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Wilkerson & David win Baskin's Wrangler Angler
By Patty Lenderman

April 12, 2003
Twin Dikes Marina - Lake Sam Rayburn

Ordinarily it is the tournament personnel who is in charge of running a tournament. This did not seem the case at the Baskin's Wrangler Angler weigh in at Twin Dikes Marina, Lake Sam Rayburn for the 5th of 6 events for this trail. As the clocked ticked closer to the 3:00 weigh in time, the 23 participating teams eased their boats to the shoreline. The first team to come to the scales had only one fish and their weight was tallied. The other anglers, still sitting in their boats listened as the weight was announced and silently looked around at each other to see who would go next. Another team made the decision to tally their weight, higher than the previous teams. Again, the anglers silently looked around at each other to see who would go next, all the while tournament directors Wayne Lewis and Steve McLauren encouraging them to come on and weigh their fish. The anglers were not daunted, seemingly intense in their game of Mexican sweat. Each team that came to the scales had a little higher weight than the team before. Ultimately it was Chris Wilkerson and Scott David who brought the final and winning sack to the scales weighing in at 19.42 lbs.

As a 100% payback tournament trail, paying one place per 8 teams entered, that added up to big bucks for the top two teams who received a check, with one big bass place also being paid. The participants had a beautiful day to be out on the lake, starting with brisk morning temps that rose to the upper 70's with partly cloudy skies and modest winds. At the weigh in, many of the anglers commented that they had caught numerous big bass the day before in practice, but couldn't get them to bite during competition.

1st place - 19.42 lbs - $3,200 - Chris Wilkerson of Livingston and Scott David of Goodrich, TX site fished for most of their catch. Using Texas rigged Gene Larew craws, they concentrated on the brush near creeks in up to 3' depths. Scott reported catching the same fish five times, but pitching over heavy cover she got tangled each time and ended up dangling from limbs on the end of his line. Being a nice size bass, he kept trying and was finally able to lure her to some smaller brush that he was finally able to wrangle her out of and get her to the boat. This team is sponsored by Texas Tire.

2nd place - 13.59 lbs - $2,200 - Sammy Atchison and David Harvey, both of Nederland, TX went after the post spawn bass and enjoyed an all day bite catching over two limits of fish. They fished point to point in 5' depths around cypress trees using black/blue Blitz ½ oz jigs with Gene Larew black/blue craw trailers. This team is sponsored by Blitz jigs and Falcon rods.

Big Bass - 6.22 lbs - $350 - David Curtis of Trinity and Shane Gibson of Kilgore, TX brought in the big bass of the tournament using watermelon Stanley Tubes. They reported a tough bite, catching their kicker around 2:00. Site fishing was also their method, concentrating on bushes in 2'-3' depths. This team is sponsored by Stanley Jigs, Castaway rods, Joe Baby spinnerbaits, Triton Boats and Mercury Motors.

The next event is scheduled for June 14th at Cypress Bend, Toledo Bend Lake. For more information please contact the Baskin's Wrangler Angler Tournament Trail at 936-967-FISH or visit their web sight <>

Sponsors Include: Baskin's - Wrangler Rugged Wear - All American Bass - Justin Boots - Pepsi - Pinecrest Mercury of Livingston - Ford - Brookshire Brothers - Super 8 Motel - Holiday Inn Express - LaCrosse Footgear - Academy Sports & Outdoors -

1st Place team of Chris Wilkerson & Scott David take home $3200 for their 19.42 lb catch

Sammy Atchison and David Harvey take home their 2nd place check of $2200
< photos by Patty Lenderman >

(L-R) Tourn. Dir. Steve McLauren, 1st - Chris Wilkerson & Scott David, 2nd - David Harvey & Sammy Atchison, Tourn. Dir. Wayne Lewis, (Front) Big Bass - David Curtis & Shane Gibso

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