith with a smile as big as her perch
< photos by Ed Snyder >

The Killoughs with their crappie catch

The Bacon Family enjoying their "fire-cracker" weekend

The Lil' Buddy winners with their prizes and family team members
 

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