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Tournament Pathfinder
by John Presley

The Bassmaster Elite 50 Tours third tournament was at the Alabama River in Prattville, AL on June 2-5. During the Elite 50 Tour, points will be awarded on the same 300 point structure as the Pro Tour events. After the second day of the event, the field will be cut to the top twelve anglers who will fish six hole course. The remaining 38 anglers will fish the main lake on day three in order to improve their positions in the point standings beyond 12th place. During day four of the event, only the top six will fish the six hole course. At the end of the four event series, the point's leader will win the $150,000 grand prize with additional purses awarded to the rest of the field. All 50 anglers will receive $500 for participating in tournament 1-3.

After the first day at the Alabama River, Davy Hite of Prosperity, SC was in first with 5 fish that weighed 18-03, second place was Tom Biffle of Wagoner, OK with 5 fish that weighed 17-01, and third place was Mark Davis of Mount Ida, AR with 5 fish that weighed 14-15. After the second day, Tom Biffle took the lead with 9 fish 28-03, second place was Davy Hite with 8 fish 27-11, and third place was Todd Auten of Lake Wylie, SC with 10 fish 27-05. The top 12 anglers advanced to fish the six hole course and their weight are zero. After the third day, Tom Biffle was in first with 5 fish 13-09, second place as Todd Auten with 5 fish 12-02, third place was Dean Rojas of Grand Saline, TX with 5 fish 11-12, fourth place was Denny Brauer of Camdenton, MO with 5 fish 10-13, fifth place was Mark Davis with 5 fish 10-03, and sixth place was Edwin Evers of Mannsville, OK with 5 fish 10-02. Only these top 6 anglers advanced to the fourth and final day of the tournament. On the final day of the tournament, Mark Davis won the tournament with 10 fish 21-05 good for $5,000. Second place was Edwin Evers with 10 fish 29-11 good for $4,000, third place was Tom Biffle with 8 fish 17-10 good for $3,000, tied for fourth place was Denny Brauer & Todd Auten with 10 fish 17-09 good for $1,200 each and sixth place was Dean Rojas with 10 fish 17-02 good for $500. Big bass each day also paid $1,000. The winners were on the first day was Kelly Jordon of Mineola, TX with a 6-09 fish, second day was Tom Biffle with a 5-05 fish, third day was Dean Rojas with a 4-09 and the fourth day was Mark Davis with a 2-12. Also a $1,000 was paid to the biggest bass of the tournament which was won by Kelly Jordon with his 6-09. A $1,000 prize was also paid for each day's largest stringer. The first day was Davy Hite with 18-03, second day was Gerald Swindell of Hayden, AL with 16-03, third day was Tom Biffle with 13-09 and the final day was Edwin Evers with 8-06. 579 fish were weighed in during the tournament for a total weight of 1126-05 pounds.

The final Elite 50 Tour tournament was at the Ohio, Tennessee & Cumberland Rivers in KY on June 16-29. After the first day, Greg Hackney of Gonzales, LA was in first with 5 fish that weighed 14-15, second place was Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo, MI with 5 fish that weighed 14-04, and third place was Dean Rojas of Grand Saline, TX with 5 fish that weighed 12-03. After the second day, Kevin VanDam took the lead with 10 fish 27-01, second place Greg Hackney with 9 fish 22-01 and third place was Alton Jones of Waco, TX with 10 fish 20-13. The top 12 anglers advanced to fish the six hole course and their weight are zero. After the third day, Alton Jones was in the lead with 5 fish 12-08, second place was David Wharton of Sam Rayburn, TX with 5 fish 11-14, third place was Skeet Reese of Auburn, CA with 5 fish 10-03, fourth place was Rick Clunn of Ava, MO with 5 fish 9-07, fifth place was Kevin VanDam with 3 fish 7-01, and sixth place was Mark Menendez of Paducah, KY with 5 fish 6-14. Only these top 6 anglers advanced to the fourth and final day of the tournament. On the final day of the tournament, Alton Jones won the tournament with 10 fish 22-09 good for $5,000. Second place was Skeet Reese with 10 fish 19-05 good for $4,000, third place was Rick Clunn with 10 fish 18-06 good for $3,000, fourth place was David Wharton with 10 fish 13.08 good for $1,500, fifth place was Kevin VanDam with 7 fish 12.15 good for $1,000, and sixth place was Mark Menendez with 5 fish 6-14 good for $500. Big bass each day also paid $1,000. The winners were first day Greg Hackney with a 4-15 fish, second day was Gary Klein of Weatherford, TX with a 4-10 fish, third day was David Wharton with a 4-02 and the fourth day was Alton Jones with a 3-05. During the tournament, there were 490 fish caught with a total weight of 795-0 pounds.

The 2004 Bassmaster Classic will be held in Charlotte, NC on July 30-August 1.

The daily weigh-ins will take place in the Charlotte Coliseum. The Classic Outdoors Show will take place in the Charlotte Convention Center.

Please have a great summer and be safe and courteous to other boaters whether it is on the water or at the boat ramp. Please keep our lake shorelines and islands free of trash and debris. If you pack it in, please pack it OUT. Also please try not to take bottles out to the beaches. Remember we have to keep our beaches clean.

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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