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Massachusetts Angler Wins PVA Bayou/Lone Star Roundup
By Ed Snyder

- Georgia Angler Lands Runner-up Position-

Paralyzed Veterans of America National Bass Trail- Bayou/Lone Star Roundup
Sunday, October 6, 2002, Cypress Bend Resort, Lake Toledo Bend, LA.

It was definitely "Les Bon Temps Rouler" at Cypress Bend Resort as fifty six PVA Anglers arrived from Twenty-four States to compete at this Bayou/Lone Star Roundup, but the farthest traveled honor went to PVA/Angler Steve Foster of the British Isles who fished this Lake Toledo Bend event. Despite drenching late afternoon rain squalls the final day of Bayou/Lone-Star Roundup competition came off without a hitch with two PVA anglers top-ending the PVA angler field with 13.08 lbs and 12.24 lbs for 1 st and 2 nd place wins to qualify them for the 2003 PVA Grand National Championship to be held on Lake Havasu, Arizona.

Day-1- ReCap: Mild weather greeted the PVA team anglers who dodged the weather bullet as Hurricane Lily surged northeast, and away from the Lake Toledo Bend area. First day Team competition marked the leader-board with a 17.92 lb catch of Alexandria LA PVA/Angler David Fontenot and PVA/Angler Charles Collins of Booneville AR. Fontenot also landed the day-1 overall big bass of 5.54 lbs from Housen Bay grass-ridges

Day-2- ReCap: Day-2 launched only disabled angler/observer teams for the final day open individual division, from which would qualify the top-2 disabled anglers to compete at the 2003 PVA Grand National Championship. Today's Light southeast winds replaced the northeasterly breeze of previous day-one competition. But the improved weather change also brought in drenching late afternoon thunder-squalls that didn't seem to dampen the spirit of these highly dedicated PVA anglers.

A PVA field of 25 point-leader anglers from these past five PVA tournament events will qualify to compete at our PVA Grand National Championship on Lake Havasu, stated PVA National Tournament Director, Robert Cartlidge, which includes our Angler of the Year and the first and second place winners of each tournament event, with the winner of the Grand National Championship event qualifying to compete at the BASS Federation National Championship for earning a possible seat at the BassMaster World Classic.

1 st place PVA/Angler -(13-08)- PVA/Angler Lon Hilde of Lunenburg MA, teamed up with Fort Polk Community Bassmaster observer Jerry Hilton of Leesville LA, as he maneuvered their Basscat/Mercury bass-rig over Toro Bay Millfoil patches to work G-Loomis/Bass Pro rods and Shimano/Quantum reels spooled with 14 lb test Berkley Fire-line. The "Nor-Easter" angler fished watermelon/green Yamamoto Senko's and Berkley pumpkin/flip-tailed power-worms around 4'-6' bank-shallow mill-foil patches to catch his weight. "My bass bite was "jinxed" early on, stated the 9 year PVA veteran, but we soon found our niche by 11am and began catching bass after locating the "sweet- spot". Lon finished in 15th place during the 2002 PVA Championship, but is now qualified to compete at the 2003 PVA Grand National Championship in his 1 st place Ranger/Mercury Cherokee Bass Boat valued at $16,500. "Good Luck"

2 nd place PVA/Angler -(12-24)- PVA/Angler Van Holder of Rome GA, teamed up with observer Keith Heaberlin of Keithville LA, to run his Triton/Yamaha bass-rig down to Six Mile area Pepper-grass patches. The Georgia PVA/Angler worked Gator rods and Shimano reels spooled with 12/15 lb test Berkley Big Game mono while fishing Zoom pearl/white flukes and 1 / 8 oz chartreuse/white Stanley Vibra-Shaft spinner baits. "I concentrated on fishing 2' to 20' pepper-grass drop-offs, Van Holder stated, catching most of my bass on the Stanley spinner-baits that I bought at Wal-Mart for 50 cents a piece. "Now, that was the cheapest "ON-SALE" bait that I had ever bought to help me qualify for a National Championship, exclaimed the 9-year PVA veteran, who also told of catching the 5,64 lb day-2 overall big bass from a 9:40am big bite on his "50-cent" Stanley Vibra-Shaft spinner-bait. The Kinami Baits sponsored PVA Bass/Pro had fished the 2002 Championship finishing in 17 th place, but is now qualified to return for another shot at the 2003 Grand National Championship to be held on Lake Havasu. "Good-Luck"

