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Tournament Pathfinder
by John Presley

The Citgo Bassmaster Central Open tournament was at the Atchafalaya River Basin in Morgan City, LA on October 21-23. After the first day of the tournament, Cliff Pace of Petal MS was in first with 5 fish that weighed 15-01, tied second place was Paul Ferguson of Arp, TX and Sam Huckabee of Shreveport, LA with 5 fish that weighed 13-06, and fourth place was Tommy Martin of Hemphill, TX with 5 fish that weighed 13-04. On the second day, officials were forced to cancel the tournament after a 4 hour wait because of dense fog. The foggy conditions presented unsafe boating conditions for the anglers. On Saturday the final day of the tournament, the full field was allowed to fish. On the final day of the tournament, Cliff Pace won the tournament with 10 fish 29-02 good for $50,000. Second place was Michael Johnson of Talking Rock, GA with 10 fish 27-09 good for $40,000, third place was Billy Billeaud of Lafayette, LA with 10 fish 27-06 good for $15,300. The winners were on the first day was Chad Brauer of Osage Beach MO with a 5-08 fish and the third day was Eric Ambort of Mabelvale, AR with a 4-10. 1143 fish were weighed in during the tournament for a total weight of 2342-05 pounds. The top winning amateurs were, first place Lloyd McDaniel with 8 fish that weighed 18-15 good for $24,000. Second place was Nathan Bourque with 9 fish that weighed 18-14, good for $8,000. Third place was Robert Smith with 7 fish that weighed 18-02 good for $5,000. Big bass each day also paid $400. The winners were on the first day was Robert Smith of Huntington, TX with a 3-14 fish and the third day was Kevin Lafleur of Opelousas, LA with a 6-11.
Bass-N-Bucks Tournament Trail has come out with there new championship format for the 2005 season. All you have to do is fish the first 5 events in the 1st Series and you're automatically qualified. Now for the good part, points and standings will be kept as usual. In the first series, after the 5th tournament teams that have fished all first 5 events will be divided into 3 brackets by their total points. First bracket, the elite group, will be teams 1 - 40, Second bracket will be teams 41 - 80. Third bracket will be teams 81 & higher. Please note, also, in the Summer Series we will take the top 20 Teams by points to the championship. You must have fished all 3 events with the same partner to qualify.) Top 3 teams by points will compete with the elite group in first series, 1 - 40, at the championship, 4 - 10 will compete with teams 41 - 80 and 11 - 20 will compete with teams 81 & higher. Couples Note: Top 3 couples (man and woman team) by points that have fished all 3 events with the same partner in the Summer Series automatically qualify: Highest finishing couple by points will compete with the second bracket, teams 41 - 80, 2nd and 3rd highest finishing couple by points will compete with the third bracket 81 & higher. All 3 Divisions will compete for a fully rigged Champion Boat . Plus, as always there will be some great sponsor product from all of there fine sponsors. Now throw the "side pot" money from the anglers which is always 100% paid back and that makes the Biggest and Best September Championship we have ever seen!

1st Series (5 tournaments):
December 5, 2004- Lake Sam Rayburn
February 13, 2005- Lake Toledo Bend
March 13, 2005- Lake Sam Rayburn
April 17, 2005-Lake Sam Rayburn
May 15, 2005- Lake Toledo Bend

2nd Series (3 tournaments):
June 18, 2005- Lake Sam Rayburn
July 16, 2005- Lake Toledo Bend
August 13, 2005- Lake Sam Rayburn

2005 Championship:
September 17-18, 2005

You can contact Bass-N-Bucks at 409-727-8941 or check out their website at http://www.fishingworld.com/BassNBucks/
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 JOHNPRESLEY@HOTMAIL.COM. or check out my website at SAMRAYBURNFISHING.COM.

Good Luck and Good Fishing.

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