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Hello Anglers. BASS CHAMPS ENTERS EAST TEXAS and STANLEY JIGS BRINGS ON NEW TEAM.

In the East Texas and West Louisiana bass tournament scene, the Skeeter Bass Champs 2004 Tournament Trail has made a strong statement with two impressive, well-run tournaments to open this year's competition. This is the 4th year for Bass Champs to host tournaments but the first year to have the East Texas Team Division with all tournaments on Rayburn and Toledo. There are three other divisions featuring the team format(North TX, South TX,Central TX) as well as an Individual Trail and Open events. The first East Texas Team event was held on Big Sam Rayburn on Saturday, February 14th with 228 teams showing up on a very cold, windy and rainy day.

The 2nd event, fished out of Cypress Bend Resort on beautiful, bass-filled Toledo Bend, drew 239 teams and was greeted with much better fishing conditions. 25 places are guaranteed with the first place team getting a 2004 Skeeter SX 200 with a 200 Yamaha V-Max at each event. Teams who enter all five qualifying events automatically qualify for the championship to be held October 16-17th out of the Sam Rayburn Pavilion. On a personal note....I have fished both of the 2004 East TX Bass Champs events and they are well organized, fun-filled and have strong sponsorship. The free hot dogs/cokes that are available during the weigh-ins are a welcomed addition as is the flipping/pitching contest at each event. Eight boats(4 Skeeter SX 200 & 4 Skeeter SX 190) will be given away at the 2004 Team Championship. The Skeeter Bass Champs tournaments are shown on Monday Nights at 9 p.m. on The Outdoor Channel.

STANLEY JIGS ADDS NEW TEAM MEMBERS: For more than 20 years now, Stanley Jigs(based in Huntington, TX) has been a name that I look for on a spinnerbait and jig. Lonnie Stanley is a fisherman that most serious bass anglers know well as one of the pioneers in the premium bait business. By his own admission, Lonnie says his favorite office is on the water and that his passion is to design lures and go fish them. "We've got some new talent coming in to run the business side of this, so we can cover all the bases," (or does he mean bass?) says Stanley.

Ken Chaumont, with more than 20 years experience in the fishing industry, will head up the new team. Many anglers know Ken from his many years with Bill Lewis/Rat-L-Trap in Alexandria, LA. Richard Broadwell will also join Stanley as the new National Sales Manager and comes with over 10 years of sales experience. John Hale will continue with Stanley and will become Operations Manager targeting shipping, inventory control, plant updating and personnel.

"It's going to be great to get back to fishing tournaments and seeing all my old friends" says Stanley. You can't stay in touch with fishing from an office. Being on the water and around good fisherman is real important to Stanley jigs as it helps us to build better lures." Stanley further states...."I know that with these new guys on board, the business side will be well taken care of". Richard Broadwell, the new National Sales manager stated..."We're going to build this company into something big and have fun doing it."

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