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Tournament Pathfinder
by John Presley

The Bassmaster Pro Tour was at Lake Eufaula in Eufaula, AL on March 18-21. After the first day, Mark Rogers of Naples, FL was in first with 5 fish that weighed 31-03, second place was Ron Shuffield of Bismarck, AR with 5 fish that weighed 23-08, and third place was Denny Brauer of Camdenton, MO with 5 fish that weighed 22-14. After the second day, Denny Brauer took the lead with 10 fish 46-10, second place was Ron Shuffield with 10 fish 41-03, and third place was David Fritts of Lexington, NC with 10 fish 37-07. Only the top 12 anglers advanced to the third day of the tournament. After the third day, Denny Brauer still had the lead with 15 fish 57-12, second place was Ben Matsubu of Hemphill, TX with 15 fish 57-10, third place was Bink Desaro of Boise, ID with 15 fish 52-06, fourth place was Ron Shuffield with 15 fish 52-01, fifth place was Skeet Reese of Auburn, CA with 15 fish 51-11, and sixth place was Greg Hackney of Gonzales, LA with 15 fish 49-14. Only these top 6 anglers advanced to the fourth and final day of the tournament. On the final day of the tournament, Denny Brauer won the tournament with 20 fish 76-14 good for $101,000. Second place was Bink Desaro with 20 fish 76-11 good for $39,000, third place was Ben Marsubu with 20 fish 72-15 good for $24,000, fourth place was Skeet Reese with 20 fish 69-15 good for $20,000, fifth place was Ron Shuffield with 20 fish 65-05 good for $15,000, and sixth place was Greg Hackney with 20 fish 61-12 good for $14,000. Big bass each day also paid $1,000. The winners were first day Mark Rogers with a 9-06 fish, second day was Kenyon Hill of Norman, OK and Denny Brauer each weighing in a 6-14 fish, third day was Ben Matsubu with a 6-15 and the fourth day was Bink Desaro with a 7-04. 1282 fish were weighed in during the tournament for a total weight of 3,483-09 pounds. The top money winning amateurs were: first place was Billy Schwach with 11 fish 32-09 good for $36,000, second place Robert Miller with 10 fish 30-15 good for $35,000, and third place Howard Stephens with 9 fish 25-10 good for $11,000.

The next Pro Tour tournament was at Santee Cooper in Manning, SC on March 25-28. After the first day, Brett Hite of Phoenix, AZ was in first with 5 fish that weighed 23-02, second place was Mike McClelland of Vella Vista, AR with 5 fish that weighed 22-04, and third place was Skeet Reese with 5 fish that weighed 21-05. After the second day, Mike McClelland took the lead with 10 fish 40-11, second place Greg Hackney of Gonzales, LA with 10 fish 39-04 and third place was Terry Scroggins of Palatka, FL with 10 fish 36-15. Only the top 12 anglers advanced to the third day of the tournament. After the third day, Mark Kile of Tonto Basin, AZ was in the lead with 15 fish 68-10, second place was Kelly Jordon of Mineola, TX with 15 fish 61-11, third place was Mike McClelland with 15 fish 58.09, fourth place was Cody Bird of Granbury, TX with 15 fish 57-06, fifth place was Matt Reed of Madisonville, TX with 14 fish 56-15, and sixth place was Terry Scroggins with 15 fish 56-11. Only these top 6 anglers advanced to the fourth and final day of the tournament. On the final day of the tournament, Kelly Jordon won the tournament with 20 fish 93-13 good for $101,000. Second place was Mark Kile with 20 fish 90-07 good for $39,000, third place was Terry Scroggins with 20 fish 83-03 good for $23,000, fourth place was Cody Bird with 20 fish 74-09 good for $20,000, fifth place was Matt Reed with 18 fish 73-04 good for $15,000, and sixth place was Mike McClelland with 20 fish 72-11 good for $14,000. Big bass each day also paid $1,000. The winners were first day Gerald Swindle of Hayden, AL and Paul Elias of Pachuta, MS tied with an 8-03 fish, second day was Denny Brauer of Camdenton, MO with a 9-07 fish, third day was Mark Kile with a 9-10 and the fourth day was Kelly Jordon with a 7-13. During the tournament, there were 129 limits caught with a total weight of 3,092.13 pounds. The top money winning amateurs were: first place was Bill Logsdon with 8 fish 25-08 good for $36,000, second place Howard Stephens with 7 fish 20-11 good for $35,000, and third place LD Rollings with 6 fish 17-12 good for $11,000.

The next BASS tournament starts the Elite 50 Series which begins on April 11-17 at Lake Dardanelle in Russellville, AR

Fishing on Sam Rayburn this month should be great . Texas rig worms, carolina rig and wacky worms will be working well. Some of the best colors are watermelon red, plumapple and redbug .The crankbait bite should be good also. The crappie are biting over the grass good on road runners and jigs the best color are black and chartreuse. You will also find the crappie moving into the brush piles in 25 to 30 ft of water later this month. Also this is a great lake we have and with the memorial holiday coming up please keep our islands and shoreline beaches clean of trash and debris. Remember if you pack it in, please pack it out.

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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