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Top Bass N Bucks Teams in Hawg Heaven
By Patty Lenderman

The hunt for the hawgs was on as Bass 'N Bucks held their final 2004 Summer Series event on Sam Rayburn August 7th at the Umphrey Family Pavilion. This was the last chance to move into the final 20 count of anglers who would qualify for the season championship, and there was a lot of shuffling in the points standings as the final weights were tallied. The top three teams brought in limits over 20 pounds, and Greg Christian and Bill Wilcox brought in the 27.46 lb winning limit, almost a full 4 pounds over 2nd place!

Coming to the check tank before reaching the scales, there was a lot of deliberation as to which bass was big bass in Greg Christian and Bill Wilcox's bag. They were all nice chunks, and their biggest tallied in at 6.60 lbs. Putting the rest of their limit on the scales, their official weight was called out at 27.46 lbs! That's a great tournament weight any time of year, and they put it all together throwing both Texas and Carolina rigged brush hogs and 10" worms in the North arm of the lake. "We had a great day" began Wilcox. "We caught about 15 keepers, sitting in 17'-20' and chunking into 12'-15' in an area with some scattered grass. There was about an 8' finger off of this ridge, and we found them in the gut between the ridges." This was definitely a perfect scenario for not only holding bass, but getting them to the boat. He continued "I was reeling in our 6 lb'r, and as Greg reached down to net it he almost netted the 5 lb'r that was chasing it to the boat!" Although they enjoyed an all day bite, the best most productive time for them was between 10-12:00. Their 1st place check totaled $4,000.

In a last minute decision to fish, David Wharton and Dave Mauldin came in to fish this last event and took 2nd place overall with 23.55 lbs. Also having a host of chunks in their bag, their heaviest fish weighed in at 6.50 lbs. Fishing deep brush in 17'-20', they purposely got away from any grass. "My theory was that the bass were staying away from dying grass" Mauldin stated. "They started to move out to the ledges and brush piles about 2 weeks ago, and they've been holding there ever since." They threw carolina rigged lizards and pulled in a check for $2,200.

In 3rd place with another limit over 20 lbs was Chris and David Harvey whose five fish tally settled at 20.34 lbs, winning $1,800. Throwing 3/4 oz Carolina rigs with chartreuse dipped watermelon brush hogs tied on, they had their initial limit in the boat at 1:30. After that, the bass really turned on for them as they culled eight bass after that, only keeping one of their fish from their original limit. "We were on some monsters" David reported. "When we came out to practice, we put four 7 lb'rs in the boat. Just couldn't get those to turn on today." Their kicker fish weighed and exact 6 pounds. Also staying away from grassy areas, their fish came from a drop off with wood structure. They'd like to thank a few of their sponsors: Falcon Rods, Shimano reels, Berkley line, and Skeeter / Yamaha.

Top 5 teams:
1st $4,000 27.46 lbs Greg Christian & Bill Wilcox
2nd $2,200 23.55 lbs Dave Mauldin & David Wharton
3rd $1,800 20.34 lbs Chris Harvey & David Harvey
4th $1,600 18.46 lbs R.J. Petty & Bill Rodgers
5th $1,400 18.06 lbs Alan Moore & Clint Teutsch

It took 14.16 lbs to get in the money, $400 was won by Jerrel Pringle & Jeff Wooldridge who finished in 16th place overall.

Top 3 Big Bass:
1st $1,000 8.16 lbs John Schweitzer & Clyde McAfee
2nd $ 300 6.92 lbs Phil Addison & Dean Wood
3rd $ 200 6.62 lbs Marvin Konecny & Harold Moore

20 teams qualified from the Summer Series in addition to the 65 teams who qualified in the Spring, for a total of 85 teams who will be fishing the Bass 'N Bucks 2004 Championship September 18-19. Day 1 of the Championship will be held on Toledo Bend at Cypress Bend, and Day 2 will be held on Sam Rayburn at Twin Dikes Marina. These anglers will be fishing for $85,000 in cash and prizes and there is no entry fee. For a full listing of all qualifiers, please check the website at www.bassnbucks.com. Congratulations and good luck!

With the 2004 season events all wrapped up, there is only a short break until the 2005 kick-off in December.

Dave and Tricia Concienne were very happy with the level of participation in their Summer Series events and all of their 2004 season. "Our anglers came on strong throughout this season. They are what makes this circuit so good. They are the best of the best outside of Professional bass fishing in this area" stated Dave. "We'd like to thank our anglers and sponsors who make our tournaments a great success." Bass 'N Bucks anglers are some of the best, most skilled group of competitive fishermen (and women) in Southeast Texas. While the circuit itself is not classified as a "Pro" tournament series, it's as close as you can get with the skill and consistency of these participants. There has been a host of now Professional Anglers (Todd Faircloth, for example) who have utilized this circuit as a spring board to launch their career into their now full time profession.

For more information on Bass 'N Bucks, their events or championship please call 409-727-8941, email fish@bassnbucks.com or click to their website www.bassnbucks.com.

Bass 'N Bucks 2004 sponsors include: Champion Boats, Mercury Motors, Kicker Fish Bait Co., All Star Graphite Rods, Minn Kota, Lowrance, Rat-L-Trap, Continental Batteries, Dual Pro Charger, Check-it-Stik, McFerrin Insurance, FishingWorld.com, Bass Medics products and Aqua Innovations


Greg Christian and Bill Wilcox win 1st place with their all chunk 27.46 lb limit, and a huge lead over 2nd place

David Wharton and Dave Mauldin hold 4 of their 5 fish limit that took 2nd place overall with 23.55 lbs
< photos by Patty Lenderman >

In 3rd place with another nice limit of 20.34 lbs - David and Chris Harvey

(Center) Dave Concienne congratulates the winners of the final 2004 Summer Series events: (left) 1st place - Bill Wilcox & Greg Christian, (n/p) 2nd place David Wharton & Dave Mauldin, (right) 3rd place Chris & David Harvey

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