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37.61 lbs Wins Bass N Bucks Championship
By Patty Schaefer

9/14 & 15/02
Twin Dikes Marina, Sam Rayburn Lake

The top 60 Teams chosen by points, 5 more by wildcard and then 1 more team chosen from those who had made all seven tournaments made up the field of 66 total teams fishing the Bass 'N Bucks Championship 2002. These seasoned competitors came to Twin Dikes Marina for their share in over $100,000.00 in cash and prizes to be won in this event. Wrapping up day one every single team brought fish to the scales with well over half bringing in limits. All the cards and places were radically shuffled by the time day 2 weights were tallied.

Bass 'N Bucks averaged over 200 teams per tournament for the second year in a row. Twenty Five places were paid in this event which included 3 fully rigged Skeeter/Yamaha bass rigs for top three places.

Day 1 Top 10 leaders:
1st (21.46 lbs) Ken Hayes & Kraig Welborn
2nd (20.86 lbs) James Talbot & Cary Talbot
3rd (20.07 lbs) George Kelly & Marty Kelley
4th (16.65 lbs) Randy Qualls & Mike Metcalf
5th (16.86 lbs) Dennis Tietje & Jeff Tall
6th (16.28 lbs) Deryl Janzen & Keith Morris
7th (15.93 lbs) Randy Millender & Kenneth Nichols
8th (15.71 lbs) C. Westmoreland & Butch Covingston
9th (15.42 lbs) David Truax & Daren Truax
10th (15.35 lbs) Patricia Gold & Jerry Gold

These anglers have worked hard all year at earning their place in the championship and obviously had no intentions of slowing down with still over half the field weighing in limits yet again on day 2.

1st place winners - (37.61 lbs) Kris Wilson and David Harvey of Nederland, TX left day 1 in 27th place with 12.25 lbs then came in on day 2 with an incredible 25.36 lbs, which included their 7.13 lb kicker fish securing their First Place position. Their two day pattern of watermelon jigs and worms outside 8' main lake grass pockets paid off for them winning a fully rigged Skeeter ZX225 powered by a Yamaha 225 motor.

2nd place winners - (36.48 lbs) Randy Millender & Kenneth Nichols of Teague, TX had back to back limits using DD-22's and Texas rigged pumpkin green Zoom Magnum and Trick worms. Concentrating on deep humps near creeks, mid day was their best bite and they caught about 35 keepers all total. Their efforts paid off winning a fully rigged Skeeter SX190 powered by a Yamaha 150 motor. They are sponsored by Falcon, Outdoorsman, East Texas Marine and Ranger Boats.

Big Bass - (7.49 lbs) David Truax, fishing with his 14 yr old son Daren brought in the big bass of the tournament using a 3/4 oz Texas Smoke Hawg Craw. Flipping in 8' secondary grassy points, they caught her around the 9:00am hour.

(522) bass were brought to the scales for a total tournament weight of 1,369.44 lbs.

Congratulations to Rusty Clark and Shelby Shaw, Anglers of the Year. Along with many prizes and a plaque commemorating their duly earned recognition, all of their entry fees are pre-paid for the 2003 season.

Dave and Trisha Concienne would like to extend their grattitude and thanks to all of the anglers and sponsors for their participation throughout the year. Having survived the very cold March tournament in freezing conditions then more than 35 mph winds in April, these anglers have shown not only that they are highly competitive but also their true grit.

For more information on Bass 'N Bucks events please call Dave or Trisha Concienne at (409) 727-8941 or visit The kick-off tournament for the next season is scheduled for December 8, 2002 at Twin Dikes Marina, Sam Rayburn Lake. For more tournament dates please visit their website.

Sponsors for Bass 'N Bucks include: Skeeter/Yamaha; Hawg Caller; Lunker Lure; Rat-L-Trap; MotorGuide; Shimano; O'Reilly Marine Parts; Lowrance; Dual Pro Chargers; Fishing; Super 8 Motel; Costa Del Mar; izorline; Need More Tackle; Check-It Stick; Piney Point Plaza; Holiday Inn Express; Toledo Town & Tackle and the Bass N Bucks anglers.

Daren Truax fishing with father David weighed in the 7.49 lb Big Bass

Kris Wilson & David Harvey are the 2002 Bass-N-Bucks Championship Winners
< photos by Patty Schaefer>

Randy Millender & Kenneth Nichols hold 2nd place honors

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