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Tournament Pathfinder
by John Presley

The 2002/03 Texas Citgo Bassmaster Central Open on Sam Rayburn was held Oct.31-Nov 2.This was the final event of the three tournament series for the year. The week prior to the tournament East Texas was pounded with heavy rains. The fishing had been great before the off limits week. The last week of practice most anglers were reporting good catches some 20 to 25 pound bags for their best five fish of the day. The heavy rains caused the water level to rise over a foot and made the water turn even muddier. The first day of competition the weather was cloudy with a light wind blowing out of the north. The first day leader was Slade Dearman of Onalaska ,Texas who brought in a five-fish limit that weighed 22-01. Slade also got big bass of the day with a 9-05. In second place was Ray Scheide of Cookson, Oklahoma with 5 fish weighing 17-12 in third place was Rick Clunn of Ava Missouri with 5 fish weighing 17-11,fourth place was Steven Powell of Cabot Arkansas with 5 fish weighing 16-02 and in fifth place after day one was Yusuke Miazaki of Mineola Texas with 5 fish weighing 15-07. The first day amateur leader was Gene J. David of Ventress Louisiana with 4 fish that weighed 21-15, and the big bass was taken by Kendall Martin of Tremont Illinois with a 7-06. The second day of the tournament we had high winds out of the northeast and overcast skies most of the day. Rick Clunn told everyone the day before he wanted the overcast skies and he got it. He took the day two lead by bringing in another five fish limit that weighed 17-03 for a total of 10 fish weighing34-14. On the second day another big bag was brought to the scales by Clayton Meyer of San Diego, California who had five fish weighing 21-02 that gave him a total of 10 fish weighing 32-02 and moved him into second place, third was Slade Dearman who brought in 4 fish weighing 9-00 for a total of 10 fish weighing 31-01.The big fish on the pro side on day two was caught by Aaron D. Nelson of Earlham, Iowa it weighed 6-05. The amateur leader after day two was Charles Simmons of Waco, Texas with a total of 10 fish that weighed 20-04. The big bass on the amateur side was taken by Jeff Snyder of Royse City Texas with a 7-13. On the final day Rick Clunn weighed in 5 fish that weighed 8-00 giving him a three day total of 43-06 to claim his first victory in nearly two years. Clunn used a Deep Baby N crankbait and a Stanley spinner bait to catch his fish. Clayton Meyers finished second with a total of 42-15 and day one leader Slade Dearman finished third with 42-11.The amateur winner was Rick Skidmore of Lumberton Texas with a total of 11 fish that weighed 31-12 .

Five anglers made it into the classic after fishing three of these events. The top five are Greg Hackney of Louisiana who was the top point leader with 589 points the other qualifiers are Edwin Evers of Oklahoma with 568,Mike Gough of Florida with 538, Homer Humphreys of Louisiana with 531 and Chad Morgenthaler, Illinois with 530.All five of these anglers will be fishing in the 2003 Bassmaster's Classic that will be in New Orleans August 1-3 2003 congratulations to all of them .

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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