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Hammack fishes on "Team Jesus", winning Boater Division at Walmart BFL on Sam Rayburn - Pinkston takes 1st place Co-Angler
By Patty Lenderman

The Walmart BFL gathered at Twin Dikes Marina April 3, 2004 with 159 Boaters and 156 Co-Anglers. With spring bedding fish and a full moon pushing more to spawn, it was a hunt for those hungry hawgs. The conditions were just right with daytime temps climbing to the 80's and a gentle wind most of the day.

The field had a short day to fish, with weigh-in beginning at 2:00. It was plenty of time for Charlie Hammack, who won 1st place overall in the Boater division with his 21-3 lb sack as well as 1st place big bass with his 8-0 lb kicker. With "Team Jesus" embroidered on his right shoulder and "John 3:16" on his left, Charlie proclaimed that the three big reasons that he is here is "The Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost". This is the first BFL win for him, and he did it some by sight fishing but then discovered more holding in front of the bushes in about 5'-7' depths. He said that he believes they are bedding deep. Enjoying an all day bite using 5" Texas rigged Senko worms in watermelon and natural shad, his bigger fish bit in the morning. Hammack wanted to recognize his other sponsors that help him in his fishing endeavors: Bass Cat, Mercury Motors, MinnKota, Lowrance, Stealth Battery Charging Systems, American Rodsmith, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits and Rat-L-Trap.

2nd place in the Boater division was Stephen Johnston of Hemphill, TX. He was among the first to weigh in and held top spot with 20-10 lbs for a long time before Charlie Hammack brought his fish to the scales. Stephen's fish were holding tight to the bushes in 3'-5'. He pulled them out of there using a ½ oz Falcon black/blue jigs, and also a Yum fire cracker tube bait. His Shimano Compre Rod and Shimano reel spooled with Power Pro 50 lb test line wrangled these bass out of tight cover. The water was slick until about 9:30, and he needed a few waves on the lake before they would bite, starting around 9:30. Catching 9 keepers throughout the day, his smallest was 3 lbs. "The bass are trying to bed, and those that aren't are feeding up for it" Stephen said. Being the highest finishing Ranger Cup qualifier, he received an additional $500.

Ryan Pinkston of Center, TX topped the Co-Angler field with his 17-5 lb limit. Fishing shallow all day, in about 4'-8' depths, he flipped the bushes with a straight rigged weightless watermelon red Senko. As the sun came out, he switched to watermelon tubes just outside the bushes. He caught his 6-5 kicker bass on this. Losing a bigger one at the net, he lost his only hope to cull, only having six bites all day. Ryan would like to thank N & S Tackle, Hale Tackle, Wulf Outdoor Sports and C & O Marine for sponsoring him.

Boater Division:
1st 21-3 lbs $4,232 Charles Hammack New Caney, TX
2nd 20-10 lbs $2,116 Stephen Johnston Hemphill, TX
3rd 19-3 lbs $1,439 Scott David Goodrich, TX
4th 18-7 lbs $1,100 Stephen Francis Brookland, TX
5th 18-0 lbs $ 931 Greg Fleming Big Sandy, TX

Big Bass Boater Division: 8-0 lbs $795 Charles Hammack

1st 17-5 lbs $2,076 Ryan Pinkston Center, TX
2nd 14-13 lbs $1,038 Vaughan W. Phillips Spring, TX
3rd 14-3 lbs $ 623 Bret Myers Keller, TX
3rd 14-3 lbs $ 623 Doug Killough Kountze, TX
5th 13-6 lbs $ 457 Charles Hogg Bossier City, LA

Big Bass Co-Angler Division: Tie
6-6 lbs $195 Glen Redding Weatherford, TX
6-6 lbs $195 Cory Gordon Lumberton, TX

Team Jesus angler Charles Hammack brought in the winning 21-3 lb limit in the Boater Division, also winning big bass honors with his 8-0 lb kicker

Charles Hammack got all the top honors in the Boater division, winning 1st place overall and 1st place big bass
< photos by Patty Lenderman >

Stephen Johnston won 2nd place in the Boater division with his 20-10 lb sack. Being the highest finishing Ranger Cup qualifier he also received an additional $500 from Ranger Boats

3rd place in the Boater Divisionwas Scott David who brought 19-3 lbs to the scales

Ryan Pinkston took top honors in the Co-Angler division with a limit that weighed 17-5 lbs

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