Top 5 PVA Anglers:
Place Points Angler Oberver/Partner #Fish Big Total
1st 110 Lon Hilde Jerry Hilton 5 0 13.08
Lunenburg, MA Leesville, LA
2nd 109 Van Holder Keith Heaberlin 4 5.64 12.24
Rome, GA Keithville, LA
3rd 108 Ken Carter John C. Hunter 5 0 10.58
Sapupla, OK Conroe, TX
4th 107 Stephen Foster Rusty Rivet 5 0 9.33
Lady Lake, FL Kingswood, TX
5th 106 Harold Henderson David Fontenot 5 0 8.98
Flitcher, NC Alexandria, LA

Top-25 Qualifying PVA Championship Anglers:
Name T4 T3 T2 T1 Total
1 John Clark 99 105 105 109 418
2 Kenneth Mumford 99 99 106 106 410
3 Ken Carter 90 101 108 108 407
4 Jimmy Lankford 94 95 103 109 401
5 Billy Mount 84 101 105 108 398
6 Glen Davis 90 95 104 107 396
7 Paul Julian 88 100 103 104 395
8 Don Jenkins 86 93 96 106 381
9 Mark Overstreet 87 92 94 107 380
11 Larry Mc Kee 73 89 104 107 373
10 Stephen Foster 70 97 99 107 373
12 Van Holder 64 72 105 109 350
13 Sam Turpin 74 78 88 109 349
14 Eddie Camara 66 77 102 102 347
15 Paul Offill 77 80 88 98 343
16 Shorty Powers 48 80 104 105 337
17 Roger Kellough 56 81 98 101 336
18 Lon Hilde 10 98 110 110 328
19 Harold Henderson 58 67 89 106 320
20 Ralph Stewart 73 76 76 83 308
21 Kurt Glass 10 78 97 108 293
22 Jon Bostic 10 83 85 106 284
23 Cleveland Short 10 79 87 107 283
24 Ernie Stacy 10 72 93 103 278

25 James Snyder 10 75 85 98 268

Top-Bank Angler-(5-02)- Barbara "Sue" McLeod of Wadley GA, had a great time fishing this event from the bank as she managed to win her division by catching 5.02 lbs of fish that included a drum and perch caught on live worms while bank fishing the scenic area of Cypress Bend Resort.

Top-5 PVA Bank Division Anglers:
Place Weigh Angler City Points
1st 5.02 Barbra Sue McLeod Wadley GA 110
2nd 4.65 Kevin Teeman Muldrow OK 109
3rd 3.21 Sammy Bang Vancleave MS 108
4th 2.72 Chris Hudson Greenwood SC 107

5th 2.52 David Auvenshine Waynesboro TX 106

Day-1 Overall Boater Big Bass-(5-54)-David Fontenot/Alexandria, LA.
Day-2 Overall Boater Big Bass-(5-64)-Van Holder/Rome, GA.

2002 PVA Bass Trail Events:
March-Southeastern PVA -Clarks Hill Lake-Augusta, GA.
June- Butch Ward Memorial- Smallwood State Park- Delaware MD.
August- Land Of Lincoln Bass-Rend Lake-Mt Vernon Ill.
September-Mid-America PVA-Lake Eufaula-Checotah, OK
October- Bayou/Lone-Star Round-up-Lake Toledo Bend, LA.
PVA Championship- Lake Havasu AZ- February 21-23- 2003

The Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), a nonprofit organization chartered by the United States Congress, is dedicated to serving its membership needs, all of which have catastrophic paralysis caused by spinal chord injury or disease. The PVA, a dynamic broad-based organization, presently has more than 40 chapters, subchapters, 56 national service offices, and over 20,000 members in the United States and Puerto Rico. Since it's founding in 1946, the PVA programs and activities have expanded dramatically in size and scope to meet the needs of paralyzed veterans and other Americans with disabilities.

All bass recovered and live released by PVA Fish Recovery Teams

A special thanks to all of the Cypress Bend Resort Staff, the Sabine River Authority of Louisiana, Texas Parks & Wildlife, West LA Ice, Westin Service, BOC Gas, Sparkletts Sales, Dennis Weldon, Vessel Assist, Louisiana Parks & Wildlife, and the LSPVA Honor Guard for their assistance and support. And a very special "THANK YOU" goes out to the Texas BASS Federation, the Louisiana BASS Federation, and local bass clubs and team captains who volunteered their time and effort to help the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

For more information on this PVA National Bass Tournament Trail contact -(800)-424-8200 EXT-752 or click to Error! Reference source not found.

This event hosted by the Lone Star and Bayou Gulf State Chapters of the Paralyzed Veterans Of America.

PVA National Bass Tournament Trail Sponsors; BassMasters- US Smokeless Tobacco Co- Budweiser- Ranger Bass Boats- Independence Technology- Mercury Outboards- Eagle Claw- The BRAUN Corporation- MinnKota- Berkley- DC Enterprises Wilderness Inquiry- Sports'n Spokes- and the PVA Angler Teams-


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