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Tournament Pathfinder
by John Presley

The Pro Tour finale took place on the Alabama River in Montgomery, AL on May 22-25. The top 50 pros competed to see who would qualify for the Bassmaster Classic in New Orleans. After the first day Takahiro Omori of Emory, TX was in first with 5 fish that weighed 21-05, second place was Kenyon Hill of Norman OK with 5 fish that weighed 18-13, third place was Mark Davis of Mount Ida, AR with 5 fish that weighed 17-07. After the second day, Kenyon Hill took the lead with 10 fish 36-00, second place was Jay Yelas of Tyler, TX with 10 fish 34-01, third place was Pete Ponds of Madison, MS with 10 fish 32-06, fourth place was Harold Allen of Shelbyville, TX with 10 fish 31-00, fifth place was Peter Thliveros of Jacksonville, FL with 10 fish 30-03, sixth place was Takahiro Omori with 10 fish 29-05, seventh place was Edwin Evers of Mannsville, OK with 10 fish 26-15, eighth place was Mark Davis with 10 fish 26-01, ninth place was Brent Chapman of Shawnee, KS with 10 fish 24-14, tenth place was Jeff Kriet of Armodre, OK with 10 fish 24-12, eleventh place was Mark Menendez of Paducah, KY with 10 fish 24-02 and twelve place was Zell Rowland of Montgomery, TX with 10 fish 23-12. This is a Showdown event and these twelve anglers will advance to the third day of competition where their weights will begin at zero. On the third day of the tournament, Kenyon Hill was in first place with 5 fish 15-06, second place was Harold Allen 5 fish 14-05, third place was Edwin Evers with 5 fish 13-10, fourth place was Mark Menendez with 5 fish 13-05, fifth place was Mark Davis with 5 fish 12-14, and sixth place was Brent Chapman with 5 fish 12-12. The top money-winning amateurs were given out after day 3. First place was Jamie Horton with 5 fish 14-07 good for $36,000, second place Donald Muir with 5 fish 11-04 good for $35.000, and third place Richard Predmore with 5 fish 9-04 good for $11,000. On final day of the tournament, Kenyon Hill won the tournament by weighing a total of 10 fish 29-09 good for $100,000, second place was Brent Chapman with 10 fish 29-02 good for $40,000, tied for third place was Edwin Evers and Mark Menendez with 10 fish 26-02 and good for $23,000, fifth place was Harold Allen with 10 fish 23-13 good for $20,000 and sixth place was Mark Davis with 10 fish 23-11 good for $18,000. Big bass each day also paid $1,000. The winners were first day Mark Davis with a 6-08 fish, second, third and fourth day was Kenyon Hill with 5-06, 4-10, 3-11.

The 2003 Busch Angler of the Year was Jay Yelas of Tyler, TX. Jay will compete with 60 other anglers in the Bassmaster Classic to be held in New Orleans, LA on July 28- August 3. This year first place payout will be $200,000, the biggest of the overall $700,000 payout. The following qualified for the Classic from the Pro Tour circuit: Jay Yelas, Alton Jones, Mark Davis, Roger Boler, John Murray, Shaw Grigsby, Mike Wurm, Kelly Jordon, Zell Rowland, Skeet Reese, Bud Pruitt, Mark Kile, Gary Klein, Kevin VanDam, Elton Luce, Brent Chapman, Dustin Wilks, Jeff Kriet, Ishama Monroe, Mike Reynolds, Tom Mann Jr, Jeff Reynolds, Harold Allen, Jay Kendrick, Todd Faircloth, Peter Thliveros, Ron Shuffield, Kenyon Hill, Randy Howell, Jim Bitter, Tim Horton, Curt Lytle, Kevin Wirth, Mark Menendez, Roland Martin, Jack Wade, Gerald Swindle, Takahiro Omori, Tommy Stiles, Matt Reed. The following qualified from the Bassmaster Open- Northern Division: Koby Kreiger, Lee Bailey, Michael Iaconelli, Randall Romig, and David LeFebre. The following qualified from the Bassmaster Open- Central Division: Greg Hackney, Edwin Evers, Mike Gough, Homer Humphreys, and Chad Morganthaler. The following qualified from the Bassmaster Open- Southern Division: Jason Quinn, Wesley Strader, Todd Auten, Michael Johnson, and Tom Hamlin. The following qualified from the Bassmaster Federation: Jerry Shawver, Joel St Germain, Cole Garrett, Karl Guegold, and Tom Schachten. The last qualifier was the 2002 BASS Angler of the Year Davy Hite. Congratulations to all the qualifiers. If you have never been to a Bassmaster Classic, this would be a good time to go with it only being about a 5 hour trip from Rayburn.

During the last holiday on Sam Rayburn, many boaters left trash on the beaches and islands of the lake. I would like to remind everyone if you "PACK IT IN…PACK IT OUT". The Corp of Engineers does not clean these areas we do. I would like to thank everyone who helped clean Rattlesnake Island.

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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