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Tournament Pathfinder
by John Presley

The fourth tournament of the Citgo Bassmaster Pro Tour was at Toledo Bend Reservoir in Many, Louisiana on February 20-23. After the first day Brian Snowden of Springfield, MO was in first with five fish that weighed 21-10, second place was Mike Wurm of Hot Springs, AR with five fish that weighed 21-02, third place was Jeff Kriet of Ardmore, OK with five fish that weighed 20-01. In the interest of angler safety and due to dense fog and torrential rains, the second day of the tournament was canceled. After the third day, Brian Snowden was still in first place with 10 fish 37-13, second place was Shaw Grigsby of Gainesville, FL with 10 fish 34-09, third place was Mike Wurm with 10 fish 33-14, fourth place was Zell Rowland of Montgomery, TX with 10 fish 33-02, fifth place was J Todd Tucker of Moultrie, GA with 10 fish 30-13, sixth place was Jay Yelas of Tyler, TX with 10 fish 30-11, tied for seventh place was Jeff Kriet and Keith Green with 10 fish 30-01, ninth place was David Wharton of Sam Rayburn, TX with 10 fish 29-11, tenth place was Edwin Evers of Mannsville, OK with 10 fish 28-14, eleventh place was Marty Stone of Linden NC with 10 fish 28-07 and twelfth place was Takahiro Omori with 10 fish 28-058. These twelve anglers will advance to fish the next day of the tournament for the showdown where their weights will begin at zero. Due to the cancellation of day 2, top money winning amateurs were given out after day 3. First place was Jason Reyes with 10 fish 27-12 good for $36,000, second place Joel Etheredge with 9 fish 26-01 good for $35.000, and third place Keith Loveday with 9 fish 24-07 good for $14,000. After the fourth day, David Wharton was in first place on the pro division with 5 fish 15-07, second place was Jay Yelas with 5 fish 13-00, third place was Jeff Kriet with 5 fish 10-08, fourth place was Mike Wurm with 4 fish 9-04, tied for fifth place was Shaw Grigsby and Takahiro Omori with 3 fish 6-09. These six will go on to fish the "Super Six" showdown. On final day of the tournament, David Wharton who started in tournament in 60th place won with a total of 10 fish 32-06 good for $100,000, second place was Takahiro Omori with 8 fish 19-10 good for $38,000, third place was Jay Yelas with 8 fish 18-15 good for $23,000, fourth place of Jeff Kriet with 9 fish 18-04 good for $20,000, fifth place of Mike Wurm with 7 fish 14-15 good for $16,000 and sixth place was Shaw Grigsby with 6 fish 13-14 good for $14,000. Big bass each day also paid $1,000. The winners were first day Kotaro Kiriyama with a 8-12 fish, second day Bud Pruitt with a 8-14 fish, and the third and fourth day was David Wharton with a 4-15 and a 5-06.
The next tournament was be held on March 6-9 at Lake Eufaula, Alabama.

After the first day Tom Biffle of Wagoner, OK was in first with 5 fish that weighed 22-11, second place was John Murray of Phoenix, AR with 5 fish that weighed 21-15, third place was Peter Thliveros of Jacksonville, FL with five fish that weighed 21-11. After the second day, Mike Reynolds of Modesto, CA was in first place with 10 fish 39-05, second place was Edwin Evers of Mannsville, OK with 10 fish 39-03, third place was Tom Biffle with 10 fish 38-10, fourth place was Charlie Hartley of Grove City, Oh with 10 fish 37-06, tied for fifth place was Peter Thliveros with 10 fish 35-00 and Gerald Gostenik of Dearborn, MN with 9 fish 35-00, seventh place was Bud Pruitt of Spring TX with 10 fish 34-09, eighth place was Jeff Reynolds of Platter, OH with 10 fish 33-08, ninth place was Jack Wade of Knoxville, TN with 10 fish 33-02, tenth place was Mark Menendez of Paducah KY with 10 fish 33-00, eleventh place was Randy Yarnall of Womelsdorf, PA with 10 fish 32-15 and twelfth place was Charlie Weyer of West Hills, CA with 10 fish 32-13. These twelve anglers will be the only pros to fish on the third day. After the third day Mark Menendez was still in first place on the pro division with 15 fish 55-15, second place was Edwin Evers with 15 fish 55-14, third place was Charlie Hartley with 15 fish 55-05, fourth place was Mike Reynolds with 15 fish 53-00, fifth place was Tom Biffle with 15 fish 52-08, and making the final spot for day four was Peter Thliveros with 15 fish 46-09. The top money winning amateurs after day 3 were: first place was Jonathon Edwards with 10 fish 28-01 good for $36,000, second place Jerry Dunn with 10 fish 27-12 good for $35.000, and third place Timmy Walker with 10 fish 24-14 good for $14,000. On the fourth and final day of the tournament, Edwin Evers had his first ever win with a total of 20 fish 73-05 good for $100,000, second place was Charlie Hartley with 20 fish 70-03 good for $38,000, third place was Mark Menendez with 18 fish 62-01 good for $23,000, fourth place of Mike Reynolds with 17 fish 58-09 good for $20,000, fifth place of Tom Biffle with 16 fish 54-08 good for $16,000 and sixth place was Peter Thliveros with 16 fish 49-05 good for $14,000. In the four days of competition there was 177 limits caught weighing 3684-2. Big bass each day also paid $1,000. The winners were: first day Mark Davis with a 9-04 fish, second day Randy Yarnall with a 7-10 fish, and the third day Mark Menendez with a 6-02 and fourth day was Charlie Hartley with a 4-00.

During the month of April, the fishing is really great on Big Sam the water is high and the bass are shallow. Try fishing the flooded brush and timber with wacky worms and flukes, some of the best colors are watermelon, watermelon red, sour grape and watermelon blue. If that does not work try a Texas rigged lizard shallow in the brush. The crappie fishing should be great this month as they move shallow to spawn. Fish the grass beds with small jigs and road runners. Some good colors are black and chartruse, red and white and smoke colored jigs. Also, the hybrid bass should be running around the dam area. Try using top waters, rattle traps and jigging spoons. Its been a long winter so get out and enjoy some great spring fishing on Big Sam and remember to please practice catch and release so we can have a great spawn and more fish to catch in the future.

Please remember that dive teams have been working on the south end of Toledo Bend in the Six Mile and Indian Mound areas to recover parts of the space shuttle. Please be considerate and idle around their work areas.

In my next article I will give you the results of the next tournament which will be held at Santee Cooper Reservoir in South Carolina March 20-23.

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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