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21.16 lbs Wins Toledo Bass N Bucks
By Patty Lenderman

2/2/02 - Cypress Bend, LA

Bass N Bucks is filled with top notch highly competitive teams who pull out all the stops and run the gambit when it comes to tournament fishing. Seemingly undaunted by weather conditions or any mechanical mishaps they encounter, this elite group of anglers consistently bring in heavy stringers and big bass. At any of the Bass N Bucks weigh ins you will see that the tallied weights are so tight that it keeps the leader board hopping. For this event alone three teams weighed in bags tipping the scales at over 20 lbs, looking for their share in the over $42,000.00 in cash and prizes to be won in this event. Ultimately it was the team of David Harvey and Kris Wilson who took first place with 21.16 lbs for a grand prize of a brand new beautiful fully rigged Skeeter/Yamaha bass boat & motor.

Twenty five overall places were paid plus three big bass slots. Several big bass over seven pounds were brought to the scales, but the team of Rick Goodman and Chris McMullen brought in the hawg that weighed in at 8.01 for first place big bass.

The tournament day was nice with temps rising to the 60's, winds 10-15 with gusts to 20 mph and mostly cloudy skies. There was another cloud over the tournament. It was the cloud of the catastrophe from the explosion of the space shuttle Columbia the day before. Seven of our astronauts, our hero's, lost their lives in the tragic explosion that scattered debris over 500 miles, much of it landing in our East Texas and Louisiana areas and lakes. While many of the anglers were practicing the day before, they witnessed as debris fell all around them into the lake. Officials asked them to get off of the lake so that pieces of the shuttle could be retrieved and no one was sure if the tournament would go on. Many boat ramps on the Texas side of Toledo Bend were shut down by authorities while they scrambled to retrieve the wreckage. It was decided that the tournament would go on as scheduled, while the search for the pieces continued by air, land and water. At the weigh in at Cypress Bend park a Black Hawk military helicopter flew a grid pattern along the shorelines searching for parts of the shuttle. Prayers for the lost crew, their families and friends continue to be said.

1st place - 21.16 lbs - Skeeter/Yamaha + $250 - David Harvey of Nederland, TX and Kris Wilson of Beaumont took control of the leader board weighing in their winning catch that included a 7.56 lb kicker fish that took 3rd place big bass. The dragged Carolina rigged Gene Larew HooDaddy's and lizards in black/blue as well as green pumpkin for their catch. Concentrating on 14' main lake structure, ridges and brush tops, they had all of their fish in the boat by 9:00am. They were able to cull twice to their final limit. "Everything has to come together just right to win a tournament like this" the team told Dave Concienne. This team is sponsored by Falcon rods, Shimano reels and Mr. Blitz.

2nd place - 20.88 lbs - $3,000.00 - James Shaw of Sam Rayburn, TX and Chuck Salter of Bronson came in a tight second place to bring home a nice paycheck. They brought in their five fish limit which included a kicker fish at 6.02 lbs. This teams bait of choice was red/white rattle traps around grassy flats in 7' depths. Fishing the southern end of the lake, they had their first limit in the boat by 11:30, catching their kicker fish around 11:00.
3rd place - 20.81 lbs - $1,600 + $500 - Archie Hayley of Mt Vernon, TX and John Salamone of Spring was just 7/100 of an ounce behind second place overall, but did secure second place big bass with 7.76 lbs. The lure of choice for this team was a 1 oz Oldham jig in black/blue fishing the edges of main lake grass flats at 12-14' depths. This team also fished the south end of the lake and reported a good bite until 10:00am when it slowed down. This team is sponsored by Castaway rods, Allstar rods, Shimano reels, Mustad hooks and Power Pro line.

Big Bass - 8.01 lbs - $1,000.00 - Rick Goodman of Livingston, TX and Chris McMullen brought in their first place big bass using red 3/4 oz. rattle traps. They fished grassy creeks in 10'depths in the south lake area to catch their limit. Their monster bass came at high noon. This team is sponsored by Triton boats, Rat'l Trap, Kistler rods and Witt Marine of Baytown. The $1,000.00 prize money was donated by Kicker Fish Bait Company.

Overall standings:
1st - 21.16 lbs - Skeeter/Yamaha + $250 - David Harvey / Kris Wilson
2nd - 20.88 lbs - $3,000.00 - James Shaw / Chuck Salter
3rd - 20.81 lbs - $1,600.00 - Archie Hayley / John Salamone
4th - 19.99 lbs - $1,400.00 - Russ Carter / Scott Bailey
5th - 19.76 lbs - $1,200.00 - Chris McCall / Pete Shivers
6th - 19.08 lbs - $1,000.00 - Denny Wyatt / Chris Harvey

Big Bass standings:
1st - 8.01 lbs - $1,000.00 - Rick Goodman / Chris McMullen
2nd - 7.76 lbs - $500.00 - Archie Hayley / John Salamone
3rd - 7.58 lbs - $250.00 - David Harvey / Kris Wilson

The next Bass N Bucks event is scheduled for March 2nd at Twin Dikes Marina on Lake Sam Rayburn. For more information please contact Dave or Tricia Concienne at (409) 727-6608, www.bassnbucks.com <http://www.bassnbucks.com> or email at Tournaments@BassNBucks.com

Sponsors Include: Skeeter / Yamaha - Kicker Fish Bait Co. - YUM - Rat L Trap - Minn Kota - Shimano - Silver Thread - Lowrance - Costa Del Mar - Dual Pro Charger - FishingWorld.com - Super 8 Motel - Check It Stik - McFerrin Insurance - BassMedics Rejuvenade - Catch N Cool Ice Blocks - Bait Fresh Bait Tank Treatment - Ann's Tackle Shop - Need More Tackle - Rayburn Tackle - Piney Point Plaza - Holiday Inn Express - Toledo Town & Tackle - Bomber - Rebel - Heddon - Smithwick


1st Place - David Harvey & Kris Wilson win a Skeeter / Yamaha bass rig presented by Dave Concienne

David Harvey & Kris Wilson with their first place stringer & third place big bass
< photos by Patty Lenderman >

Rick Goodman fished with Chris McMullen and won 1st place big bass with 8.01 lbs

2nd place winners James Shaw and Chuck Salter display the best of their 20.88 lb stringer

(L-R) 1st - David Harvey & Kris Wilson; 2nd - James Shaw & Chuck Salter; 3rd - Archie Hayley & John Salamone; Dave Concienne, Tournament Director
 

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