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Tournament Pathfinder
by John Presley

The Bassmaster Citgo Pro Tournament at Lake Norman in Cornelius, NC was on March 17-20. After the first day, Kotaro Kiriyama of Moody, AL was in first with 5 fish that weighed 19-07, second place was Skeet Reese of Auburn, CA with 5 fish that weighed 18-02, and third place was Randy Howell with 5 fish that weighed 16-04. After the second day, Jason Quinn of Clover, SC took the lead with 10 fish that weighed 28-15, second place was Kotaro Kiriyama with 10 fish that weighed 27-12, and third place was Randy Howell with 10 fish that weighed 26-12. The final day of the tournament, Jason Quinn won the tournament with 15 fish that weighed 38-11, good for $100,000. Second place was Kotaro Kiriyama with 15 fish that weighed 37-06, good for $38,000. Third place was Edwin Evers with 15 fish that weighed 36-03, good for $23,000. Big bass each day also paid $1,000. The winners were, the first day, Randy Blaukat with a 5-10 fish, second day was David Wolak with a 5-12 fish, and the third day was Edwin Evers with a 3-05. David Wolak also won the largest big bass of the tournament good for $1,000. Also each day the heaviest total weight won $1,000. The winners were, the first day Kotaro Kiriyama with 19-07, the second day was Marty Stone with 16-12, and the third day was Edwin Evers with 12-15. The pros weighed in 1201 fish during the tournament for a total weight of 2444-15 pounds. The non-boaters division was won by Jim Short with a total weight of 49-13, good for $37,200. Second place was Roy Winkler with a total weight of 46-05, good for $25,000. Third place was Kenny Beale with a total weight of 43-06, good for $21,000. Big bass each day also paid $500. The winners were first day Maurice Parent with a 5-07 fish, second day was Hinton Day with a 5-11 fish, and third day was Jim Short with a 5-06.

The next tournament was on Table Rock Lake in Kimberling City, MO on March 31-April 3. After the first day, Dion Hibdon of Stover, MO was in first with 5 fish that weighed 23-05, second place was Greg Hackney of Gonzales, LA with 5 fish that weighed 19-04, and third place was Pete Ponds of Madison, MS with 5 fish that weighed 18-15. After the second day, Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo, MI was in the lead with 10 fish that weighed 35-04, second place was Aaron Martens of Leeds, AL with 9 fish that weighed 33-09, and third place was Pete Ponds with 10 fish that weighed 33-08. The third day of the tournament, Greg Hackney was in first with 15 fish that weighed 47-09, second place was Kevin VanDam with 14 fish that weighed 47-07 and third place was Brent Chapman of Lake Quivira, KS with 13 fish that weighed 40-11. The final day of the tournament, Greg Hackney won the tournament with 20 fish that weighed 57-09, good for $100,000. Second place was Aaron Martens with 16 fish that weighed 50-03, good for $38,000. Third place was Brent Chapman with 16 fish that weighed 47-14, good for $23,000. Big bass each day also paid $1,000. The winners were, the first day, Pete Ponds with a 6-12 fish, second day was Aaron Martens with a 9-00 fish, third day was Pete Ponds with a 4-08 and the fourth day was Pete Ponds with a 3-14. Also each day the heaviest total weight won $1,000. The winners were, the first day Greg Hackney with 19-04, the second day was Brent Chapman with 22-05, the third day was Greg Hackney with 14-03 and the fourth day was Aaron Martens with 12-11. The pros weighed in 739 fish during the tournament for a total weight of 2019-04 pounds. The non-boaters division was won by Dan Rodlund with a total weight of 51-01, good for $37,200. Second place was Terry Bloom with a total weight of 49-09, good for $25,000. Third place was Kenneth Davis with a total weight of 49-01, good for $21,000. Big bass each day also paid $500. The winners were first day Gregory Webster with a 5-00 fish, second day was Steven Earle with a 15-15 fish, and third day was Terry Bloom with a 6-03.

This month on Sam Rayburn should really be good with lots of top water action early & late using a Chug Bug or Yellow Magic. During the day try using a Texas rig worm in plum apple, june bug or red bug in the grass. The crappie action should also be picking up over the brush tops in 25 to 30 ft of water.

Also remember to keep our beaches & shorelines clean of trash. If you Pack It In, you should Pack It OUT! Also watch for all the personal watercraft that will be on the lakes this summer. Have a great summer.

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.

Good Luck and Good Fishing.

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