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Tournament Pathfinder
by John Presley

Last month the 2002 Citgo Bassmaster's Classic was held on July 25-27 on Lay Lake in Alabama. I was really glad to see Jay Yelas of Tyler Texas win the classic. Jay is a super person and this really means a lot to him and his career to win the Classic. It is a thrill of a lifetime. He also took the big bass honors all three days of the Classic. Jay had been to the Classic 12 times but this is his first win. He took home $203,000 in earnings with a total weight for three days of 45-13. Second place was Aaron Martens of Castaic, California with a total weight of 39-09 good for $55,000. Third place was David Walker of Sevierville, Tennessee with a total weight of 35-13 good for $35,000. Also congratulations to Bud Pruitt who came in 11th place, and Jasper's Todd Faircloth who came in 12th place.
The race of the next 2003 Bassmaster's Classic starts in August . There will be 3 Open Divisions, Northern, Central, Southern. The full field of 200 pros and 200 amateurs will fish the first two days of the event. Then the field is cut to the top 50 pros and 50 amateurs for the final day weigh-in. The following is a list of tournaments:

Citgo Bassmaster Northern Opens:
Potomac River-Charles County, MD, Aug 5-7,2002
St Lawrence River-Clayton, NY, Sept 12-14,2002
Hudson River- Catskill, NY, Oct 3-5,2002

Citgo Bassmaster Central Opens:
Red River-Shreveport, LA, Aug 22-24,2002
Lake Quachita-Hot Springs, AR, Sept 26-28,2002
Lake Sam Rayburn-Jasper, TX, Oct 31,Nov 1-2,2002

Citgo Bassmaster Southern Opens:
Lake Murray-Columbia, SC, Sept 19-21,2002
Lake Pickwick/Wilson-Florence, AL, Oct 24-26,2002
Lake Martin-Alexander City, AL, Nov 21-23,2002

Also competing for the 2003 Classic is the Bassmaster Pro Tour with the following schedule:
Harris Chain of Lakes-Leesburg, FL, Jan 9-12,2003
Lake Okeechobee-Okeechobee, FL, Jan 16-19,2003
Lake Seminole-Bainbridge, GA, Feb 5-8,2003
Toledo Bend-Many, LA, Feb 13-16,2003
Lake Eufaula-Eufaula, LA, Mar 6-9,2003
Santee Cooper-Manning, SC, Mar 20-23,2003
San Joaquin River Delta-Stockton, CA, Apr 3-6,2003
Clear Lake-Clearlake, CA, Apr 10-13,2003
Lake Hamilton-Hot Springs, AR, May 1-4,2003
Alabama River-Montgomery, AL, May 22-25,2003

I will be fishing the Central Open Bassmaster Tournaments. My next article I will give you the results of the first tournament at the Red River in Shreveport LA, Aug 22-24.
By the way, when I am not fishing tournaments, I am a full-time fishing guide on Lake Sam Rayburn. If you would like to book a trip please call me at 409-698-9713 or Ann's Tackle Shop at 409-384-7685. Or e-mail me at JOHN@SAMRAYBURNFISHING.COM. or check out my website at SAMRAYBURNFISHING.COM.

Good Luck and Good Fishing.

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