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Tournament Pathfinder
by John Presley

The Bassmaster Pro Tour was at Smith Lake in Jasper, AL on February 5-8. After the first day, Greg Hackney of Gonzales, LA was in first with 5 fish that weighed 16-00, second place was Lee Bailey of Hebron, CN with 5 fish that weighed 14-02, and third place was Chad Morgenthaler of Coulterville, IL with 4 fish that weighed 10-15. After the second day, Lee Bailey took the lead with 6 fish 18-08, second place was Charlie Weyer of West Hills, CA with 5 fish 17-08, and third place was Mark Tucker of St Louis, MO with 5 fish 17-02. After the third day, Charlie Weyer took the lead with 8 fish 24-10. Second place was Edwin Evers of Mannsville, OK with 10 fish 23-10, third place was Mark Tucker with 7 fish 23-05, fourth place was Lee Bailey with 7 fish 22-14, fifth place was Gerald Swindell of Hayden, AL with 8 fish 22-06, and sixth place was Rick Morris of Virginia Beach, VA with 7 fish 19-08. Only these top 6 anglers advanced to the fourth and final day of the tournament. On the final day of the tournament, Charlie Weyer won tournament his first BASS event with 11 fish 32-10 good for $100,000. Second place was Mark Tucker with 9 fish 28-07 good for $38,000, third place was Lee Bailey with 9 fish 26-15 good for $23,000, fourth place was Edwin Evers with 11 fish 26-01 good for $20,000, fifth place was Gerald Swindell with 8 fish 22-06 good for $15,000, and sixth place was Rick Morris with 8 fish 21-06 good for $14,000. Big bass each day also paid $1,000. The winners were first day Robert Hamilton with a 5-03 fish, second day was Mark Tucker with a 6-11 fish, third day was Ben Matsubu with a 5-08 and the fourth day was Charlie Weyer with a 3-12. The top money winning amateurs were: first place was Mike Bagwell with 6 fish 17-05 good for $36,000, second place Red Berry with 5 fish 14-11 good for $35,000, and third place Bill Campbell with 5 fish 12-09 good for $11,000. There were only 5 limits for bass caught in 4 days. There was 357 fish caught with a total weight of 923-02.

After the first two tournaments, the anglers of the year standings are as follows:

Scott Suggs, Chris Baumgardner, Kelly Jordon, Marty Stone and Edwin Evers are in first thru fifth place.
At the time of this article, we have been getting heavy rains and the lake level is rising fast. During the month of March, the fish will be in the bushes and willow trees. Try using wacky worms rigged on a 6 ft 6 inch Castaway HG40 Jerk and Twitch rod with a Shimano reel with 12 to 14 pound Silver Thread Line. This time of year, the best hook for wacky worm fishing is the K Wacky Hook by Falcon Lures. I like the 1/32 oz weight rigged with a Gambler Swacky Worm in watermelon red, green pumpkin and sour grape. Some other baits that work are Senkos and spinner baits. I like the new Falcon rattling Spinner baits. When the fish are in the bushes, you can also try your texas rig lizards and craws. This should be a great month to get out there and catch a big one. Please remember this is the time of year the fish are spawning, so practice catch and release so your future fishermen can enjoy the lake.

Don't forget about the McDonald's Big Bass Splash on April 16-18. This is the 20th anniversary for the tournament at Sam Rayburn. The tournament has great hourly paybacks. A total of $500,000 guaranteed payout in cash and prizes are going to be given away.

If you are looking for a boat or motor come see me at Dawson Marine or call me at 409-489-9600.

By the way, when I am not fishing tournaments, I am a 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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