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Huge lunkers, heavy sacks at Sam Rayburn Everstart
By Patty Lenderman

Twin Dikes Marina, Lake Sam Rayburn
February 6, 2003

The Everstart tournament series had their first of four qualifying events, a four day tournament with a total purse in cash and prizes totaling $256,825.00. A field of 400 anglers, 200 each in the pro and amateur divisions competed the first two days on Lake Sam Rayburn at Twin Dikes Marina in very cold rainy conditions. Day one of competition had temps barely reaching into the 40's with light rain but these seasoned anglers didn't let that slow them down. Of the total field of four hundred, 343 anglers brought fish to the scales with the pro division number one slot at the end of day one weighing in at 24 lbs 5 oz by Trey Morgan of Goldanna, La.. The co-angler division day one top weight coming in at 15 lbs 9 oz by Randy Brewer of Southlake, TX. Big bass on the pro side was brought in by Jonathan Newton of Rogersville, AL at 8 lbs 9 oz, while in the co-angler division Jerry McKnight of Wells, TX brought in the 10 lb bass that shot him into second place day one with only 4 fish in his sack.

Coming into an even colder and wetter day two, this was the final day for the entire field to compete and try to make the cut of only 20 anglers in each division who are to advance to day 3 of competition. In the Pro Division, Trey Morgan maintained first place in a two day tally totalling 41-14 lbs. Pro big bass honors earned by David Cochran weighing in a nice 8-07 lb bass. In the co-angler division Jerry McKnight took the lead with a two day total weight of 29-08 lbs and the big bass for the co-angler division came in at an incredible 12-11 lbs by Jeary Wheeler. This Texas sized Sam Rayburn hawg just missed qualifying for the Texas Parks & Wildlife Share Lunker program by a mere 5 ounces. All of the competitors two day weights were added together to determine the top 20 to advance, with 21st-55th place receiving checks.

Two day top 20 totals Pro Division:
1st 41-14 lbs Trey Morgan Goldanna, LA
2nd 39-10 lbs David Truax Beaumont, TX
3rd 39-04 lbs Alfred Williams Jackson, MS
4th 34-11 lbs James E. Davis, Jr Ferriday, LA
5th 30-00 lbs Clark Reehm Russellville, AR
6th 29-03 lbs Larry Sisk Evansville, IN
7th 28-06 lbs Jonathon Newton Rogersville, AL
8th 28-02 lbs Eric Holt Galena, MO
9th 27-12 lbs Dicky Newberry Houston, TX
10th 26-15 lbs Kirk C. Smith Edmond, OK
11th 26-06 lbs George Jeane Jr Evans, LA
12th 26-06 lbs Bob Weaver Lawton, OK
13th 26-06 lbs David Junk Quincy, IL
14th 26-04 lbs Ricky D. Scott Van Buren, AR
15th 25-04 lbs Carl Svebek III Siloam Springs, AR
16th 24-08 lbs Matthew Mize Ben Lomond, AR
17th 24-07 lbs Terry V. Butcher Talala, OK
18th 24-06 lbs John Tanner Quitman, TX
19th 24-05 lbs Alton Wilhoit Harrah, OK
20th 24-01 lbs Jackie Davis Willard, MO

Pro Big Bass Day 1: 8-09 lbs Jonathan Newton Rogersville, AL
Pro Big Bass Day 2: 8-07 lbs David Cochran Hot Springs, AR

Two day top 20 totals Co-Angler Division:
1st 29-08 lbs Jerry McKnight Wells, TX
2nd 27-11 lbs Barry Goen Hartsburg, MO
3rd 23-06 lbs Joe Rasnick Brookville, IN
4th 23-02 lbs Doug Caskey Madisonville, KY
5th 22-15 lbs Dean Morgan Port Arthur, TX
6th 22-11 lbs Mike Neal Dexter, KS
7th 22-02 lbs Scotty Villines Compton, AR
8th 21-13 lbs Randy Brewer South Lake, TX
9th 21-08 lbs Jeary Wheeler Batesville, AR
10th 20-05 lbs Bill Rogers Jasper, TX
11th 20-02 lbs Roger Keene Baytown, TX
12th 19-12 lbs Lonnie Fuller, Jr Hemphill, TX
13th 18-06 lbs Larry Regina South Bend, IN
14th 16-15 lbs Robert Kirtley Chouteau, OK
15th 16-13 lbs Ewell Harris Prairieville, LA
16th 16-09 lbs Ray Pierce Houston, TX
17th 15-13 lbs Rick Selsor Glenpool, OK
18th 15-10 lbs Travis Pattillo Silsbee, TX
19th 15-09 lbs Brent Ausbrook Onley, IL
20th 14-06 lbs Jake McKee Houston, TX

Co-Angler Big Bass Day 1: 10-00 lbs Jerry McKnight Wells, TX
Co-Angler Big Bass Day 2: 12-11 lbs Jeary Wheeler Batesville, AR

The anglers weights start back at zero for day 3 of competition. Weigh in for the top 20 in each division will be at Jasper Walmart at 4:00 and the final cut will be made for only the top 10 anglers in each division will advance for the final day of competition. Weights start back at zero for the final round, and they will weigh in again at Jasper Walmart at 4:00 Saturday.

The next event for the Central Division will be at Pickwick Lake in Florence, AL March 26-29. For more information please visit their website at or call 270-252-1000.

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Pro Trey Morgan held onto 1st place for two days to make the first cut with a two day total weight of 41-14 lbs

Day 1 Pro Big Bass brought in by Jonathan Newton at 8-09 lbs
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Day 2 Pro Big Bass brought in by David Cochran at 8-07 lbs

Jerry McKnight of the co-angler division hefts his 10 lb'r that brought him day 1 big bass honors and helped put him in top spot in a two day total weight of 29-08 lbs

Jeary Wheeler shows off his Texas hawg weighing 12-11 lbs, winning day 2 big bass honors in the co-angler division

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