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Results from the 3rd Annual Ft. Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Bass Tournament on Saturday, May 3rd, 2003
By Tom Webb

What started out as a breezy, overcast morning gave way to a still, sultry day, making things tough on competitors in the third annual US Army Corps of Engineers Fort Worth District Bass Tournament on Sam Rayburn Lake on May 3.

Out of all the participants that entered in this year's event, they found the conditions difficult for catching keeper bass. The transition to a post-spawn pattern, coupled with McDonald's Big Bass Splash taking place just days before with it's accompanying crowds of boats and anglers, resulted in only four pairs of anglers weighing in 5-fish limits. The final standings were:

1st Place: Dennis Massey and Sammy Reed bagged 5 fish weighing in at 13.73 lbs while fishing wacky worms in watermelon and watermelon red colors. Most of their fish were caught off of main lake points or humps. Dennis is the "A" Mechanic at Sam Rayburn Power Plant and Sammy works in maintenance at the Town Bluff Project Office.

2nd Place: Ray and Judy Livingston managed to hang on to 5 fish weighing in at 13.03 lbs while fishing sparse grass. The majority of their catch was caught early on top water baits, primarily a Zara Spook. Ray is a Civil Engineering Technician at the Sam Rayburn Project Office.

3rd Place: Charlie Burger and Mike McInnis pieced together the third place stringer again this year, with 5 fish weighing 10.96 lbs. Their catch never came from a consistent pattern, but most of the keepers were caught on Senkos and wacky worms in watermelon colors. Charlie is the Operations Manager for the Mid-Brazos Project in central Texas and Mike is a Real Estate Specialist at the District Office in Ft. Worth, currently on an assignment in Operations Division.

Big Bass: Sammy Reed caught the largest bass of the tournament. The 4.64 pounder came from the Solly's Woods area and was caught on a multi-colored wacky worm.

Despite the heat and the tough nature of the fishing on this day, the contestants all had a great time again this year and look forward to the 4th Annual Spring Tournament, to be held again on Sam Rayburn next April-May.


1st Place

2nd Place
 

3rd Place

Big bass

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