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Tournament Pathfinder
by John Presley

The Bassmaster 2002 Arkansas Central Open was held Sept 26-28 on Lake Quachita in Mount Ida , Arkansas. The fishing was really tough. The lake has a 16 inch limit on largemouth and a 12 inch limit on spotted bass. The lake was hit with the largemouth bass virus a year ago and keepers were hard to come by. The weigh-ins took place at the Mountain Harbor Marina. Lake Quachita is a beautiful lake with lots of deep grass and clear water. To catch most of the fish, the prime baits were flipping a 1 1/4 ounce jig in the grass or using frogs and rats fished over the grass. The first day we had high winds and many anglers could not fish the main lake areas were they had found some fish . After the first day Edwin Evers of Mannsville OK was in first place with 5 fish weighing 13-06 ,Stephen Browning of Hot Springs AR was in second with 5 fish that weighed 12-01 and in third was David Truax of Beaumont TX with 4 fish that weighed 12-00. The big fish of the day was caught by Jason Barber of Gunbarrel TX it weighed 6-03 and was good for $800. The first day there were only 4 limits caught. The top 50 cut after day one was only 3-03. On the second day the wind laid down and the sun came out bright. A definite change from day one. On the second day the first day leader Edwin Evers failed to catch a keeper fish and fell to 9th place. The leader on the second day was Stephen Browning of Hot Springs AR with 5 fish that weighed 14-01 for a total of 10 fish weighing 26-02. Greg Hackney of Oak Ridge LA moved from 16 place to 2nd place with 4 fish that weighed 11-04 for a total weight of 6 fish weighing 17-14. David Truax of Beaumont stayed in third with 2 fish weighing 5-02 for a total of 6 fish that weighed 17-02. The big bass on day 2 was a 4-13 caught by Brooks Rogers of Quitman TX. On the second day again their was only 4 limits caught. To make the top 50 which advance to the third day took only 6-04. On the third and final day, Greg Hackney who was in second thought he was fishing for second. He thought he would need at least 18 pounds to catch the leader Stephen Browning but on the third day Stephen failed to catch a keeper and Hackney's 4 fish that weighed 10-03 for a total weight of 10 fish weighing 28-01 was enough to give him his first BASS victory and earn him $50,000. Stephen Browning of Hot Springs AR finished 2nd with 10 fish that weighed 26-02. And congratulations to David Truax of Beaumont TX who finished third with 9 fish weighing 24-0. Hackney caught most of his fish on a Rattleback 1 1/4 ounce jig and a 5 inch Mizmo tube green pumpkin in color with a 1 ounce Mark Pack tungsten weight. Browning caught his fish on a spinner bait the first day and a Snagproof frog on the second day. Also on the last day, Cody Bird caught the big fish of the day a 6-01. Even on the third day it was tough for many anglers to find enough fish to meet the 16 inch minimum required for largemouth and only 2 limits were caught. On the amateur side of the tournament Mike Kernan of Dallas, Texas claimed the championship with a 5-12 limit giving him a total weight of 14-0 for the tournament. The final Tournament of the Citgo Bassmaster's Central open circuit will be here on Sam Rayburn October31-November 2. I will give you the results of the Rayburn Tournament in next months article.

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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