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Bass Champs anglers fight to the finish at the final East Texas Division Event
By Patty Lenderman

Qualls & Metcalf win with over 24 lbs

June 4, 2005 - Lake Sam Rayburn - Umphrey Family Pavilion

Wrapping up the East Texas Division of Skeeter Bass Champs had 201 teams scrambling on Sam Rayburn to find a bite on a tough day on the water. It was not only the money they were fishing for, but for several of these teams it was the decisive event for Angler of the Year in a tight points race. Over half the field weighed in limits, but in the end, Mike Metcalf and Randy Qualls reigned supreme with 24.18 lbs.

Summer is definitely here, with intense bright sunshine and hot afternoons. On most hot days a little wind brings in some relief from the heat, but when it whips up past 15 mph and you are out on the lake, it makes for more work to fish unprotected areas.

The Region Championship being held immediately following the final tournament, and the teams were being rather elusive as to their baits and techniques that helped them win. Randy Qualls & Mike Metcalf won the $34,000 Skeeter Boat with a Yamaha 200 hp motor for 1st place. "We caught all of them on a hook" Randy began. "We really don't know anything, but we did catch them on a medium color bait." They have fished all five events which qualifies them to fish the Regional Championship. Also, the win was icing on the cake, for it is Randy's birthday.

The 2nd place $4,000 win went to Brian Schott and Marty Sowell. To make their payday even better, they were the highest finishing Skeeter Boat owner team, doubling their win to total $8,000. "This is our third Skeeter Bonus! So far, we've won about $12,000 in additional prize money from Skeeter Boats" stated Marty. They said that they had a tough day of it, with a lot of running and gunning. "Mostly we just jumped fish today. We caught some in pepper grass, some in lily pads, and some deeper." Their final weight was 23 pounds even.

The father & son team of George Jeane Jr & Sr came in 3rd place with 19.70 lbs. George Sr said that they caught their first limit by 7:30am. on their 'regular bait'. They threw their 'regular bait' in 8-9' depths, and managed about 12 keepers before the end of the day. The Jeane's enjoyed a $3,000 payday.

Daniel Cross and Eddy Gresham were declared Anglers of the Year at the conclusion of the event. In addition to this prestigious title, their entry fees are waved for the 2006 season. Chad Potts, tournament director stated "The top 10 contending teams for Angler of the Year were in a really tight points race. Several of the teams were within 10 points of each other. Cross and Gresham worked hard for it, and Bass Champs congratulates them for their achievement."

Top Standings:
1st 24.18 lbs $34,000 Randy Qualls & Mike Metcalf
2nd 23.00 lbs $ 4,000 (x 2) Brian Schott & Marty Sowell
3rd 19.70 lbs $ 3,000 George Jeane Jr & Sr
4th 19.66 lbs $ 2,000 David & Steve Morton
5th 19.30 lbs $ 1,200 Steve Dillard & Tony Spives
6th 19.20 lbs $ 1,100 Alan Moore & Stanton Marsh
7th 18.58 lbs $ 1,075 Lance & Michael Lowery
7th (tie) 18.58 lbs $ 1,075 Rick Dorsett & Travis Ballard
9th 18.24 lbs $ 1,060 Todd Driscoll & Larry Byrd
10th 18.14 lbs $ 1,050 Bobby Blanton & Richard Weeks II
....and last in the money.....
26th 15.34 lbs $ 600 Todd Gurka & Allen Rhoden

Big Bass 8.46 lbs Dale Nash & Jim Hebert

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life organization sent volunteers and workers to the weigh in, and Bass Champs with their sponsors provided around $1,300 worth of products for the open drawing that anyone was allowed to purchase a ticket for. Bass Champs matched the funds collected up to $ 500 for the group.

Every team who registered for all 5 events qualified to fish the Regional Championship. Then, July 15th, ten teams will go to the International Challenge on Lake Guerrero in Mexico. The teams who win their division championships, plus the Anglers of the Year from each division, then the teams who weighed in the heaviest sack and the heaviest big bass out of all divisions for the year will go and compete in this all expense paid prestigious event.

The State Championship will be held October 7-8. The location has not yet been announced, and it will be Nationally televised. Twenty teams from each division - the top 10 from each Tour championship plus the top 10 in Angler of the Year standings - will advance to the State Championship. Eighty teams will competing for four Skeeter SX 200's powered by Yamaha 200 motors while being Nationally televised. Each of the championships are Free Entry Fee events with an optional 100% side pot. The lake that this is to take place is yet to be announced, so stay tuned to www.basschamps.com for more details.

For more information, call 817-439-3317, or visit www.basschamps.com

2005 Sponsors include: Skeeter - Yamaha - The Outdoor Channel - HD Net - KeelShield - Maui Jim - Motor Guide - Lowrance - Allen Samuels Dodge - Academy - Daiwa - St. Croix - Line X - X Tools - Dual Pro - Tony Chachere's - YoZuri - Kicker Fish Bait Co. - Hooters - Continental Batteries - CAST Wireless Lanyard


Randy Qualls and Mike Metcalf bested the pack with their 24.18 lb limit. Their 1st place win valued at $34,000 for a brand new Skeeter / Yamaha bass rig

Brian Schott and Marty Sowell brought in 23 pounds even for a 2nd place win and a $4,000 check. They also won the Skeeter Bonus for an additional $4,000
< photos by Patty Lenderman >

George Jeane, Jr and George Jeane, Sr (n/p) brought in a 19.70 lb limit taking 3rd place honors and $3,000

The Big Bass of the event weighed 8.46 lbs. Dale Nash shows the heavy hitter that his partner Jim Hebert (n/p) caught

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