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Five bites, five fish equals a $10,000 win for Hilner & Smith at Bass-N-Bucks
By Patty Lenderman

So you think hunting season is over? Not for the 195 teams that blasted off the morning of Feb 8, 2004 from Twin Dikes Marina. They were on a hunting trip for big bass, and 66 of these teams bagged their limit. The tournament started off on a very cold morning, overnight temps dipping into the low 20's. Add a 60 mph boat ride to the equation and we are talking Eskimo cold. Despite the low temperatures, several Rayburn Hawgs were brought to the scales, two over 9 lbs and four over 8 lbs. It wasn't long during the weigh in that Allen Hilner of Many, LA and Rickey Smith of Shreveport brought in their winning stringer. Five bites, five fish equaled to a $10,000 payday for this team.

"We caught almost all of our fish on gold/black back ½ oz rattle traps" Rickey reported. "We caught our kicker (8.25 lbs) on the third cast. Our fifth keeper came on a carolina rigged 5" watermelon lizard with a chartreuse tail. The carolina rig had a 5' leader and a 1 oz mojo weight. We had all five fish in the boat by 10:15, and then nothing. The bite quit for us. We stayed in the same area until 1:00 then went to another area, but didn't catch another fish all day. We had five bites, caught 5 fish." It was the right five bites to win 1st place.

The father/son team of Charles Sheffield of Conroe, TX and Chuck Sheffield Kirbyville seized second place with their 23.74 lb stringer. "We caught them dragging a carolina rigged watermelon candy baby brush hog . The better bite was early, but pretty much quit around 10:30." Their carolina rig had a 3' leader and a 3/4 oz weight. "We had a real good day. It's always fun fishing with your son."

R.W. Jaynes of Deer Park, TX and Reagan Kimble of Crosby took 3rd place overall with 20.62 lbs, and 2nd place big bass honors with their 9.19 lb kicker. "It was definitely an early bite for us. We landed our first fish at 7:30, and the bite quit around 10:30." They found their fish off of secondary points in 6'-12' depths with grass throwing 3/4 oz white crawfish rattle traps. This team is sponsored by Bowden Marine, Charger Boats and Mercury Motors.

David Brown fished by himself, but managed to land first place big bass of the tournament at 9.42 lbs. "I caught her at 2:55. She was in 14' at the edge of the grass." David caught her on a triple rattle black/brown/amber jig with a purple frog trailer. His sponsors include: Champion Boats, Red Wing Boat Co. and Mercury Motors.

This is the second tournament in the 1st of two series in the Bass-N-Bucks tournament trail. Bass-N-Bucks guarantees over $52,000 in prize money paid in 30 overall places plus three Big Bass places in this first series.

Top 10 overall:
1st - $10,000 - 25.17 lbs - Allen Hilner & Rickey Smith
2nd - $ 4,400 - 23.74 lbs - Charles Sheffield & Chuck Sheffield
3rd - $ 3,200 - 20.62 lbs - R. W. Jaynes & Tommy Bankhead
4th - $ 3,000 - 20.46 lbs - Glen Kimble & Reagan Kimble
5th - $ 2,200 - 19.72 lbs - Chris Hayes & Marvin Allcorn
6th - $ 2,100 - 18.85 lbs - Rick Hill & Scott Thornton
7th - $ 2,040 - 18.68 lbs - Jason Hanks & Marc Woolems
8th - $ 2,020 - 18.49 lbs - Stan Burgay & Steven Burgay
9th - $ 2,010 - 18.18 lbs - Ernie Hillebrandt & Slade Deerman
10th - $ 2,000 - 17.72 lbs - John Thornton & Richie Thornton
And last place in the money - 30th place - $500 - 14.56 lbs - Garry Wilson & Craig May

Top 3 Big Bass -
1st - $1,000 (Kicker Fish Bait Co.)- 9.42 lbs - David Brown
2nd - $ 500 - 9.19 lbs - R.W. Jaynes & Tommy Bankhead
3rd - $250 - 8.75 lbs - Noel Rudd

Total number of tournament fish weighed in: 559
Total tournament weight: 1602 lbs

All participating Champion Boat owners are eligible to win the Champion Boat Bonus. If a Champion boat owner comes in 1st place, the winner will receive an additional $2,000 or, for the highest finishing Champion boat owner a bonus check for $1,000. The top Champion Boat winners were Chris Hayes and Marvin Allcorn who received a bonus check for $1,000.

All Star Rods and Kicker Fish Bait Company gave away some great prizes. All Star gave away a free team entry to the next event and 12 rods to six randomly selected teams. A drawing for 5 "Rising Star" youth rods was conducted and given to anglers between the ages of 5 and 13 years of age. These rods are built for serious youth anglers, and are "downsized" to better suit them. Same action, same quality as the adult models but tailored with our youth in mind. For more information on any All Star Product, call Bob Brown, VP Sales/Marketing at 281-855-9603 or visit their website at

The next event is scheduled for March 7, 2004 at Cypress Bend Park on Toledo Bend Lake. For more information please call 409-727-8941, email or click to their website

Bass 'N Bucks 2004 sponsors include: Champion Boats, Mercury Motors, Kicker Fish Bait Co., All Star Graphite Rods, Minn Kota, Lowrance, Rat-L-Trap, Continental Batteries, Dual Pro Charger, Check-it-Stik, McFerrin Insurance,, Bass Medics products and Aqua Innovations

Rickey Smith and Alan Hilner hoist two of their limit weighing 25.17 lbs, worth a 1st place check for $10,000

2nd place was won by the father/son team of Charles and Chuck Sheffield with 23.74 lbs
< photos by Patty Lenderman >

R.W. Jaynes shows the 9.19 kicker that won 2nd place big bass, and landed a 3rd place overall win for him and his partner Tommy Bankhead

Reagan and Glen Kimble, another father / son winning team took 4th place overall with a 20.46 lb limit

Big Bass honors was reeled in by David Brown at 9.42 lbs

(L-R) 1st place - Allen Hilner & Rickey Smith, 2nd place - Charles & Chuck Sheffield, 3rd place - R.W. Jaynes & Tommy Bankhead, (Front) Big Bass - David Brown

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