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Tournament Pathfinder
by John Presley

The Bassmaster Citgo Elite 50 Series Schedule for 2005 are April 20-23 Smith Lake in Jasper, AL, May 18-21 Lake Dardanelle in Russellville, AR, Lewisville Lake in Lewisville, TX and Lake Wissota in Chippewa Falls, WI. Fifty anglers qualified to fish the Elite 50. The 2004 Bassmaster Classic champion, the 2005 Bassmaster Angler of the Year, the 2005 Rookie of the Year, the top 20 anglers on the all-time BASS money list and the top 27 anglers in the Bassmaster Angler of the Year point standings over the past three seasons. The total payout for each event is $400,000 making the total for all four events $1.6 million. First Place winning $100,000 and 50th place receives $5,000. The tournament days are Wednesday-Saturday, day one and two take off is at 10:00AM Weigh-ins are at 7:00PM. On day three the field is cut to the top 12 and the weights are zeroed. Each angler fishes a six-hole course where anglers will fish for one hour, 10 minutes per hole rotating to the next for a total of seven hours. For the eighth hour anglers are allowed to go anywhere on the course. On day four the field is cut to the top 6 and the weights carry over from day three to day four. Again, each angler fishes a six-hole course for the same hours as day three. The top 10 anglers in the point standing after the conclusion of the Elite 50 series will qualify for the 2005 Citgo Bassmaster's Classic.

The first Elite tournament was held on Smith Lake on April 20-23. Mark Davis of Mount Ida, AR won the tournament with 10 fish that weighed 24-14, good for $100,000. Second place was Kevin Wirth of Crestwood, KY with 10 fish that weighed 22-11, good for $20,000. Third place was Kelly Jordon of Mineola, TX with 10 fish that weighed 21-05, good for $12,000. Fourth place was Zell Rowland of Montgomery, TX with 8 fish that weighed 17-15, good for $11,000. Fifth place was Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo, MI with 8 fish that weighed 16-13, good for $10,300 and sixth place was Chad Morgenthaler of Coulterville, IL with 6 fish that weighed 13-14 good for $10,000. Big bass each day also paid $1,000. The winners were, the first day, Mark Davis with a 5-08 fish, second day was Tommy Biffle with a 5-13 fish, third day was Chad Morgenthaler with a 3-07 and the fourth day was Mark Davis with a 2-09. Tommy Biffle 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 Kevin VanDam with 20-02, the second day was Tommy Biffle with 13-07, the third day was Kevin Wirth with 12-04 and Kevin Wirth again on the fourth day with 10-07.

The next tournament was held on Lake Dardanelle in Russellville, AR on May 18-21. Davy Hite of Prosperity, SC won the tournament with 10 fish that weighed 32-12, good for $100,000. Second place was Michael Iaconelli of Runnemede, NJ with 10 fish that weighed 26-04, good for $20,000. Third place was Aaron Martens of Leeds, AL with 10 fish that weighed 25-01, good for $12,000. Fourth place was Rick Clunn of Ava, MO with 9 fish that weighed 21-07, good for $11,000. Fifth place was Gary Klein of Weatherford, TX with 8 fish that weighed 20-12, good for $10,300 and sixth place was Dustin Wilks of Rocky Mount, NC with 7 fish that weighed 15-12 good for $10,000. Big bass each day also paid $1,000. The winners were, the first day, Dean Rojas with a 7-00 fish, second day was Michael Iaconelli with a 6-01 fish, third day was Davy Hite with a 5-00 and the fourth day was Gary Klein with a 3-14. Dean Rojas 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 for the first and second day was Michael Iaconelli with 15-01 and 18-02, third day was Davy Hite with 19-01 and Michael Iaconelli again on the fourth day with 15-15.

The third tournament was held on Lake Lewisville in Lewisville, TX on June 1-4. Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo, MI won the tournament with 10 fish that weighed 18-12, good for $100,000. Second place was Brain Snowden of Reeds Springs, MO with 6 fish that weighed 17-00, good for $20,000. Third place was Michael Iaconelli with 8 fish that weighed 16-06, good for $12,000. Fourth place was Larry Nixon of Bee Branch, AR with 5 fish that weighed 9-05, good for $11,000. Fifth place was Edwin Evers of Mannsville, OK with 5 fish that weighed 7-15, good for $10,300 and sixth place was Randy Howell of Springville, AL with 3 fish that weighed 5-11 good for $10,000. Big bass each day also paid $1,000. The winner the first and second day was Kevin VanDam with an 11-13 and a 5-10 fish, third and fourth day was Brain Snowden with a 4-01 and 3-03. Kevin VanDam 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 on the first and second day was Kevin VanDam with 24-02 and 15-14, third day was Michael Iaconelli with 12-13 and Kevin VanDam again on the fourth day with 10-04.
The current standings after the third tournament first thru tenth are Kevin VanDam, Michael Iaconelli, Davy Hite, Kevin Wirth, Aaron Martens, Larry Nixon, Chad Morgenthaler, Gerald Swindle, Gary Klein, and Zell Rowland.
The last tournament will be held on Lake Wissota in Chippewa Falls, WI on June 15-18.

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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