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Metcalf wins Toledo Walmart TTT
By Patty Lenderman

The fourth and final stop of the Walmart Texas Tournament Trail (TTT) took place June 7, 2003 at Cypress Bend Park Toledo Bend Lake. An exciting event, with 191 pro's paired with 191 co-anglers hitting the lake trying to secure their spot in the championship where only 50 anglers from each division will participate. As each angler brought their catch in, it was very apparent that it was a hit or miss situation, with a lot of either limits or one fish bags being weighed. It is very important in these events for the anglers not to "goose egg", which means to bring in nothing to be able to rack up points. There were five flights of forty boats in the first four, 31 in the last. Mike Metcalf of Center, TX was among the first to bring in his limit that shot him into first place with a 26 lb 2 oz weight that held to the end of the tournament.

The day started with a low pressure scenario and the topwater bite was on for many anglers. About 10:00 high pressure moved in, the cloud cover moved out and for many the bite got tough. With the top stringers coming from both the north and south ends of the lake, it was a hit or miss situation for everyone in between.

1st place Pro - 26 lbs 2 oz - $10,000 - Mike Metcalf of Center, TX took his second top slot honors this month. Throwing a carolina rigged Zoom Brush hog and working it slow, he fished nooks and sloughs in about three different areas in the north end of the lake. He also threw a crank bait that produced for him working it very fast. His fish came out of 8'-12' depths that had shallow water nearby. Enjoying an all day but slow bite, all of his fish were nice chunks and his kicker fish weighed in at 7 lbs 8 oz. "The Lord blessed me" Mike stated after the weigh in, and he would like to give special thanks to Captain Kirks Marine.

2nd place Pro - 19 lbs 13 oz - $8,000 + $5,000 Ranger Cup Bonus - Stan Burgay of Timpson, TX stayed in one spot for his limit. Throwing Mag-A's and DD-22's in a shad pattern he stated "I got real lucky". He found his fish around wood structure in 5'-8' depths. His Castaway 700 series rod pulled through for him. Stan's sponsors include Shimano and Travis Boating Center.

3rd place Pro - 19 lbs 0 oz - $6,000 - Charles Reagan of Marquex, TX is last year's TTT winner and was in 71st place coming into the tournament. He practiced hard and found his fish in the north lake areas on main lake humps. Throwing DD-22's in about 15' of water he had his first limit in the boat by 9:40 and culled six more before the end of the day. Charles is sponsored by Triton Boats, American Rodsmith, Mercury Motors, H & W Marine, AL Helmcamp, Inc, Stren Fishing Line and Strike King

Pro Big Bass - 9 lbs 13 oz - Guy Adams of Corpus Christi, TX brought in this hawg using a chartreuse/white DD-22 on the top of ledges at main lake points. Fishing from 8' to 30' depths he keyed in to humps at channels by the river. He stated he had a bad practice, but was happy with the outcome of his catch, finishing in 6th place overall. He wanted to give thanks to his good co-angler partner Mike Powers. Guy is sponsored by Abu Garcia, Berkley, American Rodsmith, Bill Lewis Lures and Wave Worm.

1st place Co-Angler - 14 lbs 12 oz - $4,000 - Tommy Waggoner of Marshall, TX had four bites that produced four fish for him to weigh in, enough to snag the first place finish. The better bite was early, fishing the south end of the lake. He threw a carolina rigged watermelon brush hog dipped in chartreuse with a 1 oz. weight and a 3' leader for his catch. There was spotty grass in the areas he found fish around flats and drop offs. "The key was to be in a good place with a good partner" Tommy Stated. Tommy Durham was his Pro partner.

2nd place Co-Angler - 13 lbs 9 oz - $3,000 + $1,650 bonus - Eddie Muniz of Pasadena, TX threw a carolina rigged centipede in both watermelon and watermelon candy. He fished 25' depths off of the river channel in near main lake ridges. He had his first limit before noon and was able to cull 7 times to his final weight. This is his third year fishing the TTT and would like to give thanks to his pro partner Greg Christian, his wife Alison and daughter Brandi.

Robert Vannerson, tournament director for the Walmart Texas Tournament Trail announced that this is the final stop for championship qualifiers. The championship will be October 18-19 at Lake Ray Hubbard in Rockwall, TX. The field will consist of the top 50 pro's and 50 co-anglers in points standings and there is no entry fee. The full field will compete both days of the tournament with the pro's fishing for a $130,000 purse while the co-anglers will be fishing for a $60,000 purse.

For more information, please visit their website at www.flwoutdoors.com or phone 270-252-1000.

Sponsors include: Wal-Mart, Frito Lay, Minn Kota, Stanley, Ever Start, Banana Boat, Faded Glory, Rubbermaid, Garmin, Castrol, Yamaha, Snickers, Field & Stream, 7 UP, Ranger Boats, Chevy Trucks, Energizer, Kellogg's, Evenrude & Conseco.

Associate Sponsors Include: Abu Garcia/Berkley, Champion Boats, Dean Foods, Eagle Claw, Hover-Lure, Laker, Javelin, Palmer & Cay, Plano, Solar Bat, Stratos Boats and Stren.


1st place Pro - Mike Metcalf shows his 7 lb 8 oz kicker that helped him land first place

2nd place Pro - Stan Burgay brought in 19 lbs 13 oz that equalled a great payday
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Guy Adams brought in the big bass of the tournament, weighing in at 9 lbs 13 oz

1st place pro Mike Metcalf and 1st place co angler Tommy Waggoner show their commemorative TTT belt buckles
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Mvc-499 - "Tommy Waggoner takes first place in the co-angler division with 14 lbs 12 oz

As the highest finishing Pro Division Ranger Cup angler, Stan Burgay recieved an additional $5,000

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